Post Traumatic Growth 101

From traumatic beginings to "normal life", choosing to grow and wanting to empower others. This is my story.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Trucking Along

2010 was an amazing year. I feel the need to capture why:
* Mackenna became MACKENNA. My baby girl is an amazing person, truely. She can speak clearly now in complete sentances and we've discovered that we have a little clown on our hands! Her main goal in life lately is to make us smile/laugh. It's so easy for us to do what with her little chubby cheeks and cute face!
* We finally got to enjoy our pool. Thank you nice summer weather! I went swimming almost every night and I still "go there" in my mind....floating on my back (usually NAKED!!!) looking up at the stars just being....ALIVE.
* I lost 30 lbs and became the "new me". I didn't really broadcast my efforts outside of but I changed my physical self - for the good! I can't even begin to describe the energy I gained by changing my eating habits and getting regular exercise. Lesson learned self! I plan on getting rid of another 30lbs this year and hitting my "goal weight"
* I discovered the bestest workout ever - FUZION! Skye is our (Kim's a fellow addict) instructor and I have never met someone more motivating than this chick. The energy just flows out of her and I take it ALL in. The class is simply a dance class. We learn high impact complicated dance moves to songs I LOVE and we dance every week! I can definately credit this workout for my success this year - and next. I also have made a new friend in Skye.
* Friends! I have made some lifelong friends this year. True friends. I'm finally the honest real person that I have wanted to be - I did it! By being more open and honest with people I really like, I have discovered "Friend love" and even "sisterhood" in the sense that I pictured it. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else lol but it means a LOT to me!
* Roots. We are developing some STRONG roots here in Brampton Ontario Canada and I don't think we ever want to leave. New Brunswick is no longer "in scope". I love my community, my house and my life here in Brampton.
* We got a new family member, Maggie. Hard to believe she's almost a year old (Feb 13th). Time flies! I'm still not a "dog person", I have to admit, but she's a good dog and if I had to have one (which I did apparently) then I couldn't have asked for a better dog. <3 you Maggie!
* Sam started school! I've posted about how great she's doing and it continues! My kid is going to be a smart cookie - good thing we've got the savings going for their post-secondary education!
* Corey and I are stronger than ever. It's been a WILD ride in this regard, but we're working on it all the time. He's my best friend in the whole world and I'm very lucky.
* Family peace - I've finally gotten rid of most of (come on, it'll never be ALL) my expectations when it comes to my extended family. They are warped/screwed up/different people and yes, that hurts, but what the heck can I do about it? I can only live my life - I have no control over these people. I wish them all luck with their sad lives :) I'm here if you need me!
* Family strength - my new and improved family is getting stronger. I got to spend a lot of quality time with my niece Kailin and her mom and wow...this is the family I always dreamed of. Non-judgemental, open, loving and caring. I am so lucky to have them in my life.
* Work confidence - the first year is over and done with here at my new job and while I may not necessairly like the work itself that I'm doing, I at least feel more competant when doing it! I have a lot of power and exposure at work and in 2011 I want to find a way to harness this feeling and move on to something I actually like. Exciting!
* Fun. 2010 was FUN. I just feel so lucky!

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