What can I say about 2016?
2016 was a year full of life. It was a year full of those defining moments that make you stop and look around at what’s going on around you. It was a year full of challenges, joy, and personal growth. I’ve seen a lot of comments about 2016 being horrible and hard. I can’t discount other’s experiences, but I can say that personally I had a pretty good year.
A lot happened in 2016. Professionally and academically, I transferred from the community college to the school I’ll graduate from and got more serious about my degree. I got my subbing license. I passed my first Praxis and got into the school of education. I switched from a special ed. major to a regular ed. major. I made friends in my program and learned that studying more than right before the test really does make a difference. I learned how much I enjoy creating lesson plans and doing the behind the scenes work that goes into teaching. I had amazing professors who helped me not only understand the material, but think in new ways. I’ve started thinking about going into administration and have simultaneously learned that if I want to make changes, I need to be strong enough to stand my ground unwavering.
As a parent, I learned how important it is to be flexible. We started the year with a baby. Now he’s a full-on toddler. The changes I’ve seen in Easton throughout the year as he’s grown and developed remind me that life is not only precious and beautiful, but miraculous and divinely created. Seeing his little personality come to life has given me so much joy over the past year. And those little moments have greatly outweighed any hard times that have come with parenting a two year old (and there are definitely rough patches..sometimes on a day to day basis).
2016 was a great year for Jake and I, too. They say that the first year of being married is the hardest, but our first year was relatively easy in comparison to this year. A lot of growing individually and as a couple happened as we worked through a miscarriage, dealt with some of the physical pitfalls that can come with pregnancy as I got pregnant again only a month later, navigated our way through a couple of crappy months financially, and learned how to work together even more. I’ve also learned how important it is that I actually talk about the things that are bothering me. Surprisingly, effective communication is not always my strong point- HA. I’m starting this new year with a greater appreciation for my husband, as well as a better understanding of how his personality is different from mine.
Some of the most memorable moments of this year were:
-Having our car towed TWICE from in front of our apartment for stupid reasons and getting to pay off those fees.
-Going to see Chris Stapleton (thanks babe).
-Getting to be a part of my best friend’s wedding.
-Finding out baby #2 is a boy and getting to see Jake’s face at the ultrasound.
-Finally seeing a game at Wrigley Field.
-Our car battery dying in the middle of nowhere on the way back from San Francisco & having to buy a new battery in Bakersfield.
-Visiting Chicago twice, once over the summer and once at Thanksgiving.
-Both of us transferring to Nevada State.
I’m ready to move into the new year. I’m excited for the changes that this year will bring and the opportunities and growth that will hopefully come from it. I have a lot of goals and ideals that I’m hoping to apply to my life in 2017.
Happy New Year, all!