It’s been quite a while since I last sat down to write out a blog post. And a lot has changed since then. A whole lot. In fact, I can hardly think of anything that was the same at the beginning of this year as it was at the beginning of last year.
When 2015 rolled
around, I heard someone mention a tradition, a New Year’s Resolution if you
will, of having a word of the year. One
word that would be a focus or a theme for that whole calendar year. I liked the idea and imagined what might be a
good word for my upcoming year. Almost
immediately the word LEARN came to mind.
verb: gain or acquire knowledge of or
skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught.
master, take in, absorb, assimilate, digest, familiarize oneself with
We’re a little over
1/2 of the way through the year, and I can say that I have LEARNED a thing or
two so far in 2015.
Another word that
would well describe this year would be change. There has been an unbelievable amount of
change in my life over the past several months… getting married (I could stop
right there), moving to a new area of town, changing jobs, changing my name…
all quite drastic changes. Changing
banks, transitioning out of my church home group, getting ready to sell my car,
even chopping off my hair… if you’re going to change one thing, why not change
it all, right?!
When I decided on
the word LEARN as my word for 2015, I was simply feeling that my brain could
use a little more stimulation. It has
now been 7 years since my official educational training ended, and I have
gotten a little stagnant in really exercising my brain. Some ideas on how I would incorporate the
word LEARN into my year: pick up a book more often, stay up-to-date on the
news, get back into watching documentaries, maybe buy the Spanish Rosetta
Stone. You know, push myself a little
bit. Challenge myself a little more.
But I’ve LEARNED
that the previously mentioned changes
that all occurred at the beginning of this year gave me all the push and
challenge I needed. I was anticipating change as I entered this new phase of
life. What I didn’t anticipate was how steep
the LEARNING curve would be!
So I’m holding on
tight as I travel through the curves of LEARNING this year. But I’m LEARNING to not hold on too tight to
old habits, preconceived notions, or the simple default of “that’s just the way
it’s always been.” LEARNING often means change.
I look forward to looking back on 2015 and seeing how much I’ve LEARNED
and how much has changed in this
Back on the Blog
In an effort to continue "stimulating my brain", and because I've really missed writing, I am committing to be more consistent with blogging again. So look for more posts coming soon!