After four months of emotion, activity and a lot of change, I sit here in the quiet of my room with only the ceiling fan and the clicking of these keys offering background noise. And I must stay, it’s quite nice.
Last September I started a new job. I’d been working from home for four years, so it was a big change to get back into the full-time workforce. In October, I bought my own house. As anyone knows, buying a house is a complicated process involving a lot of energy, time, paperwork and communication. Then there was Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the boys’ birthdays. This was the second holiday season without my mom and the first since being separated. Needless to say, I was hyper-focused on making everything okay for the boys.
I’m not sure that “storm” is the best metaphor to use in my title because as I sit here and reflect upon the last four months, I feel good and at peace with how everything transpired. I guess you can’t go wrong when your goal is to be happy and to make those around you happy.
I found the picture below when perusing through old photos on my computer. It was taken by my friend, Jennifer, at a blogging conference in California a couple of years ago. I remember looking into the ocean for the longest time and taking it all in.
That’s what I’m now trying to do with every aspect of my life.
January is typically my least favorite month. Other than the bright spot of the boys’ birthdays being in this month, it traditionally feels cold, long and boring. But when I woke up on New Years Day this year, I decided I was done feeling like that in January. Yes, it’s frigid and dreary outside, but that gives me the opportunity to experience things impossible during the warmer months.
I’ve started snowboarding again which I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. After years of neglecting it, a trip to Beech Mountain, N.C. a few weeks ago reignited my love for the sport. And now Brooks is participating in an after school snowboarding camp, so it will be fun for him and I to go together.
I’ve also been swimming a lot. I love to run outside, hike, kayak and do other warm-weather physical activity, but when it’s snowing and the lakes and ground are frozen, a person can’t really enjoy any of those thing. I’m planning to do some triathlons this spring and summer so during January, I’ve been focusing on my swimming skills. It’s such a relaxing workout, and I’m loving it.
This month I’ve also been diligent about getting up at least an hour before the boys to pray, read, write or blog. Even on the weekends and nights they’re with their dad, I still do this. There’s something about the early morning hours I can’t recapture during any other time of the day.
As January comes to a close next week, I feel like I’ve worked hard to embrace it and find the good in this month. With everything I’ve been through over the past several years, I’m not willing to waste anymore time being down or depressed. There’s a big, amazing world out there, and there’s no way I’m letting it pass me by.