It's been quite a year.
In February, one of my dearest friends was diagnosed with cancer.
In March, I started watching her boys part-time.
In April, my divorce was finalized.
In May, my ex-husband moved a mile down the street.
May, June, July, and August: The summer I had five kids.
In June, I lost my maternal grandmother.
In July, I lost my friend.
In August, I started a "new job."
In September, I started experiencing frequent hot flashes.
I've spent all day today and yesterday sitting at my kitchen table with my laptop, learning how to make Google fall in love with my friend's website. Heidi owns a lovely dog daycare and boarding business in Nashville. She's wanting to give the virtual side of her business a bit of a face-lift, like a new coat of paint on a big, beautiful home. Figuratively speaking, I'm learning which colors are Google's favorite so that it pays more attention to her site and mentions it more often when people are searching for what her business offers.
|You can find pictures like these on her Facebook, Instagram, and website.|
So, as I wrap things up on this quiet Sunday afternoon (the kids are with their dad on the weekends now, so I have a very quiet house in which to work), I just wanted to take a minute to revisit my poor, old, neglected blog and sort of make sense of the year in words.
I wondered today what the primary life stressors are since I figure I've probably lived through several of them this year, and as it turns out, I have.
A quick Google search of the 10 major stressors turned this up:
I also happened upon this article in my search about major stressors, which lists "Death of a loved one," "Separation or divorce," and "Starting a new job," as three of the top 4 out of the top 10:
So, yeah, I guess it's been a bit of a stressful year so far.
Next month, I turn 44. I like to celebrate the entire month of October. Hoping for lots to celebrate.