Wow, New Year ’s Eve is here, and I know I say it every year, and in fact every month, but time seems to be going faster and faster. What say you? Do you feel the same way?
Like any year, 2013 has had ups and downs, but I have high hopes for 2014!
In a quick review, the big thing for us was finding out that Max has Dyslexia and Dyscalculia. This has changed our whole approach to Max’s education, and has made a huge difference to Max. We appreciate his strengths and gifts so much more now and are constantly thinking about and trying to be creative with helping him with the whole reading, writing and ‘rithmatic side of things.
For the first few months of the year I really struggled with full time work and home and family and felt that I wasn’t doing anything well and all people and areas of my life were missing out. I kept wishing and praying for big change that would take the need for action out of my hands! As they say, be careful, you might get what you wish for! Change came, but I don’t think it was what I was after! My work went through a merger, whilst not disastrous, it was a really difficult time with lots of uncertainty and questioning if this is what I want to choose to do (and I do get a bit narky when choice is taken away from me!). Change is a bit like parenting – you can offer all the advice you want and think you know what people are going through, but until you go through it yourself you really don’t know what you are talking about!! After a long 6 months, we are coming through the other end of it, but I am still questioning what it is that I want to do with my life! I am sure that answer will come one day…
Just before we went through the merger at work I had dropped work to 4 days a week and that has been fantastic. It has made such a difference to me and our little household. It has given me time to breathe, time to research, time to clean and wash clothes, and time to focus on our family.
I have plenty to be thankful for in 2013. I am so thankful for our discoveries with Max (or should I say…dys-coveries…boom tish!). I talk about this a lot with other parents at school and in our general community and there are so many parents desperate for help with their children that are experiencing learning difficulties. I could go on for hours, but whilst our school is good and we are happy with it, you really need to put in so much help as and initiate so much action as parents. So that is my band wagon for the moment.
I am also grateful that we have put all parts in place to finally renovate our house in the coming year (albeit on a shoe string budget).
I am grateful for a wonderful friends and family that have shared our 2013 and been part of our lives.
I am looking forward to so much in 2014.
- I am looking forward to finally making our house much more liveable and really improving our lifestyle.
- I am looking forward to a good year at school for Max which will involve LOTS of maths tutoring.
- I am looking forward to an exciting start to high school for Ed and hope he has a great year (because year 6 was quite average for him).
- I am looking forward to a great year 4 for Arch where he will actually try and stretch himself at school (hmmm).
- I am looking forward to a new baby joining our broader family.
- I am looking forward to an art class I have booked into for Feb and other creative plans that I have for the year.
- I am looking forward to living more in the moment and being mindful and appreciating what I have.
So that is my quick year in review and hopes and dreams for 2014.
What about you?