As 2016 nears the end, I reflect on what an incredible year it’s been for me personally. Because, wow, what a year! Between the new baby, new adventures, personal growth and great accomplishments, I’ve never felt so good, so alive, and so blessed.
The new baby — My second son was born in April. This kid is everything! My oldest son will always hold a very special piece of my heart, but my second son is so incredible in part because he is so different than the first! In addition, he is beautiful, happy, healthy, and such a momma’s boy. I feel like I’ve known him my whole life, and now that he’s here my life finally feels more complete.
The new body — My body is back, oh yea! Everyone tells you pregnancy is a doozy on your body. By the second child, people pretty much tell you to kiss your skinny jeans goodbye. I worried I would suffer a similar fate, but I’m back in fighting shape, thanks to my regular workouts, healthy eating, and determination. In fact, my abs look better now than they did in my 20s!
The new business — I started my own business with the health and wellness company Arbonne. I am so excited that I’ll be able to work from home and be with my kids while still earning a good income. This is a dream come true! Plus, Arbonne’s all-natural products have helped me fit back in my skinny jeans, they helped me kick my postpartum depression, and the business has inspired me to live my best life. Even better, now I’m coaching other people to eat healthier and meet their goals. I never imagined having a job where I could help people, but this new opportunity has reinvigorated my lust for life. I am beyond blessed.
The new blog — In 2016, I participated in The Ultimate Mom Challenge where every month I challenged myself to be a better mom, person and citizen with new themes each month. I’m so proud of myself for not only sticking with the Challenge, but growing tremendously from it. I feel like a new person, a better mom… and happier and more satisfied in life overall. As I close the chapter on The Ultimate Mom Challenge, I think my blog will transition to more of my ongoing musings on parenting, health and fitness, and life’s little inspirations. Maybe a rant here and there, too. I know you guys love my rants!
Thank you to my readers. You are amazing. I love you and I hope you stay with me in 2017 as I share the joys, pains, and truth of modern parenting.
And here we end 2016. What a year. What a life.