Where has 2013 gone? Wow, it seems like it went by way to fast. As I look back on this year, I am amazed at how much I have learned! I don’t think learning ever stops, whether you intentionally learn by reading or taking a class, or whether you unintentionally learn by things life throws at you. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. I think learning can be something concrete like learning how to sew, or something more subtle like reading a book on someones life and becoming grateful or inspired by their story. So I have been thinking more about learning, and I think I am going to add a “learn with me” tab on my blog. I will post things I have learned, like things with my business, or budgeting, or sewing. I don’t really feel qualified to “teach” because I have so much more to learn, so that is why it is learn with me. I want to share things I have learned along the way, and I want to encourage you to join in and share anything you have learned on the topic! We can learn from each other (:
I want to share some things I have learned in 2013!
I have learned to budget:
We kind of had a budget going before, only we never really stuck to it. I started listening to the Dave Ramsey show probably sometime in April, and since then we have done his budget and have learned so much in the process!!
I have learned to eat healthier and exercise:
I did an 8 week challenge with some friends because I wanted to become healthier. I learned it really isn’t that hard to cook healthier and fit exercising into my daily routine. I feel better and it has been totally worth it!
I learned to be (more) content (and still learning!!):
Between the diet, and the budget I have learned the word no! I think it is human nature to struggle with being content, but I have learned how to be so much more content than I ever have been. When I look around at all I have I think, wow, so many people around the world would love to have just a fraction of what I have. I am so thankful for all God has blessed me with.
I have learned to love reading non-fiction books:
I always used to read fiction romance books…which I still love, but I have also thrown in a lot of non fiction books and have loved them. If you want to give it a try I highly recommend these non-fiction books:
-Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (a story about a soldier in world war 2 who survived a plane crash in the ocean and then a POW camp) It is absolutely amazing and inspiring.
-Fearless by Eric Blehm (A story about a Navy Seal on Seal team six) After reading these two books it made me realize just how much our soldiers do to protect our freedoms.
-Start by Jon Acuff (on how to go from average to awesome, great book on how to set goals and go after them)
-Gifted Hands by Ben Carson (A story on how Ben Carson went from growing up in a very poor home in Detroit to becoming a highly respected Neurosurgeon)
-Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs (a book on Marriage)
I have learned to set goals and follow through with them:
Every January that rolls around I set “new year resolutions” and I do them for about a month or two, then they are forgotten about. It’s almost like I did it half heartedly. I have now learned to set attainable goals and follow through with them.
I am learning to be me:
I am the type of person who wants to please everyone, do everything right, pretty much I am a huge perfectionist. I am learning to let go of that and have started to become who I really am, instead of who I think people will want me to be. Instead of worrying about what other people think, I ask God to make me into who he wants me to be. He created me, so he knows best!
These are just a few things I have learned, this year has not been easy, but has taught me so much I would never trade it. I don’t know about you, but when I come through a hard time in my life, as I look back at it, I think wow, I would want to do that again, but I would never trade it because of all it has taught me. Trials makes us stronger, they teach us to become a better person. As my Grandpa said, you can choose to let trials make you better or bitter. So I encourage you to “learn with me” and let your trials make you better not bitter!!
I hope you have a happy new year!