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It seems like the new trend is to pick a “word of the year” instead of a resolution or two (or ten!). I can understand why that’s more appealing to people. After all, how many people really keep their resolutions?
Last year I tried it out. Well, actually, I had a “phrase of the year”. Every time I tried to decide on a word of the year, I kept coming back to a phrase. Instead of forcing a word, I just decided to go with it. My phrase was “do hard things”
Obviously, hard things is a subjective idea. To me, making a phone call is hard. I know plenty of people who love phone calls. Some of the things I did this year that were hard to me may not seem like a big deal to anyone else. Nevertheless, because I either accomplished them, or am still working on them instead of quitting, I am claiming success!
Do Hard Things: my “hard things”
Joined the Northern Colorado Moms Blog
Not only did I go out on a limb and apply for a position as a contributing writer for the Northern Colorado Moms Blog (NCMB), I was accepted! This involved producing an article a month for the blog. While I love to write, I am still getting comfortable with sharing my writing with the world. In addition, I am coordinating my topic with other ladies, as well as learning so much more about blogging and all the behind-the-scenes that goes on. It’s been a stretching experience for sure! And you should definitely go check out the Northern Colorado Moms Blog!
Attend NCMB Events
In addition to contributing writing to NCMB, I have attended several events held for the contributors. No big deal, right? Except that I can be socially awkward (or at least I feel socially awkward…all.the.time.), and I literally wanted to throw up every single time I headed to an event. I wanted to get to know the other ladies, and I always had such a blast, but the actual act of putting myself in a situation where I didn’t know anyone (at first) and then only knew a handful of people but not really well…well, that was a huge thing for me. This is one of those situations where I’m so proud of myself and I don’t even care how that sounds!
Got a part-time job
When a part-time job opened up at my husband’s place of employment, I was offered a chance at it. I wasn’t really looking for one, though we definitely needed the extra income. I haven’t worked outside the home in 6 years, since my oldest was born (save for a brief 6 week period where I went back to work for my old boss a few hours a few times a week…but that was 5 years ago!). The thought of having to be someplace at a certain time every week, multiple times a week wasn’t super thrilling. I’m a homebody and I like my routine. However, it was another opportunity to stretch myself and bring in some extra income in the process. Plus it offered some social opportunity for my social butterfly children. So I interviewed, took the job and have found that it adds a nice change in our routine.
Taught multiple Sunday School lessons
Part of my job includes working on Sundays during church. When I first took the job, I hoped and prayed and commented to my husband that I really, really, really, really didn’t want to have to teach Sunday School. I can teach my kids, but teaching other children is not my forte and way outside my comfort zone. Joke is on me, because there have been weeks where I taught literally every single service that I worked, every single weekend. And the kids aren’t booing me or throwing tomatoes, so apparently I can do this better than I thought. By no means am I killing it, but I am doing it. And that is a success.
Gained control over my sugar addiction
I have come to realize and accept that I am a sugar addict. When it comes to sweets, they are my weakness. Especially chocolate. I love chocolate, and one of my favorite ways to wind down is to sit in a recliner with my bowl of Rocky Road ice cream and watch some Netflix once the kids are in bed. Don’t I sound exciting?! Ha! While there’s nothing wrong with that, I have learned over the years that I feel so much better when I’m not consuming a lot of sugar (you can learn a bit more of that journey here), and I feel great when I’m not consuming any sugar. This past year I worked hard to stop eating so much refined white sugar. I have learned to modify recipes and use maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar in place of refined white sugar. I know that going without any sugar is the ideal, but this way I still make my sweet tooth happy and I reap the benefits of feeling good. An added bonus is my girls love the healthier cookies and sweets I make, and so we are all eating way less sugar in the long run.
Took myself on a girlfriend vacation
In October of 2017 I floated the idea with some college girlfriends to have a girlfriend getaway. The idea took off and we planned a super fun girls’ trip to Ft Lauderdale in May/June of 2018. On this side of things, I can confidently say I have no regrets and I’m so glad I went! Before I went, it was so hard for me! I was fighting anxiety about leaving my girls (even though they were in very capable hands with their father and my parents), I had anxiety about flying, and I was almost dreading going. Instead of enjoying a solo plane ride to Florida, I spent the entire time rolling on anti-anxiety blends and praying my kids would be ok. It was the first time I had ever left them all, and the first time I had ever left any of them for that amount of time (3 days, 4 nights). However, it was probably one of the best things that happened to me in 2018, if that tells you anything.
In my book, I had major success with my phrase of the year in 2018. While I’m still trying to decide on my phrase or word of the year for 2019, I feel like I left 2018 with a bang…in a good way.