2018 in Review

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before?
We welcomed between 4 and 5 family members in our home for the summer. It was an adventure! I also cooked a full Brazilian holiday meal one day and a full American holiday meal the next day. Epic two days for me.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
It was challenging but I did. I already wrote down my 2019 goals.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, my sister-in-law.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. Two extended family members.

5. What countries did you visit?
Texas. Ha!

6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018?
I would love more courage to carry out my current assignment.

7. What dates from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The date I started my new job. The journey there was tough but God was so faithful. There are other dates I will remember. I hold everything in my heart with thanksgiving.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I'd say to see my family thriving through transition has been a joy.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I recognize I could have been slow to speak and quick to listen this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, God blessed us with good health and strength.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
We made good investments this year.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Giving and debt reduction.

13. What did you get really excited about?
My new job and running.

14. What song will always remind you of 2018?
Zeke's song "Faithful."

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

• happier or sadder? Happier!
• thinner or fatter? Thinner (thank God!)
• richer or poorer? Richer, by God's grace.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I can also unplug more and rest.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Thinking about 'what was.'

18. How did you spend Christmas?
At home with the family. We have a new baby in the family, which made this extra sweet and giggly.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
I really enjoyed The Jeffersons.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I listened to great audiobooks this year. I don't have a favorite, I'm just glad for finding time to read on the go.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

My husband’s music.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Black Panther.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My cousin and a good friend joined our family for a middle eastern dinner. It was lovely to celebrate my 38th birthday that way.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Finding contentment quickly.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018?
I'd say I dressed very comfortably and I kept it on the younger looking side if it makes sense. I also wore a lot of black for some reason.

26. What kept you sane?
Zeke, our kids, and running.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018.

Helping someone else reach their goals is exhilarating. It becomes about providing the space and the encouraging atmosphere to see someone work and reach their goals. I found immense joy in seeing my running buddies reach their goals this year. We still have a  little bit of training time but so far, I have found great joy in seeing other people reach their goals. I feel the same way about business clients and my own job.

Previously in this Series
• 2016
• 2015
• 2014 

• 2013
• 2012
• 2011
• 2010