This year my sister Kate from Clear the Way and I created the 12 Lists series which is a monthly series for those who love writing lists. Each month we announce the topic, write our lists accordingly, and invite you to do the same on your blog. You are welcome to add your post to the link-up below so we can get to know you a little better, one list at a time. This month’s topic: trials you have overcome.
This month we’re getting real and digging a little deeper in this list-making quest. I’m excited about this month’s topic, but it’s also a tricky one. It’s never easy to relive the trying times of one’s life, but it is gratifying to take stock once in awhile to really look at how far you’ve come, and what you’ve overcome to get there. I’m looking to make some major changes in my own life soon and I’ve been asking myself some tough questions. I’m searching to pinpoint exactly what I want from life right now and pushing myself to go get it. It’s become a sort of season of finding myself in a new place and seeing my present more clearly. This re-evaluation of my life is helping me see and appreciate how far I’ve come and how I’ve grown as a person these past few years.
- Chronic illness – there was a time in my life I could not function because my health was so poor, I was able to slowly build my life back and the last few years I’ve really learned how to manage my body and this feels amazing.
- A dysfunctional relationship – I dated a guy for a couple years who was not very nice to me, and although it took a long time to let go, I eventually did. This experience has definitely shaped me for better or for worse, and the good news is that my standards are right back up where they should be.
- A toxic friendship – It is so hard for me to let go of friendships and relationships, but I’ve recently ended a friendship with someone who was unkind to me and I feel so relieved. It feels like a first step in living my life for myself again.
- Waking up every morning – I mean… it is tough. Some days are worse than others but getting out of bed each day is an accomplishment.
I thought I’d end that with a lighter note. What do you think is the biggest trial you’ve overcome in your life? Do you have an accomplishment that is very near to your heart?