I know I should write about the new year
everybody’s doing it you know
but the truth is, my little girl was born TODAY
and I am distracted by that
12 years ago today I was in labor
scared, excited, expectant, in pain
dying to meet her
I wondered who she would be
(and what she would be like)
would she be sporty?
would she be clever?
would she be happy?
yes, yes, and most of the time yes
every year, she becomes more and more of herself
smart, sassy, STUBBORN, delicious, and BIG
my little girl is getting big
(I had to exchange presents because she was TOO big)
MY little patoot, too big – imagine!!
she is a constant reminder of time passing
of how I’m doing
in my life
as a mom
as a business owner
as a human
am I where I want to be?
have i reached my goals?
am i worthy of her?
am I enough?
am i someone we can both be proud of?
I want her to know that she can accomplish ANYTHING she sets her mind to
and I am the example of what’s possible
it’s why I never give up
it’s why the bad days are so bad
it’s why the good days are so fantastic
because everything she knows she learns from me
not just what i say, but what I do, how I behave, what i believe
(and between you and me, I’m doing a pretty great job)
I’m proud of who i am, how I show up, the contribution I am in the world
is everyday perfect?
not by a long shot
my big girl sees me stumble
she sometimes sees me fall
and she sees me get back up each and every time
because EVERY DAY is another chance to swing for the fences
to feel your heart swell with joy when you get it right
to cut yourself a break when you don’t
I do it for her
I do it for me
I do it for you
who do you do it for?
whoever it may be, swing away!!
(and happy new year)
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