Hi friends! I sincerely hope your New Year is off to a good start. My holiday break wrapped up earlier this week and I went back to work yesterday. Over the holidays, we went down to the beach in South Carolina. It gave me time to reflect on everything that happened 2022 and think about my intentions for 2023. So today, I’m sharing a 2022 reflection that I have been working on for a while. It is focused on the things that have weighed heavily on me for the past year — my pregnancy loss and ultimately facing secondary infertility. This post has been a long time coming, and something I have thought about for several months now. But, there’s something about the year’s end that felt like a particularly natural time for me to really process the past year.
Here we are. It's 2022. I know… It's been 2022 for a few weeks now, but I feel like after our chaotic, unexpected Christmas (spent sick and stuck at home) and then our delayed Christmas trip this past week, the New Year is still sinking in for me. At the beginning of January, I was honestly mentally exhausted and not feeling very positive about the year ahead. But the family time and change of scenery we got this past week gave me some designated time to reflect on the past year and think about my hopes and intentions for the year ahead. It's strange to see where I was this time last year... and how much has changed, but also stayed the same. The effects of the pandemic continue to be frustrating and draining, and I don't know about you but I still yearn for things to feel more normal and settled. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do about the circumstances of the world. So, I am choosing to focus on the things I can nurture this year -- my health and wellbeing and my family's. But, before I dive into my intention for 2022, I want to share a little insight into how the past year has been.
Four years ago, I hiked a super steep trail until we reached the overlook you see above. This photo appeared a couple days ago and I have since been reflecting on the BIG period of growth I faced at that time in my life, and how my perseverance got me through it. I had been … Continue reading Reminder: You’re stronger than you think.