Taking the Leap into 2019

It is that time of year again. Time to reflect. Time to learn from the past year. Time to look toward the new year with anticipation.

As I look back over 2018, I am filled with peace. It has been a while since I have felt this amount of peace at the end of a year. But after the past couple of years, well, this feels really nice.

This past year has brought more good than bad. My family is doing better this year than the last couple of years.

My son is finally getting real, effective help. He has a team supporting him. And we are no longer alone in the fight for our son. A huge burden was lifted when that realization happened right before Thanksgiving. We are no longer fighting this fight alone…. There are others fighting too. My son is happier. He is more present. He is more a part of our family than he has been in a while. And we are not forcing him to be! We are better today, at the end of 2018 than we were at the end of 2017. What a difference a year can make!

We started the year with a trip to Disney World and my first 10k race. We traveled to see our youngest son and daughter-in-law. We explored more of Arizona. We went to movies. I supported my husband as he planned and then completed one of his bucket list items—hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in one day and the bonus was our youngest son and daughter-in-law hiking it with him. We had visitors. We hosted Christmas events. We had a backyard oasis created and I spent lots of time in our new pool. And I reconnected last month with a long-lost dear friend, a sweet unexpected gift this past year.

2018 found us rediscovering “us”. And leaving the stress behind.

As I sit her reflecting on the past year, I am not only at peace, but I am enjoying the memories, the lessons learned and the personal growth that occurred this past year.

And I am ready to leap into 2019.

I am excited for what this next year holds for me and for my family.

As I have said in the past, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, because they just don’t work for me… I am not good at them. So instead I commit to new things, new ways of thinking and mantras. The past couple of years have involved pushing past my fears and embracing adventure. I have spent the past couple of years saying yes and pushing myself to discover what I am capable of. And it has worked. Most of the time, anyway.

So, as I look toward the new year, I am excited. 2019 is going to be a year of discovery, growth, taking chances, trying new things and change.

Change has always scared me. Change has always been uncomfortable. So, I want to embrace change and use it in this New Year to help me to grow, to rediscover or maybe to redefine who I am and what I am capable of. I know I am stronger than I thought I was and that was proven the past few years. But now I want to know what more I am capable of and what my next adventure, next calling is.

And that is what 2019 will be about for me.

I am starting this new journey with a change in the first weeks of January. I am making a change that has been a difficult decision for me but once I made it, I found a sense of calm. After 10 years, the last 4 years here in Arizona, I have decided to resign from my job with Weight Watchers (now known simply as WW) and yes, I have already let my boss and managers know that I am stepping down from my job as a Wellness Coach. I have loved helping others on their own journey to health and weight loss. And I will miss my weekly workshops. I will miss my teams. I will miss those I helped. And I will miss those I was inspired by each and every week. But it is time for me to move on and to take care of me. Time for me to focus on my family and myself. Time for me to step outside that comfort zone and make a change.

2019 is still 2 days away, but it is already getting off to a fresh new start.

And I am ready.

I am taking the leap….. let’s see where that leap takes me!

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Author: Terri

Wife. Mom. Blogger.

15 thoughts on “Taking the Leap into 2019”

  1. I wish you, the best you, that you strive to be in 2019! Of course you will be missed as part of the WW family, but change is good, it’s moving in a new direction that feels right for you and your family. Keep writing dear friend! Hugs to you! Happy New Year!❤

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  2. I can’t begin to adequately express how happy this post makes me Terri. You and Cliff deserve all the peace you feel…you’ve fought for it and earned it. May Josh continue on the path he’s on and also find the peace you’ve been discovering. All of you continue to be in my prayers….you are loved!

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  3. Yes!! This is wonderful news, Terri. I acknowledge you for making this change – sending you much support. 🙂 (Funny, I just commented on an older post of yours, because I visited your blog to see how you were doing.) Awesome.

    Happy New Year, Terri!
    Debbie

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  4. Terri, I am so excited for you girl! Thankful you are feeling at peace! You deserve that! You have the biggest heart and care for others so much, I know that will shine through on your next journey! Happy New Year! Cheers to your new journey!
    ❤️ Jordan

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  5. Yaaay for you Terri.
    I am excited for you because you so deserve to follow your ‘goal’!
    I’ve missed you since I’ve had to leave WW and AZ and (mostly) your enthusiastic support. Yes, I have gained 2 sizes back, but do not feel guilty or angry with myself, because I know you would support me..it could have been 3 or 4 sizes😜
    I wish you well in your new adventures and pray for your son and family.
    Love Vie
    P S …now that you have more time and freedom, you can come visit me in ‘Detroit Lakes, MN’ …she says….”where the heck is that?”.. and…”don’t they have snow and cold there?” 🤣🤣 funny gal, that Vie

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  6. Good for you. You WILL be missed. I wish you the best. (Not sure if you remember me as one of your old clients … Hint: I sent you the 13.1 headband).
    Take care, Teri.

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