I love the beginning of a new year. There is excitement in the air around my home right now. There's something magical about anticipating a new start. It's a time for things to be different. It's a time to make a change. It's a time to reinvent. It's a time to start over.
There's beauty in hoping for better.
2013 was a wonderful year for my family. We have grown together and changed in ways I never imagined. This past year my sweet guys joined to support my healthy lifestyle. Never once did Ryan or Caleb complain about the healthier meals I fixed or the physical activities we built into our busy lives. Both sides of our families helped me stay on track. From giving me workout clothes and fitness monitors to watching Caleb on some Zumba nights, they helped push me to keep going. Both of our families started fixing meals that I could eat without guilt when we got together. I know deep down that I wouldn't have been nearly as successful without our families.
This year I reached my first big weight loss goal and was able to finally enjoy a trip to the beach with my family. I've learned what it's like to maintain and how to endure those moments. I learned to step out of my comfort zone.
I've faced times of deep sadness this year dealing with the sickness and loss of some family members. Those things have driven me to take better care of myself and my family. I'm sad that we had to grieve so much this year. We've realized that life is precious.
I've learned there is value in the struggle. I've learned to stop and just enjoy life for what it is. I may not be exactly where I want to be, but there has to be happiness in the journey. I've learned that I'm stronger than I've ever been. I've learned that God granted me that strength every step of the way.
I love that I'm not the same person inside that I was a year ago. I've never been more thankful to say that.
What is this next year going to bring?
There's so much potential. So much happiness to be had. I can have new dreams...better dreams. I can finally shed that weight that I've been holding on to. I can inspire my family to lead healthier lives. I can run that 5K I've been afraid of. I can try things that I've never imagined. I can hope for more...
What do you want to change this year? What are your dreams?