Where did the time go? Twelve days of Christmas started yesterday. Today, as I sit at gate B4 waiting for my flight back to Orange County (from Seattle), I am feeling the calm before the storm. This over-booked flight is yet to get chaotic. But really, I’m referring to that supposed overwhelming excitement of the holiday season, the time when people are rushed to be somewhere, I’m not sure where. But they are definitely going somewhere. This year, for once, I want to acknowledge and enjoy this holiday season one day at a time and I am truly sad that it has flown by too fast.
For those of you who doesn’t know me, I am always happy and naturally excited about seemingly everything. Especially the small stuff. I seek out the good in every situation – unless of course my two toddlers won’t eat their breakfast or change into their school clothes in the morning.
Isn’t it obvious that December is the time when (if given the chance) we like to reflect on the year? For me, I prefer to reflect more than just one time a year, but for the sake of year-end-evaluation, let’s reminisce – about 2016. Over all, I think we have had a well-balanced year. We a good combination of highs and lows made the year oddly interesting and surprisingly rich. I’ll share a few ‘highs’ with you but if you’d like to hear about the ‘lows’, we’ll have to grab some coffee (or maybe a cocktail) and get a little deep and personal.
One of our proudest moments this year is seeing our two daughters (2 and 4 years old) start their life-long road of education at a local pre-school near our house. Our 2-year-old daughter (yep, the one who got into deep trouble for biting a student and a teacher) is getting promoted into a higher grade level. Everyday I pack their bags (lunch bags that is) and they are off to a world filled with learning opportunities. The same opportunities my parents have strived to give me when I was a toddler.
Then there’s that moment when my husband offered a free trip to Seattle. I was allowed to tag along with him on his business expense. The fact that I have romanticized about this city, I couldn’t say no. For two nights, we settled into a hotel off the beaten path, hidden within a small town, and surrounded by a breathtaking forest landscape. It was like a gigantic treehouse placed in the middle of the forest. Dreamy! For two days, I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Well, I did breathe the crisp clean air, smelled the fresh pine trees and ate some really good food. This was the first time in a very long time that I could be alone.
The absolute highlight of my year is the wonderful people who have surrounded me and showered me with so much love and support. Big thanks to my dedicated and talented team at PRESS who put their hearts into everything that they do. And finally, I deeply owe my husband for always inspiring me with his wealth of knowledge on random things.
Although, I am certainly looking forward to 2017, and I am very thankful for 2016. For teaching me valuable lessons where it has strengthen my mind and body in the most amazing way. What a wonderous and memorable year it has been.