1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
The single best thing… goodness, such pressure on a question. I don’t know that there is one big huge thing that happened that stands out, this year has been a lot of things working under the surface. I loved my time with Chelsea in New York, and sharing my city with Sarah and Dasha this summer. I am so stoked on the roommate I ended up with after some craziness, my salary that I got this year is nothing to turn my nose up at either.
2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
A relationship that I’ve been working through mentally.
3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
Hearing myself say “I’ll do my best, but I’m never going to be perfect.” And feeling totally calm and accepting of that. (The conversation was in relation to God and faith and life and how it’s not a merit based system and I have to keep reminding myself of that.)
4. What was an unexpected obstacle?
Dealing with the feeling of having a bit of a sabbatical but not knowing what to do and trying to stay somewhat positive. A month off that didn’t really feel like a month off, in fact I forgot it happened.
5. Pick three words to describe this past year.
Listen (my word of the year worked!), dig, choppy
6&7 – About spouses, so N/A this year.
8. What were the best books you read this year?
I read 70+ books this year, started so many others and decided I didn’t want to continue them. There were many I enjoyed but these stand out the most.
Present over Perfect
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living
Scary Close (2nd reading)
All the Bright Places
How to be a Person In the World
Harry Potter 6 & 7 (re-read)
Finding God In the Waves
9. With whom were your most valuable relationships?
Sarah, the ladies of WD’s, the one with my counselor
10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
Allowing myself to be imperfect not just in theory and by logic but in feeling too.
11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?
I learned the beginnings of mindfulness, a practice that I see being very, very helpful moving forward.
12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?
I dug in and started questioning what my beliefs are, not just what I think and say they are but what is really going on underneath. I read books by several Christian authors, have another to either end this year with or start next year with. I questioned God, I got mad at God, I realized I was still operating under old beliefs of what God was and how he/she/it worked and I started questioning those. I allowed myself to feel and mentally speak to what I use to think were betraying thoughts. If God is all being and all knowing then He/She/Ze/It already knows what’s going on so I may as well make it an open conversation.
13. In what way(s) did you grow physically?
It’s just coming now at the end of the year but I started getting really tired of my excuses about my physical health. I realize I’ve been saying the same things for three plus years of why I can’t do so many things I want to do and I’m tired of hearing myself talk. They are valid excuses, the road to getting better and being able to do some of those things if not all of them will be challenging to say the least but it’s far from impossible.
14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
I backed off of some relationships but spent a lot of time working out different things I felt about them. My hope is that in the new year I will be able to come back to them with a better understanding of myself and my boundaries so we can rehabilitate and grow.
I learned to let people tell their own stories. It’s something I will continually work on, but I think it’s important. I want people to trust me, and I think they can, but I also realize that what I think is no big deal to share might be a huge deal to others.
15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
That I have the time and the freedom to work on my health with doctor’s appointments and health insurance. I also enjoy the steady income that has helped me work on budgeting.
16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
Facebook and crushes
18. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
Going to counseling. Definitely.
19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
I learned that the previous assumptions I had about how life should be, ones I didn’t even realize I had, were not quite right and were causing more distress than anything else. There has been a lot of shifting and reconfiguring and deciding where I want to be working in the middle of that.
20. Create a phrase or statement that describes this past year for you.
Neither of these are mine originally but they have been so very true: The only way out is through and the time will pass anyway.