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Goodbye 2017

December 31, 2017

2017 was an interesting year. Lynette graduated with her degree, I finished a novel (and halfway through the next book), Alyx is getting better after years of pain, Ben is a semester away from his  BA and was accepted into the MBA program. Charli is gainfully employed.

And yet it felt like a quiet year. We got a new roof, new plumbing, survived a hurricane, and got a little older. I had big successes at work, yet still… quiet.

Lynette and I are entering a new phase of life. She’ll be entering the workforce (prayers that she finds a good job, please), I’m tackling a new venture that won’t make money but will fulfill my motivational gift (more on that with a press release soon). And the kids are all adults now. A week into 2018, we won’t have any teenagers anymore.

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I like both the sentiment and the irony of a good advice with a comma fault.

2018 will be laying a lot of groundwork. It’s a year for positioning for greater opportunities occupationally, avocationally, and spiritually. I suspect it will be another quiet year, one of planting for the future.

I know for a fact that the biggest issue I will have is saying “no.” Perhaps if I didn’t have to work 8 or so hours a day, I could say “yes” to more things (and I will still say “yes” to many things). I just have to recognize that saying “yes” to one thing means saying “no” to other things. I have been seeing how saying yes to the wrong things has cost me over the years.

When writing a story, the first thing I establish is a spine for the story. Once you know the spine, you know what scenes to include and which scenes to discard. I have not been good about establishing the spine of my life; for many years I wandered in the vocational desert, accepting anything to pay the bills. I have a glimmer of my life spine now and aim to work toward it this new year. Partially through more training in certain areas to see how I respond to them. Partially in asking trusted advisers. Funny how raising a family can cloud the spine. It doesn’t have to, mind you, but I allowed it to. That’s not the fault of my family, of course. In fact, they’ve been an amazing “consolation prize.”

Cheers, 2017; hello 2018. No resolutions, just some intentions. I look forward to it unfolding.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2018 1:56 pm

    I would say that family doesn’t truly cloud the spine, but it does give you chapter headings that you never thought of. And it’s just the best. Family is one of God’s finest gifts.

    • January 1, 2018 3:28 pm

      True, I wouldn’t trade them for anything. God’s timing in everything…

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