It’s strange how much of your perspective on life changes in the first year of marriage (or at least has in OUR first year). Pre-wedding, I thought having kids & settling down in an established home were still 3-4 years away. My, how the tides have changed. Looking back, I’d say 2011 may have been our ‘solidifying year’. We got married (check), discussed what we’d want in our future home & where (check), and grew confident in our expectations for future career moves as well as the strengths we bring to the table (check, check). Though it was fast-paced, 2011 was full of fun challenges and pieces to mentally prepare us for the here and now.
Yoga Journal‘s February 2012 issue arrived this week and I can’t resist giving props to Manduka‘s new ad campaign: Happy YOU Year. The idea being to ‘practice being the beautiful, twisted, radical miracle that you are.’ Very clever and very effective. Easily appealing to women & moms, all things health, and potentially even people who’ve recently re-entered singledom. If pilates and yoga classes weren’t already something I’d committed to continue taking this year, I’d be adding them to the list. Especially with their mats. Plush, soft, and still durable quality. Big fan.
Though there is some continuity from 2011, our family has dubbed 2012 as ‘the year of changes’. It’s time for us to make the big switch from ‘developing’ to ‘acting on’ what we’ve been working hard to achieve: experience in our fields, bases for strong careers, established networks, and a foundation to raise children. It’s strange how quickly it feels we migrate from adolescence to adulthood. But we’re ready, life. Here goes.