Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thing's I've (Already) Learned in 2017

Time is hands down the most confusing thing ever (and it truly waits for no one). Seriously, you guys. How are we already this far into April? I feel like I was just on vacation back in August finding out about our littlest surprise and now we're just four short weeks away from meeting her in person. I know every year we have the same conversations about how fast time flies by, but this year is just getting out of hand.

Do what you can, but don't panic if you can't do it all. This is something I've learned (although I'm still coming to terms with). I have always been a hands-on type of person but this pregnancy has slowed me down, especially in the last two weeks or so. I want to do everything on my own. I want to go to work, and write, and clean my apartment and cook dinner and do all the things. But my ankles have started swelling, and I get winded after cleaning just one room of our apartment, and I'm tired for a significant portion of the day (because I'm not sleeping as well) and as much as I can still do, there are a few things more recently that I just have to step back from. And that's okay.

It's more than acceptable to ask for help. This goes a little bit back to not being able to do it all. This year I've learned how many people are there to help me in those situations as long as I'm willing to ask for it.

In general, people mean well. I don't know that this is something I've learned, so much as something I'm choosing to believe in this year. I've been flooded with advice over the past 8 months and although I haven't always taken it to heart, I truly believe that for the most part it's coming from a place of people genuinely caring about me and wanting me to be as prepared as possible.

If you see something from a negative perspective, you're probably going to have a negative outcome. This past weekend we had my baby shower and I got so stressed out in the preparation of everything that I found myself crying over the placement of a table. Looking back on it, that sounds like the most ridiculous thing ever (because it was) and I know that to a certain extent my emotions are being pulled by little tiny baby hands from within, but things weren't going the way I wanted them to and it spiraled into me feeling negative towards the entire party. Luckily I realized what I was doing before the party started and was able to change my perspective, but man oh man did I learn how quickly a little negativity can spiral out of control.

You must celebrate the little things. Like Tuesday's, and surprise days off of work (on Thursday our power went out and we got stranded in our apartment because we couldn't get our garage door open to get out cars out and it ended up being a wonderful day), and the Target dollar section, and brunch. The little things make up the big things and you don't have to wait for the big things for a reason to celebrate. Make 2017 a celebration, just because.

What have you learned already in 2017? 
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