2011 was all in all a good year. Definitely a year of growth for me in many ways.
Financially, my family faced a few challenges this year. It was a year for us to really stick to a budget and we did a great job. I am ending the year with minimal debt and for that, I am truly blessed.
I was able to secure a slight promotion and continued to have the opportunity to work from home. This schedule has allowed me to spend more time with my family as well as fit in my continued health goals.
I started the year making a huge time and personal commitment by training for and completing my triathlon. I can honestly say that I managed to stick to a consistent workout regime for an entire year. I even ended the year with a 3 mile run this morning.
I learned how to swim. I rode a bike after not being on one for over 20 years. I completed my race. I learned that I am not a quitter and that I can do anything through hard work and determination. I learned that 42 is not too old to learn new things. I learned that the first step is believing.
My first nephew was born this year. I also made some great new friends and lost a few dear ones. My uncle and cousin-in-law are both currently battling cancer. Praying to have them both for another year of life.
I learned that Mama 1969 is human as I watched rheumatoid arthritis limit her mobility. I plan on spending even more quality time with her in 2012.
I enjoyed watching my brother grow into a fine Uncle and have never been prouder of the man he has become.
I truly enjoyed this year of watching my children grow. I loved seeing them work hard at school, sports and get brighter and more curious about life every single day. I thank God for them. They are the most wonderful gifts I have ever been given. They make me a better human being and give me a reason to wake up in the morning.
I also learned even more about my husband. I watched him face adversity and always maintain a positive outlook. I saw him rise above setbacks and remain the head of this household. Watching him continue to be a wonderful husband and father is one of the greatest joys of my life. I am so thankful for him.
I am thankful for all of you guys for sharing the daily shenanigans that go on in my little corner of the world. Sometimes we agreed to disagree and that’s okay. I’m just happy you continue to stop in and check on me from time to time. I wish all of you a healthy and prosperous 2012 and hope you find love, peace and a lot of joy in the coming year.
As for me and my family? Big things are in store for us in 2012. I can’t wait.
Happy New Year to you and yours!