If I had to sum up 2017 it would have to be that of a roller coaster ride and I am absolutely sure that I am not the only one out there who would say this.
Don’t get me wrong, I am the most thankful-est person on the planet in that I realize, things could be so much worse such as losing all of my hair again, going through another divorce, going broke, a death, etc., but thankfully, this didn’t happen this year.
My marriage is stronger than ever and I literally thank the Lord above every day that I had a second shot at love, I’m not kidding, y’all, the Professor rocks. My kids are growing like weeds and in less than 7-8ish months, we will have 3 gone out of the house at college with 2 left who will be juniors in high school. Very hard to believe. All three college kids will be at Auburn and if things go right, my daughter would like to be back at her high school with her bonus brother in 2018, but we shall see what has transpired in that direction as it was quite out of control when I pulled her in November to do homeschool. Very unsavory times, y’all.
My OT practice welcomed 2 kid yoga classes, a Hippotherapy opportunity, a ground Horse Assisted Therapy opportunity, aquatic therapy, Plant Therapy essential oils, the beginnings of a Creative Art class, a Nutrition Coordinator, and several other certifications and awesome opportunities. In addition, I opened a satellite clinic at Foster Academy but this has been put on hold temporarily until the church folks that are using my OT space have their space back which is currently being renovated. I am pumped about this school and being their OT!!
My bonus daughter graduated from high school 6 months ahead of schedule attending homeschool and I had the awesome opportunity to sit through the most delightful graduation ceremony I have ever been to. Very moving.
My daughter turned 16 and I bought her a new car, hence being fired as her chauffeur quite happily. I was also fired from carpool, also quite happily! Woohoo!!
Since pulling my daughter from high school and enrolling her in homeschool, she has gotten an afternoon job and I have now been fired from being her full-time sugar mama, always having to give her money. I’m down to my leech son, though I keep telling him he could totally swing a job, he tells me he wants to focus on school, so I back up because he has proven to me that he is kicking it in school.
I lost 42 pounds of the 47 I was hoping for doing Weight Watchers and was 5 away from goal, but . . . I got busy with work and new opportunities and had to put WW on hold thus putting 20 pounds back on. It sucks but it just shows me that I can’t quite WW as it is not good for my waistline. In addition, my sweet friend talked me into something I have always thought about but never followed through with . . . Adventure Boot Camp at 5:30 am several mornings a week. We start on Wednesday and I am both excited and nervous that I won’t be able to roll out of bed on time, however, when I think about her conviction to this program, I will most certainly roll out of bed as not to disappoint her. She is a very cool chick!
The Professor and I took several wonderful trips in 2017 just confirming that he is the funnest dude to hang out with and really knows how to show his wife a great awesome time. I am so blessed. We also celebrated our 4 year anniversary, that sounds so funny to me as my friends are on their 18th, 20th, etc. and it was great!!
My bonus son has a girlfriend, my daughter has a boyfriend, and my other bonus son has a girlfriend so they have roller coaster times too but all seem happy.
I still have 2 dogs after a bit of confusion that I was adopting a therapy dog I could use in the clinic, long story short . . . not a therapy dog, so we had to give her back to her foster mom, but she has found a great home. Things have settled down in our house and my Lucy dog has stopped shedding a lot and seems less nervous. I had second thoughts about whether our house and the activity was too much for her as I observed her a nervous wreck, she is part Chihuahua but I was still worried and thought about giving her to a nice quiet old person. She’s all good now and taught me a lesson in the art of calm. I found out I am able to use my Scout dog as my therapy dog and he is working on his certification, though he really doesn’t need a paper to tell OT kids that he rocks as a therapy dog. I get so sick of paying fees for things I already know are good, ya know?
The Professor has a running joke with me that I won’t be able to top the 22 medical/scientific books I read in 2017 on subjects such as Quantum Healing, Quantum Physics, Subtle Body Energies, Magnetic Resonance, Neurofeedback, Ayurveda, and many other books to make myself the best OT that I can plus, to have a better understanding of things not seen as you won’t believe what I have learned. The Professor says he doesn’t get me but I’ll tell you this, I’ve taught the man how to center himself and meditate and he has managed to bring his blood pressure down through this daily practice so there’s that.
When I am not in the clinic, at the ranch, at the farm, in the pool, teaching yoga, or at Foster Academy, I do homeschool with my daughter and I am now learning about Astronomy and re-learning Spanish and Chemistry. Plus, hanging out with her is a kick in the pants.
Some other phenomenal things happened here at the end of the year that put my heart, mind, and soul at ease as well as my two kids. This was one of the reasons my blood pressure was up, I was having acute nose bleeds (something I have never had before), I was tearful, and sometimes angry. This was our cherry on top of our 2017 cake and I am so thankful, just so thankful.
The Professor still has some ‘things’ to work out on his end and boy it will be great to settle his stuff as I am about sick of crap getting drug on and on and kids getting caught up in the cross-fire. It gets pretty old, but, it is what it is, we just keep praying.
In 2018, I’d like to see me at my goal weight, in shape, better than ever at yoga, a better OT, mom, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. I’d love to see my book published as I know in my heart without a doubt that it will help so many parents with or without kids with special needs. I’d also like to see fewer weeds in the yard, our fence to miraculously be new again and not brittle and falling apart, solar power to the back garage so the Professor can putz around out there and make stuff, and I’d like to see all the kids really shine when it comes to school. I’d love to win the lottery so I can donate funds to my friend’s horse rescue and Vet ranch, buy a therapy dog for one of my OT families, build a therapy pool, build a covered driveway for my OT kids/families for when it rains, and make someone smile every day.
I’d also like to see a helluva lot more love in the world and a helluva lot more respect for human life, our Earth, and anything else I am forgetting.
My hope for everyone is a happy, loving, and successful 2018.
Cheers, y’all to a great 2018 for you have the power to make it that way.