Twenty-eighteen was like the unwanted visitor who overstays their welcome. And this blog post is the sigh of relieve I give as I wave goodbye. Can you relate?
2018 left me fatigued. Extremely exhausted and physically, mentally and emotionally drained! So much so that I got red flagged by SANBS at my last scheduled blood donation. Apparently I need to keep my blood to my anaemic-self and work on getting my iron levels and blood pressure up. So I’ve been suspended from being a super hero for the next three months. This once again reminded me that you cannot serve from an empty cup. And man was I dry! 2018 gave meaning to “critical but stable”.
Yesteryear didn’t waste time. It was moving and didn’t care to wait so I could catch up to everything that was happening!
Here are a few of the “Wow-Worthy” moments that made it sweet:
Laz graduated! This was a huge deal for me. I had just started working the day before. In fact, I did my first “night shift” and had to change in the bathroom before leaving for his ceremony. There was absolutely no way I was going to miss this or be late for it. I witnessed his struggles and hard work, admired his resilience and was about to share in this victorious moment with him. I was overjoyed when he walked across that stage. For a short moment I forgot that it was a formal event and I had to practice my inside manners but I just had to cheer for my guy!
Both my sisters were expecting and gave birth to my nephew and niece. A healthy and very chubby pigeon pair! We were pleasantly surprised and filled with gratitude towards God when the doctors ruled out a spinal operation for Yadah, opting for non-surgical treatment for his scoliosis.
I got two job offers this year. And I’m convinced that I made the right choice and for the right reasons. Still I find myself missing the excitement and creativity the online tutoring brought with it.
I did my first ever 10km which made me realize how unfit I am. I started a wellness journey because I have Ironman goals and want to be well prepared. My boyfriend has been a huge support and inspiration during this time, working out a training program for me and helping me make better food choices.
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I wanted to do something I've never done before… by myself, for myself, to challenge myself! So I entered the 10km Women's Day Diva run! The #distance would be the challenge, I thought… little did I know there would be a cut off time! Such madness I signed up for. Waking up 05:30 on a public holiday to #run a 7:00 race in this cold! Anyways, this diva did it 👊 and I feel all kinds of awesome right now🏅
The new job is in a different city, meaning that I am mothering and girlfriending over a long distance. This year saw me packing my bags religiously every Thursday evening, leaving for either J-Bay and, once in a while, Graaff Reinet. On Sundays I’d say my goodbyes and ball my eyes out while saying silent prayers to God for us to be together soon, and then Monday I had to unpack. Then repeat in 4 days time! Not having my own car made this tremendously difficult. I’m trusting this year to be the last of it!
Never would I have thought that I’d be carrying my grandmother out of the house in a coffin last year. I wasn’t ready to exchange our Sunday thing (helping her down the stairs at church) for this. I fondly recall how I asked her just a few weeks before when she would stop wearing heels to church coz she’s old, to which she replied “Al moet ek ook in ‘n rolstoel sit, sal julle vir my moet hakskoene aansit.” We laughed as she proceeded to ask about how Laz is doing. She always asked about him ☺. The other things we shared was our love for nature – the animal kingdom especially! Now she walks with the elephants.
I almost didn’t post this as I felt that my new year started out great and I didn’t want to dwell on 2018, but I’m glad I did… writing this made me see God’s hand even more, and made me incredibly appreciative of His grace.