Reflections: A mulan song and a ode to 2016

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection,” said Winston Churchill.

We tend to only take stock of our life maybe once a year if we’re lucky. Reflecting as we do around the holidays should happen more than when we need to reminiscence in good company.

re·flec·tion- (noun) serious thought or consideration

On new years’ eve this year my friend suggested we play a game: we would go around the group selecting questions written on scrap paper out of a bowl and re-tell our most embarrassing moment of 2016 or what was the most important lesson we learned etc. This simple game had us all reflecting on our year and standout moments which made me wonder why I didn’t stop and think about great moments more often.

This time last year my husband and I relocated to NYC from Australia. I have always idealized moving to New York City for years; so when my husbands US Visa was approved we took it as a sign that it was time to make some life changes. We packed up our lives in Australia and blindly moved to the big apple with only a small plan. We had long term goals but figured we would at least start with giving our respective talents a solid effort and see where it would lead us.

My husband and I started our jobs as Baristas a mere 2 days after arriving. I’ll never forget how on my first day of work it took me 2 hours and a $65 cab ride to get to midtown Manhattan because I was too nervous to ride the subway. I didn’t even make enough during that shift to cover that mornings frantic transport debacle.

Fast forward a few months. We had mastered the NY subway system (win), we had now set roots here, made friends (double win) & taken some massive steps doing things we could never have dreamed of in our careers.

Within that year we were both graciously given amazing opportunities to pursue our talents, and as our first year in NYC was wrapping up a final curve ball was thrown our way – we discovered our first child was on her way! The first year in NYC still had not wrapped up and yet our lives had changed completely in every single way

There really are grand surprises tucked around every corner.

For some the end of the year can bring up a lot of feelings. We may come across half-finished projects, abandoned new years resolutions and so forth but of course, we also see the evidence of success and hard work and it never ceases to amaze me how much change can happen in a year and how I wish it was easier to know you’re in “the good old days”, while you’re actually in them.

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