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2020 Year End Wrap-Up

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

My word for 2020 is *Choose.* My lockscreen on my phone says:

Choose God,
chooses faith,
choose health,
choose love,
choose gratitude,
choose contentment

Even with COVID restrictions taking a lot of choices away, I can always choose my attitude and how I respond. I did face some struggles, especially with the kids' schooling and our dog's cancer diagnosis (she's still doing okay!), but for the most part I did choose well. There is a lot of time that I wasted on nonsense when I could have been choosing better things to do, but I did make progress on my goals and started some new things - online college classes, being more adventurous in meal planning and cooking, trying a few new programs and online courses. I stretched myself, stepping out of my introverted tendencies and grew in many ways.

Choose God/faith - I have been reading through the Bible more often, I started doing new devotions through the Youversion Bible app every morning (I'm doing a few Advent ones now), I joined an Online Bible Study all about Worship

Choose health - I joined an online group called Healthy Free Life Academy and am doing their 40 Day Food Revival beta program right now, I have been getting up with DH at 4:15 am at least 3-4 times a week to exercise at the neighborhood fitness center (now that it is open again) plus going on walks and hikes with him

Choose love - I had many dates with DH and some one on one time with the kiddos, I have tried to encourage friends and family during this hard time

Choose gratitude - I have journaled so many thanks to God this past year, I could never show Him just how grateful I am for His Presence in my life

Choose contentment - this goes along with gratitude, I have enjoyed my home more and found contentment in our life here, not comparing or wishing for more, less coveting and jealousy as the year has gone on, I am really at peace - God is the Great Provider and He blesses me so richly

Even though 2020 has been so bizarre and unreal, I have learned to love my life in a new way. One full of hope for 2021.
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    162 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog, noticing in the process how some of your challenges were similar to my own. I too had a dog with a cancer diagnosis, sadly he had to be helped across the Rainbow Bridge in October, I'm still reeling from that as he helped me cope through a particularly rough period in my life. I also have a kindergartener grandson who is being remote-schooled. I have him and his brother a few times a week while their mother continues her education and their father works. I never wanted to be a teacher yet I find myself now doing exactly that. And enjoying it, sort of. As for healthy habits, well, they're pretty much established over the years after having lost close to 30 pounds. I'm still on the "chunky" side but have maintained my current weight for a very long time now. As for God, he/she and I have an agreement that I won't ask for anything and expect nothing in return, yet my life is good. My best friend says I'm not religious but spiritual, perhaps she's right. Life is a challenge, we have to daily rise up and meet the challenge face to face as no one is responsible for us but ourselves. Congratulations to you on making the changes in your life that you feel are necessary.
    I just noticed in your picture that you have a black lab. My beloved Hector was also a black lab and my constant companion. In the spring I hope to have either a yellow or chocolate lab puppy (my grandsons want to name him/her "Donut") and I'm hoping I will once again have that close canine companionship.
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    Comment edited on: 12/10/2020 12:01:30 PM
    Wonderful outlook on such a hard year! I love your word for the year and your spin on it! emoticon
    227 days ago
    It's very comforting to read a blog with outstanding values for what is really worth about life. Putting God first is a great choice! Thank you for sharing God's love to all! emoticon emoticon
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    You are making wise choices and lots of them! .. emoticon
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