Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Ok, bad news first. The honest truth is that 2018 was my hardest year to date. Behind the fat baby jokes and toddler tantrum laughs was a really tough year with a challenging baby who none of us knew how to soothe, a 2 year old who was…2 (enough said), an international move to a non-English speaking country and a husband who was working very hard around-the-clock at a new job, leaving me mostly solo with 2 kids and 2 dogs in a foreign city apartment with no school or childcare for most the year. Sure, it was filled with exciting travel, amazing moments and great new friends, but mostly it was a lonely year with a lot of dark moments that I wasn’t all that good at sharing or handling. Bummer, right? Since I’ve never been known for sharing well, whether it be chocolate or my emotions, this is about as vulnerable as I get.
So! Let’s move on to the good news, which is my new-found motivation to make 2019 the year I both achieve and avoid going mental. The mental I’m hoping to avoid is what you imagine happens on a daily basis, considering I live in a privately funded nomadic insane asylum where small mammals rule the roost, like Lord of the Flies with their schnauzer ponies as their trusty steeds. On the positive side, I’m aiming to take some mental and physical breaks before I “accidentally” feed one of the kids a dog treat. Essentially, I’ve come to the non-revolutionary, completely obvious realization that scrolling through social media or binge-watching TV while eating the kids’ ice creams are not exactly activities giving my brain and body the reboot it’s craving. That leads me to the goal of the year, which is to include my health in the family priority list, to take a non-Kit Kat sponsored break, and do something constructive on days the kids are around to keep my head above water. I’d also really like to lose 15lbs in the process if possible because, fun fact, kid ice creams are mini sized, but if you eat half the box it’s technically too much. You’re welcome for that free nutritional advice.