Oh helloo. Long time no see.
That little break was just what I needed. My heart is thankful for the rest and the festivities that took place over the Christmas weekend. Lots of things happened while I was away. I became an auntie for the third time, watched my big brother graduate from college, celebrated Christmas with the whole family, and started training for my half marathon in March.
It has been a busy time, but I’m overwhelmed by all the blessings. Okay, get ready for a sappy reflection on 2016. For real though, the unintentional (on my part), intentional (on God’s part), focus of this year has been growth and change, which has been uncomfortable for me, but let’s be real, growth is rarely super comfortable.
Rather than focusing on resolutions, I want to look back on what this year has taught me. If resolutions are your thing, go for it, but for me, I’ve realized that A) I don’t stick to them and B) It’s just me trying to plan stuff when really I have no idea what a new year will hold.
Change is meant to jostle you.
It will shake things up. Old things that were important to you will become less important and new things will take their place. I don’t want to stay stagnant, so why would I try to fight change.
The future doesn’t rest in my hands.
I wrote a whole post about this, but yikes, this year kept reminding me of this. My plans for the future have been redirected, which first made me angry, then anxious, then fearful, but I’m finally learning to rest in knowing that our Father has a perfect plan.
Running is equally hard and rewarding.
This year started with zero miles a week. Then by March, I joined my high school’s track team and ran every day. I learned that I love running, but I’m not the competitive type. In June, I ran a very sloooow, very frustrating half marathon. It’s been bumpy, but I always come back to running as my favorite way to sweat.
Physical and academic challenges balance each other.
Volunteering at Dickinson Farm over the summer and running are different from class work during the school year, but each is rewarding and tiring in a different way.
Say YES and NO.
I usually go through periods when I take on too many responsibilities and commitments, and then I’m tense and overbooked. That’s followed by a pendulum shift to saying no to everything and becoming a social hermit. Neither is healthy.
Food is just food.
It’s meant to nourish and sustain. Treat your body well by feeding it well, but beyond that, food is just food. Don’t focus too heavily on calories, numbers, and macros.
Humans need other humans.
There is an unhealthy emphasis on individualism. We’re told that all we need is ourselves. This. Makes. Me. Angry. We need mentors, healthy friendships, connections with people who share our passions and convictions. Community is vital for a healthy self.
I’m thankful for all the hard lessons and blessings that this year brought, and I am super excited for this coming year.
A massive thank you to the dedicated readers and supporters of Nutrition on a Mission. I love you all so much ❤
See you all in 2017!
So tell me…
What was a highlight of 2016 for you?
Tell me one thing you learned in 2016?