by Miguel Fuller
posted Dec 19 2013 7:46AM
To my family and friends, 2013 has been a WONDERFUL year.
I found employment! Not just any job, but my dream job. I started hosting my very own morning show. This has been an amazing experience! I never in a million years thought I could EVER be this tired and fatigued, but it's so worth it.
For the very first time in my life I'm living on my own! It's my first grown up apartment with couches, a tv, dinning room table and a fancy book case. I'm very proud of my apartment, but when the bill comes every month it makes me want to cry. But it looks great!
My social life in 2013 has had it's ups and down. I've met some amazing new people but have had to witness some friendship breakups. Now I have to play the delicate balance of who to invite to this party and who not to invite to this party.
In 2013 I also found a person I connected with! We entered into a relationship...but it only lasted for a few weeks. I've learned some very important lessons in matters of the heart.
All in all, 2013 was an explosive year. I can't wait to take on 2014.
by Andrew Hodges
posted Dec 19 2013 7:41AM
My dearest Friends and Family Members I must say 2013 is a year that will go down as one of the most interesting years in the Williamson House hold…..
Aiden is A Victoria’s secret loving man. Most of his year was spent waiting by the mail box waiting for those secret little magazines and hording them all in his room under the bunk bed. Even though he’s only 5, I can already see trouble in the times to come but at least I’ve got some time before we have to start worrying about him actually hiding in Victoria’s secret closet.
Then there’s sweet little drama queen Bella who had quite the challenging year. Puberty IS DEFINITELY ON THE HORIZON. Girl is a big ball of emotions. We’ve seen Big smiles, Huge Tears, sweaty Hands and tons of anxiety……I mean I can’t even make a comment on how HOT Tom Brady is on the TV without her thinking I’m packing everyone up and moving in with the guy. #Ifsheonlyknew. She’s also grown up so much this year and is turning into a beautiful lady before our eyes.
Now for smooth talker of the Family, Mr. Eric Williamson never seems to surprise us on the daily. He works very hard to bring home the bank for all of us and continues to teach our kids such wonderful Sayings like “I rocked a duce” or asking our son questions like “did you look up any girls skirts today”. Without him our lives would be boring.
Which leads me to myself, In 2013 I’ve managed to get my two best friends back and actually work on the same show as them but with that came 15 unwanted pounds that took me 4 months to get off. Working with a man that loves to eat and a pregnant woman doesn’t really help with the lbs. Then there was the moment when I realized I was a mom WHILE standing in the middle of a bunch of parents on a parents cheerleading team and the fact that every time I did a jump I would pee on myself a little bit. Why it’s taken me 10 years to realize that I don’t know. I did somehow manage to end the year with a bang. My boob job!!! They’ve been cut, stuffed and sewed up. 2014 is definitely looking up.
by Holly O'Connor
posted Dec 19 2013 7:40AM
Well happy Christmas, friends! What a year this has been.
I started 2013 feeling nauseous. Love that morning sickness! Yes, pregnancy was the overarching theme this year, as I spent ¾ of the year growing a child! I was one of those pregnant women whose hormones went absolutely bananas. I apologize if you tried to call or visit, especially during the first half of the year. I was probably curled up in bed sobbing. Yep, pregnancy and unemployment will do that to a person.
Ah, unemployment. I got to navigate the mysteries of signing up for government assistance this year! Y’all, that is a hot mess. How do people scam it? I couldn’t even figure it out for real! If you also found yourself there this year, my sympathies!
Things really turned around in April. I was hired by Magic Broadcasting, which was awesome on two counts: I was going to be paid again, and I got to continue doing what I love to do with a couple of my best friends.
August brought a HUGE change; Miss Maya Margaret was born on August 17th. Never in my life have I felt so thrown for a loop! I lived life with no one to REALLY worry about but me for 31 years. Suddenly, there’s a whole person dependent on me! Scary and amazing at the same time. The last 4 months I’ve spent with her have been eye opening. I love her to pieces! For those of you who haven’t seen her yet, just check out my Facebook. I’m quickly becoming one of THOSE moms who post pictures all the time of their baby, even though they all kind of look the same.
My husband Christopher is doing well, still obsessed with acquiring ridiculously overpriced softball bats! He is studying to become a teacher, something I can see he is passionate about and that makes me happy. I do feel bad for Chris though, as my sex drive is still non-existent post-baby. Hopefully it’ll return next year!
My mom has been an integral part of this year as well, since she moved down from Cleveland to help us with the baby, and be a close part of her life. It can be crazy sometimes, living with my mom again after 13 years of living away from her. But without her I think we’d have lost our minds by now. For real.
We’ve laughed, cried, loved, and grown this year. Here’s to a wonderful 2014!
by J D
posted Dec 3 2013 4:19PM
Here are the 5 surefire ways to make sure every day is awesome!
1. Eat the same breakfast every morning. The idea is that your morning is less stressful if your first meal is already decided. And you're supposed to make it healthy, like oatmeal or an omelet. Last minute choices tend to be stuff like donuts.
2.Savor your morning coffee. It may sound crazy to slow down when you've got things to do, but experts claim that you should try to ENJOY what you're drinking, instead of mindlessly gulping it down.
3. Write out an "ignore" list. This is pretty much the opposite of a "To Do" list. Make a list of all the non-essential stuff that you can ignore...like emails that you don't need to answer, vacuuming, and anything else that you can postpone.
4. Take some time to zone out. You're supposed to get to a place where you're not thinking about anything. But don't make it that complicated. Just let yourself listen to music, play a game, or watch TV, guilt-free.
5. When you ask "how are you?" actually listen to the answer. It's a throw-away question, and we don't really pay attention to what people say in response. But try to. It's supposed to lift your spirits, and help you connect.
Follow these 5 steps to make every day awesome!