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
- Didn’t post a selfie (yep, like that one above) for affirmation. (Saved my “I feel pretty” moments for my husband only.)
- Quit a job I was good at simply because it left my soul empty.
- Ran a marathon.
- Peed my pants more than once because of said marathon.
- Didn’t complete Whole30. (It would be generous to say I completed 9 days.)
- Stopped creeping on people who used to be in my life.
- Got a mentor.
- Survived three months (and counting) with twin toddlers in our care full-time.
- Read less because I was on social media more. #lame
- Ate a lot of prepackaged foods with preservatives. (And fed them to the children as well.)
- Didn’t get published.
- Handled conflict with grace, class, and only a few cuss words with Jesus.
- 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!)
- Realized my biggest temptations and sought accountability.
- Considered looking into botox for my forehead wrinkle. (Is this mid-twenties???)
- Punched my bathroom door when I got super angry.
- Forgave myself.
- Tried wearing all natural, organic, vegan make-up. (That lasted for about 2 weeks.)
- 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,