As I celebrate my birthday this year, my heart is filled with gratitude for all the experiences that I have had. My birthdays have been more exciting in the past years. Celebrating my son's birthday and mine within a week has been special. As a special bonus, I now have two people with whom to celebrate the special milestone: my twin sister and my son.
In this blog post, I will share the five things that make me proud of how far I have come since my last birthday.
Growing and navigating being a working Mother
The journey of motherhood has been very exciting for me. I feel very fortunate to be raising our son with my husband. We live far away from our family and do this without an extensive support network. If you read my last post celebrating our son's birthday, I shared about getting comfortable with working towards my career goals as a mother. There was a constant pull and me questioning if I was an excellent mother to our son while I worked hard. This past year, I learned that I am doing good by our son, and he is growing up perfectly.
Keeping my commitment to myself
This past year has been one of my busiest years ever. Writing my weekly blog became something I needed to be intentional about continuing to do. It was important for me to keep releasing my blog posts and connecting with my community. There were many late nights of working on my blog post because of the commitment I made to myself. My blog is a passion project and a great creative outlet for me. I am very proud that I published my blog weekly on topics that I care about.
Seeing awesome parts of the world
Since October last year, I have been able to travel to multiple US cities and visit the island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. I am grateful that I get to travel, especially with my family. It was fascinating to see our son learn about airplanes and the airport. The beautiful sites, food, and culture make me appreciate my global life.
Achieving professional successes
One thing that has been a constant in my career has been that I have great dreams, and this year, it has been the same. The theme for my career in the past year has been "things falling into place." Many of the things I have been working towards over the past five years since joining the company were finally yielding results. I have enjoyed work a lot in the last months, even with the ups and downs.
Being at peace
The other day, I reflected on how happy I am in this phase of my life. I have found my internal level of peace and happiness. Interestingly, there are still things that I am working through, but I do not feel the pressure that I have felt in the past. I am excited about my future and know that I can do what I set my heart to do. Life has also taught me that everything will work out for good.
Happy birthday to my twin sister!!! I am beyond fortunate to have a birthday companion from birth.