Every time I write a birthday, Christmas, anniversary card to the husband I always write something along the lines of ‘WOW what a year’ but I’ve never meant it quite as much as I did this Christmas. As we approach the end of 2015 I thought it only appropriate to write a blog reflecting on the year that has passed and I decided to do this by thinking of 15 things that have changed/happened in my life.
- I’ve lost over 5.5 stone
- I’m wearing contact lenses
- My hair is curly
- I’m walking/running/swimming – basically not sitting on my backside 24/7
- I’ve enjoyed shopping for the first time
- I’ve developed a love for making and eating soup
- I’ve got a new love for teaching and have a new responsibility at school
- I’ve realised I’m meant to be teaching
- I’ve led and spoken at church, and at evangelistic events
- I’ve started writing a blog
- I’ve stopped taking one of my medications aft 13 years and have only had one (self induced) seizure. None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the following…
- A decision to enjoy life
- Recognition of my skills/abilities
- A willingness to be brave
- Listening to what God is saying to me
As I was talking through them with the husband earlier he said something incredibly sweet and rather profound. Now he often says sweetest things, he is one of the sweetest people I know, and I’m not the only one who thinks that – believe me I’m told regularly how amazing he is! Anywho, what he said earlier was possibly the sweetest thing he has ever said
“What you’ve done is prove that you can completely change and take control of your life without having to leave or go anywhere”
I guess we often think that a new house, a new job, a new year, means an opportunity for a new you. But I am in the same house, the same job, the same church as a year ago but I am a different person.
My Facebook status currently reads “January 1st 2015 I was lying on the sofa with crutches having broken my toe! December 31st 2015 I am lying on the sofa having just run 10k”. I’m in the same place physically, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually completely different. I think my blog title really does sum it up. I have chosen to enjoy life, and enjoy it I am!
Who knows what 2016 holds? I know I’m excited to see what will possibly happen! I’m not really one for resolutions but there are a few things I’ve decided.
- I’m going to carry on eating properly and exercising
- I’m going to do my job to the best of my ability
- I’m going to continue to seek Gods will for my life
- And my most challenging one – I am not going to read my assemblies/sermons to the husband or E before I give them but I am going to trust in my own ability!
I guess that leaves me to say thank you all so much for all your encouragement and support with the blog, and with one of my most exciting years of my life ever!
Happy new year!