Celebrating

I am so very tired of people asking how I'm doing…because I hate being a downer. The truth is that the last four months have been rough, with a severe bout of pneumonia followed quickly by the all-day-unceasing morning sickness from hell. I can't lie, though. The best I can do is look at the bright side and answer honestly, “I'm creating life, so that's something to celebrate!”

Celebrating

They say May is “celebration season.” Between Mother's Day, prom, graduations and a million weddings, we are surrounded by celebrations. It can be a bit much to swallow when hormones seem to have hijacked the reigns of your life, but it prompted me to turn my focus the other day onto what it is we have to celebrate. This baby, our family, my husband's blue-green eyes that still manage to knock me off my feet and remind me of the sea foam at Big Sur.

I've actually come a long way in finding joy in the stillness.

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Earlier this year we promised ourselves that we would be better about setting our own standards and – truth be told – we have. We headed on over to our sponsor Red Lobster to do the mid-year family checkin that we always do around this time. We set goals for ourselves in January, typically hit some speed bumps along the way, and have to be diligent about making sure our actions are on-target. I realized that while this pregnancy has been challenging, it's been exactly the sort of pause our family needed to reach this year's goal. It's helped us to start finding joy in small things and stop seeking some grand external experience to validate ourselves.

That's something I've struggled with my entire life.

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As for dinner…Nate found joy in seafood. Shocking, I know.

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I found joy in the fact that I'm a grown adult who can eat a cookie for dinner if that's what I'm in the mood for!

We're both finding joy in the fact that we've become stronger people this year, better at setting up boundaries to protect our family's time together. We've cut back on the amount of work we take on, and it's been a visible force for good in our lives as we're both more present parents and spouses to one another.

It may not be an event or a specific milestone, but to me that's something to celebrate.

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I’m sharing #lobsterworthy moments in my life as part of a Red Lobster sponsored series for Socialstars™