Hello, 2021!

A new year!!  Always such a refreshing time, and this year it definitely takes on new meaning after one of the weirdest years ever.  My girls never want to miss celebrating a holiday, just like mama, and we had the sweetest low-key New Years Eve at home, a dinner with fancy plates + sparkling apple juice with our annual funfetti cake for dinner.

2020 was unexpected and hard in so many ways, but also a really good year for our family (I realize we are lucky in this and send love to those who are still facing challenges because of the pandemic).  We were able to spend so much time as a family of five, at home, time we never would have had with two full-time working parents + I cherished it so much.  It wasn’t perfect or easy, but it brought our girls closer than ever and we are a stronger family because of it!  We had time to dedicate to a lot of house projects we had been wanting to check off and love our home (and neighborhood) more than ever.  And my husband is loving his job and I am so proud of him for how hard he works for all of us girls. 🙂

Also a huuuuuge highlight of the year for me, after five years of working my way back to a high school position, I got a job at the high school right outside of our neighborhood, the school that our girls will go one day — this was a complete dream come true for me + honestly five months in and I still can’t believe it actually happened.  I will never forget the day that they called and officially offered me the job, all three of my girls dancing outside in the rain with me, they knew how badly I wanted this and how hard I had worked for it.  I hope they always remember that some of life’s biggest lessons come from difficult times, waiting for a new job the last couple of years got so very hard, but also came with some of my biggest personal growth ever.

We are heading into 2021 with not a lot of specific plans or goals, other than my usual reminder to myself to slow down (something I am always working on because, type A).  This just doesn’t feel like the year for huge laid out plans with so much uncertainty still and I am honestly good with that.  I am hopeful + excited for the year ahead, and wish the same for you.

Happy New Year, friends! Hope it’s off to the best start! XO

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