Adios 2009

I wish I could say I am sad to see you go, but alas, I am not.

This year was overall pretty stinky.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what role I played in the down parts of this year and how I can make 2010 better.

And after reading this post I've decided that a theme word for 2010 would help keep me focused on what I want for the new year.

In 2009, I was a bad friend.

I didn't call when I knew friends were having a hard time. I left people out. I trash talked and gossiped and was not kind.

I did not follow God's prompting.

I can recall numerous times that I felt God asking me to go out of my way for others, to write or call certain people just to say hello.

And I didn't.

There were times I was an absent mother.

I neglected to play when she asked. I told her, "just a second, Mommy's busy," when what I was doing was of zero importance. I raised my voice, I scolded, and I missed teaching opportunities.

I had moments that I chose to not support Andrew.

We all know he had a rough year, and while I tell myself I did my best to support him, there were times I did not. My role as his wife calls me to support and encourage, to lift him up when he needs it. And I got lazy about it.

So when I was thinking about what my word for 2010 needs to be I knew it had to be something that would remind me to put others first, to use encouraging words, and to put first things first.

My word:


In 2010, I will turn off technology, let the dishes wait. I will rock my baby and hold my husband. I will pray for friends and then be God's hands in any way I can. I will purposefully go out of my way to encourage, lift up.
It will take work, but I'm determined to be the best me I can be in 2010.

Finances will rise and fall. Temper tantrums will be had and lessons will be learned.
I can't change the weather and I can't control what other people say and do.

But I can control how I react. The words I use. What I use my time for.

So Adios 2009, Hello 2010!

The Best Is Yet To Come.


bri said...

What a GREAT post N! I am in the same boat and need to read the post you listed b.c theme-ing this year sounds so much more logical!

Best of the new year is to come! BLESSINGS FRIEND

Kameron said...

I hope you have a wonderful year in 2010. I have been thinking of those things too. I need to focus on the things that are more important. I thnk that's why I haven't tried to keep up with blogging lately. I didn't want the early days of my baby slipping by while I blogged. :o) I will slowly ease back in as I love the support and friends I have in bloggy-land, but weill take the time to stop and smell the roses more.

kimmer said...

This is really beautiful. You are an amazing writer...have I told you that before?
I love your words and know that they come directly from your heart. You are a beautiful person...inside and out! I am learning so much from you these days! Thank You and many blessings to you in 2010!

The Girl Creative said...

So well said. And it could have been written by me. :) Thanks for sharing. I shall prioritize this year too. Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

you were a terrible friend


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Hope your having a good weekend!