If you’ve been a reader for a while you know that I occasionally share more personal updates on the website in addition to my regular content. My aim for this year is to create a little more personal space on the blog since my content tends to be more informational and I know readers enjoy the personal posts. It also allows me to write about things that don’t fit in the Centsible Life categories-something I love to do.
2015 started as every year does with an anniversary, our wedding anniversary. We chose the first of January because our wedding date makes a nice little binary code 01/01/01. Now all these years later it’s also the same number of people who make up our family and just like that repeating code we have 3 boys and 3 girls in the family.
The thing about getting married on New Year’s Day is that it’s a holiday-so celebrating on the day of is often challenging and the night before…well, it’s just not our cup of tea to stay out late on New Year’s Eve.
So, we celebrated as we often do in low-key style with the kids. They gave us some homemade gifts, treated us to mostly excellent behavior, and we ended the day with a dinner out just the two of us. We didn’t even have dessert! That’s what going off sugar for 30 days did to me-I no longer crave dessert. It’s weird, honestly.
Our break was spent doing a lot of cleaning and organizing, though there’s still 9 million things to do they have to wait now that everyone is back to our routines. I cleared out my closet, took bags and boxes to Goodwill (like everyone else) prior to the New Year and still managed to have 5 bags in my trunk by the end of this past weekend. I have no idea where all this stuff comes from, but it needs to GO.
I also spend some time organizing our family calendar, menu plan for the year, and sorting out my work travel schedule. There are still a lot of loose ends to tie up, but it’s a good start to 2015 when you have some organization in place.
I’m still pondering a word for 2015. Last year was ‘create,’ but I think this year may be ‘capture.’ As in capturing more moments in photos, capturing them in my head by being fully present, and just holding on a bit tighter to the magic and love that we share every day (in hopes that it will also help make the laundry piles seem smaller).
The kids and the husband were home until the 5th so that meant a lot of time ‘off’ from work while we played games, cleaned things, cooked, and cleaned things again. The mess of 6 people at home for 12 days is REAL.
January also starts off with a birthday or two. We celebrated our newly one year old puppy with lots of pets, cuddles, and a few treats.
A few days later we celebrated our ‘baby’ turning 9. Where does the time go?
He had a low-key celebration as well since we’re heading on a trip to celebrate a few things later this month. That trip includes celebrating his last two birthdays. We had a trip planned last year we had to scrap at the last-minute due to the ice storm that knocked our power out for a week.
I have a lot of travel this month, but I’m really looking forward to it. Mostly because I will get some time in the sunshine which has been pretty non-existent in these parts for the last several weeks.
One of the best parts of these trips is that I was able to pull out some clothing that hasn’t fit in a long while! I went shopping in my basement for everything I needed. I’m thrilled to be down nearly 30 pounds over the last 6 months. I still have a ways to go, but I feel so much better knowing I’m back to my ‘old self’.
I am really happy to share that I’ve been able to keep my depression at bay this year without needing medication. It’s been challenging at times, but I recognize when I need to exercise some self-care and I do it. Not something I could do when I was in the throes of depression previously.
Now I’m off to wrap up some packing, writing a few more posts, and pretending I’m not freezing.
How has 2015 been treating you so far?