While I would have loved to get my 2016 Recap on the blog before 2017 was here, it just didn’t happen. And that’s okay. Because grace, my friends. Grace, is the name of the game.
Is it just me, or did it seem like 2016 was a doozy for a lot of people? Y’all. If I’m being honest…really, honest…last year about took me under. And it held me under. And at times, I felt like I wouldn’t ever resurface. Make no mistake about it – this business owner/family balance thing is hard. Really hard.
He is bigger. He is stronger. He is good. And time and time and time again through 2016, God brought me through the fire and made me better for it.
Family/Personal – Hits + Misses/ Highlights and Challenges
Last year was chock full of some really significant changes and events for our family and business. A new baby…making us a family of 5. Finding out that I am considered “pre-diabetic”. Geoff’s ACL surgery. Buying a new house. Unexpectedly preparing and selling our house with a 6 month old while Geoff was on crutches. Packing, moving to and unpacking our new home. Boone starting Kindergarten. Rebranding our business. Geoff’s surgery for his achilles heel.
It was a heavy year, indeed. Definitely in the top two hardest that we’ve had yet since we were married nearly 10 years ago. As a wife, mother, business owner, friend, etc., I’ve never felt more frantic, overcommitted, overworked, incapable and insecure as I did last year trying to manage all of the demands. And yet, when I went to write my notes for this recap and divided a blank piece of paper into quadrants to record our business and family successes and challenges, our challenges were few and our successes were spilling off every side. That alone reminds me that I have such a rich and wonderful life and I am truly grateful.
At the end of each year Geoff and I take some time to go on a date together and talk about our hits and misses for the year (we love using many of the exercises in Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters). From there, I like to record those highs and lows here on the blog….mostly so I can look back as time passes to remember all of the moments that made the year what it was and all of the ways God has blessed us and provided for us. Since I already covered the challenging parts of last year, here are some of our favorite memories (big and small) that brought us such joy and has us so thankful.
Business – Highlights and Challenges
From a business perspective, 2016 was definitely one of our more challenging years that we’ve had, but it was to be expected. For me, running my business successfully is always a struggle for the first year after I have a baby. Having gone through that twice already before having our third child a year ago this month, I was well aware of what I was in for. But awareness alone just didn’t really make it any easier. For me, the first year is sweet, precious and enjoyable. I really do love loving and caring for my babies. And at the same time, it’s hard, full and stressful trying to do both business and baby well. As much as I knew that I should be cutting myself some slack and giving myself unconditional and consistent grace this past year, I still really struggled at feeling like I was failing at everything. I think I allowed myself to get caught up deeply in the comparison trap, which led me into a place of overwhelming insecurity.
With all of that said, we did some things in business this year that I am really proud of. I’ll get more into specific goals that were met/not met in another post, but for now, here are some of our highlights.
Lessons Learned and Priorities for 2017:
I truly believe that nothing is wasted when God is in the mess. He can and will use all of the hard stuff – especially the really hard stuff – for His good and for my good. Even though I couldn’t always see it when I was in it, He was growing me, strengthening me and preparing me for what was and is to come.
I am always eager to grow, learn and become a stronger woman and know that it’s in the mess and the hard stuff that that growth will happen. So, thank you, God. Thank you for 2016.
I’ve thought and prayed through what “my word” should be for the coming year. The word “confidence” has been sticking with me for the past few weeks and I thought that is what I would land on. However, I’ve decided to move forward with “renewal”. I’m ready to leave behind the worn out, the run down and the broken parts that I was in 2016 and am believing that I’m walking into a new season…a new year…and that God can and will fill me again. He will renew my spirit and set my feet on solid ground again. Even in just these past 10 days, He has been stirring up so much in me and it has me hopeful, excited, expectant and ready.
Here we go 2017. My hands are open and I’m ready.
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