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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Reflecting on 2017
I'm really slow with reflecting on 2017, setting goals for 2018, and choosing a possible word for the year. No real excuse, although I must say we had a rough couple of days last week with our furnace smoking inexplicably. On Friday Mr. T finally found and took care of the problem, but there was lots of smoke in the house (not to mention lots of cold air coming in from open doors and windows) and also a lot of time wasted on my part trying to take care of this finicky heat source so that it would not smoke.
The smoke made my eyes and throat burn and I ended up with a humdinger of a cold. The beginning of this week was rough, with the need of a 2-hour nap each day in order to be able to function at all. I actually did this reflecting on 2017 last week, but am just getting around to post it.
year I like to evaluate the year just past and there are various
questions I have used to do so. This year, as last, I liked the idea of just ten
questions to reflect upon the year, and last week I finally found
time to do so. This year, as last, these questions from Holley Gerth were just what I needed.
So here are the questions and my answers:
🌟What went well this year?
My quiet times and devotional life; blogging; preparing and teaching my Sunday School lessons. I also saw God give guidance, grace, and strength for dealing with estate issues and for trying to encourage my husband and our church family as we continue without a pastor and he is on the search committee.
🌟What did not go well?
My physical life, especially the factors of eating right, exercise, and drinking enough water (although I will say I got far more exercise in 2017 than the previous year). I didn't do all that well with my homemaking responsibilities, mostly because of caring for two houses. And I had an almost complete dearth of creative time.
🌟What do I want to do the same next year?
All of the things that went well are things I want to continue with and perhaps even improve upon.
🌟What do I want to do differently? I want to eat more healthfully, walk more often, drink more water, get more sleep, and I want to get a much better handle on my
homemaking responsibilities. I want to do something creative every day, no matter how small. 🌟When did I feel most in my “sweet spot”?
Preparing for and teaching my Sunday School lessons; blogging; learning and being
refreshed at retreats; taking time for simple getaways with my hubby.
🌟When did I feel the most exhausted and drained? Almost all the time, actually. Especially when working on estate paperwork.
🌟What did I say “yes” to that I wish I had said “no” to? I really can't think of anything in that category. There were plenty of things I would rather not have been doing, but they weren't things I could have said No to. 🌟What did I say “no” to that I wish I had said “yes” to? Time for crafting and other creative pursuits. Drinking enough water and making other healthy choices.
🌟What helped me stay close to God this year?
Making sure I had my quiet time, even on the busiest days, even if I had
to split it up into several segments. Continued use of prayer journal and consistent prayer life. Good time in God's Word every day. The opportunity to be blessed by time at retreats for women and couples.
🌟What did He teach me that I want to live out next year? That I can trust Him for every detail of a very complicated and busy life.
Maybe these questions are just what you need, too, to get a handle on 2018? It's not too late!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.