Hi Everyone! I can’t believe this year is finally over! To commemorate it on this blog I’m doing a top five moments of the year. Our lives are so blessed that I could probably list 100 special moments of the year. But, in the spirit of conciseness, I’ve narrowed it down to five. Note that this aren’t in any particular order, they are just my favorite things/moments of the year.
Starting This Blog
Obviously this had to be on here. I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll mention it again: I thought about having a blog for years before actually doing it. So silly but it’s such a dream come true. I love having something that is so my own and writing about whatever I want. Before the blog I was craving someone to talk to about beauty products & makeup – someone that shared my ridiculous passion for all of it. Now I have that with all my lovely readers.
New Role At Work
What a difference a year makes! As many of you know, the last five years I’ve worked in the audit practice at a public accounting firm. Given SEC filing deadlines, our busy season is usually January to March. And when I say busy, I mean working 15 hour days, seven days a week for two months. It’s stressful, exhausting and mostly terrible.
After my PCOS diagnosis I knew I needed to make a change. Thankfully, that change almost fell on my lap when a new role opened at work. I now work as a project manager for audit teams (versus doing the audit myself).
I now mostly work 40 hour weeks, have a flexible schedule and get to work from home most days. Although I ended up giving up a promotion due to the transition, it’s been the best decision I’ve made in a long time.
The switch has really allowed me to prioritize my health, my friends and family and also leaves enough time on nights & weekends to work on the blog.
As a MAJOR plus, this is the first holiday season since I graduated from my master’s that I haven’t completely dreaded January.
Our first year at home
We bought our house late last year (as in moved in mid December) so 2016 was our first full year living here. Similar to how I feel about the blog, it’s such a great feeling to have something that is our own. I love everything about this house – including the half wallpapered wall in our bedroom.
My favorite memory has to be finally getting to put up the Halloween decorations we bought the year before. For years we talked about the time we would finally get to decorate our own house. It was surreal for that to actually happen.
I talked about our trips home, to San Francisco and Europe on the blog before so I won’t rehash the whole thing. I do think however, that my favorite moments from those were:
+ Riding our bikes across the Golden Gate bridge (and being shocked at how far we actually went)
+ Eating the most delicious pasta we’d ever had while standing in a crowded little hole in the wall place in Venice.
My PCOS Diagnosis
Ok, I’m not talking about actually getting my diagnosis. That part sucked. But what hasn’t sucked is all the changes in my life this sparked. Before all the symptoms and the diagnosis I was living a really sedentary & unhealthy life. To add to that I was stressed & miserable at work which really took a toll on my relationships. Bottom line, I was prioritizing all the wrong things.
Realizing I had PCOS really made me rethink my health, my job and my life in general.
It wasn’t until that moment that I really took action to find a new job, started working out, eating healthy & making myself a priority. And for that, I am grateful.
Lastly, I didn’t want to write this whole post without acknowledging that 2016 was also the year we lost my grandmother. It would be hypocritical to pretend the sadness and sense of loss didn’t impact (and continues to impact) our family. However, I’ve chosen to focus on the good and being grateful. She lived a wonderful & full life, and the void she left behind is only a reminder of how lucky we were to have her in our lives for as long as we did. I honor her memory by thinking about her every day. Remembering her laugh and her sayings and seeing her in all the beautiful things in life.
Happy New Year to all of you! Cheers!