2015 is only two days away and before we welcome in the New Year, I want to share with you the highlights from Scoops of Joy in 2014.
In January 2014, I fell in love with Antigravity yoga. I found my peace and joy through hanging from the bright orange hammocks. Sadly, I discontinued going and joined the gym instead. I still miss it and I wish I could return one day. There will always be a part of me that loves antigravity yoga.
After learning about raw food through the Un-cooking Class from Simone, in February 2014 I decided to eat mostly raw food. As in 80% raw. I had finished the 30 days green smoothie challenge in January and I thought I was ready to commit myself and jumped into the vegan raw diet. While I enjoyed the benefits at first, I quickly fell into the trap of dumping way too many fruits into my smoothies without realizing how much fructose I ‘injected’ into my system. It took me months to realize that I was doing it wrong. Please be mindful of the fructose in your green smoothies/juices.
Dan came to see me on my birthday month, March. We spent a week together and it was the first time all 3 of us spent time together like a family. We were making memories of us and I couldn’t be happier to see how my two boys bonded so quickly in just a week. They played together and they hung out. I can sense how much Alex took to Dan and how much Dan truly cares for Alex, it just makes me fall in love deeper with him. It was the best birthday ever! It was also the month I quit working full time.
April was a big month as I did something I wasn’t comfortable with…I had a personal photo shoot done professionally by the talented Becs. Looking back at the photos today, I feel different. I can see how much I was hiding just below the surface.
I took a break from blogging in May to deal with my sex abuse.
I was also in deep concerns about my son’s behavior in June. I even suspected he had Asperger’s Syndrome and I spent so much times reading a lot of articles about AS. He had most of the symptoms. Dan was there for me. He helped both Alex and I. We made plans to seek help. Dan took on the role of a step father in the gentlest way and I am forever grateful that Alex has a father figure in Dan to look up to.
Early July, Dan came to visit again. This time the three of us stayed in an apartment for a week. We took Alex to get tested for Asperger’s Syndrome and much to our delight; we found out that he doesn’t have AS. Instead, he has behavioral issues from a lack of discipline and structure. The tests provided me with a clearer picture of what to do to help my son.
August was whirlwind for me. I got a job, moved to Bali, quit the job, and tried to push the man I love away, I pretended to be fine when in truth I was very scared when I was in Bali! I returned to Jakarta feeling very much deflated and defeated. August showed me the kind of strong love Dan has for me. The protective side of him came out fiercely during the crazy Bali times.
In September, I shared the news that Dan and I are engaged. We kept it hidden for a while because we just wanted to get my father’s blessings first and foremost. I feel like the luckiest woman on earth!
Finally, in October I shared my story on Scoops of Joy. The outpouring support and love I received from everyone has been tremendous. As I continued to work through some of the issues I had left, I found it liberating to put it out there, to be able to share it and no longer keep it hidden. My healing process was helped greatly by this process of writing it out and shining a light on my abuse.
Between late September through November I came to the realization that a corporate job is no longer for me. I began to pour my energy back into writing, into blogging and little by little things started to change. I feel happier. Yes, the journey is still long and there is still a lot of work to be done to turn Scoops of Joy into something what I truly believe it can be but I know I am on the right path. One of my most commented post from November was after I joined a local moms bloggers group. Thank you KEB!
I also began to assign one day of the week to blog in my native language, Bahasa Indonesia in December. The response has been greatly received by new readers and I plan to stick to it in 2015. Stick around because I am brewing some exciting things for next year.
Overall this has been quite a year. I am grateful for you dear readers who are reading my posts and supporting me throughout 2014. Truly, your support means so much to me. Here’s to a prosperous 2015 for everyone. May we all continue to find the joy we wish in life.