Wednesday, January 1, 2014

50 reflections from 2013

It's that time already. Keeping with my tradition from 2007, 2008, 2009, 20102011, and 2012 here we go...

1. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  I did not make a resolution last year, but I do think this year I will make a list like I did in 2011.

2. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?  Deciding to join the Lemon Droppers.  This single decision has changed so many aspects of my life!

3. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?  Becoming a full time work-at-home mom.  Photography was part time for me- and manageable.  I worked a lot at night, and scheduled sessions when I had a babysitter.  My business with Young Living took off at an insane rate and I found myself in the position of a team leader of 400 business people by the end of the year.  Not only did I have my own customers/business members to educate and teach about essential oils, but I also had increasing numbers of business members on my team that I had to help guide into building their own businesses.  I found myself struggling to juggle emails, private messages, phone calls with my other team leaders and taking care of Amelia.

4. What was an unexpected joy this past year?  Getting back into horseback riding.  I never realized how much I missed it!  


5. What was an unexpected obstacle?  Attempting to heal a friendship I never thought could be damaged, and realizing that sometimes people just won't see eye to eye and well, it is what it is.

6. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
  

7. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?  Time. I always want more time.  Don't we all?   I'd also like more patience.  I think I ask for this every year.  I'm slowly getting better.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?  I think going from a Young Living Distributor to Gold Status in 7 months.  My team kicks butt... and we have completely blown Young Living up!!

9. What was your biggest failure?
  

10. Did anyone close to you give birth?
  LeeAnn had Aaron, Katie had Jake, Megan had Benjamin

11. Did anyone close to you die?
 sweet baby Benjamin and Uncle George

12. What states/countries did you visit?
 North Carolina and Florida

13. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
   Not necessarily a date, but event.  In February, my friend and client called me after having her baby boy (who was born with many, many difficult problems).  i knew right away when I saw her name pop up on my phone that the news was going to be grim, and that she was going to need me for something I was terrified to do.  I can't read the blog post about sweet Benjamin without choking up.  I will never, ever forget this.

14. How did you spend Christmas?
 Christmas Eve we went to Lori and Don's.  We had dinner, opened presents, the kids decorated the gumdrop tree.  We went to 8pm Christmas Eve service at Westwinds.   Christmas morning we spent at home.  It was just the 5 of us, and then Dave came by later in the morning.  We had a pretty relaxing day, my dad stopped by for a bit.  For dinner we made breakfast.  Yum!

15. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
   I turned 32.  We were vacationing at Disney World and Ryan surprised me with tickets to Cirque du Soleil.  We ate dinner at Applebees with my mom and the kids, and then Ry and I went to the show.  Afterward we walked around Downtown Disney.

16. Did you suffer illness or injury?
  Nope!

17. What was the best thing you bought?
  I have to say my essential oils!  I'd never have believed they'd work if I hadn't tried them, and I would have been able to build this business without it!

18. Whose behavior merited celebration?


19. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?


20. Where did most of your money go?
  mortgage and bills.  same ol' same ol'.

21. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
  Being able to surprise the kids with a trip to Disney World before Christmas!  I think I was more excited about telling the kids and seeing their reactions at the park than I was actually GOING to Disney.

22. Compared to this time last year, are you:

           a) happier or sadder? 
 happier
b) thinner or fatter? 

 same.  ugh. 
           c) richer or poorer?
  this is the first year I've ever been able to write this... RICHER!

23. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year? Becoming a leader, confident and not wavering in my beliefs regardless of what others' opinions are of me.  Letting things that are out of my control go and not beating myself up over it.

24. In what way(s) did you grow:
  • emotionally? This year had some challenges that, thank goodness, I was able to take a deep breath and just "let it go".  With age, and time, comes experience.  And luckily, I was able to emotionally realize that there was nothing I could do to change a situation, nor change a persons opinions or feelings and that I wasn't going to let it affect me, nor my daily life.  I'd done it before... lingered on a situation for too long... years even, letting it overcome the best parts of my life. Obsessing.  I am so proud of myself in being able to just say "it is what it is" and know that I can't change anything, so there is no point in letting it bother me.  
  • spiritually?   Every year I find myself growing closer and closer in my relationship to Jesus.  This year I have to give all the glory to Him... I would not have been able to achieve what I've achieved without relying on much scripture and faith, and knowing that He has everything to do with what is so good in my life.  My goal for 2014 is to become more consistent with worshiping AT church.  It's so easy to become lazy and stay home in pj's! 
  • physically?  Oh... this is a sick and sad way I've grown.  Ugh.  2014 requires lots of SMALLER changes.  Please. 
25. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?  I became much more open to discussing issues and problem solving with others.   With my job now, I am working with thousands of other women, a few leaders of mine, and many I am a leader of.  I have developed some great relationships with these friends!

26. With whom were your most valuable relationships?  My family, first and foremost, always.  And my grandma... she helps us out soooo much.  And probably Jessica Porter.  We really reconnected this year and have grown very close.  She is such a source of such grace, wisdom and has such a way with words, she keeps me grounded that's for sure!

27. Did you fall in love in 2013?
 I fell in love with working from home, that's for sure!

28. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?  Nope.  Hate is a strong word.

29. Who did you miss?
  I missed Cathy a lot.  A LOT.   I found myself thinking of how much I wished she had been able to meet Amelia. GAWD she would have loved her.  And for her to see what awesome, smart and funny boys that Porter and Hudson have grown into.

30. Who was the best new person you met?
  Oh my gosh... this year has brought SO many amazing people into my life... and I've met a bazillion new people.  I don't know that I have a "best new person" though...?

31. What was the most enjoyable area of managing your home?  

32. What was your most challenging area of home management?  All of it.   Dang.  The older the kids get, the harder it gets to organize things!  And I think our yard... oh our yard has some big time issues.  It's a mess.


33. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year? 

34. What was the best way you used your time this past year? 

35. What do you wish you’d done more of?  taking mommy time outs and calming myself down before blowing up at the kids.  

36. What do you wish you’d done less of?  yelling.   I hate when I yell.  Even though it feels good at the time to yell,  I hate how I feel after I yell.

37. What was the best book you read?
  Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst

38. What was your favorite TV program?
  Grey's Anatomy and Parenthood

39. What was your favorite movie of this year?
   Frozen!  Oh my gosh.... loved it.  Makes me want a sister for Amelia so badly.  If Ryan and I had been able to see Catching Fire in 2013, I'm pretty sure that'd rank as one of my favorite movies as well.

40. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I don't really "fancy" (haha) public figures... but I do love Jennifer Lawrence.

41. What did you want and get? So, so much.  A MacBook!  An amazing barn for Lacey to live at.  A vacation with the family to Disney.  More financial freedom.  Less debt.

42. What did you want and not get?
  Honestly, I can't think of a thing.

43. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
  We have been very blessed this year, and I am not sure I could have asked for much more.

44. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?   HAHA.  Oh my.   Ok... I work from home.  With a toddler.   I'm sure you can guess what my personal fashion concept is like....

45. What kept you sane?
  Reminding myself that this too shall pass... and that someday I will miss these days.

46. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Gay marriage, and the fact that people think that it's their business to determine how others should

47. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
   

48. What song will always remind you of 2013?



"Tonight You Belong To Me"
I know (I know) you belong
To somebody new
But tonight
You belong to me

Although (although) we're apart
You are a part of my heart
But tonight
You belong to me

Wait down by the stream
How sweet it will seem
Once more just to dream in
The moonlight
My honey I know
With the dawn
That you will be gone
But tonight
You belong to me

But tonight
You belong
To me




49. How did you ring in the New Year?  In the ER... fun times, right?  Ryan woke up around 11 and couldn't breathe (I think he gave himself a panic attack) so we headed to the ER.  It was lovely.

50. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.   

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