Well, happy 2016 to everyone! This is the last official day off I have before school starts back on Monday and I thought I would take time to reflect on 2015 and look ahead to 2016.
I realized that I have not blogged at all since August! I did not even get to write about some of my resolutions that I was really excited about, like Live Simply and Dream Big. Maybe I will get to come back to those – I am sad that I did not keep up with my blogging and goals for the year, though coincidentally (ha!), school started August 24th, and as you may have noticed, after that absolutely NO blogging took place at all!
Despite falling off the bandwagon, I really have been thinking about 2016 and what I want to achieve and all that it is going to bring. And I realized I wanted to write about it! So, here I am, back at the old blog to do one last post. Not sure if I’ll start another blog after this or just keep using this one as a place to organize my thoughts… of course, school is starting again January 4th, so perhaps no posting will happen again until about June 2016!
2016 and All that it Brings!
There are a lot of things I am excited about for this year. To start, I only have half a year left before I’ll have one year of being a 6th grade teacher under my belt! (And I will be able to say, “I survived!”)
I have been asked to be a part of the preacher search committee at my church, so that will bring a lot of new challenges and experiences for me this year. I feel very excited to be a part of this team and know I will learn a lot from it (and hopefully be able to bring something to the table as well!)
Probably the biggest change 2016 will bring with it is the arrival of Baby Pye – due July 9th! Obviously Dean and I are already anticipating the huge changes that will be taking place this summer as we start our adventure as parents. (Maybe that can be an idea for a new blog series! Hope you guys don’t mind too many baby pictures!) I have found myself already wanting to get the house in order and just prepare for this new little person, and I imagine that desire will only get stronger as time draws nearer!
Another thing I am excited about for 2016 is the chance to work on my marriage. Dean and I have started going to counseling recently, and I really believe the timing is perfect for us, especially with the new baby on the way. This is the first time we have gone to counseling where I really feel like we both are desiring to change and work together on issues we have. And we really love our counselor, she is great, which makes a HUGE difference in the counseling experience! (If you don’t like or connect with your counselor, you probably are not going to gain a whole lot from the experience.) I would highly recommend to every couple to go to counseling at one point or another – and to find a counselor that incorporates God into their thinking and practice – because God is a necessary part of any marriage working out, I really believe that! (This is definitely another topic I could do an entire post on, but I’ll stop here before I fall off my soap box…)
I don’t plan on doing another Happiness Project for 2016 – or having quite so many goals and resolutions for this year. But I have one resolution that has been sticking in my mind for the past few weeks:
Yeah, like… ever.
Wait, what? Not possible.
I did a post back in July about being positive, with one of my tangible goals being No Complaining. Here’s a link back to that post if you are interested in reading it:
That month was my hardest challenge of all the challenges I undertook. Every other month when I had a specific focus, I at least felt I could keep it up for one month while it was my main focus. But this one, even with it being my main goal for that month, I failed at it over and over again. Maybe that’s why God has put it on my heart again – he knows where I struggle!
I still have my notecards up by my bathroom mirror from July with a few encouraging words and verses about being positive – one of them being Philippians 2:14-15
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe…
I guess the thought occurred to me the other day that it says “Do EVERYTHING without complaining,” and I thought “Really? Everything?” What would that even look like to never complain about anything? What is this verse trying to tell us here? Does this mean we can never express frustration at anything? Or say things like “I am really upset about __________ .”? Does that count as complaining?
I am still trying to hash this out, but to me it seems like if we are really filled with the Spirit, (Galatians 5), then we will be so filled with things like love and compassion and patience that we won’t find it so easy to spout off about everything bad in our lives, or the minuscule things that didn’t go our way that day. Maybe we will even start treating others better and find that it’s easier to make friends and develop real relationships with people – which could lead to countless other opportunities we can’t even imagine! (Just maybe….)
Am I going to fail at this goal? Yes. Many times? Yes.
Am I still going to try? YES!
Have a happy and positive 2016!!!