Well, it's now 2007 everywhere in the world, I think, so it's safe to say Happy New Year.
2006 has been a bit rough for me, but also has been full of nice surprises. I moved to Korea, got a new job that I love, my older sister got pregnant with her first child (conceived on IVF #3, so thankfully this was a pregnancy announcement that I welcomed without even the slightest twinge of jealousy or pain). We spent quality time with our family and friends, and did many of the things that we love. All in all, while 2006 didn't bring me the child that I want so badly, it did bring many other blessings that I may not always acknowledge as much as I should.
Now on to 2007. In honor of the new year, I thought I'd share a few of my resolutions.
1. To be a better friend. One of my reactions to infertility has been to pull back from many of my loved ones, especially those that are new parents themselves. I am sometimes frustrated that they aren't a bit more understanding about my situation, but when I think about it, I am also a bit disappointed in myself that I have been unable to be more understanding about theirs. Being a new parent is difficult and stressful, and they deserve my support. I also deserve theirs. In the new year, I hope to find a better balance between protecting myself and being there for them. I think that if I work a bit harder on opening up the lines of communication, it may also help them to be there for me in a more meaningful way.
2. To not forget to enjoy this amazing adventure of living in Korea. We don't plan to stay here forever, and it really is an incredible place. So, I hope that in the New Year, I'll spend less time obsessing about the things that make me sad, and more time enjoying the great life that I have.
3. To try new things. (I'm borrowing this one from my friend Cheryl).
Happy New Year!