Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009-2010: Reflection and Excitement

Well, yet another year is coming to a close. We just returned from Seattle after spending time visiting our families over the holidays. Winter has begun and I find myself sitting here wondering what I should write about. I received a few emails requesting a blog post so I feel like I should deliver. Being that we're just a day away from New Year's Eve, I guess that's an appropriate topic.

I quit my job just a little over a year ago and to be honest, aside from the income, haven't missed it much. It took me about two years to admit it, but I decided that I just want to be at home with my kids for a while. Some women come to this decision much more easily than I did. I just struggled with the idea of losing my personal identity. It took me the better part of 2009 to realize that I was just beginning to define myself on my own terms. I have discovered many creative outlets that I hope will lead to my next career endeavor. Until then, I have so many things to keep me satisfied.

So, of course, there is the matter of New Year's Resolutions. I went back and found mine from last year. I think it only makes sense to address those first.

1) Start a vegetable garden
2) Find work that fulfills me
Addressed in previous paragraph- check!
3) Exercise- I'm not aiming for a specific weight goal- I aim only to treat my body with the respect it deserves.
For the record- I had a flat stomach for about 3 months and then got pregnant again- check!
4) Utilize our Netflix account- 3:10 to Yuma, while good, was not worth $60 - nice that they let us keep it for six months though
Check! we have been much better this year!
5) Enjoy time with friends and family- traveling, cooking, eating, and playing
Absolutely 100% check!

If I do say so myself, those were great resolutions! I think I could be happy tackling the same ones in 2010. I will add a few more for fun- things that I want to achieve for personal growth.

1) Learn to cross country ski
2) Learn to knit cables
3) Join a book club
4) Write more
5) Less fun but more important: learn to budget on a single income

We have so much to look forward to next year. We can't wait to meet our second baby. We heard its heart beat for the first time yesterday. Life is really good. Happy New Year!


Emily said...

Ahhh, Jen, what a nice post! So happy you had such a successful 2009 and I look forward to benefiting from your writing and other creative outlets in 2010. And of course, can’t wait to meet baby deMars and see more of Gavin! Glad you’re so happy doing what you do best! Love you lots – Happy New Year!

Missy said...

See, now you're locked into those resolutions once you publish them. Smart. I'm still waiting for the pilates instruction/video! Can you make one for post-natal chicks? ;)

Jenny said...

Missy- I actually have some great post-natal exercises that you can do with your baby. You can do rolling like a ball with your baby on your shins. Spine stretch forward peek-a-boo. All kinds of fun. Adam does bicep curls with Gavin wrapped in a blanket now! Ha!

Dielle said...

Great resolutions! I hear those cables calling your name...