Happy New Years Eve everyone!
Can you believe it's the very last day of 2019?! Tomorrow you'll wake up and it's a whole new decade. This year is definitely one of the fastest years of my life, and to end the year with a newborn baby in my arms is something I would never have imagined not too long ago. It's Jake's very first New Year Celebration and I still can't believe I'm a mom!
For me, 2019 was a year of just amazing moments and the most wonderful time with my family. Despite the occasional late-night runs with my husband to Mcdonalds for a cheeseburger (with extra pickles) to satisfy my pregnancy craving, it was a year where we put our family, and each other first.
Our little pumpkin is 4 months old now and I'm excited to show him the fireworks from our balcony tonight. There is just so much to be thankful for.
This year I spent more time with my family and friends, I focused more on what I want to achieve and found myself being extra productive at work until I went on my maternity leave. I also loved how gorgeous my hair was (thank you pregnancy hormones), I enjoyed wearing all the cute maternity outfits and measuring my bump every now and then! Did you know, people are also much kinder to pregnant women? I loved not having to queue up at the post office, and being offered a seat every time I get on the train. It's pretty neat!
Reflecting on the year through my blogging journey, I am very proud to say that I found a good balance with blogging/work and my personal life. It gets a bit tricky when you have a newborn baby, but once he goes for his long sleep at night, this mama owl comes out to work. As a new mom with lots of ambition and dreams for her family, I feel that at the end of the day, it's all about putting up boundaries for myself to find that balance I really need. It starts by prioritising and focusing on what really matters and not be afraid to say no more often.
I have also given myself the freedom to share more of what I love, and share my personal life with you here on this blog which I must say is a bit of a transition from how I used to be. On our business blog, our group of writers and I have focused a lot on pregnancy and motherhood, and the reason I started Raisa & Co. is so that I could share even more with you, such as my beauty and wellness routines, our travel experiences, and much more. With that being said, I am so excited to share my Birth Story with all of you very soon. God knows how many birth stories I have read this year, and the so many videos I have watched over youtube just to prepare myself for my own delivery. It has definitely helped me set my expectations, especially for someone who has no idea what to expect, what to think, what to do, what to pack for the hospital, I was outright clueless and very nervous. I am so grateful for the community of moms online who loves helping each other out, and I hope I can do the same by sharing my own birth story.
This year came with its own challenges but I'm happy to say that I learned a lot about myself and truly embraced myself with all my flaws. I believed in myself even more than before and in that process, I learned that I am stronger than I have gotten myself to think. Having the right mindset and perspective in life is everything, and having a baby definitely helps with seeing things in a whole new light.
I only have God to thank for all that he has blessed my family with. I am grateful for another day, another year, and to be able to enter the next decade with a beautiful and healthy baby boy in our family. I cannot ask for anything more.
I wish you all a wonderful year ahead, full of love and laughter. Happy 2020!