End of 2018 reflections

December 19, 2018

Did 2018 even happen? I mean really, where does the time go?! I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. It’s so easy to roll on from one year to the next, but I think it’s important to stop and remember what happened throughout the year and what lessons were learned. So that’s what this post is going to be about-reflecting on all that has transpired throughout the year as well as lessons I am carrying with me into 2019. 

First things first, we moved! Leaving Moscow (Idaho, not Russia) was hard for us! We both had spent many years there for school, I had family there, Daniel and I met and then celebrated our first year and a half of marriage there, we had an adorable apartment, and it’s where we brought Sammers home to! While we knew the move was inevitable, it was still a sad day when we put all our stuff in storage and made the drive down to Boise. Along with the physical move, we were moving into a new phase of medical school as well as learning to cohabitate with his parents. 

Another thing that happened this year was travel! We spent time in Hawaii, then Vietnam and Thailand together. It was our first international trip together and was such an amazing experience. Throughout the year, we had some great camping trips, family visits to Seattle and St. Louis, and work trips to North Carolina, Atlanta, and Alabama. Travel is so important to me and we always try to make it a priority to do at least one trip a year, even if it’s something small. 

Lastly, I have never committed to achieving my desired physique as much I have this year. I was more serious about counting macros, give or take a vacation or two 😉 I also worked with three different personal trainers that taught me completely different methods of exercising. Because of this, I am in the best shape of my life, strong, and seeing results I’ve always wanted to see. 

Throughout the various experience I mentioned above and many others, I have learned a few things about myself.

Lessons I have Learned 

I am stronger than I think

I have been put in many uncomfortable, tough, and stressful situations this year that have shown me that I can take more than I think I can. Sure, I had many-a-breakdown but that’s all a part of it right!? Sorting through the emotions and coming out stronger on the other side. I have even surprised myself when I remember certain seasons during the year and not knowing how I made it. I know the only way I did it was because I knew God was with me, I had Daniel in my corner, and a strong, supportive community around me. 

I am learning to find my voice

Notice how I say “learning”? This is still actively going on. This year has taught me to speak up for myself more and to voice my opinion. Some of the experiences that taught me this seem silly, but in the end I am noticing my confidence in finding my voice. I am excited to see this grow, although it can be uncomfortable. 

Putting yourself out there is hard, but worth it

This is a harddddd one! It is SO intimidating to put yourself out there to people or new experiences. Take this blog for instance. Even now when people tell me they’ve read it I start squirming, even my own family! Some things I tried this year didn’t work out, but I still felt like I “got something” out of the process of even trying. As the year winds down, I am focusing on ways I can push myself in 2019 to try new things. Bottom line, you will never know unless you try and put yourself out there to be recognized, discovered, followed, etc. 

I had an incredibly blessed 2018, surrounded by family and friends. I am very excited to see what 2019 holds. What are you reflecting on this time of year?

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    Ending 2018 has me thinking about how life is really a series of seasons. Currently I am very involved with helping my elderly parents adjust to some changes they are facing. So I’m getting a foretaste of what the season of the 80’s looks like. At the same time, I’m enjoying watching my adult children manage their lives with marriage, careers, parenting, avocations, etc. A lot of things are still being worked out at this season of life. Then there’s the 2-year-old grandson who is just beginning his walk in life. I am so blessed to be able to enjoy all the generations in my family. I want to make the most of this season of my life. Working to stay healthy so I can enjoy life and be used of God is a priority. I want to grow closer to Him — to enjoy His fellowship and also because I know I need Him at this and every season. Bring on 2019!

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