A moment of Gratitude.

It’s New Year’s time, at least in this part of the world. While I never fully engaged in the promises and commitments for the following year, it is unavoidable to look back at the past 12 months.

For the first time since we are together, my husband and I are spending the last night of the year at home. It’s just us and the fireplace. We are not going to exotic places or where the weather is the opposite from here. We love to travel and explore new places while taking advantage of a less hectic rhythm at work. This time, being pregnant, that wasn’t really an option and we couldn’t be happier about it. It means there’s a baby coming and we are actually experiencing the cosy environment of a home, a family home.

As I write, he’s preparing a delicious meal. He has been researching and preparing for it with great care and excitement. Now, he’s putting it to the test and he seems to be loving it. With such dedication, I doubt this could turn out anything but an amazing meal – he’s not so sure, though šŸ™‚

I am also glancing at the pictures of some of the highlights of the year: our marriage, the celebration with the family, the different trips, the moment we found out we were expecting a baby… it was a great year. An incredible year.

I’ve also left work and stepped into the unknown, trusting that my husband and I can build the life we both dream of. It’s been an adventure, confusing and exciting; sometimes vertigo inducing. So far, it was clearly right decision and I’m glad we made it happen.

There was also progress with the coaching, Pilates and being more in tune with myself. I know, it’s such a cliche. Yet, being aware of what I’m feeling and thinking is having a great and positive impact. To actually stop and listen. It is one of the biggest achievements of 2016.

What about 2017? I can’t begin to imagine what it’s going to be like or set many expectations. There has been many surprises in life and I will become a mother – to pretend I know what that means would be foolish. My main wishes are that the family is healthy and we can continue building this amazing life together.

Happy New Year.