Appreciating 2013

At the beginning of the year, I wrote in this post that my one little word for 2013 is "appreciate". Of course at that time I already knew I was pregnant but Stu and I had decided to keep it our little secret until the first trimester had past.

You know how we sometimes wish for this or that, then when we get what we want, we're still not happy because we've moved on to wanting even more things? This year, I made darn sure I wouldn't be that person. For the first time in a long while, I feel like I finally have everything I could ever want or hope for: a loving husband, a funny and adorable pet, a beautiful home of my own and finally a little bub! I wanted to appreciate everything that I had and everything that came my way - both the good and the bad.

In 2013, I learned to appreciate crazy pregnant lady hormones, the debacle with gestational diabetes and even my painful recovery from c-section as it meant that I was extra careful around my health, the food I ate, the things I did. In the last three months, I got to experience first hand the joys and pain of motherhood as I watched my little Alexander grow and reach various milestones. I appreciate each precious moment, each smile, every bit of pain, every tear shed.

All in all, it has been a very special year and it has been a heap of fun to share it with you here. So thank you and I look forward to sharing the new year ahead with you again x

PS: This will  be my last post for 2013, as I take a little break to relax, unwind and recharge for 2014. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

40 Responses to Appreciating 2013

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love this post.

I had GD and a C-section too so I can totally relate. Being sawed in half is no joke.

Happy break sweetie.

Merry Christmas!

Jessica said...

Beautifully written post. I really need to take the time and appreciate all of the wonderful things I have. Have a Merry Christmas.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I have really enjoyed getting to know you this year! I'm so glad our paths crossed. I hope you have a nice break and a very merry Christmas!

Samantha Heather said...

Merry Christmas dear Trishie.

Have a wonderful holiday :)

burntfeather said...

Merry Christmas Trishie! I think everyone could grow by practicing to appreciate more, sometimes it's so difficult to just focus on what you have and all your blessings already in front of you. I know I often overlook a lot of things myself. I'm grateful this year for getting to meet a whole bunch of delightful bloggers and you are definitely on that list :)

Anouka K said...

What an amazing year for you! Certainly one that you won't forget. I wish you happy holidays and see you in the new year.

Susannah said...

You sure have had an amazing year. I've got a good feeling about the next one for you as you see your beautiful bub grow and all the things he will wonder at and achieve in the months ahead. Have a wonderful first Christmas as a family of four :D. sparkle2day.com

Tina Bradley said...

What a lovely reflection of your beautiful year! Happy holidays, Trishie! Hugs, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Christine ♥ CHRiiSSYDOLLXO said...

This post is beautifully written! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I glad you had a very unforgettable year :)

Take care always, love Christine ~ xo
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Hi! I am LiLi! said...

Thank you, Trishie.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It's not always smooth but it's fun and inspiring.

See you next year.

Jane said...

hope 2014 is just as wonderful. merry christmas and happy new year!

Czarina Mae said...

I tend to be one of those who often forget to appreciate what I have and where I am currently. I'll definitely work on that in the year to come!

Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

Mirror of Fashion said...

So well written! Happy Holidays!

Manhattan Image and Style said...

I love this post! It's so inspirational!

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Sarah Jane said...

Have a Christmas and New Year Trishie!

Sarah xx

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Enjoy your blogging break! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Pamela RG said...

Enjoy your time off Trishie. Creating happy memories with your family is the most important. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

My Garden Diaries said...

I think that appreciate is the most perfect word to strive for! Well done friend!!! And enjoy your time with your beautiful family! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!!!! See you in 2014!!!

Sam said...

Thanks for this wonderful reminder that we all should be grateful for something. There is so much that we have right in our lives than wrong.

Ananka said...

All the best to you and your family for Christmas and New Year :-)

Shirley Tay said...

Dropping by to wish you happy holidays too & a wonderful 2014! xoxo

Hannapat said...

A beautiful post Trishie and it's been heaps of fun sharing parts of your year with you. Merry Christmas to you all and wishes for a happy and healthy new year xoxo

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

Lovely post, Trish! A toast to "appreciation!" Merry Christmas to you and the family. Happy holidays!

Diva In Me said...

It's good to appreciate things in life be it small or huge. I'm very happy for you that 2013 turns out to be a satisfactory year for you. Take a good rest and enjoy the rest of 2013. Merry Christmas and Happy Year 2014 =)

Kate from Clear the Way said...

Have a great time recharging for 2014!

rooth said...

I'm so glad that 2013 was so good for you. Happy Christmas and here's to hoping 2014 is even better

London Loafers said...

Love reading blog posts about how this year has been for other bloggers :) Hope 2014 is an excellent year for you!

Happy holidays! :)

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organicgardendreams said...

Hi Trishie, to appreciate every moment of life seems to be a wonderful intention to me. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014!
Christina

jo said...

Hi Trishie, totally understand. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Looking forward to your future posts!

xo Jo

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Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

I'm so glad 2013 was such a good year for you and I hope that 2014 can top it, if that's even possible ;) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Trishie!

Shekinah said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Break. Enjoy your Holiday. Merry Christmas and God Bless.

x, shekinahjoy.com

Katrina Sophia said...

that is so sweet! happy christmas and merry new year :)

xx
Katrina Sophia Blog

Melissah from Coastal Style said...

Trishie, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and may all your wishes for 2014 come true!
x
Melissah from Coastal Style

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Appreciate-I love that word, and that you chose it for your word of the year! Remembering to be thankful is a gift all in itself, isn't it? Enjoy your little break!

Jane Reggievia said...

Ah it has been a long time for me for visiting your blog, Trishie. Seems like you have done great things this year and I hope next year will be amazing year for your little family. Happy (soon) new year! (:

JANE FROM THE BLOG

amber said...

pregnant hormones can be tough! glad you are managing them, though :)

i think as we get older we stop putting so much emphasis on the things we want. especially when you have kids. you suddenly have this mind shift and want them to have everything that they want. as long as they are happy, you have a sense of peace and accomplishment :) <3

happy new year to you!

sal ♥ said...

happy new year! :) hope that this new year will be filled with much joy!

Deidre said...

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and here's to a happy new year! I think it is so important to be grateful for what we have. I love that through so big challenges you were able to keep that in mind.

aliceinbo said...

Happy happy new year! Hope it would be so good as 2013!

Kisses

Liv Lundelius said...

So true! I made that commitment to myself as well to be happy regardless and to appreciate all the great things in my life. And it works. I have never been happier. 2013 was a great year and 2014 already started so well too!