I intended to write a post stating a few of my resolutions for the new year. I drafted a couple lines and quickly decided to take an alternative route.

Instead, I’m going to keep it simple.

Here are a few photos from this past weekend, taken in a small parking lot in Los Gatos. I asked my husband to snap some pictures of Everest and I while we were leaving a birthday party. To be honest, I really liked our outfits. And if there aren’t any pictures, well then, did we really wear the clothes? This mom obviously doesn’t get out much.

Impromptu photo shoot.

That’s the back story of this little series of snaps. To go even further into the details, these photos were taken near the end of what I consider to be an exceptional first week of 2018.

We spent the first day of the new year traveling back home from Los Angeles. We stayed at my sister in law’s and her boyfriend’s house over the weekend. We went to our first 49ers road game, and they won.

I spent the rest of the week, not calling in sick from work, even though I felt like crap. This is a result of my weak immune system. However, I pushed through and made it to work every day. That is an accomplishment for me, and I am allowing myself the little victories.

Speaking of victories, my coworker and good friend of mine, alongside my husband, replaced my alternator, and my car was brought back to life after a few weeks of being out of commission. Thank you, YouTube!

We attended Everest’s old best friend’s birthday party. He doesn’t see her as much since she moved to a different school, so it was a joy to witness them hang out and embrace each other like old times. I might even say he was a bit stifling as he tried his best to follow her around while she mingled with the rest of the kids in attendance. I see a one-on-one play date in the near future.

And then we ended the week at church. My family and I went to Sunday service, and listened to a wonderful sermon which further prepared me for what the rest of the year will bring.

“Your opposition is an opportunity for growth.”

“The power of preparation.”

“Evaluate the process and the experience.”

These are just a few of the pastor’s words that resonated with me. I felt that I completely related to everything he had to say, and that I was meant to listen to this sermon.

Not many people know how much I’ve suffered the last few months of the previous year. I battled with my mental illness; and what seemed at the time, major setbacks in my life. I was counting down the days for 2017 to be over because I was ready to start anew.

But instead of reflecting on the past and professing my new goals and intentions, I wanted to share with you all how great my first week of 2018 really was.

So here’s to stepping into the new year, with more smiles, laughter, and love.

Happy 2018!!



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