Oh, 2011...What A Year You Were!
Back in January, I said my One Word for 2011 would be experience. Looking back on this year, I can say, honestly: be careful what you say. When I said I wanted to truly experience life, I didn't know what that would look like. I didn't know the full measure of life that I would be experiencing. Here are my exact words from January 9:
In 2011, I want to experience new things with an open mind and an open heart. I want to experience deeper intimacy with my friends, family and husband. I want experience God is bigger ways and experience His love and plan for my life. I want to be open to those experiences I haven't even dreamed of yet. I want to be fully present in my life and to experience the highs and lows; the blessings and the struggles; the passions and the pains.
I choose to experience it all.
I don't regret making those choices this year. I don't regret anything about 2011. And, despite the tears and loss, I am grateful for the experience. Because there was more laughter than sadness, I am glad. Because I found myself a little more along the way, I am grateful for it all. I went into 2011 wanting nothing more than to feel the presence of the Almighty working in my life, and He has. I have experienced things in 2011 that I never imagined...and I am a better person for it. I think I am a better friend, a better wife, a better sister and daughter, and a better person because of this year.
And so, it is with anxious trepidation that I look toward 2012. I have already committed my new year to Jon Acuff's "Finish Year" and I am excited and nervous to see what that will hold. I have also been thinking about my ONE WORD for 2012. I have chosen the word, and will reveal it soon.
Thanks for sticking with me through 2011. I will try to write more in 2012. And I will try and figure out the purpose behind this blog, as well!