Personal life: I feel very fortunate to be able to cross Europe off my travel bucket list. The trip was definitely one of our highlights of the year. On the flip side, my husband's workload has become too overwhelming. He's been travelling for work often for years. That's nothing new and to be honest, I am used to it. He took a total of 48 business trips in 2015. If you do the math, that's one trip per week. I always try my best to support him but there is a lot of responsibility on my shoulders when he's not around. Juggling a full-time career with 2 kids can be very challenging. At the end of the day, I have little to no patience for anyone. I get frustrated easily and become difficult to be around. I always keep my personal life private but wanted to share a small snippet of our lives. My husband has been working extremely hard for the past 2 years with a goal to move up to a VP level in the company that he currently works for. His typically work week is 60-70 hours not including travel. It's exhausting but I do stand behind him and hope one day he'll be able achieve his goal. Unfortunately, it didn't happen because of the company culture. Wasn't the news he wanted to hear but we finally accept the fact that it's time to move on. I am ready for a change in 2016 and excited to plan his next move.
Blogging: As mentioned previously, I wasn't into blogging as much as I used to and it has definitely shown on the blog. With social media these days, everything seems so perfect. It's hard not to compare. Sometimes, I get caught up in the social media numbers game and feel discouraged. I have to remind myself that blogging is not my full time job, my life certainly do not depend on it and running this blog is just a hobby. There were times I wanted to do a makeup tutorial or beauty product reviews but changed my mind because I was afraid they will be less than perfect. This year, I will be experimenting with a variety of topics and just have fun with it. You guys seem to like "handbag chit chat" posts based on the number of views.
What to look forward to in 2016: Courtney will be starting middle school and Madelyn will be starting kindergarten next year. Wow, where did the time go? I am looking forward to cross another destination off my travel bucket list this year.
Resolutions: Besides some obvious stuff like staying active and eating healthy, I have a few personal goals that I set for myself:
- More reading: I can't remember the last time I've read a book. Book recommendations are welcome!
- Don't sweat the small stuff: Kids are hard work but they only go through every stage once. Learn to enjoy the moments and the ride even though parenthood is exhausting sometimes.
- More date nights: At the beginning of 2015, my husband and I planned to go out twice a month for date night. Well, it happened less than a handful of time. This year, we are going to make date night a priority =)
- Get back to meal planning: I used to be really good at meal planning but totally fell off the bandwagon after a few short months.
Wrapping up this post with a comment from one of my readers. Thank you, Annie! Your comment certainly made my day. I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me. I am excited to hit the reset button and write another chapter of my life.