Been There Done That In 2012

As always, I got this idea from someone else, a friend of mine who posted his list on his Facebook wall and I thought it was a great idea. Thanks Dan, hope you don’t mind that you were the inspiration for this.

Here are some things I did in 2012:

*Knitted something for myself for the first time (and no, it wasn’t a dishrag, it’s actually a
herringbone cowl, that turned out quite nice, and is already serving its purpose since we’re now in
single digits on most days)

*Drove a trailer behind the Suburban from Los Angeles to CO by myself (Hayden cheered me on
from the back seat)

*Became more disciplined, consistent, and creative with meal planning (which in polite terms means
I think I cooked some pretty amazing food and put a lot of work into it! There, I’ve now sprained my
arm patting myself on the back)

*Made a whole new set of friends in a new town

*Started going to a small group through our church for the first time

*Created a new support group for families of kids with disabilities in our region

*Wrote more

*Let go of two toxic relationships

Not that you asked, but here a couple of things I noticed when I was writing my list. First of all, I immediately began comparing myself to my friend’s list before I even wrote down one thing about my year. How neurotic is that? Ya, that’s usually how I roll. But instead of going straight to self condemnation (my usual M.O.) I used this as an opportunity to speak some positive life into myself: that I am unique, life is NOT a contest of whose life is more interesting, compelling or adventurous, and that I am living the life that God has called me to live.

The other thing I noticed right away was how HARD it was for me to write a list of things that I had done that were exclusively FOR me or BY me, not an activity or event that was connected to being a mom or wife. Wow. Super hard. Immediately I thought, “Well my friend who’s idea I stole is a guy, so it’s easier for him to come up with a list of things he did that were just for himself, were fun or for the first time, or wacky, or out of character. Well, ya know, he’s a guy.” That sort of thing. But I pulled up short and just tried to own my own stuff. I think by definition, being a mom does intrinsically connect your everyday activities to your children, especially if you’re a full time stay at a home mom who teaches your kids at home like I do. So, note to self, “It probably won’t kill you to go out do a little bit more just for you.” Fortunately the year is young and I have time.

Well, that’s my list. What’s yours?


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