For me the new year is not about becoming a new person, I embrace the person I have become. I don’t want to wash away all the experiences that have gotten me to this place and this space I am in.
That said this last year has been about getting uncomfortable, growing, and lots of change. Change to our family, changing careers, changing in relationships. Its been a year of growth and in growing there is pain.
There were some really HIGH highs, and really LOW lows all around. But, being on the bottom makes getting to the top that much more worth it, that much sweeter, that much more appreciated.
I am so glad I pushed and spent so much time doing little and big things with my oldest before her sister came along. Becoming a mom of two is no joke, some of it was expected but some of it hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t think it would be so emotional. The physical exhaustion, I expected that. Feeling all of the “lasts” with my first daughter and experiencing all the “firsts” with my second, is an emotional exhaustion I didn't see coming. It’s a strange mix of sadness and excitement.
2017 was a transitional year on all fronts and it absolutely made me take a look at my priorities and what direction I want my life and my family’s. It has been an “all hands on deck” just to stay afloat type of year but, I think sometimes you need that. Sometimes we need to have a scrappy year where we are forced to see what’s important, what we really need.
2018 is sure to be another for the books. I’m done just surviving though, I’m ready to thrive. Thrive in my marriage, as a mom, in my career, in relationships, personally and for business. It’s time to get the most out of every aspect of my life no matter what this year. That's why I chose "THRIVE" for my word of the year. While I was soul searching and Insta scrolling trying to decide the direction that I wanted my life to take this year, the word spoke to me. Plans are being made, goals are being set, not for a resolution but, for a REALITY.
What's your word for the year?
Shauna Hyler, mommy of two beautiful girls! Working, blogging, and adventuring with the hubby and my sweet girls.