2015 was an interesting year to say the least. For us really 2015 was the end of 2012 when our sibling quest started. As we look back it is beneficial to see all that transpired, to understand why 2016 signals a new beginning for us.
Life forever changed when our daughter arrived – 2011-2012 was a blur for us but a WONDERFUL blur. Parenthood has been the BEST thing to ever happen to us! We love our little miracle dearly and I cannot describe how much fun its been to watch her grow – even with all the sleeplessness factored in.
Grieving our loss of a sibling has not been easy for me – and honestly I don’t think it ever will be. It’s one of those things you don’t get over but you learn to live with it. When I lost Papi I learned that there are things you never get over – you just learn to live with that absence. This will be one of them. And I have no choice but to be ok with it, because my daughter deserves my 100% of a Mom and Alan deserves my 100% of a wife.
But not all is sadness and gloom. 2015 saw Alan defend his Master’s Thesis and graduate with his Master’s degree as well as to commence that road to scholar by starting a PhD. Yes we will be a PhD household. We are not sure if he will go the academic or the Research industry route – but the good thing is he will be happy either way. For the first time in years we finally feel excited about our life and like it is going somewhere and we are giddy about that. Daughter also started her new school which we love but most importantly SHE loves. We feel its a good environment for her and will continue to develop her “free spirit” unconstrained. We certainly want her to be whomever and whatever she wants.
On the job front I had a tough year. I have research projects in the works but nothing stuck this year. I am kind of under the gun since I go up for tenure next year, so I will have a busy January. Teaching wise though things are in an upswing. We participated in a competition of 45 schools and managed to place top 9. My students and I are overwhelmingly proud of our achievement and cannot wait to see the presentations of the Top 3 teams!
We also continue to grow as entrepreneurs. In May I entered the direct sales industry with Chloe and Isabel Jewelry. It has not been easy, but it has taught me a lot about myself, who I am, and how to step out of my comfort zone. We also launched our own retail business and I became a LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant – arguably the most flattering and comfortable clothes you will ever wear. It’s been a lot of work, and a lot of space – we carry inventory with LuLaRoe – but again, it teaches me every day that I can do anything I want, it helped me recover my feminine side and my self confidence, and has opened me to a world of strong supportive women. I have made more friends in these past 6 months than in the past 6 years. And it teaches daughter that she can do anything she wants.
As we look towards 2016 we have many goals to accomplish: tenure, a successful academic year for both Alan and I, daughters continued development, growing our business, blog more, paying down debt and moving into a house and out of an apartment. We hope God graces us with the health and determination to accomplish this, and on the personal life get back to us as a marriage and as individuals (weight loss anyone?)
We wish you a wonderful 2016 that gives you many blessings and health, and sees your goals reached or at the very least get closer to attainment.
Happy New Year 2016!