2011 marks my fourth year of blogging. I’ve worked so hard to get the opportunities that I do but not without sacrifice. I ran on 3-4 hours of sleep a night, took 2-3 trips a month one year (away from my family), and basically put the things that I loved most on the back-burner. It took me a long time but I have seen what’s truly important. It’s not the trips, the free appliances, or even the money but instead, it’s having that time with family, taking those trips with family, and making myself happy & well.
OWNing 2011 for me, will be about taking extra time on me & my family, getting a good night’s sleep so I can function the next day, and knowing that I’m the boss of my blogs. To be honest, it will be a lot about me. Healing my mind, my body, so that I can be a better mom & wife & friend. Having been a mom since I was 16, I’ve always had to put me last and just because I have kids, doesn’t mean I can’t put me ahead a little bit. I need to be well to take care of them and my blogs. I can say yes and no when I want and that’s a job freedom that most don’t have. I need to use that to my advantage; saying yes and no that is, and I have been. I’m making better business decisions and being realistic while still aspiring to that one goal or two. I’ve been sleeping more, hanging out less on the computer, and doing more of the things I love, like photography.
I hope to get me and my husband to the NFR this year and take mini getaways with him more often. I want to take my kids more places so that they can experience what’s unknown to them. I want to sit on my couch, watching a movie that makes me cry, while crocheting a blanket. I want to enjoy cooking again. I really want my parents to move closer to this area so that I can hang out with my mom, invite them over for a cookout, and let them be closer to their grandkids so they can see just how wonderful they are.
To make these things happen, I have to OWN it, and I will. Sometimes, it’s the simple things.
What are YOU doing to OWN 2011?
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