Why 2016 Has Been Like No Other

 

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It is the end of 2016 and looking back, it has been an amazing year for me. I feel like so much has happened and I am truly the happiest I have ever been. I have never been one to reflect on the year, and I never really made real New Years resolutions. I would usually say something like, “I want to lose 10 pounds” but I didn’t really mean it. This year for some reason, I have been really into goal setting and reflection. It has been working for me, so I am definitely going to be continuing this practice into 2017. I am so thankful for everyone in my life right now. I have a roof over my head, a great job, the perfect daughter and an amazing fiancé-Yup I said it! I’m engaged!! Read on to find out how it all happened.

I strengthened my relationship with Christ

I always considered myself a Christian, but I did shy away from God for awhile. I mean, I prayed once in awhile but only when I needed Him. I quickly realized that this was not making me happy. I needed to have a relationship with Him. I started going to an amazing church and I really learned what being a Christian is all about. It is so important to have a relationship with Christ and I hope that I can get more people to follow Him. I can’t even tell you how happy and safe I feel knowing that He is near. My anxiety and depression has been much better and I have so much hope. If you want to develop a relationship with Christ, start going to churches near you and find one you like. Also, download an app that will give you scriptures to read everyday. I would highly recommend checking out www.eaglebrookchurch.com and downloading their app as well. This is the church I attend, and they put their sermons up every week. Another thing that helped me to strengthen my relationship with God was the fact that my Fiancé (not boyfriend anymore!!!!!!) Tommy is also a Christian and has studied Christianity a ton, so he can usually answer all my questions. There is nothing more intimate than talking about our creator with someone you love so much.



My Relationship

Well, the secret is out and I am so happy to say that my love proposed to me on Christmas morning! I am so incredibly happy I can’t even contain my excitement. I kind of thought he was going to it on Christmas because we had been talking about getting engaged a lot this year. However, I was still shocked. I really didn’t see it coming. The way he did it was so perfect. Here’s how it went…

For starters, I was a little bitter about having to work on Christmas day so I really didn’t have too much Christmas spirit when my little girl woke me up about 7:30 in the morning. She came in my bed and told me that she had to sleep a little bit more because Santa hadn’t came yet (even though he did). I asked her why she thought that and she said, “because there aren’t that many presents under the tree.” I am not a morning person  so naturally I roll out of bed and slowly walk up the stairs, while tripping on shoes and toys the whole way up. We go to look at the tree and I put on my happy face and say, “Santa came!” Tommy was asleep on the couch and he abruptly woke up at this moment. Skylar was so excited and she instantly wanted to start opening her gifts. I start my coffee (from my new Keurig I got for Christmas, yay!!) and we continue to open gifts. All of a sudden, Tommy says “I have something for mom and Sky.” He puts his hands in his pocket (as I scream), pulls out a little box and says, “Will you marry me? And Sky, will you be my daughter forever?” It was the cutest thing in the whole world. Sky got her own little ring and we all hugged and kissed each other. There was so much happiness and excitement in the room. My life seems so much different since that moment. The most special thing about it is that he asked with my mom’s original wedding ring. I believe this is good luck because my parents have been happily married for 27 years! Now I get to decide what I want to do for my ring which is super exciting!

My daughter starting daycare/preschool

Another thing that happened this year was that I took a big leap of faith and decided to put Skylar in a preschool/daycare program 3 days a week. I have been dreading this day ever since she was born. I have always been so nervous about other people watching her and I did everything I could to be home with her when she was a little baby. Now that she has gotten older, I have realized that she needed to have more interaction with other kids and to be in a school setting. It was so hard for me and I think I cried a little the first day I dropped her off but she loves it and I am so happy for that. I don’t know what I would do if she hated going. I still worry about her though. Typical mom worries like does she feel safe, are kids being mean to her, are the teachers kind to her? I don’t think these worries will ever go away and I realize that all I can do is trust God. She is in His hands!

Going full time at my job

With Skylar going to preschool 3 days a week, I knew I needed to go to work full time. I really struggled with my anxiety when I first started at the spa that I am at. I hate being the new person, and I was a new stylist so I was so nervous. I tried quitting a couple times, but my amazing boss talked me out of that and gave me the motivation to stay. Eventually I got more comfortable with the place and I am doing great! I am so happy with my job and I actually wake up excited to go work. How many people can truly say that about their job? Not many, so I know that I am in the right place.

My blog

I did something pretty big with my blog this year. As some of you may have noticed, I went from a nanny blog to a lifestyle blog. You can read why I did that here. I have gone back and forth with my blog, wondering if this was a good idea and hoping that I could make some money with it. So far I haven’t made much, but I am not giving up yet. I like writing and sharing things on social media, so if I can make some extra money doing that, why wouldn’t I blog? I do have some goals for 2017 with my blog. I need to pick a design that is more appealing, get a better following and hopefully make some money! I am so happy that you are reading this because I need all the support I can get.

So now that I have shared why this year was so great, it is time to focus set goals for 2017!!!

Here they are….

-Pay off my credit cards

-Grow my blog’s following

-Lose 10 pounds and focus on toning- this time I’m really serious about it!

-Plan a vacation

What are your new years goals? Remember to write them down to keep you accountable.