Today is my 32nd birthday. I usually don’t make a big deal out of my birthday, but this one is different for a number of reasons. First off, the last birthday I celebrated in Minnesota was when I turned 18, which feels like a lifetime ago. Celebrating my birthday here this year really affirms the reality that we’ve moved and have started this new adventure.
This isn’t a milestone birthday, but with all of the changes I’ve gone through in the past year it sure feels like one. This last year has brought clarity, purpose and more personal growth than I ever dreamed possible. The following are just a few of things I have incorporated into or experienced in my life that have made this year a life changing one.
The Birth of My Baby Girl
This past year started with the anticipation of Sissy Boo’s birth. Nic and I had gone through the joys of one pregnancy already with Kuya and this time around there were many similarities. Surprisingly, however there were some also big differences. Sissy Boo’s birth was very different from Kuya’s and I truly believe that it was the start of the snowball effect of changes that occurred this past year.
I had so desperately wanted to have an all natural birth with Kuya, but for a number of reasons I ended up getting an epidural and being induced. Physically, I did not feel anything when Kuya was born.
With Sissy Boo, I again desired an all natural birth, and she was ready to give me one after only laboring for about four hours. Going natural was not easy, but it was one of the most amazing things I had ever experienced. At the end of it all, I felt empowered. Empowered because my body and mind were strong enough to handle the intensity. This empowerment made me feel like I could accomplish anything else in my life that I desired and throughout the following months that’s exactly what happened.
Health and Wellness 2.0
When Kuya was born I began experimenting with a healthier lifestyle but what this mostly meant was eating healthier here and there and trying to work out as much as I could. I never wanted to admit that my eating habits needed to drastically change, so I didn’t – until this past year.
During my maternity leave with Sissy Boo I started watching a lot of documentaries about food and I discovered the connection that food has with healing and destroying our bodies. After this, I knew that for the sake of my babies, I needed to make some changes. My sugar detox was one of the most challenging things I took on this last year, but it did change my relationship with food forever. My body has never felt better than it has this past year because of it.
Minimalism has changed my life in countless ways this year. When I returned to work after maternity leave I realized that what I was doing five days a week was not living. I was going through the motions with what I thought life should be like.
As I started to incorporate minimalism into my life I realized that I could create the life that I wanted and that I did not need to conform to society’s idea of what a successful life should consist of.
Minimalism gave me the courage to leave my corporate job. I didn’t hate my job, I couldn’t complain about my salary and I really enjoyed my co-workers. However, I desperately wanted more time with my babies and I hated that a job dictated where I needed to be five days a week.
I realized that if I filled my life with less physical things I didn’t need as much money as I once thought. So now I fill my life with experiences rather than things and I am so thankful to have discovered this at 31.
I’m very excited for this next year and all of the experiences that are yet to come!