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Year in Review 2016

I didn’t even plan on publishing this before 2016 was over. I was too busy vacationing with Mr. Man for that. I did, however, plan to post this before the end of January. Trying to follow that plan turned into a lesson about priorities!

My 2016 Best Nine

My “best nine” photos from Instagram, based on likes.

So yes, I’m reaching back really far at this point. One of the benefits of focusing so much on personal productivity is that I keep detailed records in order to back up my terrible, terrible memory. Those help me with my GTD Weekly Review, and they also help me publish Currently each month.

I made my first pass through my year in an attempt to order and send Christmas cards “on time.” I don’t have a family to take a photo of, and I like to celebrate as much of the Christmas season as possible, so I started sending Epiphany cards a few years ago. You can get a good discount for ordering later in the card-sending season, and they seem more like New Year cards for my secular friends.

This year, I decided to forgo the “Christmas letter” style and go for bullet points. If you didn’t get your card, here it is!

Find Your Joy in the New Year

I had the back printed with just text (and space for signing!), so here’s that part:

2016 By the Numbers

Weeks of Bible study: 22
Appliances repaired or replaced: 3
Cities visited: 2 (Chicago and Houston)
Months I have been dating my boyfriend, Mr. Man: 14
Times I auditioned for Jeopardy!: 1
Hours on retreat: 9.5
Funerals attended: 2
West Coast Swing classes: 40
West Coast Swing workshops: 2
Books read: 22
Student loans paid off: 2
Blog posts published: over 130

I was also diagnosed with morphea (MOR-fee-uh) this year. It is a rare and incurable autoimmune skin condition, but I’ll be fine. Follow me at LindsayLoves.com, and share what’s new with you! Make 2017 a great year!

I always sign and address them by hand. It breaks my heart a little when I get a card that doesn’t bear any personal signs of the sender: sender and recipient addresses on plain white labels, pre-printed cards, no signatures. Yes, customizing them takes time, but that time is part of the gift.

Here are my “most posts” of 2016, in the style of Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival:

  • Post with the most clicks: My most popular post published last year was a review of a video about discernment by Fr. Mike Schmitz and an article about discernment by Peter Kreeft. Believe it or not, the popularity was actually due to Twitter. I tweet a link to new blog posts automatically, and for that one, I used Fr. Mike’s handle to tag him. He retweeted it, and my poor little blog never knew what hit it!

  • Post with the most comments: I try to reply to every comment I receive, so the count is undoubtedly inflated, but my essay post about making friends as an adult got the most posts of any last year.

  • Post with the best picture: I really enjoyed my illustrations last year. So many online Jeopardy! screencaps. So many tweets. Several photos with Mr. Man. A couple of household organization wins. I really like the “demons are spiritual, too” meme from one of my 7QT posts, though, so that wins for 2016.

  • Post that was hardest to write: I sat on my morphea awareness post for a long time. I spent a long time hiding the visible signs. I struggled with how much I wanted to share here on the blog, and when, and what exactly to say. Finally, I just decided to do what I’ve always done here—share my heart. The compassionate responses I’ve received have brought me so much joy.

  • Post that was your personal favorite: I was very happy to introduce everyone to Mr. Man. We dated for so long before we met in person! Facebook technically still does not know we’re dating (I prefer it that way), but I’m sure that mysterious algorithm noticed the surge of traffic to my blog when I shared my post there. I’m very grateful that he’s in my life and that he allows me to talk about him here.

Finally, my recurring themes of 2016 were:

  • West Coast Swing: A returning character from last year. I continued the passive weight loss I’d started by getting any exercise at all (as opposed to my previous zero). I made it through enough of the Level 3 syllabus to start repeating months, so I got to experience learning from a new angle. I took a workshop with Jordan & Tatiana. I didn’t participate in the annual West Coast Swing flash mob, but there’s always 2017!

  • Endings: My grandmother died. Spirit & Truth disbanded. The Not Alone Series faded away. I went to the summer shows at Zilker for the last time, missing the literal ending of Macbeth due to a storm. I stopped hiding the morphea patches on my legs.

  • Marriage: Of course. Also a returning character. It has been an enlightening experience to put more of my dating preparation, so to speak, to practical use. I attended a retreat that was focused on relationships (not just marriage), and it was excellent. I have also had an adventure navigating a long-distance relationship. I always knew that a God-centered romantic relationship would take work. I am very grateful to be working with such a wonderful partner.

What were your recurring characters of 2016? How has 2017 been going? What are your goals for the rest of the year? Every day is a good day to resolve to change your life—and then do it!

Friday Five: Into 2012

It seems the posters (that is, the people that post for F5, not pictures on the wall) have been running behind, too. Commiserating is such fun.

  1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, what are yours this year? I stopped making New Year’s resolutions years ago. I never kept them. I make resolutions whenever I feel like it, and for Lent.
  2. What are you really looking forward to in 2012? I’m hoping our mission trip at work comes together. It’ll be my first trip outside the country in about ten years, so that should be fun, albeit difficult.
  3. Did you have any life-changing experiences in 2011? What were they? I held a chicken. That was new. I haven’t quite gotten to my year-end recap yet.
  4. What do you plan on waking up to on the 1st? The sun? My alarm letting me know it’s time to get up for Mass? This is an odd question.
  5. Do you have any particular traditions for New Year’s [sic]? Eve or Day? I always turn to ABC to watch their Times Square coverage, but that’s about it. I found out a few days ago that Bryan, the other host from the first season of American Idol, left on his own. I thought he got fired. Either way, Ryan Seacrest came out of nowhere and, despite being very peppy, has a great grip on being a TV personality. He’s fun to watch.

The Friday Five

Booking Through Thursday: Best of 2011

Happy New Year, and happy eighth day of Christmas. This post will rapidly be knocked down on the front page, but I didn’t want to miss saying that.

What were your favorite books of 2011?

For me, 2011 was a very good year in terms of books. I joined Goodreads, so keeping track of my reading was much easier and more social. I even picked up a Goodreads friend (who’s not someone I know otherwise) at the very end of the year. I was recruited by Austin Catholic New Media to write (book) reviews, which gave me a reason to read more and faster: both good things.

When I joined Goodreads, I challenged myself to read 20 books in (the rest of) 2011. Altogether, I read 32! I finished 29 new books and re-read 3.

  • Bumped was an incredible book. It was perfect because, although I didn’t agree with everything in it, it made me think. (ACNM review and additional material here at LL)
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz was remarkable as well. I was surprised I hadn’t heard more about it. My sci-fi side needed a stretch, I suppose. (ACNM review)
  • How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul was also really great, although it wasn’t quite what I need in my life right now. (ACNM review)

I’m excited for the books 2012 will bring. This year’s goal is 40 books: 26 for ACNM and the rest just for me. Two of those will be the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy, one will be a theology book I bought several months ago, one will be the second-to-last Alice book, and I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel to Bumped, Thumped. Good times ahead.

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