Today is the first day of 2020, and instead of reflecting on the last year, I spent it making new memories with my family in Colorado. Michael and I took our nieces to Manitou Springs for a fun afternoon, which followed full days in Breckenridge and surrounding areas earlier this week. We visited an ice castle, played in snow that came up to our knees, and took in captivating views of snow-capped mountains. It’s been an incredible week so far, and now we’re in Downtown Denver, where Michael and I will have a date night tonight.
As I look back on the last year, I can honestly say that it was one of my favorite years so far. My husband and some of our close friends rang in 2019 in New York. I was there in the fall too, and I traveled to Colorado a few
I completed my first year of graduate school at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and by this time next year (Lord willing) I’ll be close to earning my Master of Public Health (MPH) with a specialty in Health Education and Communications. I completed another year as an employee at Tulane too, and I’m still grateful for the benefits and opportunities that I’ve had as a result.
I was on the news a few times, and each time was uplifting and so different from the times I was on the news in the past. It’s amazing to think about how completely different my life is now than it was a decade ago. Praise God! He’s so merciful and kind, and I’m so grateful that I feel safe and content in His presence!
It was fun to take time to dwell on my life – where it is and what I want to do in the coming year, and while I usually do that in a journal, the vision board helped me see everything so I could prioritize based on what’s most important to me. The bottom line is we can’t do everything and do it well. Striving is exhausting too, so instead, I like to make small changes that lead the results I want.
Last year, my focus was on becoming more content and blooming where I was planted. For me, that meant journaling more, making gratitude lists regularly, staying in the Word and worshiping our Lord every day, and managing my time to accomplish my goals with excellence. In a practical sense, it worked.
This year, my focus is on becoming healthier. I’m usually super hesitant to make weight-related goals, but I have one (actually two goals) that I hope to meet in the first part of the year. It won’t be my only focus, but it’s a big one. And I’m excited because I’m doing it with friends who also want to accomplish weight-related goals. I’m rejoined WW, which was encouraging because I’m still nearly 100 pounds down from where I was when I started the account. Even so, I have some new goals, and I want to get started on them!
I also want to make writing a priority again. I love it, yet I let other things take priority in 2019. That’s okay too, but this year, I want to find my voice here. I want to share God’s goodness in spite of my imperfections. I want everyone I know to know the love of Christ, so look for posts here about what He’s doing in my life.
I also enjoy quality, alone time with Michael, playing board games with friends, leading worship at Church of the King, knitting, hosting Bible studies and small groups in our home, so those things will continue to be a priority in my life as well.
I’m so thankful for everything that happened in 2019. I love our house, our church family, my job, friends, and family. I’m grateful for the opportunity that Michael and I had to grow individually and together, and I’m looking forward to the changes and challenges of 2020.
Do you have goals and dreams for 2020? If so, will you tell me about them in the comments?
Happy New Year!