Becoming…A Better Me in 2019 (Part 1)

Last night, as the clock ticked towards midnight, I found myself crying. It was happy tears that came pouring from my eyes. 2018 was a tough year, but when I started thinking about it, the year was probably one of the best ones yet.

Just to give you an overview of what happened in the now “last” year…

  • In January, my grandmother battled the flu and pneumonia. My family heard twice in the course of two weeks that she might succumb to the sickness.
  • Throughout the year, especially in the fall, she had numerous hospital visits and rehabilitation stays. We almost lost her when they had to do emergency surgery to drain fluid from her heart. In addition, it has been hard to watch someone you love so much, be so much in pain. We have had multiple doctors’ visits and waiting for test results. Lastly, my family has felt the emotions and tough love of being caregivers.
  • There has been financial stress. At times, we worried how we would make it to the end of the month.

All these things out may not seem much to you, but to me, they are what made me stronger. You may also be thinking “why was this year one of the bests?” Well, because of this…

  • I received a graduate certificate in middle grades education and accomplished my goal of becoming a teacher.
  • The opportunity of student teaching and getting a job at two great schools have made that dream and goal all the more of a reality. In these positions, I have been challenged and overcame obstacles that made me a better educator.
  • My sister got engaged and married in a beautiful ceremony.
  • Above all, my grandmother survived all the health scares. She is flourishing and doing marvelous for an 85 year old.

In fact, we all survived. And we are all here; stronger and ready to take on the next 365 days. So, yes, 2018 was a pretty great year.

Xoxo,

Megan

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2018, Let’s Go!

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I love starting out a brand new year with thinking about my hopes, dreams, and goals. Some are realistic, while others take a little longer to achieve. I believe it is important to write down and visualize “your plans” for the year. However, I keep in mind that everything is on God’s timing and fully embrace His love and plan. As someone with a type-A personality, I have a hard time letting go of control. It is one of my goals to work on in 2018 🙂

Before I state my hopes, dreams, and goals, I always choose my focus word of the year. This word will guide the next 365 days. Sometimes these words just come to me, because of their meaning. Sometimes I have to think deep into my soul and ask what is it I need in my life? My 2018 word of the year is faith. As simple as it sounds, I want to use 2018 to grow my faith in God and His timing. In addition, I have a guiding question that allows me to center my year around. This year, it is: what can I do to change the world? 

In 2018, I would like to:

  • Love more
  • Let go of control
  • Work less and enjoy life more
  • Start the steps of getting my pilot’s license
  • Volunteer at least twice a month
  • Obtain my graduate certificate in middle grades education
  • Work on my novel and book series
  • Exercise and adapt a healthier lifestyle
  • Read more!
  • Become a better person, teacher, and writer
  • Continue writing for Forsyth Magazines 
  • Travel to at least two more states
  • Save more money for the future
  • Pass my PRAXIS II exam
  • Laugh more
  • Give thanks for all the blessings in my life
  • Be a greater advocate for mental health, active and nonactive military members, and homelessness
  • Write at least three times a week
  • Practice empathy more often
  • Smile at least once a day

What is your focus word and guiding question for 2018? What do you hope to accomplish in the new year?

Best wishes for 2018!

xoxo,

Megan

A Look Back at 2017

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As I look back at another year, I realize 2017 was full of ups and downs. I started working towards my graduate certificate in middle grades education and are now getting ready to be in the classroom. I have been given excellent writing and leadership opportunities at Forsyth Magazines. There has been tons of love and laughter; however, there has also been a good deal of heartache.

My grandmother had a stroke back in September. Yet, praise the good Lord, she is now completely back to normal. I learned the reason why she had a stroke. It was to diagnose her cancer, which is now treatable with daily medicine. If we discovered the disease at a later time, who knows what would have happened. My doggie, Gidget, spent the year battling health problems. At 17 years old, she had her good and bad days, until she passed away in my arms in October. Lastly, I experienced my scariest morning and night. The morning was when I saw my grandmother have her stroke and waited for the ambulance to arrive. The scariest night was when Gidget passed away in my arms. I have never experienced that level of grief and I’m still processing my new life, months later.

2017 was a year of discovery. I learned more about the person I want to become and how I can help change the world. Gidget taught me more about love and how to believe in more than what I can see. Little signs related to her appear all the time and I know it isn’t coincidental. My anxiety and depression diagnosis gave me the chance to learn more about mental health and become an advocate for mental illnesses. It is okay to not be okay. I have a better understanding and grasp of what is going on in my mind and how to handle it. These struggles helped my family grow closer and man, are we stronger. Nothing is going to keep us down.

I’m ready for what 2018 holds, because I know 2017 has prepared me for whatever life throws at me. I am brave. I am strong. I am loved. Here’s to another year. God bless it.

xoxo,

Megan

 

 

End of Year To-Do List

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Can you believe 2017 is almost over and 2018 is right around the corner? For many people, the last month of the year is a time to reflect and wrap up the previous 11 months. Below are some ways for you and your family to make the most of the rest of 2017 and start 2018 on the right foot!
1. Continue reading a book that you started but never finished.
2. Drink more water.
3. Eliminate one unhealthy habit for the rest of the year.
4. Reflect on the year’s accomplishments and challenges.
5. Take a day to relax and do nothing besides binge-watching your favorite show and sleeping.
6. Host a nice dinner or holiday party for your family and friends.
7. Volunteer.
8. Spend a day exploring tourist sites in your own city.
9. Call relatives you haven’t seen in a while.
10. Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.
11. Declutter and spend a day deep cleaning your home.
12. Before going to bed, write down five things you are grateful for that day.
What’s on your end-of-the-year to-do list?
xoxo,
Megan