Reflecting on 2019.

How was your year?

2019 has been a year of ups and downs for me.

I’ve had some hurdles to get over. One of them being my health. I have worsening chronic back pain in addition to ongoing GI issues which caused me to go grain free this year.

Also, my parents’ declining health. Dad is in rehab as I type this having trouble with hypotension and difficulty swallowing among other things.

Pictured below are my dad and mom (on the right in plaid) and my aunt (behind my dad).

I’ve also been without a job for several months with no luck of finding one yet. I need to find a job I can do with chronic back pain. Ugh!

And we lost, not one, but two of our dogs whom we love very much, just nine moths apart.

You could say it’s been a tough year for us.

On the plus side, my mom got through her cancer surgery (mastectomy and lymph node removal) and is doing quite well, thank God! She was actually still healing in the photo above. That’s the biggest and best news of the year as we were quite scared!

My husband landed a good teaching job for which we are so grateful. He had been looking for a high school art teaching job for several years. Yay!

We also received a little help from my in-laws which was wonderfully thoughtful and kind.

There have been many sweet, beautiful, precious moments in between the hard stuff too. My husband is the most supportive and loving person. I’m so incredibly thankful for having him in my life. We’ve been married for 33 years! And our sons make us prouder each and every day! Here we are on Christmas eve.

We are also lucky to have one of our dogs still with us and she seems to be going strong! Here’s Peanut taking a nap beside me. She is 13 years old.

And we got a new grand-pup! It’s been fun having a puppy around again. It’s been a long time since ours were that young!

Meet Player, Everybody!

Though there have been some trials, I’m extremely happy to have had another year with my husband and family. Life is precious and more fragile than we think. I’m grateful every day for our health and a chance to experience all that we can!

I’m also super excited to have finally got going with this blog. I’m eager to make connections with other bloggers in 2020. I am hoping the regular followers will comment so I can begin to get to know them.

I’m learning to better accept the challenges in life now. I realize that my trials make me who I am. They’ve allowed me to better understand compassion, grace, gratitude and strength.

In reflection of the year, it’s been good. Life always has a way of balancing things out. Even with losing the dogs, I realize we were lucky to have them for so many years. It’s been such a joy to have had them in our lives. They lived good lives and brought us much happiness. Both were getting up there in dog years.

All in all I want to thank 2019 for the lessons I’ve learned and the incredibly beautiful moments I’ve been able to experience. I am so proud of myself for finding peace and joy even when things weren’t great and remembering to stay centered and grounded through it all. I’m learning to look at the bigger picture now. I’ve come a long way from where I used to be and am happy with my progress in life.

I’m sure there have been at least a few struggles for you as well. We all have hurdles to get over. For some of you, they may have even felt like mountains. But you did it. We did it!

I also don’t doubt there have been very many good times for you too. I hope you take a moment to reflect on them, both big and small, including the people who love you in your life, your health, your job, a roof over your head and food to eat. If you have more than that consider yourself lucky and blessed!

As the year closes, remember that it’s been a gift to experience it all. Never regret a single day because hard times make you grow and good times are icing on the cake of life.

Coming up is an encouraging post for the new year. I’m going to share some personal goals and will have some inspiration for you too, so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, I hope you close out 2019 on a good note. Remember to take care of yourselves and each other!

Life is good! Congratulations on making it through another year!

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