2015: Year in Review

2015 in review

I was looking at my “Year in Review” on Facebook – did you look at yours too? It’s pretty fun, especially if you (like me) practically live on that space. Facebook sums up a few photos that you posted within the year (using one of their top-secret algorithms or something) and bam! All of the sudden you are reminded of what your year was really about!

Mine went like this:

This day, last year: family selfie in front of the Frida Kahlo museum (Casa Azul) in Mexico City
This day, last year: family selfie in front of the Frida Kahlo museum (Casa Azul) in Mexico City
me and mikey on the beach at mahahual, mexico. best beach ever. my foot was broken and is in the cast in front of me.
me and mikey on the beach at mahahual, mexico. best beach ever. my foot was broken and is in the cast in front of me.
mack pushing moxie and me in the hammock - fun!
mack pushing moxie and me in the hammock – fun!
in the cenote in the yucatan peninsula of mexico. see those little figures down in the middle? those were the kids. I was crawling down the stairs when I took the photo, since my foot was broken. hard work but so worth the loveliness of the underground pool and cave
in the cenote in the yucatan peninsula of mexico. see those little figures down in the middle? those were the kids. I was crawling down the stairs when I took the photo, since my foot was broken. hard work but so worth the loveliness of the underground pool and cave
forget all the travel pics, you guys - THIS is what my life is REALLY like right now
forget all the travel pics, you guys – THIS is what my life is REALLY like right now
we got back home and my brother cleared some land for a garden for me. I didn't get to it - too much going on and Mack always in tow.  But it's there and it's waiting for us nowwwww
we got back home and my brother cleared some land for a garden for me. I didn’t get to it – too much going on and Mack always in tow. But it’s there and it’s waiting for us nowwwww
micah and moxie went back to school!
micah and moxie went back to school!
katherine and I went to Georgia for Society for Disability Studies. Our ultimate "mom-cation" and boy, was that ever fun!
katherine and I went to Georgia for Society for Disability Studies. Our ultimate “mom-cation” and boy, was that ever fun!
I came back home and we got ducks
I came back home and we got ducks
I took the kids and went to New York, starting in New Jersey and saw Meredith and met her kids
I took the kids and went to New York, starting in New Jersey and saw Meredith and met her kids
and I stayed with the kids with Helena and her family for over a week in New York City. WONDERFUL
and I stayed with the kids with Helena and her family for over a week in New York City. WONDERFUL
Helena took me to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch - my favorite musical - I cried like a small child
Helena took me to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch – my favorite musical – I cried like a small child
micah lost his first tooth on the NYC subway!
micah lost his first tooth on the NYC subway!
I had the mojo to take the kids to the Humboldt County Fair alone :)
I had the mojo to take the kids to the Humboldt County Fair alone 🙂
inside our yurt. I posted this after we decided to go to Vietnam for winter vacation rather than Mexico again, and we made the decision to use the rest of our vacation to fix up and finish the yurt - and most of all, the decision to not break up Micah's school year and give him a chance to make real connections at school
inside our yurt. I posted this after we decided to go to Vietnam for winter vacation rather than Mexico again, and we made the decision to use the rest of our vacation to fix up and finish the yurt – and most of all, the decision to not break up Micah’s school year and give him a chance to make real connections at school
going through the border between thailand and cambodia
going through the border between thailand and cambodia
proud parenting moment! moxie trying a roasted grasshopper!
proud parenting moment! moxie trying a roasted grasshopper!
Moxie and mack on the beach in thailand
Moxie and mack on the beach in thailand
we began the year with a family selfie in mexico and we end it with a family selfie in vietnam
we began the year with a family selfie in mexico and we end it with a family selfie in vietnam

2015: it was a good year. I learned that I physically get sick with stress this year, and that’s pretty useful – I use it as a barometer with what needs changing.

I also learned when I took the kids to Portland that travel makes me happy, so it’s better to take the kids with me solo if Mikey is busy on the farm, and GO, than it is stay isolated on our hill.

I took that to heart this year and planned our trip to New York City – and it was all that I needed. Reconnection with my friends and rejuvenation. Inspiration.

Pillars of Life

There’s something said about pillars in life: you need a few things to keep the table of your life balanced and upheld properly. You need love: you need to love and be loved – that is the pillar of relationships. You need something to look forward to, you need to be working towards something. Then there is the pillar of health, and there is the pillar of spiritual development.

I like new year because it’s a time to reassess my pillars and figure out what is out of balance – what leg of my table of life is longer than another, so to speak.

12376232_10104845206384373_6055244344738666693_nCHEERS!

Here’s looking at an awesome new year for us all!

Thanks for reading this blog – I have loved getting to know everyone who reads and comments and the real friendships that we’ve formed through this space.

My disability-focused site called Two Thirds of the Planet is starting to take off – the 365 Days with Disability project on Instagram will launch tomorrow. A Day in the Life with Down syndrome is open and stories are hosted – I’m looking forward to both of those sites growing and the stories of people with disabilities being shared more widely. I’m also looking forward to strengthening the disabled ally communities as well as cross-disability communities and forging new partnerships with each other.

Forward and onward!

 

Meriah

is a deaf blogger, global nomad, tech-junkie, cat-lover, Trekkie, Celto-Teutonic-peasant-handed mom of 3 (one with Down syndrome and one gifted 2E).

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