Seriously? HOW is it 2019 next week? I saw meme flying around that said 2018 went like: January, January, January, January, March, April, May, July, Augus, Se-, Octo-, NoveXmas. That about, EXACTLY describes 2018, like, all years fly by, but 2018 just disappeared. For 2018, my word of the year has been “Life” – I re-posted my blog post about my 2018 word here. With 2019 speeding right into us, I’ve spent the last couple weeks on 2018 Reflections and Introspection.
2018 has been both an amazing year and a trying year. In early 2018 I decided to start working my Origami Owl business and it took off in ways I’d have never imagined. 7 short months later, in July, I was the proud earner of a Trip for 2 to Disney on the Origami Owl Incentive trip.,Unfortunately 2018 brought about its fair share of difficulties, starting in March my back was completely out and I was barely moving. I bumbled through a couple months of utter pain and in early April decided to start acting upon part of my 2018 word “Life” with taking care of my healthy life. I visited the Doctor and began seeing a nutritionist. Some of my story is in this post. And so began my fulfillment of part of my Word of 2018. As I began to get a grip on my healthy life, I fell and broke my foot, followed by a sinus infection and a burn on the lower half of my body. Sticking to my health plan was SO hard yet on the whole I did it. I am now down, close to 40lb and hope to hit that goal before 2019 rolls in!
The other parts of my Word of 2018 was Family Life, Business Life and Married Life. But unfortunately I did not achieve what I wanted. I wanted to be more consistent with my business and be more available for my husband and children. With health issues encompassing most of my year and then come September a major schedule change, I have not been able to focus much on either of those.
Ok, I need to not be so hard on myself and tell myself “you did earn an Incentive Trip” so maybe I did achieve some stuff, so if I’m going to be honest I was on top of my Origami Owl but not so much my LLR. LLR is more physically taxing and time consuming and it just got sidelined.
At the start of this school year, we moved my son to another school and with that a major schedule change. Last year I would get home from work around 1PM and at 4:15 would hop to the street corner to take him off the bus. This year he finishes at 3PM, and needs picking up by foot. If I would come home from work before pickup, I would have MAYBE one hour to work and then I’d have to leave again. So I lost about 10-12 solid work hours from each week. These days, in order to lessen my running around, I hang around at my job, doing some work, until 3PM pickup time
I wasn’t getting anything done. From when I was coming home around 3:30PM with the 2 younger ones, to when the rest of my kids piled in at 4:30pm, I had my face at the computer desperately trying to get some work in, while they nagged me in the background. Most evenings I’d get up from work for 10/15 minutes to throw some dinner together and we ate take-out more often then I want to admit. When bedtime rolled around I would be really short with my kids , willing them to fall asleep faster so that I could get back to work, when all they wanted was some attention. I definitely was NOT keeping up with my word of the year “Family Life”. After bedtime I would go back to the computer and valiantly tried to do more work while my baby asked for me. Something wasn’t working. Something needed to change – and fast. Enter my 2019 Word of the year….