Yes, we know. It’s 2020. It’s a new year for new beginnings, developments, and even though 2019 took us on a challenging emotional journey, we still can’t help it, looking back at how it all happened. We’re comparing the year against others years while anticipating what this year will bring.
It’s funny how it’s a ‘new year’ but we still repeat ‘old’ phrases like, ‘New year New me’ and ‘Don’t look back just keep going forward’
So you’re probably wondering,
”why the heck would she make a post about looking back at 2019”
But here are three reasons why I look back on it.
- It was literally just a few weeks ago Even though the year has changed the days and numbers are all the same. So sorry to burst your bubble, but nothing is actually ‘that new’
- I learnt so much in 2019 from sharing my vulnerability to my close ones and new ones. Allowing them to help me and draw nearer to God.
- Before you move on, setting new goals and whatnot, don’t forget the goals you set last year. I’m a huge believer in history has a fine way of repeating itself even if it doesn’t happen the same way twice, it will be similar. Most of the time our goals are the same, but with different meanings and standard.
My health and happiness was my biggest priority for 2019. While finances lacked compared to other years I feel far wealthier due to my mental and physical achievements. I managed my time so I could still do the things I loved like painting, developing new skills and working out.
Luke 14:28-30 ”For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it- lest after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish. All who see it begin to mock him, saying ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish?”
Family, Faith And Finances
The 3 F’s I’m using as guidelines for setting up new year resolutions and the only three I believe are worth tracking before anything else.
Faith was on top of my list after having an encounter in 2018. I wanted to draw nearer to my creator in all ways, by attending small groups, worship, prayer and learning to spend more time in his word. That meant studying the bible.
So 2019 was exactly that. Faith focused. My relationships were tested, my heart was broken while still experiencing so much love from the Lord. My faith was the only thing giving me hope, joy and inner peace to know all would be well.
Every month my family and I either grow closer or further apart. Every year we’re challenged, but we still come together and have each others backs and 2019 my family have defiantly been there for me and we’ve learnt to lean on each other rather than burdening one another. Still, there is always room for improvement. But very grateful that we are where we are.
To be honest with you I didn’t really set any financial goals last year. Therefore, in all honesty, I am starting the year with less money then I did the following year even though I wasn’t working. So while my faith continues to develop and I allow the Holy Spirit to use and move me as he pleases I will also be getting some finances together so I can complete and achieve more.
Try not to get caught up with the hype. Yes we should look forward, but since only God knows what the future truly holds in details here are the 3 general reasons why I feel it’s important to look back.
- Look back so you can look forward with clarity.
- Learn from your mistakes and your strengths
- Set effective and meaningful goals that you can track
Are you still looking back at 2019? If so, what’s one thing you’ve learnt?