Since my post 19 Things I Did (Or Didn’t Do) was a favorite last year, I figured I would share 19 things I did, or didn’t, do in 2017.

Keep in mind, this is meant to be a quick reflection. Overthinking it will just lead to the desire to impress. (And #ImpressingIsExhausting.) If you want to give it a shot, jot down the first things that come to mind, no matter how random or quirky they may be.

19 things I did – or didn’t do – in 2017

  1. Didn’t post a selfie (yep, like that one above) for affirmation. (Saved my “I feel pretty” moments for my husband only.)
  2. Quit a job I was good at simply because it left my soul empty.
  3. Ran a marathon.
  4. Peed my pants more than once because of said marathon.
  5. Didn’t complete Whole30. (It would be generous to say I completed 9 days.)
  6. Stopped creeping on people who used to be in my life.
  7. Got a mentor.
  8. Survived three months (and counting) with twin toddlers in our care full-time.
  9. Read less because I was on social media more. #lame
  10. Ate a lot of prepackaged foods with preservatives. (And fed them to the children as well.)
  11. Didn’t get published.
  12. Handled conflict with grace, class, and only a few cuss words with Jesus.
  13. Didn’t let other people’s emails and texts become my to-do lists. (A revelation that has changed my life over the last few months!)
  14. Realized my biggest temptations and sought accountability.
  15. Considered looking into botox for my forehead wrinkle. (Is this mid-twenties???)
  16. Punched my bathroom door when I got super angry.
  17. Forgave myself.
  18. Tried wearing all natural, organic, vegan make-up. (That lasted for about 2 weeks.)
  19. Practiced listening during hard conversations without getting defensive.

2017 flew by like no other year has for me. With more transitions than I’ve ever endured in a single year, I was knocked off my high horse more than once. In summary, 2017 kept me humble.

In the words of another writer whose heart I adore, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S Lewis. The last 3 months of 2017 were full of the best, hardest, and most selfless days in my life thus far. That’s what kids will do to you, I suppose.

Your turn to share in the comments below! (I really never intended for this space to be a monologue. Get the conversation going!)

What did you do (or not do) this year?

What did you learn this year?

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Raising a glass to the new year,

Manda

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