Reflections on the Eve of My 32nd Birthday

Oh man, this year has been crazy!

I spent the first half growing a human being inside of me.PicMonkey Collage    In between, I trekked all over the country for business and pleasure to places like LA, Texas, Chicago, Monterey, Sea Ranch, Santa Cruz, New York, Fresno, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, and San Diego. No international travel this year, but I still logged a ton of miles with baby in tow, and back at it now that I’m working again.10689787_10102916913249321_7363024690092793756_n

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The second half of the year has been spent raising this incredible boy. My life was forever changed the instant he entered it.Collage 1 PicMonkey Collage Collage 3 Collage 4 Collage 5 Collage 6

It’s not hard being a mom. It’s easy to love and want to do the very best for him. What’s hard is balancing everything else. I think I’d be happiest right now if I could just drop everything and be completely devoted to my baby. I’m finding that I have to re-learn how to balance my life. How to be a good mom, but also a good wife, good friend, good employee, have a clean house, find time to work out, read, travel, blog, sleep, not lose myself. It’s such a struggle.

This next year, I’m challenging myself to live more joyfully – not just putting on a happy face for my baby, but really trying to appreciate everything that I have. And being okay with not having it all. I’m working on re-defining who I am and what I want now that I’m a mom. This past year has been revolutionary for me. Let’s see what the next one brings…

:: My 20s

:: 30th birthday

:: 31st birthday


4 thoughts on “Reflections on the Eve of My 32nd Birthday

  1. What wonderful sentiments! I love the photo compilation as well as reading your thoughts about motherhood. You tackle the challenges with such grace and share in the happiness with such generosity that it’s almost hard to imagine you any other way. I can’t believe only a few short years ago we were all living in New York, paying too much rent and drinking A LOT of wine haha. How time flies! 🙂

    Happy birthday, Erynn! May the next 32 be even better than the first!

  2. Pingback: Reflections on my 34th Birthday | Books Outside the Box

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