good deal of hurt. Under the surface, I'm not sure this was the easiest year I've ever had. There were lots of different "me"s fighting with each other over what was and what should be and what was to come. A lot of onion-peeling, if you will. So, when I first started thinking about the year, this is where my mind went... to that hurt. But do you really want to remember a year that way?
So I dug deeper. And when I did, I found that there was so much more in my year than I initially remembered, and it's made 2011 a year to be proud of living.
I got a dog who has become a much-loved and completely-spoiled part of our family.
I read a bunch of good books.
I learned to linedance.
I took a lot of trips with my best friend and never once saw the sunset. (Here's to 2012!!!)
I saw more concerts (and more varied!) than I've ever seen in one year.
I celebrated my 15th wedding anniversary.
I started writing again.
I watched a LOT of college football.
I discovered a new guilty pleasure in Once Upon A Time (marathon January 1st at 4pm on ABC!!)
I saw my family often, enjoying quality time with my folks, and my two sisters.
I rediscovered old music that I still love but hadn't listened to for a long time.
I made a lot of good memories with my kids.
I lost my grandpa.
I dealt with hurt and disappointment, both new and old.
I was convicted of things I was allowing myself to do
I listened to the people who loved me enough to say No
I found my self-respect
I grew in strength and wisdom
That's more than just hurt... that's a year full of goodness.
May I be able to say the same of 2012...