OLW...End of Year Reflection
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It's been a year of discovery for me. Focusing on this One Little Word has helped me pay attention to the little things. When I chose Discover as my word, I envisioned discovering new places to dine (my husband and I really like going out to eat), and new places to visit...maybe some new recipes (hmmm...things seem to revolve around food). I did discover all of those things, but I also discovered so much more.
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen Year-Old Boy with Autism and can't wait to start The One Thing, both books I learned about at brunch. Sharon shared The Best Yes, which was a great book for me to read. I knew I needed to read it when I read the description: Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? And if you haven't heard about Serial, you need to check it out. I'm hooked and find myself listening to this riveting podcast every time I'm in the car. From the website: Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, and is hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story - a true story - over the course of an entire season. Each season, we'll follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. And we won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we bring you the next chapter in the story, so it's important to listen to the episodes in order, starting with Episode 1.
I am on Episode 7 and am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series before winter break is over.
Franki shared TheSkimm and I'm so glad I discovered it this year. These two ladies have such great voice and I find myself trying to guess the story based on the headlines. So far, I'm not so great at it, but they make me chuckle. I read it in the morning before I go to work and it makes me feel like I can talk intelligently about what's going on in the world.
After two years of having no pets in the house, Scout and Jem adopted us right after Thanksgiving. I rediscovered how much fun (and work!) having puppies can be.
In fact, I discovered a lot about my dad this summer. After a brief explanation of hashtags on Twitter,
It's been a year of ups and downs. I've dealt with things that I never thought I'd deal with as a wife and mother, but in the end, I discovered some important truths...
- Some things are worth fighting for, especially when the going is tough.
- Your kids never stop needing you. It doesn't matter how old they are. You never stop worrying and will do whatever is needed to help your kids, no matter how old they are.
- It's ok to ask for help. You don't need to be strong all the time and you don't need to have all the answers all the time.
- Family and friends are a lifeline. Sharing stories is healing.
- Prayer is essential.
Here's wishing you a very happy New Year!