Happy New Year

It's the first day of 2019! It still amazes me how quickly time passes, but I'm relieved that 2018 is over.  I've been through a whirlwind of changes over the last six months and I'm proud to say I've survived my obligatory midlife crisis. I'm working on writing about this but I've found the process to be filled with raw emotion so it's taking much longer than I anticipated.

At the end of July, I started working a second job two days a week.  My father owns a tavern that he operated for twenty years and then leased out the last fourteen.  My youngest brother decided to give the bar business a go and my sister has been working there since they reopened last March.  Coming back to the place where I grew up has been surreal.  It felt so strange and yet so very familiar.  I've become acquainted with new customers and brought back a few of the veterans, and I'm having fun, but the added stress of dealing with drunks can take a toll if I'm not careful.  I really enjoy getting out and socializing in this atmosphere so it doesn't really feel like work.

My full-time job has been more demanding, too.  I've certified in two modules, passed my Pro 2 panel, and passed my consulting certification just a few weeks ago.  Things are moving forward quickly and I'll be traveling quite a bit this year.  In two weeks I fly to the Philadelphia area to do a finance install and at the end of the month, I'll be in Boise, Idaho for a conference.  But what I'm most excited about is heading back to Texas in February.  I'm heading to the Corpus Christi area and I'm going to finally visit the Selena museum.  Bucket list item for sure!

The Huz and I have been working on family resolutions, too.  It's too easy to become complacent and focus on trivial things instead of actively being present in our relationship with each other and our boys.  We are involving the kids in this, too.  I think it's important to set goals for ourselves as individuals and as a family.  We're a team and we need to support the whole, not just the parts that make it up.

The kids are growing like weeds and eating us out of house and home. My littlest is showing more of his personality each day and hearing him talk amazes me.  His language skills are fascinating, too.  Some of the words he says surprise me. The older boys are in the midst of another school year.  Oldest is liking 8th grade a lot more than 7th grade.  I still can't believe he'll turn 15 this coming September.  I don't feel old enough and then I remember I turn 40 in March.  This just doesn't seem possible.  I still feel like a 20-year-old sometimes.

I'm super excited to say that I've lost almost 50 pounds since the end of July, too!  All the hard work at the gym is paying off. I've hit a plateau but I'm also working out regularly at a gym that specializes in boot camp style exercises.  I'm going to shed another 75 pounds this year.  This is my goal.  I am excited to post about my progress as I work toward this achievement.

This New Year will be the best one yet!


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