I know we’re week three into the new year, and this post may seem a little tardy haha, but I’ve been adjusting to a new routine and also, mom life 🤷🏼♀️. I wanted to reflect on the wonderful year I had in 2017. In the past I’ve always been so quick to close the door on another year, and start fresh in the new year, but I wanted to show my gratitude to 2017. It was such an accomplishing year for me. There were so many blessings. I birthed a baby, birthed a blog, blossomed in my role as a mother (of now two), and fulfilled one of my career long dreams.
I started 2017 pregnant in my third trimester, just finishing Year 2 as a first time mom, and still pretty unconfident in my role to be honest. Year 2 was different than Year 1, which was full on tactical and survival mode. Year 2 was trying to get back into a good groove with things, finding balance in my life again, and really just adjusting to the new dynamics of family life. But then… halfway through that year I got pregnant haha! So, I had to mix all of that with the anxiety of having to redo all the progress I made, prepare for baby #2 and life with MULTIPLE children (as in plural 😱). But 2017, Year 3 as a mom and becoming a mother of two (with the birth of our daughter in April), thankfully helped me grow in my role. I eased up and let things go. I let the dishes pile up, I let go of the mom guilt and cut myself some slack, and really just consciously became present. I didn’t dwell on the past or stress about the future. I lived presently, and wholeheartedly creating memories for my family. I released the pressures of motherhood and in turn, I felt more comfortable and confident in my role as mom to my two little humans. 💁🏼♀️
Another milestone last year was the launch of my lifestyle blog in August. I swear the confidence I gained during the year, with becoming a mother of two, spilled over in other areas of my life. My mom superpower lit up and I seriously felt I could achieve anything. With that, and the support and encouragement of my family and friends, came charysespieces.com 💖🙌🏻. I was so proud of myself for doing this. I immediately loved it so much because it was something that was mine. I didn’t have to share it with anyone. It is such a creative outlet for me. It brings me joy to connect and relate with other people. I’ve met some beautiful souls along the way so far ✨. I’ve also learned the importance of the art of balance. As moms we give so much of ourselves to our family, and fulfilling your own mind, body and soul is essential ☯️ for that balance.
I ended my year with achieving a career long dream of mine, and being granted the opportunity to work from home around my own hours 🙌🏻. In addition to my full time career as a financial analyst, I also do contract work on the side. (Trust me, I don’t know what I get myself into sometimes either haha! Mother of 2 > Full Time Career > Contracting > Blog 😱). Thankfully, I work better under pressure 🤣. Towards the end of last year I started reflecting a lot. I think the blessing of becoming a second time mom had a lot to do with that. I didn’t feel full enough. Something was missing. I wanted more… I wanted it all! More time with the kids while making a living doing what I’m doing. The ability to do contract work at home made me think why couldn’t I work from home full time? After weeks of sitting on this feeling I finally gained the courage to approach my boss about the possibility of working remotely. Very long story short, I was granted it 😄. I am so grateful for this opportunity. My kids get more of me, and I get to continue to do what I love to do✨. Look out for my next post on how I’m adjusting to my new found flexibility 😃.
What was your best year?!