What I Learned in 2015

IMG_20151231_090947On this last day of the year, I’m taking a moment to look back on the previous twelve months and share what I’ve learned. Emily P Freeman hosts this themed post every month and she invites us to share our thoughts and link our posts here.

  • People like pictures of selfies. The hashtag #mybestnine is trending on Instagram this week. If you aren’t familiar, this involves sharing your most 9 popular Instagram posts of the year. Check it out. Selfies galore.  {My best nine featured above}
  • ‘Expect’ was my One Word for 2015. God used this word to rock my world. He showed up big, like I expected. Yet He changed me, stretched me, challenged me, brought me to my knees in prayer. It’s a bit like praying for patience, I suppose. Be careful what you declare as your ‘one word’, right?
  • Podcasts, where have you been all my life? They are simply wonderful. My favorites are too numerous to mention here. If stranded with only, um, one podcast at my fingertips I’d choose The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey.
  • Advocating for our children is hard. Painful. Sometimes polarizing. This year I learned that I’ll stand up for them every single time. No matter what. Because at the end of the day, they need to know Mom and Dad are in their corner.
  • I also learned if I’m not vigilant, my children’s performance can become my idol. For more on that, I highly recommend Kelly Minter’s book, No Other Gods.
  • Others’ perceptions of me are none of my business.
  • Rob Lowe + Fred Savage = a very enjoyable Tuesday evening. If you haven’t watched The Grinder yet, you totally should.
  • Struggles and heartache are part of the human experience. What we choose to say to one another in the midst of these challenges will either breathe life into a relationship or send it into a nose dive.
  • Quitting Diet Coke is harder than I thought. That blasted silver can is everywhere!
  • The Bobby Bones Show makes the morning carpool bearable. The perfect mix of humor, positive anecdotes, kid-friendly conversation and great country music, this syndicated radio show is the soundtrack for our drive to school.

There you have it. A mix of serious and not-so-much. Your turn. What did you learn in 2015?

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