A Look Back on 2018

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a fan of those year in reviews that would start popping up on the news…as a kid I was always obsessed with those. They would remind you of the events that seemed so big at the time, that might have faded in your memory already, and of course the events you could never forget.  This year for me, seems like 3 years piled into one. So much change, so much happiness, so much sadness, and hopefully so much growth. As always I so appreciate you all for taking the time to peak in on my life, and what I am creating here on Happily Lisa. There have been fun work moments, and also very private moments all shared with you, so with that in mind, here’s a look back at my top ten Instagram posts from the year, the posts that you all liked the most.

#10 This post had to do with my Dad who is no longer with us:

Missing you Daddy. It was 2 years ago today that my father died. Life wasn’t always perfect with him, but in the end the entire family learned a true lesson about forgiveness. And within an hour of hearing each of his 4 daughters voices on the phone, and my moms… He quietly passed away. Never too late to say I love you. #HappilyLisa

#9 And when did the twins become teenagers?!!?  Yikes that was fast. This was from the fun sleepover we had for Elsie and some of her friends at the Peninsula Hotel:

And just like that she’s a teenager ✨ everyday I am so proud of the young woman you are ✨ I can’t believe you picked me to be your mom✨and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for this world of ours 💋 #peninsulaBH#PenMoments

#8 Speaking of birthdays, when did I become a 53 year old woman?  Here’s what this post said, thanks for celebrating me with well wishes:

This past year since my last birthday has been one I will never forget. It’s been challenging, and yet beautiful and wonderfully expansive. What I know for sure is that every experience is here for growth and part of the magic of it all. A big thank you to each of you for adding that extra sparkle to my life! | Photo: @mollycophoto | http://liketk.it/2vUHl #liketkit@liketoknow.it #HappilyLisa

#7 You all really liked my Italian adventure with the twins, this was an amazing opportunity that Andy organized and sent us on.  It was filled with memories we’ll never forget:

We’re braving the #ItalianSummer heat but it’s so worth it! Today we explored the colosseum and I think our tour guide had a thing for Russel Crowe, because she only mentioned him in Gladiator every other sentence 😅 http://liketk.it/2wFlM #liketkit@liketoknow.it.family  #LTKfamily #LTKkids#WhenInRome #HappilyLisa

#6 Like so many of you, I am trying to make time stand still with the twins…this post pretty much sums up me on any given day:

Me smelling Elsie’s hair…Please tell me I am not alone in trying to inhale every little bit of my precious children as possible.

At 13 1/2 I know I am teetering on being a major smootherer…and I can hear her saying: “Mom, can you not!” 😂 Let’s make sure to hold those we love a little tighter these days, and open our arms to those who so desperately need it. ❤️Much love, me. | Photo: @feylasala#liketkit@liketoknow.it #HappilyLisa

#5 This post was so meaningful to me for so many reasons, I hadn’t seen Dorothy in forever, she is always in my heart, and has been such a source of inspiration since the day I meet her all those years ago when I first walked into the Fox Studios:

Nothing better then picking up where you left off! A long overdue lunch with @dorothy_lucey. 💗 For years I watched her in awe, when we worked at the same TV station, at just how good she was at telling entertainment stories in her own special way! I’ve since marveled at how she transformed her life after television to truly help others in need through her charity work at @mendingkids. 👯 Big hugs to you all and have an amazing weekend! #Happilylisa

#4 In case you haven’t noticed from my Instagram feed, I am pretty obsessed with the entryway to my house.  It was when I first saw those ivy covered steps and the white picket fence that I knew I found my home. Elsie says “I love the home because it reminds me of something out of a Nancy Meyer movie”, and you know what, she’d be right.  It’s tiny and charming, cute and quaint and full of love. When Andy bought the house for the kids and me, he also gave me a sign that reads “May my home always be too small to hold everyone I love”. Anyway, here’s what the post said:

A big shoutout to all the moms out there who started the day out like wonder woman, only to become a psychotic mess by lunch time…and end up on the front steps drinking by themselves. Or is that just me? Tag a mom who can relate! | Photo: @mollyandcophoto | http://liketk.it/2xCVN #liketkit@liketoknow.it Follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it for similar looks! #HappilyLisa

#3 This beauty…Maria Quiban. There isn’t enough I can even say about her.  She has always been one of my biggest supporters, I honestly think she still prays everyday that I will go back to work at Fox.  She is the epitome of grace and strength:

Got all gussied up on a school night to be @mariasearth #plusone as she hosts @globalgenes rare champion of hope awards. Did you know there are more than 7,000 rare diseases that affect 30-million people around the world #NeverGiveUp #Hope #HappilyLisa#braincancerawareness

#2 This was of course the most personal post I’ve ever shared and the hardest to write.  I wanted to convey the love and support we still feel for each other even though our life as a married couple had changed:

I like this photo because it was taken at an event I was hosting and Andy came to support me. That event was right in the middle of mediation for our divorce and when I look at it I see two people who still show up for each other. So instead of what went wrong…let’s look at what went right. That’s how we’re choosing to look at it. After 15 years of marriage my husband and I are divorcing. These past 6 months only those closest to us knew of our decision to separate and divorce.

But I will share with you now that it’s been the toughest 6 months of our lives. I’ve experienced panic attacks for the first time, and the stress of going through mediation has led to weight and hair loss. But through it all Andy and I have remained best friends and making this as easy as possible for our twins has been our priority. Thankfully today we are a stronger, happier family unit, perhaps a different type of family, but we will always be family. I decided to share this most private pain with you now for a couple of reasons. I know my pictures and posts more often than not look perfect, but of course life isn’t that way is it? I simply hadn’t been ready to share yet. I also was overwhelmed before, and needed to move into a new home, so now that the kids and I are settled I thought I could be more open. Head to my blog for more, including what books I’ve been reading during this time. I would also love to hear what you’ve read to help get you through life’s challenges. ❤️ Link in bio. | Photo: @mollyandcophoto | #HappilyLisa

#1 And finally the post you all seemed to like the most was this one of my former work family at Fox.  It was an impromptu breakfast that grew into a reunion, and I posted it on the one year anniversary of my being let go from the TV station, Steve would of course tease me later that I had somehow managed to make it all about me once again.  I love each person in this picture so very much:

Once a TV family always a TV family 📺 #TBT throwing it back to this impromptu reunion yesterday with this crew. Ironically today is the 1 year anniversary of my being #restructured out of my job of 17 years at FOX. I’ll be honest, this has been without a doubt one of the toughest years emotionally, scratch that the toughest emotionally of my life. The blessings I have are too many to count, and this is not a woe is me post. It’s simply to let you know if you are struggling I get it, I know my pictures show the fun moments of my life, because I truly want to focus on the happy. But trust me there are sad moments filled with questions and self doubt. When I was let go last year and not given a reason other then that the station was restructuring, I was just getting over a concussion from crashing into a tv monitor on live tv for the station, my nose was also broken. People encouraged me to go after the station for age discrimination ( I am 52) or wrongful termination. I decided I didn’t want to spend the next God know how long dealing with that. Does that make me a chicken? Does that mean I didn’t stand up for my rights? I don’t know…I just knew I wanted to try and pick up the pieces, set a good example for my kids, and try to move on. Each person in this picture means so much to me, they’ve cried with me, they’ve supported me, they’ve laughed with me, and they’re a piece of me that can never be taken away. If you’re having a tough day, know that we all have tough days, and it’s through these periods that the most beautiful growth can occur. I know I have many more chapters in my work life to be written, my #HappilyLisa chapter is just the beginning and I am so overwhelmed by your support this past year. I can’t wait to see where this year takes us all. XOXO p.s. I decided to turn on GDLA today to check in, and it was the only channel in my hotel room that wasn’t working…

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