The year was 1975 and it was a cold and snowy day. I entered the world and changed my parents’ lives forever. New, young parents with no experience with infants, I added a some excitement (and sleepless nights) to their lives. I’ve been told countless times about how I used to cry a lot when I was a baby. My grandmother (who came to help my parents with me for a few months) always told me how I couldn’t be consoled and that the only time I would be quiet and fall asleep was if I were in her arms. She said she lost a few pant sizes in the months she helped take care of me.
Fast forward a few years.
Today, I am another year older. I’d like to think I’m another year wiser, but I’m not so sure. As I reflect, this year has been full of learning. It’s been filled with some incredible highs, some lows, and a lot of life lessons.
39 things I have learned this year
- Family is not an important thing — It’s the most important thing. It’s everything.
- I need to work on my patience.
- I have a fantastic family. My husband is a kind, hardworking man and our daughter is a miracle who continues to amaze me every day.
- Little One may have the same temper as I have (and that my mom has).
- Coffee still knocks me out and the only time I can enjoy my cuppa is if I drink it before bedtime or if I don’t have to be alert or driving!
- I still have a food sensitivity to green apples. I love them so much that I tried one recently to see if I still reacted to them. I still react to green apples. My mouth got itchy and inflamed. I also broke into a rash.
- I will do anything for my family and friends if I can.
- I’m stronger than I thought I was.
- In my heart, I still want to have another baby, but am trying to convince myself that if we don’t get pregnant again, I’ll be okay with only having one happy, healthy child.
- I need to not work so much. I need to make it a habit to unplug more.
- I need to spend more time checking in on my mother-in-law and my parents.
- I’m really bad at backing up and reverse parking. Don’t even ask me to parallel park.
- There’s nothing I love better than cooking for friends and family and having a house full of people!
- I like washing dishes, but hate putting dishes away.
- I like doing laundry, but hate folding and putting laundry away.
- I need to realize that it’s okay for our home to be “lived in” and not look like a page out of a magazine.
- We have everything we need.
- I’m in love with my Vitamix.
- Some things are not worth fighting over.
- Some things are worth fighting for.
- Pick and choose battles
- Be kind, personable, genuine, professional, even if others aren’t.
- Sometimes you need to approach with caution.
- Not everyone is kind or upholds the same values as you do.
- The world is full of good people.
- It feels really good to purge.
- Sometimes a good cry is necessary.
- I need to work on keeping in touch (whether it be by phone, letters, email). It’s so easy to get so wrapped up in the every day stuff that we need to nourish relationships and take the time to do so.
- A simple act of kindness can change someone’s entire day. Little One and I have been paying it forward a lot recently and it feels so good.
- I’m one year away from turning 40!
- I should consider sending out New Year’s cards instead of Christmas cards.
- My tastes have changed with age. I used to love all things chocolate, but love all things lemon or lime these days. I now prefer tart over sweet.
- I need to take some time out each day to be thankful for what I have.
- Farm life is not for the faint of heart.
- We can learn a lot from children.
- Sometimes children are better examples than some adults when it comes to how we should treat others.
- I have so many passwords, I can’t remember them.
- A messy house makes me feel stifled, suffocated, cluttered, anxiety-filled. Hubby and Little One probably do not realize how anxious this makes me.
- In the words of Elsa from Frozen, sometimes we just need to “Let it go”.
There you have it! 39 things I have learned in the past year.