Archive | December 2017

2018 word of the year


This time last year, I wrote about balance, my one-word focus for 2017. The year as a whole was one of the busiest and fullest years of my life, and about halfway through, I felt like I wasn’t doing a great job of striking a balance.

Not only did we fix up our old house, sell it and move an hour away, but since then, we’ve been fixing up the new house and began pursuing our latest adventure. (More on that later!)

Also in there was a job change for Pete and lots of work travel for me.

A little while ago, I reread my blog post about balance and how I planned to achieve that goal. The daily devotion I started reading in January got pushed to the side around May when we were moving, and although I attempted to catch up over the summer, I think I only made it through July. And the Margin book I was going to finish? I did read a little bit more, but it’s still on my nightstand with several chapters to go.

It’s the same story with the daily verse Pete and I were going to read, or praying more for friends and family. I started those things, but got out of the habit when days got busier and exhaustion set in.

I did create the gratitude jar I talked about, though! And it’s currently full, so I’ll have to go through it this coming week.

I will say one thing I did OK at was saying no when I felt like I couldn’t handle anymore. A few times this year, someone approached me at work or church about a side project and I knew I couldn’t commit.

Friends would reach out about getting together, and while we would have loved to, we had to take a rain check.

And even though I really, really wanted to host an Operation Christmas Child party in our new neighborhood, I knew trying to fit one more thing into November just wasn’t going to happen.

So I guess the moral of the story is that I’m better at saying no than yes sometimes. 🙂

I’m not giving up on trying to be more balanced, but for 2018, I’m picking something new: Trust.

This word has been on my mind a lot as Pete and I begin a new chapter, and I’ve already picked up a couple of knickknacks with the word “trust” on them.

2018 will undoubtedly be a year we’re asked to trust God’s timing and plans more than normal, and while that can be scary, I also think the outcome will be worth it.