Looking Back to Move Forward: Hello 2019, I’m Ready

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Looking Back to Move Forward: Hello 2019, I’m Ready


At the close of each year, I like to take time and reflect on the goals I established at the start of the year. My goals generally range from personal to family to professional. I have learned over the past seven years the importance of developing S.M.A.R.T. goals for myself. These goals help to lead me in the direction I want to accomplish for the year.

I am happy to say, 2018 was a great year. I’ve reached many of the goals I’ve set:

  • More family time
  • More community service
  • Development of website and blog

However, 2018 was also tremendously challenging. I discovered a lot about myself that was only brought to light by being put in unpleasant and painful circumstances.

I’ve learned that I am:

  • Stronger than I once believed
  • Braver than given credit for
  • Not limited by the perceptions of others

My faith had been tested and tried and ultimately set on fire. But NEVER demolished.

“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” Job 23:10

Goodbye and Hello

As I take time to reflect on the previous year, I also say goodbye. I have learned the importance of knowing when to move on. In order to start a new chapter of a book, I must first turn away from the previous chapter. Goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019. With a faith now renewed and a determination unstoppable, I say hello to new opportunities, new challenges, new obstacles, and new triumphs.

Hello 2019, I’m Ready.

Pamela L. Barnes
December 31, 2018

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