This Labor Day weekend, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting.
This year vs. last.
Where I am now vs. last year.
Physically, mentally, emotionally.
And let me tell you, when I say ‘what a difference a year makes’ – it’s just utterly unreal how different my life looks now than it did then.
When I reflect on the wedding I went to this weekend last year, just days before meeting M, and having a meltdown over going alone. If someone told me that within days of that wedding, I would meet the love of my life and within a year be living together, I would have laughed in their face.
When I sit down at my home office, 9 months into a job that I love, that challenges me, and that allows me to live a pretty flexible (not to mention financially stable) life.
When I slip on a pair of size 4 pants – SIZE 4 – and they fit like a glove (I have never in my life fit a size 4. Ever). A year ago, I was pushing two sizes bigger and not that there is anything wrong with a size 8, but the changes I’ve seen in my body since meeting Tanya and being blessed with the barre n9ne challenge has been nothing short of incredible.
When I realize that in the last year, I ran two half marathons. And while I am proclaiming myself ‘not a racer,’ I am damn proud of that achievement. And I will apply the ‘never say never’ to this proclamation…
When I realize that in two short weeks, my beautiful niece Isabel will be one year old. She’s walking! She’s forming words! She’s becoming a little girl.
And when I realize that more than ever, M and I are heading toward forever. Just as I was writing this? He sat next to me, held my hand and told me that he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. Those words make my heart leap and literally want to burst from my chest. Words that I never thought I’d be so happy to hear, words that I thought the ‘never’ in ‘never say never’ would stick.
On this Labor Day weekend, I am eternally grateful.
For love, laughter, and family.
For grandparents that are in amazing health, sound mind and longlasting humor (the game of dominoes we played as a group – my sister, Scott, M, and grandparents was nothing short of epic. I just looked around and smiled. So happy to be able to spend such wonderful time with them. Trying to soak it in, as I hear sad news from a friend that her grandfather passed away this weekend, the day before her birthday.
Today, I am reflecting. On the journey over the past year and looking forward to the next.
On this Labor Day weekend…what are you reflecting on? What makes your heart happy?
And to Lindsay and those in Austin affected by the fires, my prayers are with you.