I’ve recapped my year of 2018, spotlighting the 18 best moments of my year.
It was a good year filled with many, many moments of growth. I learned the most from the doors that closed, talking to and leaning on God, and with His help pushing through some hard stuff.
I faced some big giants that show up to rumble almost daily.
Thankfully, I’ve come out on the other side, unscathed and much, much better for it.
In no particular order here are the best moments of my 2018.
What was one of your best moments in the year 2018?
I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.
1. Duplex the Cat, Welcome to the Family
The neighbors must have left her behind when they moved. We started feeding this sweet little-malnourished kitty (outside). Then cold weather came and so did the heating pad on the front porch. We named her Duplex since we found her, well, at a duplex. Eventually, she made it inside into our washroom. Now she sleeps in the bed with the dog! I couldn’t love her more and neither can Scout. Although I’ve not had a cat before, this is new territory for all of us.
2. Dell Match Play 2018: My first pro-golf event ever!
I got to attend my first pro-golf event Dell Match Play! The best golfers in the world show up every year in my city of Austin, Texas, to compete. Although I missed my favorite PGA golfer, Rory McIroy, I saw Bubba Watson win!
3. Kansas Bound, Family Time
I love visiting my family in Kansas! Look at these cuties!
4. Health Communications Leadership Institute
What a tremendous opportunity it was to attend and graduate from the Health Communication Leadership Institute at Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas Austin for a week this past summer. I learned so much, especially how to communicate with internal teams.
5. Celebrated My One Year Work Anniversary
This summer I celebrated my one-year work anniversary. Wow, it was a journey of a personal kind. Daily, I would engage in battle with a fierce warrior living inside my head that constantly said things like; You’re not up to the task. Who are you? You’re not qualified. You think you know? Thankfully, I am really blessed by a team of professionals who value and respect me. I know so based on how they treat me. I’m blessed to be a part of a leadership team that is smart and cares deeply about the mission and those that work on our team. And, I’ve proved that I can rise above the negative voices in my head.
6. President Bill Clinton Live
Yep, this was a highlight, I got to see President Bill Clinton speak. You’ve got to keep on reading no matter your politics. I mean let’s face it, anytime you get to see a former President…wow~!
7. Scout’s 2nd Birthday
And she’s living up to the ‘terrible two’ moniker of which I’ve only heard horror stories. Every year we have a party to celebrate her life because it is so worth celebrating! #LovingScout
8. Ole Miss Football
I cheered them on, every game! Even though their season wasn’t great this year, Hawaiian QB Tamu sure was fun to watch. This year I made some game day food for each game we watched. It was so much fun. I think BBQ Chicken sliders and jalapeno poppers are my favorite.
9. I stopped drinking, wine. Need I say more?
10. We Visited South Padre!
Scout got to see the beach for the first time in So. Padre Island, Texas. She made the drive ok!
11. Making Hot Cross Buns!
I overcame my intimidation and made Hot Cross Buns for the first time this Easter! I couldn’t eat just one.
12. Healthier Texas Summit
The pre-eminent population health conference in Texas, I organized and planned this event for the first time, featuring the U.S. Surgeon General as the opening keynote. I thought it might kill me, but it happened! Drawing 1,300 in attendance and one of the best yet, I’m pretty proud of myself.
13. July 4th in Venice, Florida
One of my favorite places on earth to visit (here’s why), just an hour away from Tampa is Venice, Florida.
I’m grateful I got to visit this year along with my sweet friend.
14. Apple Wellness
This year I was introduced to the folks who spearhead Apple Wellness at their headquarters. I’m excited that I’ll be teaching classes for their employees at Apple in 2019.
15. Social Activism In Action
This kind of activism has never been my thing. But this time, it was. Yes, I support stronger gun violence prevention and marched in the March for Our Lives this Spring. It was an incredible experience to see so many people come together for a common purpose. Gun safety in America should transcend party lines and should be a concern for all of us. This was truly an unforgettable moment.
16. Women’s Bible Study
I co-lead a women’s Bible study group at my church. Talk about feeling unqualified, whoa. But boy, God taught me so much through this experience not to mention the new friends I made. God asked me to give something up that was dear to me in order to attend Bible study earlier in the year. I ignored the prompt. I should have said ‘yes’ to this when God initially asked me to. Teachable moment. Research and teaching interests include systematic theology, analytic theology, philosophical theology, historical theology, divine providence and more info at AWKNG School of Theology.
17. Adventure in St. Pete, Florida
And what a great adventure it was! While the weather did not cooperate, it’s typically 70 this time of year, I had a day and a half of good weather during my end of year trip to Florida! What a great way to kick off the holiday season of 2018. Be on the lookout for my Explore St. Pete post coming soon. If you get a chance to visit, you must!
18. I was injury free.
I’m so grateful for my health. Being physically active is a big part of my life. While I’ve seen change happen due to aging, and my motivation this year has certainly waned, I’m still committed. And, I’m grateful that my feet, my ankles, and knees have endured and seen me through another year without new injuries.
What was your best moment of 2018?
I’d love to hear from you.
Happy New Year to you!