Friday, December 30, 2011

It's Called "Growing Pains" for A Reason

2011 is a year that'll certainly go down as "The Year of Growth" for me. (And you.) I've shared so many lessons that I've learned on this place and space and you contributed by sharing the lessons that you've learned as well. Thank you.

That's what the 20's is all about, right? Making the mistakes, learning the lessons, and growing from them, right?

Yesterday, I shared a few kick-ass moments that Mommy Delicious experienced in 2011 and I couldn't let the year come to a close without highlighting the "growing pains" moment. 2011 kicked my ass, but in a good way. After putting my big girl pants on, I (we) grew a ton. And I can say that I am truly grateful for each and every "growing pains" moment. It has made me more self-aware, more confident, and more of a sweet-and-patient-but-don't-eff-with-me type of person. I've come into my own, so to speak. And that's a blessing. And it's all because of these moments:

Resilient Women Learn the Lesson... And Move Forward -- I couldn't have asked for a better lesson to help me start the year off.

A few weeks later, I reminded us that we are totally worth all things nice and sweet and warm and fuzzy and glorious. Because we are. Worth it. Totally.

I finished grad school and earned two masters as a single mom. Nuff said. #Winnning

My relationships with Aiden's other parent ended disastrously. But that was totally okay. Because I learned so many lessons from my ex. (And I learned when to fold 'em and say, "I'm done.")

I had an insanely fun week in Miami with my girlfriends all because I learned how to truly be alone in the previous months and fully embrace my "single gal" status.

I started dating Mr. Yummy. And he was yummy. And I learned a lesson from that episode too. (I hope.)

I've come into my own and learned (and I'm still learning) how to truly be myself, as hard as it could be at times. "Stand for something or you'll fall for anything," is what they say.

And we learned that, in spite of so many things, our kids are so totally freaking awesome. Really. 

As I always say, thank you for being your awesome selves. Thank you for making this community all that it is. As I stated in the 2011 holiday post, wishing you loads of sweet moments, more successes than failures, more triumphs than trials, lots of superheroes to save the day, and a little more PINK!

Happy New Year!

Who's ready for 2012?! I can't wait to put these lessons into practice and learn even more!

Love you guys! xo


  1. Awww, you brought tears to my face. You are a truly remarkable woman and a I am damn proud of your accomplishments. We live and learn, so those pains will only make us stronger. I know i've had my ups and downs as well, but I am so proud of all that I have accomplished as well. Here is to a better 2012, we've come too far along to stop now.

    Blessing @ WorkingMomJournal

  2. I'm ready! There's still so much more learning and growing we'll all do in 2012.

  3. Such a nice recap! You truly are winnning!

  4. You've had quite a year! I hope 2012 has less rocky roads and all of the triumphs for you and A!

  5. Wow lots happened this year! Wishing you many awesome moments in 2012!!

  6. Happy New Year, Alicia!!! I always enjoy your round-up posts. You've truly had an incredible year!

  7. And here we all are... SHINING our way into 2012. Let's GO!!!


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