26 December 2014

14 Things I Learned in 2014

Its amazing how much can happen and change over one year of life. 365 days is certainly not enough time to learn all the lessons needed to become the person God wants me to be. When I was in elementary school, I thought after I graduated I would be done with learning. Not.so. Part of growth and maturity is realizing that we never stop learning and that there is always opportunities to stretch yourself. And 2014 has kind of been a year like that for me.
So here's a quick recap at what I have learned this year...

1. I really should have started being financially responsible a whole heck of a lot sooner. Enter in our new friend, Mr. Dave Ramsey.

2. SERENITY: Something I often suck at, but desire to grow in. I have learned a lot about serenity this year...this prayer has challenged.stretched.and made me more uncomfortable than any other prayer I have ever prayed. It speaks to me so deeply that I set alarms several times a day to stop and really pray these words from the heart.
I dare you to do it! You'll be blown away at what will happen.

3. Connected to serenity is learning to surrender to the will of God. If the Serenity prayer is my mantra, then this prayer comes close behind in second place.I have learned much and wrestled often with the reality of these words in my own life.

4. No Bible, no breakfast. No Bible, no lunch. Making excuses for not praying daily is not helping me become a saint.

5. You waste way too much time in life worrying about what others think about you. At the end of the day, it really only matter what God thinks.

6. BOUNDARIES. Before this past year, I had no freaking idea what boundaries were. Through a lot of situations in the past year, I have learned so much about myself and how to better deal with people. I need boundaries for myself and with all the other people in my life. Boundaries are not selfish or mean, but meant to keep you safe and about staying in your own yard. Oh boundaries how you have helped me become a stronger and healthier person...

7. Choosing one little word for the year really helped me grow in ways I didn't even think imaginable.

8. After many years of being the girl who didn't exercise because I "didn't like to sweat" I took up running this year. like a lot. I put off getting fit and taking care of my body for a long time. I am getting stronger, setting goals, and feeling great doing it...well most days ;)

9. Sometimes people who you thought were your closest friends or safe people, turn out to not be. And while ending a friendship sucks and is awkward, I see more clearly who are meaningful, treasured friends. I have also been terribly blessed and surprised by new friendships with women who inspire and support me in ways I never imagined.
My safe people. My cheerleaders.

10. Suffering is a bi!$#. Sorry madre for the language. This year I have watched some of the people I love most suffer. Truth be told, I personally have been through what feels like the ringer at times this year. God has and is continuing to teach me.so.much. in this department.

11. Read books more often than you watch T.V. Reading is my drug of choice.

12. Choose how to respond, don't just be reactionary.
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13. Dating shouldn't end when you get married, it should flow into married life. Every other week dates are a nice thing. Consider it.

14. My life, marriage, and home do not have to be perfect to be beautiful.

What have you learned this past year? How has 2014 challenged and stretched you?


  1. What great lessons--about friendship and dates with your spouse and boundaries! So much to this post! Thank you for sharing your lessons from 2014.

    1. Thanks Rita...its amazing to look back and see all that has happened:)

  2. These are all so great!!! So...how much do you run? I ran a.lot. in the beginning of the year, and not so much at the end. Hoping to get back into it soon!

    1. Well right now about 3 miles three times a week, still awhile before I do the half marathon, lol!

  3. Mr. Dave Ramsey has already saved my hiney. Love that guy. Marry Christmas!

    The Starving Inspired

    1. Yes oh yes to Dave! Hope you're having a grand Christmas holiday!

  4. #5 stopped me in my tracks. This is something I struggle with. Thank you for sharing. I think I'll do something similar soon. :]

    1. It is crazy. Boundaries are my new bestie! Read the book, it so helpful!

  5. What a great roundup of your year- it sounds like you accomplished so much in terms of self-discovery and spiritual growth. I've wanted to read Boundaries for years, and finally gifted it to myself this year :) I'm excited to read it.

  6. I LOVE no Bible, no Breakfast! I am going to adopt that for 2015!

    1. LOL! I took it from Fr. Larry Richards I heard him say at a conference.


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