Blessings from 2014

As I sit here, now in 2015, I can’t help but reflect on my 2014. The first 6 months of 2014 were a little rocky. I think I let a lot of my emotions from the 2013 year sneak their way in there with an obscene amount of drinking and stupid decisions. But what can you do but learn from it, right? So here I am, learning from my mistakes and counting my blessings heading into 2015..

Always100In my post, More Than MyselfI talk about coaching my kids and how much of a blessing they are to me. I did not mention, however, that in 2013 I took a break from all that. It wasn’t until January of 2014 I got back in the game with my new Always 100 family, which was probably one of the few good decisions I made during that first 6 month span. I thank God every day for these 9 young women, their families, and the coaching staff at Always 100 for bringing me back in to their lives and their program.

IMG_1956As I started to try and better myself come mid year, I decided not only to mentor my own kids that I coach, but to also become a Big for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). This was a big step for me. There was an extensive process in being matched with a Little. I was beyond nervous. What if we didn’t hit it off? How could I relate to a kid who came from a totally different background than me? Would we have anything in common?

Well BBBS really knows their stuff and matched me with the most amazing Little. It’s insane how much we have in common. She could be the younger version of me to be quite honest. We’re about 6 months into our match and the support from the BBBS family has really helped me to try and become a better Big for my Little. This girl and I are going to be friends forever, I just know it.

IMG_0702In August this year I ventured to Isla Muejeres, an island off of Cancun, for my first girls trip with two of my best friends. Can you say, much needed vacation?

The three of us had been inseparable for the past 6 months. What better way to top it off with a vacation to end the summer? And so we did.

Isla Muejeres was gorgeous and we were so blessed to have the chance to go to such a secluded resort, swim with whale sharks, golf cart the entire island, shop and bargain with locals, relax, and drink the amazing Mexican tequila.

Mexico just so happens to be my families favorite place to vacation. So guess where I’m headed to again in April? Yep, Mexico!

IMG_1296Now here comes the real kicker. The one moment in 2014 to change it all was this baby right here. Pretty gross, huh? Sorry for the gruesome image, but there are no words that would do this image justice.

This is what happens when you come down on a martini shaker. Seriously.

What a freak accident, right?! I had never had anything like this happen to me before. Straight to the ER I went: a lot of blood, 27 stitches, and 8 shots later, I was pretty much handicapped for 2 months.

Those 2 months were the 2 months that flipped my 2014 around. There’s not a lot you can do, but think and reflect, when you can’t move from your couch. I knew as soon as I was ready I wanted to make changes in my life.

The first was to read You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero, a book recommended to me by a friend, and one I have now recommended to many more. If there is anything in this post you resonate with, I really hope it’s to purchase this book. I recommend the audio version so you can take notes. I took pages upon pages of notes, which I keep next to my bed, to remind me of ways to better my life every single day.

From there it’s really been uphill for me.

My oldest sister had her 3rd (and final) baby boy.

My younger sister got engaged to the love of her life.

And I got a dog.IMG_2092

Don’t laugh, I’m serious. This was a huge step for me. I didn’t have a whole lot of support on this one, but that didn’t matter. I was ready for more responsibilities. I was ready to have someone else in my life. What better way than to save my baby Lucy from the SPCA. You can read her story here.

So that’s it. That’s all she wrote. Literally.

Overall, 2014 was a success. I ended it WAY better than I started it. And I’d have to say the journey through 2014 really blessed me with a lot. Even in those last couple days of the year.

Everything happens for a reason and everything is all about timing. Everything.

 

Cheers,

Laine

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