I am going to quit writing for a while, maybe a week, maybe a month, maybe forever.
First of all, I am in my usual winter mood and I am rarely, if ever, funny when I am in this stupid dark place.
It was mentioned to me that I post about shopping a lot, which I enjoy doing, and it sounds like I am bragging and have a lot of money in a time when people are struggling.
Someone else told me that I leave out some of the "real life" stuff that happens and only focus on the good.
I started this as a journal but there are personal things that I cannot write about because it would infringe on others privacy. There are other things I would like to say but they are not nice.
I will continue to read blogs as I have time.
I will say this: 2011 was both wonderful and horrible.
We got out of the franchise and re-named our business, we kept our heads above water in a crappy economy, we paid down some huge debts and went on a dream vacation to Hawaii. We made some great new friends and watched family buy new homes, get their lives back on track and get engaged.
We also had some family drama. My mother-in-law was diagnosed and died of cancer within 7 months time, we dealt with depression, debt and anger from a few family members. We let our house, yard and kids go while we went through all kinds of emotions and are just now reeling those things back in. Our oldest son quit school, moved back in/out/in again. My husband had his gallbladder out. I had my knees examined.
We have big plans in store for 2012.
We are going to remodel the restaurant (cosmetically) and do some changes to our house like flooring and cleaning bad areas (hello garage) along with finishing some projects I started a while ago.
We want to improve our work staff, lift their spirits and change their attitudes.
We want to get closer to the kids, spend more time with the dogs, work on the yard (leaves???) and enjoy our home more instead of trying to escape it.
My sister is getting married in March. I want to be involved in the planning and enjoy her special day.
We need to go through my MIL's house this spring and get rid of 35 years worth of junk.
I want to maintain our friendships and make new ones.
I want to have dinner parties and barbeques and get-togethers at our home.
Above all, I want to make my mom and MIL proud by keeping in touch with family and making sure everyone knows that they each have a special place and their place is as important as everyone elses.