Friday, January 1, 2016

It's The Little Things In Life That Mean The Most. Not Where You Live, What You Drive, Or The Price Tag On Your Clothes

     The title of this post was taken from the song Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band.

     New Years Eve 2015. I spent time at home surrounded by family. We ate good food, played games, talked about our hopes and dreams and everything in-between. It was low key and nothing fancy, but being with the ones I love was a great way to ring in the new year. As I look back over 2015 there are moments that I'm super proud of, moments that I regret, and things I would change. I set goals last year that I didn't achieve while others I worked really hard on.  This year I want to work on being okay with where I am in my life right. this. minute. I spend a lot of time beating myself up for things I haven't accomplished yet. I focus on the things I struggle with instead of looking at all the great things I do and have. I need to shift my thought process and be okay with who I am. I have a wonderful family and they love me just the way I am. Don't get me wrong, I have goals to improve upon things in my life, but while I'm working on those things I am also giving myself permission to be okay with how far I've come. 
      This morning the kids got up and Tyler made cinnamon roll waffles, and Blake curled up in my arms. I'm truly blessed.



1 comment:

Debbie Deal said...

Girl, I don't even understand how you can beat yourself up for things you've not accomplished this time in life-you were widowed early in life-you made it through that, which in my opinion, is a HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT-you were blessed at that time, with giving birth and mothering 3 marvelous children. The four of you were so close, and gravitated close in those dark days that followed Mike's death. You met someone and fell in love, and made a new family-the five of you. So mother of 3, widowed, and now a new wife. Since then, you've given birth to 2 more beautiful children. Now you spend your days working full time, giving all you possibly can to your students in your classroom. So you are a teacher, a wife, a mother to 5 of your own children, you have moved and have a new house. You've also gotten your master's degree. Now-this all since 2011. Melanie, call me crazy, but girl this is some major work and major achievements!!!! Here is a big hug to you, with hopes you will see you as I see you. In addition to this, you are so kind, so humble, so generous, and a devoted daughter of God. Where exactly my sweet, do you think you are lagging behind? I hope this helps you see the reflection that bounces off your spirit, onto my eyes. You are amazing. Never sell yourself short.