7 Jan

Around this time last year I wrote a post about my New Year resolution for 2010: to make more effort.

I wrote…

[Christmas] made me realise that the reason I felt so down was partly because I was just really tired, and not because the whole world was crashing down around me…I realised that this year I need to make more effort to be happy, trust God, enjoy where we are and make memories, whatever is going on outside of our control.

So, even though I might be exhausted from rushing around doing a million different things I will still make more effort to do all those little jobs round the house before they turn into big jobs…

Even though our jobs might conspire against Josh and I spending much time together I will make more effort to make the times we do spent together special, even if that means cooking when we don’t feel like it or playing a game together instead of just slobbing out in front of a film.

And all those other little things like exercising, exploring our surrounding area, driving, doing crafts and hosting dinner parties that can just get swept under the carpet with the busyness of life, I want to make more effort to live each day as it comes, enjoy the small things and serve God in every way I can…

For one of the first times in my life I can say that I have actually stuck to my new year’s resolution. I wouldn’t say that it is solely because I have kept to my resolution, but I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that 2010 has been one of the best years of my life.

I’ve been so used to life being up-and-down recently that it was lovely to have a year where things just seemed steady. It wasn’t all fun, smiles and pink ponies frolicking in meadows, but it was for most of the year, and I loved that.

And we did ‘make more effort’. We took risks and acted on ideas. We trusted God. We let him change and mould us. We went to Shetland. We went for dozens of exploring adventures around our local area. We got out and enjoyed the summer as much as we could. I’ve ticked things off my bucket list. Our house was tidy. I started to do ironing(!). I de-cluttered. I sent cards and gifts to people I’d been meaning to get back in contact with for ages. We fell more in love with each other and with God. And more and more…

As 2010 drew to a close I began to feel sad.  I feel like this year has been a gift to us. A year that we will be able to look back on which has been filled with God’s blessing, and that we will remember as a year in which nothing bad stands out.

I sound maudlin – like I’m expected 2011 to be rubbish. I’m not! I’m looking forward to what God will do with us this year too…and I guess there isn’t any reason to think that we won’t have an amazing year again. It’s just I know that it’s likely there will be a lot of upheaval for us this year.

Within six months it’s likely that we’re going to be starting new somewhere and leaving our friends in Aberystwyth behind. That’s exciting in one way but hard to think about at the same time.

Whatever this year brings I hope that I will be able to continue to keep making more effort to make the most of it all. I just wonder what we will be able to look back on next January.

Stay tuned for more about my new New Year’s resolutions for 2011.


One Response to “2010”

  1. yantyantethera January 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    I think you should move up north : P

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