Well 2023; it’s been a year. A year of growth, new beginnings in a new house and reconnections with old friends. It wouldn’t be a year complete without reviewing my top moments of 2023 and looking ahead to the New Year. From starting graduate school again to my youngest turning one, it’s been a busy year and I would be lying if I didn’t say that my online presence has suffered because of it. I have truly enjoyed sharing my life with those who find it entertaining and educational enough to pay attention but I know that this year I felt I hit a wall when it came to creating.
2023 has been a tough year and I can’t get into my top moments of this year without sharing the hard times. First and foremost, I had to say goodbye to Bella this year. My little Italian Greyhound who has been with me through it all. I have had her for 16 years and she saw me through a marriage, a divorce, a second marriage and the birth of all my kids. The last couple of years have been hard on her little body so it was time but it still hurts even to this day.
I have also struggled with my job and questioning if nursing is truly something that I want to continue doing. The field of nursing has changed immensely since I started out as a naive baby nurse over ten years ago. The pandemic didn’t help what was already a struggling field. If I knew then what I know now about this profession, I probably wouldn’t hav pursued it. The environment can be extremely toxic and mean girl-esque. I still question this job every day and constantly say if I could make the same money I make now doing something else, I would. I’m not sure if it is worth my mental health anymore to continue but I have no clue what else I would do.
showing up online has also been a bit of a struggle this year. I constantly wage a battle with myself on if I’m good enough to even be doing this anymore. Do people find value in what I have to say? I hope that people are still finding value in what I have to share. So, if you are here and supporting; thank you! I appreciate you more than I can say.
My 2023 Top Moments
Learning to slow down and just enjoy my kids
This year I have really focused on slowing down and spending time with my kids. They are only going to be this little for so long and I want to soak in all the time that I can with them while they are still young and want to spend this time with me.
Saying yes more
I am learning to say yes more. Yes to that trip, yes to a girl’s night, yes to drinks with a friend, yes to my kids when they want to do something or play. I said yes to a mud run, a bachelorette trip where I only knew the bride, a pole dancing class and venturing into a new nursing speciality. I used to make all kinds of excuses on why I couldn’t do things but now I am finding the more often I say yes, the happier I am in my life.
The best Florida trip
Another one of my top moments of 2023 was our trip to Florida earlier this year. The weather was beautiful and the kids had the best time. I am so excited to head back in February and make more memories with the kids. If you want to learn about all the ins and outs of traveling with breastmilk: check it out HERE.
Celebrating my sister opening her new restaurant
While this wasn’t an accomplishment of mine, I am so proud of my sister and her husband for opening a new restaurant in our town. They went through so many ups and downs, unexpected issues and massive amounts of cleaning. They poured their hearts into a new space in our hometown and continue to do so to this day. Check it out HERE and if you are local, stop in and visit.
Spending time with new and old friends
I made some new friends this year and reconnected with some old ones. It has been amazing to make these connections new and old.
What I am looking forward to in 2024
I have so many amazing things that I am looking forward to in the New Year. A girl’s trip to Nashville, starting clinical time for my Nurse Practitioner, a cruise, an amazing surprise trip for Avery and building my business. The thing I am most looking forward to is working on me and finding myself after having babies. I am pretty sure I am done with having kids (don’t quote me on that!) and I am ready to find myself now as a mom.
If there is something you want to see from me in 2024 let me know!!