I can't believe it's already been a year. I know it's been a year because tomorrow I will find myself back at Chuck E. Cheese, exactly where I was one year ago on New Year's Day, when I launched this blog and posted it's first post. Oh, good old Chuck E. Cheese, where a kid can be a kid...or really where the dreams of parents go to die or at least be overtaken by every nasty germ living on this planet, cold, soggy pizza, and useless, plastic prizes that your kids will cry over because they don't have enough tickets to buy them. You can clearly guess my feelings about Chuck E. Cheese, but now, I'm getting off topic... 2016 was a big year for me. So much has happened since I decided to launch this blog on January 1st—things that I could have never anticipated happening in just a year’s time of declaring myself to be a writer. But rather than write a long, boring blog about this year's accomplishments and next year's resolutions that I probably won’t keep, I’m going to list what I'm grateful for from this past year and what I’m looking forward to most in the year to come.
I'm Grateful For (In no particular order):
Family and their health and happiness.
My son's spirit, imagination, and silliness.
iPads and Disney Junior for those times when mommy needs a time out.
My amazing nanny.
So many engagements and weddings.
My husband who puts up with me leaving often for sleep away camp.
So much Campowerment, and its founders, experts, and campers who have transformed my life in the most profound ways.
My blog and social media followers.
The incredible feedback and messages I've received in response to writing so openly.
The acceptances and rejections I've received when sending out article submissions.
The bravery of women, who I both know and have never met that have shared and trusted me with their postpartum stories and motherhood struggles.
The opportunity to be a trench buddy for moms battling postpartum depression.
Finally realizing that I need to stop trying to make not my people, my people and that your people should be by you, for you, and with you.
Finding more of my people!
The ability to say NO.
Old friends and new friends and one friend who told me I make her want to be a mom. WOW!
I'm Looking Forward To (Also in no particular order):
Starting my book...stay tuned!
Watching my son continue to discover the world around him as a four-year old.
More family time.
Watching my little sister get married.
Empowering moms to be themselves without the fear of being judged or shamed.
Continuing to be a trench buddy for women battling postpartum depression.
Keeping promises to myself and others.
Making time for self-care, self-growth and self-empowerment.
Treating myself with more grace, love, and kindness when I mess up.
Too much travel.
And whatever comes next. Bring it on 2017!
Tomorrow on the first day of 2017, you can find me sitting in a booth at Chuck E. Cheese handing out hand sanitizer and baby wipes to parents as they pass, because that's just the kind of mom I am, one who is grateful to be sitting down and not having to chase after my son every minute because I know he will be at the ski ball machine for the next hour. And one who is by you, for you, and with you, handing out those wipes and sanitizer because I don't want your family to contract any illnesses when you take your Chuck E. Cheese infested children home for their naps.
Happy 2017! What are you grateful for and looking forward to most in the new year?