A Reflection of Last YearBeth Anne Ballance
I feel like I can’t yell that enough today when it’s cold and dreary and grey outside AGAIN. North Carolina, where is the gorgeous spring weather we had last year at this time?
It’s strange to look at my calendar at my desk today. I’m in work clothes with a badge clipped to my pants and glasses before two wide-screen monitors. Last year at this time, I was in yoga pants on a blanket in my backyard with Harry running circles around me.
It is easier being a working momma these days. Harry’s older and much more independent, I don’t have the commute from hell anymore, and I’m with a company that values family. I enjoy what I do and find personal success in being at my desk. Harry loves his school and while the chaos of our schedule can leave me exhausted, we are thriving better than I ever thought we would as a two-income family.
Sometimes I look back at last year and miss those days on the blanket in the backyard. I miss the walks and going to Target whenever I wanted to and not hitting up the grocery store at 6pm. Sometimes I miss the mornings where we felt lazy and stayed in pajamas pants just because we could. Now when Harry asks to stay in jammies, I have to answer with “Sorry, bud. Time for work and school!”
There’s still uncertainty about where I will be in the next few months with my job but I keep taking deep breaths and remembering that it’s been a year of trials, but it’s also been a year of OH MY GOD, THAT IS AWESOME AND HOW IS THAT HAPPENING TO ME?!
So while last year at this time was a good place, we are in a really, really great place right now.
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