Monday, December 31, 2012

20 Ways to reflect on 2012

appy New Year’s Eve!

New Year's Eve is always a great day for reflection. A whole year has passed since the last one and this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what has over the past year.

I found these 20 questions on another blog to help reflect the past 365 days and I thought I would share my answers with you.

20 Questions for a New Year’s Eve Reflection

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
The single best thing that happened... Was.... Going to Georgia... It allowed me for such personal growth and made me into a better wife

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
I finally got my big girl job: School Social Worker.. Each day looks completely different and I am always on a learning curve, which can be rewarding or frustrating.
3. What was an unexpected joy this past year?
An unexpected joy was purchasing my husbands car. .I didn't {plan} on buying a car by myself for him, but it worked out that way. This car should last us a long time with only 46k miles on it..  Get's great gas and is a super low payment.. Exactly what we need to get out debt..

4. What was an unexpected obstacle?
Student loan debt. Although we are $525 away from paying off another loan, we have struggled to keep paying more off because of many unexpected medical adventures.
5. Pick three words to describe 2012.
Challenging, unexpected, bucketfilling
6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2012—don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you. (If you’re not married, have fun guessing the answers from other friends and family, or just skip this question.)
My husband would describe my year as: challenging, frustrating and faithful.

7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2012—again, without asking.
Reward, overcoming and challenging.
8. What were the best books you read this year?
I've read a lot of books this year.. A couple of my favorites:
Soul Detox
Battlefield of the Mind
Miracles for Jen
Simple Secrets to a Happy Life
9. With whom were your most valuable relationships?
My friendships.

My relationship with my sister and mom.

My husband.

10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
Training for our Walt Disney World 2013 Marathon

11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally?
I really challenged myself in such a mental way. I've had moments of break downs, tears of frustration because my ipod dies, my body is in so much pain or I just want to be done. I've pushed through all of those mental breakdowns.
12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?
I've had to trust God more, ask him for help when I am ready to give up.
13. In what way(s) did you grow physically?
My body has become stronger, I have become healthier and have pushed my body beyond my personal comfort zone!
14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?
My marriage has grown a ton. Since my wonderful husband decided to take on the marathon challenge, he now has a completely different understanding of running. When I say I ran 10 miles, he gets it. He and I have had to work on our patience with one another.. As we have trained together on every long run, some long runs aren't are best runs, but we've had to encourage one another to go farther, run faster and stay strong.. Our communication has grown so much more.
15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
Spending time building relationship with kids.. The best part..
16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?
The most challenging part is dealing with multiple personalities in co-workers who sometimes have a different approach.
17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
18. What was the best way you used your time this past year?

Running. I've logged over 1000 miles this year!
19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
I am tougher than I think .
20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2012 for you.
2012 has been a year that has challenged me both mentally and physically. While I've started a new job, I've trained for a marathon, learned the practice of Yoga and dealt with numerous health problems, I still continue to grow in my faith in God and trust that he will bring his good work in me to completion. 2012 will be the year that I see many seeds planted.

What are your New Year's Eve plans?

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