Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I wouldn't change a thing.

It's crazy to think that one year ago I was preparing to graduate from college.  I was horribly excited about life.  I had an amazing job lined up; a great boyfriend to go back home to, and I was about to have my undergraduate degree in hand!  I was embarking on a new adventure.  I was young, fresh, excited about life and ready to be a young working professional with a fun exciting life! 

It's amazing how so much can change in one years time. 

Now I'm not saying my life isn't fun anymore, and it still have adventures and excitement, it's just a completely different world from what I imagined it would me. 

This year at this time, I'm preparing a birthday party for my twin 3 year old step sons.  I'm planning a wedding for Keith and I for September.  We've bought a house and are going through the whole process.  I'm still working that great job I had after college, and for the most part it's still pretty great.  I just never imagined how challenging it would be to have a steady work/life balance. 

I'm embarking on a new adventure this year as some of my friends are just now finishing college.  I'm now a full time working parent of 3 boys, and most of the time I feel as though there is never enough time in a day.  As we were on our hour long drive home for work today, I was thinking 1: there is so much productivity lost in driving 2 hours everyday for work!  And 2: it's already Tuesday!?  In thinking, usually Tuesday is still the beginning of the week and the weekend seems so far away.  For me, I'm thinking holy crap it's already Tuesday, when the heck am I going to have time to get everything done!? 

One years time has turned my life around in so many great ways.  It is what I had imagined?  Not in a million years, but would I trade it for anything?  Not a chance.  It is challenging?  It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life.  I never imagined I would have to deal with some of the things that have been on my mind over the past year.  And partly it was an eye opener to see that there are people our there that struggle with situations like this.  Granted, you hear it on the radio and in the news all the time, but it's never the same until you're a part of it. 

I am very thankful for the life God has given me, and I've very thankful for the people He has put in my life, and the strength he has given me to overcome so many challenging moments over the past year.  I have faith in knowing that I am a strong person, who's making a different in someone's life: the lives of my 3 little boys.