Change is the operative word as the year has been full of it.
The new job I took in March became the catalyst of all these life-altering transformations. One of which was becoming a real mom. Sure, I gave birth to Miguel 4.5yrs ago but I never really got the chance to be a 'real' mom to him due to pressure from work. Unfortunately, it seems it was easier to say 'yes' to the demands of work than to the needs of my family.
But by early this year, I resolved that this could not go on anymore. I was missing a lot on my child's growing up years and it was frustrating me. I was raised by a stay-at-home nanay and I know the joy of having my nanay take care of me and my sisters hands on. No yayas. With today's economics, however, I could not possibly do what she did so I tried to look for the next best thing - a job that pays enough but does not entail too much pressure. So far, so good. I am less stressed, hence, less irritated and more accommodating of Miguel's naughty antics.
I get to go home early so I am able to do some mommy duties in the evening like feeding Miguel and prepping him for bed. We even have a regular story-telling session every night before he sleeps.
Now that I don't have to work on weekends, it also gave me time to put on my apron (ok, I don't really have an apron) to whip up a recipe or two. We even bought a new oven/rotisserie to allow us more cooking options. I love the fact that weekend cooking has become a family affair. It is almost always a team effort of me and Caloy while Miguel looks on as he stands in his pedestal chair.
At mid-year, Miguel had developed an aversion to school that we had to pull him out and find a new school with a curriculum more appropriate for him. This new school has also altered our way of living particularly when it comes to watching TV. They highly discourage exposing kids to television, as they believe that it hampers their imagination. I have been a couch potato for as long as I can remember and so banning TV at home required so much effort. But I am happy to announce that we are able to do it, at least 90% of the time.
At my younger sisters' prodding, I have also started a blogsite to channel my passion for writing. I don't claim to be a good writer but I think I can still get the message across.... at least to the few readers who frequents my blogsite.
So I can say it has been a good 2010. More smiles and fewer tears. A complete turn-around from what I expected at the beginning of the year.