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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012. It Ends with 2.

Oh look!

It's a new year.

2012.

That number stings a little.

Mainly just the 2 at the end.

Because I was born in 1972.  Which makes this the year I shall turn...gulp...40.

Twenty years ago, I was a young, fresh faced, well rested, ambitious girl.

Twenty years from now, I'll be facing 60.

So here I sit...in the middle.

My thirties were dominated by motherhood.  Three babies, breastfeeding, walking, talking, potty training, etc.  Now, in my 40th year, my baby girl will be starting kindergarten.  It's a weird feeling...looking back to the day we learned that our first child would be a daughter...I would never have guessed we'd end up with three of them!

This year, I need to focus on some details in my life that have fallen to the wayside.  You know...the typical stuff:  lose some weight, commit to wearing sunscreen every day, less chocolate/more veggies.  I also need to organize a little clutter, before it becomes a LOT of clutter...oh, and a couple closets could use some attention as well.

In summary, here's my top three goals:

I'm kicking off 2012 by brushing up on some diabetes management skills.  I'm signed up for five classes this month through Type 1 University.  The timing couldn't be better.  On the heels of a dark rut with blood sugar mania, these refreshers are more than welcome right now.

The weight thing has been a looming disaster for a couple years.  Since my celiac diagnosis in 2009, I've had a horrible time.  I feel motivated inside...the problem is that I have a hard time turning motivation into action.  It's a crazy cycle that I'd like to stop before I turn 40 in October.  I want to conquer this one...but I don't have much of a plan right now, so stay tuned.

And lastly...The Homefront.  We've been in the house for 5 years now.  There are hardly any family pictures to be found.  I can't put my finger on it, but I've had a hard time settling in for the long haul.  At first, I think I was just overwhelmed with caring for my family, and on constant guard for the next crisis.  Then I was pretty sure we were going to lose the house when the market crashed, and my husband took a pay cut.  Now I think we really are putting down roots, so I need to get over my reservations about putting up some pictures.  I have a wonderful family.  I'm going to miss my girls next year, when they're all off to school.  How nice it will be to look around, and see pictures of their smiling faces!

Motherhood.  Diabetes.  Celiac.

This is my life.

Thank you for sharing my journey.

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12 comments:

  1. Yep..I feel you on the 2 at the end..lol I was also born in 1972..I will be 40 in Feb..
    I hope you meet your goals in 2012.
    *Praying for a Cure*

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  2. And thank YOU for sharing your journey with us! When you figure out how to tackle goal #2, will you motivate me???

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  3. I work at a retirement community and I know that 100% of the residents would still consider you a "baby"! You are a beautiful mom, friend, wife, pancreas. . . . . . and so much more! Here's a toast to that 2 because I know you are going to rock it! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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  4. SHUT UP! You are 39?!?

    I would have guessed late 20s.

    It's just a number girl!

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  5. Yep, 1972 here too and I'm having a hard time accepting that! I know you can accomplish all your goals this year!

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  6. Love you, Wendy. I need to work on the weight thIng too. Really getting out of control. Just too tired to do anything about it...

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  7. i wish you luck in all of your goals Wendy! you are an amazing person and I know that you will reach them :o)

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  8. Oooooh! I would love to get your house all photo'd up! I made my parents this really cute photo collage for Christmas! How fun! I'll be right over.....
    Now #2.... I don't know. I'm struggling with it, too. Praying for a miracle - or guidance and willpower! Stay strong- you got this Hot Mama!

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  9. Photo that house up baby! And celebrate 40!

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  10. Happy 2012! So glad to be on this journey with you and know that 40 really isn't so bad..your just a babe!xoxo

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  11. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Wendy! Here's to a great year ending in 2, with hopes for all the goals and plans to be realized and successful! Looking forward to sharing in the journey from here on!

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  12. 40 isn't so bad - I have every confidence you will pass this milestone with grace and beauty!! :)

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