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Positives for 2019

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

It's that time of year when we reflect on the year past and make plans and goals for the year ahead. I have updated my goals on my SparkPage for 2020 and of course, began to feel bad about all the 2019 goals that I didn't meet. So I've decided that, rather than beating myself up, I'm going to make a list of a few of the positive accomplishments of 2019.

1) Although I didn't lose much weight, I did put the brakes on any more gaining.

2) I found a nearly-new exercise bike for sale and have placed it in the family room, so that's it's easy to ride while watching TV or hanging out with family. Although I still miss running and walking, this has helped me be much more consistent in getting cardio than I had been. Bonus: Rick has also been riding 5 mornings a week while he watches the news before work!

3) I got back into my circuit-training DVDs and worked my way back to a better level of muscle strength.

4) We finished our renovation and have unpacked and organized EVERYTHING from the big move. I love our home and feel happy and blessed all the time I am there.

5) I have been allowing myself the great treat of a monthly massage and it's helping with my chronic back and neck pain.

6) I read through the entire Bible this year. I used a chronological plan for the first time and enjoyed the timeline of doing it that way. I downloaded a Bible app and listened to much of it in an audio format.

7) In addition to my regular seminary classes, I took three independent study classes, working toward a graduation goal of Spring, 2021.

8) I read 84 books in 2019 (thank you, GoodReads for helping me keep track!)

9) I designed and planted perennial beds around our house.

10) The piano finally came out from under the dust sheets and I've been practicing, after not playing for 18 months of moving and reno!

11) My daughter and I took a wonderful, long-delayed trip to the Upper Pennisula of Michigan and Mackinac Island.

12) We helped our son and his wife landscape in front of their newly-purchased first home.

Whew! Although 2019 was much less busy and hectic than 2018, it was still filled with lots of activity. I have a very poor memory, so I'm sure I'm forgetting much of what happened. But how fun and uplifting to focus on the positive instead of all the mistakes and failures!
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