Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Reflecting on 2018
Holley Gerth, which I have used a couple of times before, 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. Our trip to Nevada went very well and was such a blessing. I opened an Etsy shop in the early part of 2018 to sell vintage items as part of my responsibility for cleaning out my childhood home, and it's been going very well. I was also excited to meet two fellow bloggers this year -- Vee and Denise! These ladies are as lovely and gracious in person as they are on their blogs!
The last few months of 2018 included a number of long walks, which I am really thankful for. We were able to reconnect a bit with several cousins and other extended family that we seldom see. 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. We extended a lot of hospitality this year and have had some wonderful opportunities to mentor and disciple younger believers.
🌟What did not go well?
My physical life, especially the factors of eating right, exercise, and drinking enough water. I didn't do all that well with my homemaking responsibilities. I had very little creative time, but I did manage to do some crafting in November and December.
🌟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. (There may not be a trip to Nevada, and I may not meet new bloggers, but you never know. I think that Arlene and her hubby are headed to New England this fall!)
🌟What do I want to do differently?
I want to eat more healthfully, walk more often, drink more water, get more sleep and fresh air, 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. I want to structure my quiet time in such a way that I don't have to break it into segments. I have begun reading through the Bible again this year, after several years of not doing so.
🌟When did I feel most in my “sweet spot”?
Preparing for and teaching my Sunday School lessons; our informal times of discipleship study with new believers; blogging; learning and being refreshed at retreats; taking time for simple getaways with my hubby. Working at my sewing machine or my little crafting desk.
🌟When did I feel the most exhausted and drained?
When working on estate paperwork. Whenever I had to deal with difficult people. Any day that I failed to get enough sleep the night before.
🌟What did I say “yes” to that I wish I had said “no” to?
My answer is the same as last year's. 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. Scripture journaling on a regular basis. 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. That I can be strong and courageous in the face of many unknowns because He will be with me wherever I go.
Maybe these questions are just what you need, too, to get a handle on 2019? It's not too late!