What I learned in 2020…and why I’m not writing a typical “year in review” post.

Every year, I write a “year in review” post where I list the biggest and most important things that happened throughout the year. Since 2020 wasn’t a normal year, I’m not going to write a normal post.

2020 was a difficult year- I don’t do well with the unknown. I’m a planner and a control freak, so not knowing what comes next is super hard. As a Christian, we are called to trust God always, but sometimes it’s hard to let go of YOUR plans and trust in HIS plan. I learned some things from this crazy experience we called 2020.

  1. Things can change in an instant.

We were doing life and everything was great and normal, and then a global pandemic showed up. I thought we’d be out of school for two weeks. We went back to school eight months later. Then, all of our additional activities were shut down. We literally had nothing to do and nowhere to go but we spent lots of time together and we made it work. We even managed to have fun.

2. Be grateful for what you have.

You may not have everything you want. Most of us don’t. When you actually have time to stop, sit still and reflect, you will find you have more than what you need and plenty to be thankful for. 2020 taught me to be more gracious and actually make time to do so.

3. Find joy and beauty where you can.

bright blooming goldenrods on thin stems in field
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I very clearly remember walking with my neighbor one day and noticing a goldenrod flower on the side of the road. Goldenrod is a weed, and it’s pesky, since most of us are allergic to it. However, the flower was a vibrant yellow and even thoughI typically regard it as a nuisance, I noticed just how pretty it really is. Have you ever seen an entire field blooming with goldenrod? It’s beautiful.

Put your hope in the right thing- JESUS.

Jesus is the only thing that can bring us out of the place we are in. Healthcare, vaccines and practicing good hygiene are all important, but they can’t save us. If there is one thing 2020 has taught me loud and clear, it’s that Jesus is the only thing in my life that is constant and certain. Everything else can change in an instant, but He will always remain. God has a plan, and while we rumble through this life not knowing his plan or why things happen, He knows. That’s sometimes hard for me to swallow, but it’s true.

Lessons aside, 2020 wasn’t all bad. We had to cancel a vacation, but we were able to save some money. We were finally able to complete a large remodeling project we have been trying to finish for seven years now. We were also able to spend a large amount of time with one another and enjoy each other’s company. We were adopted by a stray cat and a stray dog who have both become members of our family. We finally replaced our aging, no air-conditioning van. Some good things happened in 2020, too.

I genuinely feel like we learn something every year. 2020 taught us a lot. While it wasn’t all bad, I am sure I’ve never been so happy to see a year end before.

Happy New Year, friends. May 2021 bless you and bring you great joy.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at Lumber in my Minivan!! We hope the year 2021 brings you a renewed spirit and many blessings.

Our office will be closed for the holiday and we will resume our regular schedule on Monday, January 4.

What’s your vision?

Have you ever created a vision board?

If you’re unsure what a vision board is, it’s just a visual format of your goals for the year. Make a board with pictures related to what you want to accomplish and put it someplace where you will see it daily. Studies have shown that this is more likely to make you accomplish your goals.

But, what does a vision board look like? And how do you make one?

This is the vision board I started last week. I’ve since added a lot more to it. My goals for this year are to travel (depending on COVID), lose the rest of my weight, focus more on blessings instead of stressors, eat at home more and incorporate more self care.

If this vision board doesn’t float your boat, there are other options.

I found this one on Pinterest. I can’t find the original post but I love the use of words.
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I love this one. It is simple but board is also very neat looking.

Maybe creating a collage isn’t your thing and you want to do a graphic organizer instead. Check this one out: it says 2014 but you get the idea.

Pinterest

There are also a number of free vision board printable you can find just by doing a Google search. You can also use planner stickers if you like. The possibilities are endless.

Here’s to kicking off 2021…and hoping it will be much better than 2020.

Word of the year (or words)

For the first time in a long time, I have struggled to choose a word of the year. A word of the year is just a word you choose to represent how you want to live or change in the year.

The first word I chose was “together.” I want to spend time together with my family and friends as much as possible but I especially want to spend time with my husband and my kids. The nights are long but the years are short and I want to make as many memories as possible.

The second word I chose was “renewal.” I want to experience a total renewal. A renewal of my faith and relationship with God. A renewal of my relationships with my family. And a renewed spirit and sense of calm within myself. I feel like I spend so much time being tired and stressed; why feel stressed when you can feel blessed and renewed?

What is your word (or words) of the year? Comment below and share.

Happy 2020: word of the year and New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, dear friends! I hope you are doing well and have had a wonderful week. We are doing well…and still trying to clean up from Christmas.

We were very blessed and had a great Christmas filled with family and sweet memories.

Now that the new year is upon us, I have been taking some time to reflect on what I need to do better this year. I don’t like to call them “new year’s resolutions,” as I feel that is somewhat cliched and, if I’m honest, I have a better chance of keeping them if I don’t call them that.

So… in no particular order, here is what I’d like to improve in the year 2020:

1. Money

I’m probably not the only person who plans to spend less and save more in the new year. I’d also like to be a little more intentional with my spending and purchase less.

2. Live with less

Less is more, and we have a lot of things we don’t need or use. I’ve been on a personal quest this week to clean out and clear away all of the unneeded items in our home. Our house feels cleaner and brighter and it’s great. If you have something in your home you don’t need, donate or give it away so someone else can enjoy it. I’ve gone through and purged every room except our playroom, our closets and our dressers. That’s happening this weekend.

3. Spend time with my family more

Together is my favorite place to be, yet I feel like I didn’t spend enough time with my family this year. Those are moments and memories you can’t get back, so enjoy them while you can.

In fact, one of my words of the year is going to be “together.”

4. Continue my fitness journey

I made a commitment to get healthy by exercising more and eating well. I’m really glad I made those changes and I look forward to improving my health even more in 2020.

5. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to improve my walk with Christ.

I have seen time and time again that when you put God first, everything else falls into place. I want to be sure to put God first and stop struggling with things that I need to trust God to handle.

Tomorrow I will share my two words of the year. What are your “New Years improvements” for 2020?