It’s approaching that time of the year when we stop and reflect on the year that was (or at least feel like we are meant to!) and set ourselves new challenges for the upcoming 12 months.
I have heard quite a few people discussing what their ‘word’ or ‘words’ for 2014 will be, and I have also been trying to think about my own. I’ve also been thinking a lot about a word which best sums up my year, and I’m going to go with – surviving.
It was surviving through the often conflicting roles of being a Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and Friend…. not to mention,
just being me.
The first five months of the year I was attempting to survive the emotional turmoil of yet another high risk pregnancy.
For the first month after Aiden’s early arrival, it was all about surviving each day (and night!) trying to spend time with both Aiden and Liam, as well as have food in the fridge, clean clothes, the ENDLESS expressing and the recovery following my second caesarean in 16 months (seriously they should have just put a zipper in there!).
It was then all about surviving life with a newborn and a toddler. Trying to give them both the attention they need and deserve, and battling with lack of sleep and the unrealistic expectations I put on myself in those early days.
This year was about surviving the mother’s guilt which drops into my thoughts a little too often for my liking.
It was surviving through the rest of my crazy hormonal thoughts and emotions.
Now that I am almost at the end of this year. I am happy to change my word for 2013 to survived.
Yes, there may still be a couple of weeks until the official end of 2013, but I’m calling it – I have survived…. and in pretty good shape too I think!
As for what my word/words for 2014 will be…. well we have a looong road trip down south ahead of us which will give me plenty of time to ponder this.
What is your word/words for 2013? Are they different now to what they were at the start of the year?