Mandatory 2019 Reflection

What a year it has been. I realize that I've spent the past couple months writing about our struggles and probably sound like I'm whining...a LOT! Yes, it's been a particularly trying year both for me as a woman and for my marriage, but it's also been a fantastic year.

2019 gave me more time outside than ever before. I can't begin to count the hours I've spent hiking, running, skiing, biking, and laying in the killer summer sunshine we had this year. 2019 brought me lots of time with my girlfriends on a couple great girls trips. Aaron and I had an amazing honeymoon in Hawaii. We watched a couple great friends FINALLY get married (bout time guys)! We had lots of family visit from Maine. We got a bunch of projects done around the house. We paid off some debt. Aaron is a whole year closer to being done his Bachelor's degree. I ran my first 50 mile ultramarathon (and definitely got the bug for more miles). I became a Certified Emergency Nurse. And I started this blog!

So while a few days this year were a little harder than others, 2019 was a huge success. Remember when we were kids and people would constantly remind us how fast time goes, but it never really seemed to move at all? I'm finally starting to realize how true their nagging was. Time flies! The good news is that every year seems to be just a little better than the last. If this holds true for us than 2020 is bound to be our best year yet. I can't wait! As with all new years, this one comes with renewed hope, faith, and energy. No matter where this journey to motherhood takes me, 2020 is going to be a fantastic year. With lots of plans already written in pen in my planner, I know this is going to be one for the books.

As with all my years before, this one is bound to be filled with plenty of miles. Today's miles were just a tad chilly. 2020 in Alaska is off to a sub zero start. So far this year's runs have been made up of icicles on my hat and my eyelashes freezing shut, while blood flow completely shunts away from my butt. I LOVE this time of year!

So while I start 2020 with a few more Miles to Motherhood logged, I hope all you hopeful women trying to conceive find peace in your struggles and maybe alternative routes to motherhood; I hope all you tired new mommas get a couple extra hours of sleep and fully embrace the snuggle time you get after a bad diaper blowout; I hope all you moms juggling your schedule and those of 3 kids find 15 minutes to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, alone maybe. No matter what your wishes, plans, goals, or resolutions (I really hate this word just for the record) I truly hope you take the time to find happiness. Remember, happiness isn't a destination; it's not a place you get to live once your discover it. Happiness is an emotion and like all emotions it can be fleeting. It can last as long as a quiet moment in the morning with a cup of tea before the rest of the house wakes or as long as a week away on a beach somewhere. Embrace it when you have it and seek it out when you don't. Even on your worst days there is always something you can be happy about, no matter how minuscule it is or how much of a stretch it is to find it.

Goodbye 2019. Hello 2020! May all your miles get you closer to motherhood!


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