Reflecting on the past decade, how much have I changed?

A decade ago I was 27 years old. I had a 4 year old and a 2 year old. I was a living a sweet life as a stay at home Mom, and a housewife. I spent my days spending all my time with my family. I would take my babies to the zoo, children’s museum, the park, the library, you name it. I was immensely blessed to be able to do this. They had plenty opportunity to develop and learn. I read to them at night. I miss this. I would work out 5 days a week, eat healthy, and was in tip top shape. Now I do not have time for this!

Now I have a soon to be 14 year old, and an 11 year old. I am working full time, in assisted living as a caregiver. I’m almost done with debt consolidation.

I am learning how to raise a preteen and a teenager, (daughters’). They are very intelligent and strong willed. They need to have a lot of freedom and choice, and keep busy. They are just like me.
This decade, by being a working Mom, and especially as a caregiver, I have grown so much.

I have learned to be more assertive, and not let people walk all over me. My social skills have defiantly improved. I have learned a lot about life by taking care of other people when they are in their last moments of life. I have learned how to deal with grief as well.
I have learned as a working Mom, how to detach from my job, and spend time with my kids. This is not easy. I have learned how to balance married, kids, and work.

I have learned how to take care of my health. I am around sick people all the time! I learned to eat healthy, exercise, and take supplements. I’ve had pneumonia twice since I have been a caregiver. I am sure my immune system is super strong, because I am around sick people constantly. At work, and sometimes my kids bring home sickness as well.

I have learned how to better manager my asthma by exercise like jogging, hiking and swimming to keep my lungs strong, and to remember to take my inhaler before exercise.

I have grown in my marriage. I now understand my husband, who he is and why he does what he does. I can predict what he will say and do usually. We’ve been together for a long time. We know how to communicate and work our problems out.

I have grown in my walk with God. He has seen me through a lot, and has been there for me when I didn’t expect it. He has always provided for me when I didn’t expect His providence.

I have learned how to budget, and not to apply for 10 credit cards and use them all to the max limit. I learned that lesson the hard way! I learned how to frugally shop for clothes and food. I have realized I really need to save for retirement.

I have learned how to manage anxiety and depression. I learned to relax and breathe, and to tell myself that I am OK when I’m having a panic attack. I have learned to get outside in the sun and exercise, and seek social interaction with positive people when I am down, and how to utilize mental help through my health care provider.

I have learned a lot of maintaining cars. Oil changes, alignment, fluid levels, snow tires, and so on.

I am still living in the same house, which was my Grandmother’s house. I am still married to the same man, on Valentines Day, we will be together for 17 years.

I have learned a lot about people, that we all are a lot alike, and go through the same things. I am more open, and not shy, with the right people that is.
I’ve learned to recognize manipulation, and so on.

I am getting older and wiser. I have white hairs now to prove this, as I reach my 40’s. My back hurts bad sometimes as well!!!! 😀

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This is peace…

and quiet. Ahhh! Relief. 

At the top of North Table Mesa in  Golden, Colorado. 

I can see the city but I cannot hear it.

I cannot hear anything at all. I don’t hear any kids, neighbors, pages from patients. I hear nothing, but my thoughts.

This is peace, this is stillness. This is where I get my mind right. This is where I reset myself to where I should be. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It looks beautiful from here but being in the city constantly wears on my soul. Here my soul is restored, in nature. This is how life should be.

Go for a walk or go hiking. Go to a quiet place in nature. It is good for your mind body and soul.

I pushed myself to make it up the hill without stopping
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This is my cute hiking buddy, and his real name is “Buddy”. 

These are my hiking friends. <3 

Looking into Denver 

I can see Boulder Colorado from here in the above picture. 

An oasis of peace, and beauty. May I never stop hiking. 

My favorite hiking spot!

This is my favorite go to hiking spot for when I don’t have much time. If I have a few hours of free time before getting the kids from school I go hiking at North Table Mountain Park . I can hike up and down the trail in less than an hour, and it is 20 minutes away from Denver, depending on the time of day and traffic. This trail is in Golden, Colorado, in the foothills. Golden has great, close hiking trails, and absolutely beautiful scenery. If you don’t have much time, but are looking for a good hike in nature, and would like to get some good exercise, this is your spot!

It has gorgeous scenery. Colorado is beautiful and I love hiking, I could never move anywhere else. I also take the dogs, it is great exercise for both of us.

Here are some pictures, just stunning:

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You can pretty much hike strait up and down if you don’t have much time, but if you have time there are plenty of other trails.

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I am so fortunate to live in such a beautiful state, with a endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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I’m at the top, I am so out of breath. I need to get in better shape.

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The pups love it, and it keeps them in shape, and gets rid of there tremendous amount of energy.

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Here is a trail map:

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