It’s almost here. The end of 2015 is almost upon us. 2016 is coming whether we are ready or not.

2015 has been a pretty good year for me. Good things happened in my life this year. I gave up my full time job as custodian at the elementary school where both my boys had attended.  Adam had moved on to high school, and the time was right. It was one of the best decisions I made all year. I’m cleaning houses part time now, and I love being in charge, making my own schedule. Good stuff!

We adopted Zeke this summer! What a great decision! We have a small house, and I was initially worried about having a big dog in the house. But, it has been a pretty smooth transition. Zeke and Coco get along great, I was worried about that too. I can’t imagine life without Zeke in it now. He’s such a good boy, and we are all in love with him!

I started using Young Living essential oils. I was a huge skeptic at the beginning. I was sure the oils would do nothing for me, but I wanted to try them. I bought my starter kit, and was hooked. The oils have changed my life! I get support for so many body systems with my oils, it’s amazing! When I got my kit, I had no intention of ever selling the oils. I am not a salesperson, and didn’t really want any part of that. But, the funny thing about the oils, once you start using them, you want to share with people what they do for you. And so, naturally, I started casually talking about them, and posting about them on Facebook. Eventually, someone bought a kit from me, and my Young Living business was born. I will never be without my oils again.

I started running in August. I always thought I didn’t have the stamina to run. But, with Christopher encouraging me, I downloaded the C2K app onto my phone and dove in. I love the program because it eases you into running by combining walking/running intervals. I finished the program and was super proud of myself.  I continued to run, and still do. I ran my first 5K in November. Adam ran with me, which I loved! What an accomplishment! It felt amazing!

We surprised Adam with his first car this year. He won’t have a license until May, but he’s been driving it around town with us. It was so much fun to watch his reaction to that car in the driveway!

My first baby left the nest this year. I will admit it was hard for me to see him go. But, ultimately, as parents, our job is to prepare them to go out into the world. I think we have done a pretty good job. I am so proud of him, he’s made a nice home for himself and Sarah. They are so happy there, and, in turn, that makes me happy.

Unfortunately, the year was not all fun. I lost my dad this year. He passed away at the end of January. It was, truly, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. He was the most amazing dad and grandpa! It still hurts, and I still miss him like crazy, and always will. It took me a very long time to realize that his death was actually a blessing. He is in a much better place now, and for that, I will be forever grateful. He is buried in a cemetery that is minutes from my house, so I visit frequently. It’s so hard to lose someone you love.

I’m looking forward to 2016. I hope to continue my running. I would also like to stay healthy and be proactive with health matters. I think I need to overhaul my diet, so maybe baby steps in that direction. I do love my sweets, lol. I hope to continue to build my Young Living business. I hope for great things for both of my boys. They continue to amaze me year after year. I hope for good health for my husband. And I hope that we will all be happy and healthy in the new year.

Happy New Year!

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