The best is yet to come.
As we enter the new year, we’re reflecting on things we learned in 2017 and what we’re looking forward to in 2018. We asked some of our Global Moms to share their reflections. They inspire us and we hope they inspire you too.
Amy Bellgardt, Mom Spark
The past year has taught my family and I the importance of being present in a world full of distractions. In the new year, we look forward to spreading more love, light, and good vibes.
Sara Hawkins, Saving for Someday
My takeaway from 2017 is that women and girls are finding their voice to speak up against injustices they have experienced. In addition, the year has taught me that together we are stronger. That despite our differences, coming together with a like-minded community can give greater power to bring about change.
Paula Kiger, Big Green Pen
The biggest thing about 2017 was the passing of my father-in-law, who lived with us for three years (he died in July). End of life issues are never easy. Because hospice was part of our process from January until his death in July, and coming to our home regularly to serve him (and us), we gained a different appreciation for how every person deserves to have their dignity preserved as they transition out of life. It is emotionally challenging, messy, and draining (in ways) to be responsible for an elderly relative who is dying, but it is also something that reminds us to adjust our rush to take time to value the small moments and the fact that people process things differently. We are grateful for his life (and for the community who supported us through his death).
Sarah Lux-Lee, Mindr
2017 was my first full year as a mom, and I have been amazed at how many new skills and capabilities motherhood has given me. I’ve learned to be more patient than ever before; have become turbo-efficient and a pro at time management (who has time to procrastinate these days?); and have unlocked creativity and problem-solving capabilities that I didn’t even know I had. In the new year, I’m looking forward to helping lift up all moms and working to make sure society recognizes their immense contribution to our families, communities, governments, workplaces and economies.
Header photo: Nana B Agyei / Flickr