Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Best of 2011

2011 was good to me even if I didn't get pregnant.  Here is a list of what was great about this year.

St. Teresa de Avila
She was my patron for the year.  I loved meditating on the fact that she struggled spiritually until she was 40.  Since I turned 40 this year and the learning curve with this spirituality thing has been steep for me, I took great comfort in knowing her journey.  

This was my word for the year and even though I'm not completely where I want to be, peace has begun to seep into my heart and for that I am grateful.  Much of the reason is that, with God's help, I've been able to temper some bad habits.  

Weight Watchers
Can you guess what one of the bad habits is?  I'm only 3 pounds away from goal.  

Anit-inflammatory diet and T3
I could be wrong but, I think these two changes were key in helping me feel better.  I'm a bit apprehensive because I'm not sure where the diet will lead me or if I'll need more than T3.  But, at least now I have enough energy to research it more. 

They spend an inordinate amount of time with me and answer every weird question.   

She is the person who figured out how tired I was.  She didn't just say, "Oh, your depressed or anxious."  Now, she's working with me on anger management and I'm learning so much.  

I try to avoid discussing relationships on this blog in case the person would find the post.  But, suffice it to say that I've had several key relationships in my life that became troubled.  Some of them have improved because I've put up healthy boundaries.  I've been praying for God to send some catholic friends and boy, did the Lord deliver.  We've made friends with a couple at church and I joined a book club that's mostly people from church.   These people aren't outwardly spiritual- I'm not going to be saying the rosary with them any time soon. But, they are good, positive people that are fun to be around.  They've been a breath of fresh air.  

Guitar Man and I continue to grow in our relationship even with a few bumps along the way.  AJ is finally doing solidly well in school.  Nothing in school has been easy for him and he's finally working at grade level in 5th grade.  My mom has made it another year- alleluia.  

Thank you for this community.  I love reading your struggles, your joys and your stories.  Thank you for sharing- I love you.  


  1. Hello there. Happy New Year and Happy Feast of the Holy Family. I have read your blog before and sorry, but I was having some trouble leaving comments before...

    Just want you to know that I am following your blog and that I identify so much with your struggle.

    Hope to be in further contact.

    Love in Christ,

    Little JoAnn

    Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory

  2. What a great list! I'm really glad that you're here sharing your story as well. Wishing you a year of blessings in 2012!

  3. What an inspirational list! Happy New Year!

  4. What a sweet list! Happy & Blessed New Year!

  5. That sounds like a pretty good year...even though you turned 40 :) You are making me want to reflect on my year but I am not sure if I would find so many positive things. Happy New Year to you and many more blessings throughout 2012.

  6. I love that you identify with your patron saint. Every single time it happens, I'm always amazed & think just how cool that is.
    Good for you on your weight and being so.close to your goal! Its my struggle for 2012. :-) If you have any Anti-Inflammation diet recipes or sources, would you want to post or share? I'm trying to do better this year and I haven't found any good sources or recipes that I love. Thanks!