Anyway, here are some of my reflections....
Top 3 moments:
1. Traveling to Nicaragua with my mom to meet our Compassion kids. This was the first time I was able to visit the home of one of my sponsored kids and there is nothing like it. To see how and where they live is very humbling.
2. Crossing the finish line of my first (and probably last) half marathon. It's been a dream of mine to run a 1/2 marathon and 2015 is the year I accomplished my dream. Unfortunately, I got a little crazy with my running and injured myself the month after the race so the second half of my year was spent in physical therapy.
3. Summiting South Sister - the 3rd highest peak in Oregon. This was also on my list for a couple years and we finally had the chance to do this amazing hike in 2015. (unfortunately the cloud cover was thick at the top and the view was less than spectacular!)
How I changed: I think I really began to accept and embrace who I am, how I function and what I need. It's ok for me to say "no" to things - even good things. I'm beginning to implement and practice lessons I've learned in past years, and it's been a good change. I also saw a big change in myself when it comes to playing the violin. For the first time in my life I'm a regular performer and each time I play, the role of performer gets more and more comfortable. Even though I have a degree in violin performance, I've always considered myself a violin teacher rather than performer. This year that has changed.
What I learned: 2015 was a very introspective year for me. There were many times during the year where I felt broken both emotionally and physically. I saw and experienced extreme poverty in Nicaragua. A close family relationship slowly began to heal and be restored. My dear grandma passed away. My running days came to an end. Yet through it all, I learned that I am strong - even in brokenness. As I learned about my personality and nature, I learned that God created me in a unique and special way.
Best thing I read - The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
This little book is a true gem. I received a copy of this book from a dear friend for my birthday and it was life changing. I'm always a little skeptical when I hear people say that, but if you read this yourself, you will understand what I am saying.
Best food or drink of the year - I Have a Bean Coffee
Best discovery - Dressing Your Truth
What about you? What were some of your "bests" of 2015?