10 Lessons I Learned This Year

  1. Church on the couch and school at home is not the same as being there in person. Those were two things I hope never to take for granted again.

2. “Just think, Mama, if it hadn’t been for the pandemic, you never would have known you could write these books.” said my nine year old. If we’ve learned anything this year it’s how to persevere, look on the bright side, and pivot creatively. There are so many things I can do now that I had no idea I was capable of last year.

3. I’ve personally learned that I feel more alive when I take time everyday to write, move, think, and create.

4. Rest and a slower pace gives me the energy and calm I need to have the ability to respond to those around me and not react. We are learning balance as we get back to our activities. I will say one thing that is different at practice is I’m finding myself chatting with people more and looking at my phone less. I missed gathering with people the most.

5. Too much media consumption in the age in which we live can be unhealthy.

6. Life’s not what happens to you, but it’s what you do with what happens to you that really counts.
-Marion Roach Smith

7. Overextending ourselves is costly.

8. To do nothing but sit still requires tremendous strength and faith.

9. Be prepared for unexpected things and keep that pantry/freezer stocked…don’t forget the toilet paper.

10. Matthew 10:29-30 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Do you have any lessons you learned or things you discovered about yourself through this crazy year that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments.

Have a great day!

Emily

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