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.
Thank you so much to ALL of my readers! Because of you, I have reached one of my goals and have 101 followers! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write from my heart on topics that are important to me. Thank you for reading my posts!
I look forward to what the future holds for this blog. All my readers hold a special place in my life! Now, onto writing new posts!
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:
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
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
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?