This has not been the best season of my life.
I thought my son’s 18th birthday would be the crescendo to a decent year. I have always been very open about my struggles during the fall months straight through Christmas. One too many life altering events have happened during this time and the memories are overwhelming.
November 12, 2015 will go down as one of the worst days of my life.
As my son recovers, we are both seeking “the bright side” (one of his favorite phrases). We appreciate the small things. We appreciate the simple things. We appreciate ALL things.
And then I started thinking…..I’ve had some low moments this year but 2015 kind of rocked and I need to keep that in perspective. My life isn’t all bad. Being grateful has helped me get up out of bed a lot of mornings lately so I decided to share 25 reasons why my life rocked this year (and they are in no particular order, well, except the first one).
1) My son lived. Self explanatory.
2) I went to Vegas for the first and got to perform at the Las Vegas Salsa Congress.
3) I was invited by The Bell Institute at General Mills to come hang out with them in Minneapolis (my first time there). I came home with a picture of the club in Purple Rain which was right outside of my hotel room AND my face on a Wheaties box.
5) I worked out with Gabby Reece, Beto Perez and Cathe Friedrich, had wine while chatting with Bob Harper, listened to Jillian Michaels talk about her kids instead of asking for a picture and hung out in Jamie Eason‘s room and chatted it up.
6) I turned 40 and didn’t freak out (that would be a reference to the mid-life crisis I had at 30).
7) I walked away from what would be considered a dream for most because God told me to and I never looked back and have no regrets.
8) This is the first time I have paid my tithes all year. In two weeks, I will have completely read the entire Bible this year.
9) I went to three Latin dance festivals this year (have I mentioned how much I LOVE bachata?!??)
11) Both of my kids found their way back to the A/B Honor Roll.
12) My grandmothers (both still alive) turned 80 and 83. My parents (both still alive) celebrated 43 years of marriage and are now both in their sixties. I am thankful for longevity and the privilege of still being able to receive knowledge from them.
13) I just had to step on the scale for my DietBet challenge and didn’t die when I saw the number. I know what’s going on in my life. I’m not careless. I’m human. I know what to do. And it’s just a number. I mean, well, see #1.
14) I got to watch my daughter start playing volleyball, something she’s wanted to do for a while.
15) I haven’t had any surgeries or seizures all year.
16) The team at Vega got together and sent me over 100 of their personal favorite dance tracks to inspire me to keep going. #bestlifeproject
17) I learned that letting go can be healthy and it’s o.k. if your circle gets smaller. In my case, this has worked out REALLY well.
18) I have made improvements in my attitude. I have wanted to punch and curse out (just keeping it real) at least three people a day since November 12th. Keeping my peace has definitely help me keep my sanity. I just need my energy for other things. I am guilty of having small temper tantrums in the privacy of my car. God is still working on me.
19) I watched my son qualify for the state championships in track. I missed so many of his meets but I didn’t miss THAT one.
20) I became a Lebert Master Trainer (I got re-certified in LeBarre, got certified in LeBoot and LeHiiT), Cize, Connected Warriors yoga, and Les Mills Grit this year. Sunday, I’m adding LeClubGrUve to the mix. I’m an education junkie.
21) I visited my mother’s birthplace (Sunflower, MS) for the first time.
22) My prayer life has definitely increased. That increased my faith.
23) My daughter and I took a marksman course together. She was eleven at the time and yes, she was better than me.
24) I took gymnastics lessons and ballet classes, because I wanted to.
25) I know that my story is still being written and God still has a plan for me.
And I need to remind myself of this because moments come and go lately where I feel like I am THE unluckiest person in the world. NOTHING is ALL bad. I could have kept writing this list. It’s about perspective. Because I’m working on mine, in spite of what we are going through, this year is going to be different.
There is a bright side.
How has your year rocked?