So much has happened in 2016. While I could sit here and write about all the struggles Franklyn and I have gone through, I instead have decided to turn them into lessons I’ve learned in 2016. I’ve had to mentally block out the hard times and focus on the wonderful blessings we have had in between, like having our first girl, Olivia, and now expecting another girl! It wasn’t easy, but we came out stronger. I’m waiting for 2017 with arms wide open and a whole set of goals for me, our family, and my blog (and a new one coming soon)! Below are three things 2016 taught me.
I’ve alway hated planning and scheduling, and I have been lucky enough to be able to push through. and get things done. 2016 knocked me down a few times and taught me to be prepared. Planning, setting goals, and being prepared for the unexpected (good and bad) is now a priority for me. It took me a long time to realize that it’s what has been missing in my life. I thought living a life of order, well laid out plans and schedules was boring but it’s quite the opposite! Structure gives me the time I so desperately needed to get my business and family life balanced while including having fun time! I’m ready for 2017!
It’s okay to be tired. I’m the type person that likes to keep moving and get things done! The more to do the merrier! Sitting still or taking naps have always been (in my opinion) a waste of time. I wake up, go through my day, and drag out bedtime and try to get as much as I possibly can done. It’s just who I am, and it always worked for me until this year. 2016 has taught me that it’s okay to be tired and get some rest. One the three things 2016 taught me was that I can do anything, but not everything.
My number one biggest thing I learned this year: I’m going to have to bite the bullet and hire out some help. I’m VERY protective and particular in how I raise my kids. I’m not a helicopter mom by any means, but it’s very important to me that they grow up to be genuinely nice people and to be surrounded by adults that are positive influences in their lives. In other words, I never just hand off my kids to anyone that I don’t know very well, and if I do, it’s never for very long. They’re always by my side but with work having doubled (almost tripled) recently and showing no signs of slowing down, I’m going to have to hire out some help ASAP in order to continue on his path. This is probably going to be the most difficult thing for me because I like to be hands on with everything that I do, but in the end I think everyone will benefit from it.
I’ll leave you with some Christmas pics of the kids. This was probably one of the best Christmases ever!
Olivia’s dress is from Baby Gap & Ballerina Flats from Osh Kosh
These are the most important three things 2016 taught me. What has 2016 taught you?
Click on images below to see some of this years faves! Stay tuned we’ll be sharing more favorites through out the week.