I generally don’t read other people’s annual reviews. And I doubt many people will read mine. But on Sunday, I read this, and I’m so glad I did. After perusing Austin Kleon’s list, I didn’t have any feelings of shame or insecurity. I didn’t make comparisons. I was able to appreciate it for what it is. It made me want to put myself in the way of more music, books and art. It made me want to pay more attention. And it inspired me to look through my journals, think through the past year and make my own record of “things that made my 2014.” So, here goes… (In no particular order.)
1. Wanting more and dreaming about more.
2. My job as the Community Group Coordinator at Red Mountain Church.
3. Newer, blossoming friendships.
4. Older friendships rooted in love and loyalty.
5. Tim’s continued love, companionship and support of our children and me.
6. Being able to witness (and impact?) my children’s continued growth and development of their gifts.
7. Riley’s poetry.
8. The Psalms.
10. Establishing weekly family worship.
11. Opportunities to sit with friends in their pain and difficult circumstances.
12. My friends’ presence in the midst of my pain and difficult circumstances.
13. Our church community group.
14. New babies in our various circles of friends. So many new babies.
15. Soy lattes.
16. Good words. Especially from Madeleine L’Engle, Parker Palmer, Frederick Buechner, Eugene Peterson, Markus Zusak, Nora Ephron, Anne Lamott and Shauna Niequist.
17. Julie Sparkman’s Idol Addiction Study. (For the third time.)
18. Playing Ticket to Ride with my family.
19. The Macaroni and Cheese recipe from American Masala.
20. First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold.
21. Taylor Swift’s 1989.
22. Ina’s Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloin recipe.
23. The perfect nail color.
24. Sweet times with and memories of Happy dog.
25. Vincent van Gogh’s Tree Roots.
26. Watching So You Think You Can Dance with Riley.
27. Watching sports (especially Auburn football) with Tim and Brady.
28. Coming out on the other side of a struggle with moderate depression during January and February of this year.
29. The loving, concerned way Tim asked multiple times during my struggle with depression, “Is there anything I can do?”
30. Being more comfortable with focusing on doing the next, right thing. Especially when I’m depressed, anxious or overwhelmed.
31. Learning (thanks to my therapist) that sometimes the next, right thing is to feel my feelings.
32. My first submission to a literary magazine.
33. My first rejection from a literary magazine.
34. A writing class with Maya Stein.
35. Leaning more into writing even though there’s plenty of fear and insecurity. Because our stories matter.
36. Monthly appointments with my spiritual director.
37. Coming to terms with my disordered eating and getting help.
38. Having more opportunities to see God’s provision for my family and me.
40. Ending a year, that was hard in many ways, with hope.