single mom

farewell, 2016

I can hardly believe it’s the last day of December; the last day of another year. This has been a year of enormous ups and downs, and while I’d be lying if I said I don’t hope 2016 gets hit in the ass by the door on its way out, I’d also be telling a fib if I said it hasn’t brought some wonderful things into my life.

This year wasn’t easy.

Today is the last day of my first full year of co-parenting with F’s dad. Even after reading all the literature and talking to all of my fellow co-parenting peeps, I was completely unprepared for the challenges and the sense of helplessness I’d feel each time I watched F go for a weekend. As hard as it’s been for both F and me, I’m incredibly thankful he’s had his dad back in his life and I look forward to co-parenting wins in 2017.

Today is also the last day of my first full year in my current job, where I’ve now spent 20 months learning and creating and growing both professionally and personally. Work had it’s ups and downs as well, and I’m excited for what the new year will hold for me. If there’s one thing I’m really hoping to stick to, it’s creating more space between my professional and personal lives in 2017.

I hope tomorrow is the first day of many years ahead with RomCom. It’s been a big adjustment to welcome a new person into our lives, but I’ve also never felt so at-home or so happy. (Even if he doesn’t like my choices in eyeglass frames.)

2016 had thrown some serious curveballs at me, as I spent more than half of my year chasing down a diagnosis and answers to health concerns I was facing. I know my health journey isn’t over and it might not always be an easy trek, but I’m thankful for the experience that taught me to keep asking the tough questions even if I don’t like the answers.

I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about choosing a word for the year ahead.  I’d like to come up with one for my year, but nothing has jumped out at me so far. Maybe it’ll hit me later today, or tomorrow, or a month from now. I don’t know. But I do know that I wish you nothing but the best in 2017.

Happy New Year!


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