Lessons Learned in 2022

I spent a fair amount of time reflecting over the last few weeks of 2022. So much has changed for me over the last year (new house, new car, temporarily moving away from home, having four babies, changing careers), and it has become more important to me to be protective of and intentional with my time. 

Like many people, I have always set New Year’s Resolutions. But then like many people, I don’t think about them often (or ever!) past January. This year, I decided to focus on the lessons I learned in 2022 and how I could use those lessons to better myself in the new year and set more specific goals for myself. 

Here are a few of my takeaways from this last year and how I am going to reframe them moving forward:

Failure is part of the process.

In my many attempts to get organized and get my life together this year, I’ve tried many things but only a few have worked. I’m a very determined person, and when I set my mind to something, there are no other options.

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theordore Roosevelt

Since failure is part of the process, I’m going to remind myself that if something isn’t working, I just need to try something new. One day I’ll figure it out and thank myself for not giving up. 

Women/mothers are so strong yet so hard on ourselves.

We must find the line between motivating ourselves and not creating unreachable circumstances. As my family grew from 4 to 9 this year, I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot make everyone happy. Yet, I still find that I beat myself up every time I don’t have time to make dinner or get the dogs out while trying to stay on top of the laundry, my work and four crying babies.

I know that I am strong, I am going to do the best that I can and let go of the rest, there is no reason to be so hard on myself.

Everything is temporary.

The good and the bad. Another way to look at this might be to ask yourself, “Is what I’m worrying about still going to exist in a year?” Time moves unfathomably fast, and I think we lose sight of the big picture.

This too shall pass. Since my circumstances are temporary, I’m going to acknowledge them as such.

People will come and go from your life.

Sometimes for particular reasons you may not know. My mom always told me people are in your life for “a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” I can look back and realize that I lost certain people in my life that would have stunted my growth, and although they’re a part of my story, they fulfilled their purpose in my life.

Whoever comes and goes from my life this year, I will thank God for the season they had in my life and all the memories or lessons that they brought to my life.

God will put you in situations to make you grow in Him.

It seems that I relearn this one every year. You weren’t meant to do any of this on your own… in fact, I feel as soon as we attempt to take too much control over our lives, God reminds us that we are not in control, we never have been and we never will. Surrender to his plan and goodness.

I am not in control, so I will surrender to God’s plan.. For look at all the blessings that God has provided, he didn’t bring us this far just to bring us this far.  For my future is in his hands.

If you too are in a season of reflecting, try looking back and recognizing your progress and how you have grown, reframe the negatives with positives, and consider how you will use the lessons learned to continue to grow as you move forward. 

I’ve found myself thinking, “If I’ve come that far in the past 6 months, imagine where I’ll be 6 months from now…”

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