Cheers 2013.

Wow wow wow.  I cannot believe it is 2013 already.  Looking back over the last three years (2010, 2011, and 2012) I cannot believe how much my husband and I have accomplished.  We set up a list of various goals and I am excited to say that we crushed every one of them, and grew a lot as individual people and as a married couple in the process.  I have never felt more secure in my life and more ready for what is to come.

Three years ago we were living in an apartment, I was working at my current position and Stephen was working at a small machine shop in Massachusetts   At that point we knew we wanted to start a family, but there were several steps between out current situation in January 2010 and baby makin’.  We wanted to buy a home, Stephen wanted to be in a job he liked better and would be more permanent, we knew we wanted to have a certain amount of money saved so I could take a long maternity leave, and get out of all non-mortgage debt.  Personally I wanted to lose the 15-20ish pounds I had hanging on me since college, and run a few “last hurrah” long races.  Seemed like a long list that should have taken a long time.  But we got to work immediately.

Within a year, at the end of 2010, we had purchased our house, I had lost some weight, I had run my first marathon, and I had started practicing bikram yoga in an attempt to become much healthier.

In 2011 we set out to pay off all non-mortgage debt.  We set up accelerated monthly payment plans on credit cards, my car, and a few other things and set to work.  I am proud of the way we stuck to it and by midnight on December 31, 2011 we were in zero debt besides our mortgage.

I had no idea at the time, but 2012 would be an incredible year for me both from a goal oriented and a personal stand point.  Little did I know that by the end of the year not only would I be 8 months pregnant with a baby girl, accomplish a 50 minute full marathon PR, and have more than enough money saved to take my dream maternity leave of 16 weeks; but I would also be well on my way to becoming a yoga teacher and feel more secure and centered than I ever thought possible at my age.

I am exactly where I need to be, still with goals and hopes for the new years, but totally content enjoying exactly where I am.  2013 will bring labor and delivery, mother hood, maternity leave, yoga teacher certification, and hopefully many other amazing memories with our new family of three.  I cannot wait to sit back, sip coffee, give birth, learn lessons, cry, laugh, and love on my brand new baby girl.  Cheers 2013.  You are going to be the very best.

“No one longs for what he or she already has, and yet the accumulated insight of those wise about the spiritual life suggests that the reason so many of us cannot see the red X that marks the spot is because we are standing on it.  The treasure we seek requires no lengthy expedition, no expensive equipment, no superior aptitude or special company. All we lack is the willingness to imagine that we already have everything we need. The only thing missing is our consent to be where we are.” ~Barbara Brown Taylor



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