I dubbed 2017 my “Year of Transition.” And as I mark 12 months since my separation, I can honestly say that life as I know it is almost completely different from what it was a year ago. It hasn’t always been easy, but everything I’ve gone through has given me the opportunity to grow.
So, since it’s the season of lists, here are 12 things that I’ve learned during my first year as a single mom:
- I can make great decisions in high-stress situations.
- I can use a snake to unplug a sink.
- I can rise above negative situations. (If you’re surrounded by drama, try it sometime!)
- I can choose my mood. (see #3)
- Mom was right. Your reputation counts.
- I can assemble a hockey net – even if it takes three days!
- I can write more words in a month than I previously believed possible.
- I have a great poker face. (see #3 & #4)
- Simple things can make me very happy.
- I may be middle-aged, but I can still learn new things.
- Not everyone who is friendly is your friend. (But don’t take it personally!)
- Girlfriends (and male friends) who make you laugh are the best.
I have dubbed 2018 my “Year of Momentum.” After the free-fall of 2017, I feel like my feet are back on the ground and that I’m on the right path forward.
Who’s coming along for the ride?