Jan 1, 2010

2009 Reflection

(from Christmas, 2009)

What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
-It's a tie between all things Bible study and getting engaged.
What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
-I decided that this was the year I would get serious about debt
What was an unexpected joy this past year?
-Meeting some of the most genuine and amazing friends
Pick three words that describe 2009.
-Growth, Nurture, Dedicate
What were the best books you read this year?
-I posted a few earlier this week, but didn't include them all; The Shack, Same Kind of Different As Me, Crazy Love (hands down a life changing book for me), The Heart of Christianity, Food Pets Die For. Each of these has truly helped shape who I am, from sorting out my faith to understanding food. I read another book about pet food but don't remember the name of it so it didn't make the list - after reading about what goes into pet foods, I changed Nola to Honest Kitchen, a raw, dehydrated, human grade food, and never looked back! (She still actually eats Wellness in the morning.).

With whom were your most valuable relationships?
In what ways did you grow emotionally?
-I came to grips with growing up and started a private blog to journal my feelings about moving to Boston... we now know, it will be Virginia - a much easier transition.

In what ways did you grow spiritually?
-I joined an online Bible Study that I found out about via Compassion's blog, met some amazing women, and found exactly what I was looking for and more than I ever imagined. I started reading The Heart of Christianity and learned about faith in general, and I am almost finished reading the Bible, cover to cover.

In what ways did you grow physically?
-In what ways didn't I grow physically? I became the most out of shape I've been in years. I didn't gain weight, but it's still not good!

What was your single biggest time waster in your life in the past year?
-Facebook; I enjoy reconnecting with friends, but probably spent too much time reading status updates, etc...

What was the biggest thing you learned this year?
-I realized that my life truly is not my own and defined ME

In 2009, my word was dedication. I think I did okay. As always, there are some things I would change if I could go back, but overall I believe I accomplished what I'd hoped. Moving into 2010, I've chosen simplicity and contentment. I'm excited about all the changes that will be happening, but I think these two words will keep me grounded. Chandler's word for 2010 is birth. I laughed at him so he changed it to creation. Umm...it should be an interesting year! ;)

What's YOUR word for 2010?


Jill Foley said...

This was great! I love your words for 2010...I'm jumping on the one word bandwagon this year...my word is LOVE.

I'm so glad to have "met" you and grow with you through our Bible studies. You are truly one of my good friends...you have stretched me and I love your heart for missions. I love being connected to Hope Aid.

I look forward to reading through the Bible this year - picked up my copy of the Chronological NLT yesterday!

As far as your comment on being out of shape...want to train for the 1/2 marathon with me? : )
(notice I say train for one and not actually run one!)

Happy 2010!!

GinSpaghetti said...

Love is a great word for 2010!

Count me in for the training! ... but like you, just the training!! :) Happy New Year!

"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I'm afraid God would ask me the same question."
You don't change the world by trying to change the world; you change the world by changing yourself.
-Gerry Straub