2018 Reflection


I know it’s so cliche, but how is 2018 over!?!

I did great with my monthly goals and Powersheets post at the beginning of the year but then those feel to the wayside. Here is to following all the way through in 2019. I spent Sunday night doing a workshop with the lovely Danika Brysha digging deep into what we want 2019 to bring. But I feel like in order to look ahead we need to look back at times.

The pain, the negative, the worries, the ugly, the bad and the hurts can occupy more time and energy than the positive, love, light and happiness. Its so easy to dwell on the negatives rather than the positives. 

I feel at times we can let a bad ten minutes ruin our entire day. The same goes for a year. So here in no particular order are things to celebrate from 2018!

  1. Ryan recovered from his broken ankle.
  2. We traveled to Disney (twice).
  3. We traveled to the beach.
  4. I opened the door to some “best” opportunities by closing the door on something good, near and dear to my heart, Neonatal nursing.
  5. We celebrated our 5th anniversary in Greece.
  6. De-cluttered all three bathrooms (it’s time to do it again.)
  7. De-cluttered the kitchen.
  8. Found a secretary desk and painted it. I have wanted one of these since I was a child.
  9. Aerial yoga classes.
  10. Had one of my besties move away but also got to visit Hattiesburg and Laurel.
  11. Celebrated 31.
  12. Hung Christmas lights on our back deck like I have been wanting for years.
  13. Got a new laptop!!!
  14. Had my gallbladder removed. Yay, no more stone pain.
  15. Continued Riley Kate’s Lovies.
  16. Visited Emerald Isle with Em.
  17. Started attending a small group that gives me strength and courage.
  18. Attending The Brunch Series.
  19. Visited the turtle hospital.
  20. Had a boat picnic and introduced Em to the idea.
  21. Visited Savannah with the Copley girls.
  22. Had a new air conditioning system installed.
  23. Completed a Whole 30 round.
  24. Attended Beautycounter’s Leadership Summit.
  25. Blogged more than previously.
  26. Made an epic cheese board.
  27. Found new waterfalls in Alabama we had never seen.
  28. Visited New Bern, NC in the snow.
  29. Watched Alabama win a national championship.
  30. Mastered (well successfully made) cinnamon rolls from scratch.
  31. Started our yearly family photo books that I have been meaning to do since the year we got engaged. So far I’ve done 2017 and two big trips.
  32. Attended Highlands Christmas service.
  33. Updated some picture frames around the house.
  34. Dyed my hair blue and purple.
  35. Got a new front door and had the downstairs door repaired.
  36. Spent a date night with Ryan at Fantasy in Lights.
  37. Arranged some pretty flowers.
  38. Made some crazy good Moana ears.
  39. Soaked in some good baby snuggles.
  40. Continued seeing my counselor on a regular basis.
  41. Ryan and I took a few photos where we were married 5 years ago.
  42. Celebrated Em’s Birthday.
  43. Ryan got a new job and we began planning, packing, and prepping for our move to Beaufort, SC.
  44.  Saw sea turtles in the wild in Greece.
  45. Saw owls in our back yard.
  46. Explored the Enneagram.
  47. Saw The Struts in concert.
  48. Grew some beautiful flowers.
  49. Got a new phone and Fitbit.
  50. Took down the wallpaper and popcorn ceiling in the half bathroom.
  51. Spent some time in the mountains.
  52. Read 36 books.


  • When Breath Becomes Air
  • Promise Me, Dad
  • Braving the Wilderness
  • The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Girl, Wash Your Face
  • Sheer Mischief
  • The One Your Really Want
  • This Could Change Everything
  • Three Amazing Things About You
  • 10% Happier
  • Perfect Timing
  • To The Moon and Back
  • Failing For You
  • The Sacred Ennaegram
  • Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay
  • Rumor Has It
  • The Unexpected Consequences of Love
  • The Note
  • Sm’ore to Lose
  • One S’more Summer
  • The Girl Who Stayed
  • The Road Back to you
  • His Needs, Her Needs
  • The Life Giving Home
  • If You Only Knew
  • The Girl Who Stayed
  • The Light We Lost
  • Beach House For Rent
  • The Circle Maker
  • Whisper
  • Remember God
  • Eat Cake Be Brave
  • Into the Wilderness
  • Dawn on a Distant Shore
  • What Stands in a Storm
  • Lake in the Clouds

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