What I LearnedEach year we learn and grow in so many ways.  I wanted to take a little time to reflect on some things I learned in 2015

Don’t take your mom for granted.- This year my Mom suffered a huge health scare.  She suffered a stroke and then a brain bleed while on vacation in Chicago.  She spent 5 weeks in the hospital which included 10 days in the ICU.  It was so scary.  I clung to my faith like never before.  She is doing amazing and we are forever grateful.

Motherhood has many transitional times.  This year was the first time in 12 years that I didn’t have a child at home during the school hours.  Madeline started school this year and now I am finding myself moving into a new stage of motherhood.  When I first became a mom it was hard to get used to taking care of a baby all the time but eventually I became so comfortable in the stay at home Mom role.  Now that I have some time without kids I am transitioning yet again.

Amazon Prime and wish lists are amazing.  This year all my kids made wish lists on Amazon and we shared them with family members.  I bought very few gifts at a store and had most shipped right to my house.  It really took a ton of pressure off the gift giving part of Christmas.

Having a running to do list or brain dump helps me get a lot more done than just stressing about it in my head.  This year I went through two courses from Money Saving Mom one was called Make Over Your Mornings and the other was Make Over Your Calendar.  Both of these courses were so helpful in organizing my priorities and getting more things done.  I would highly recommend both courses.

I learned all about lady’s maids and butlers while watching all 5 seasons of Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime.  Usually I am more a Friday Night Lights kind of girl but I LOVED this series and can’t wait for the new season that starts soon.

Getting up before my kids is a life changer in my attitude, productivity, and overall well being.  For the last few years I have been trying to get up before my kids to exercise (sometimes), do my Bible Study Fellowship, drink coffee, and get going on my to do list for the day.  By no means do I get up every day before my kids but I am really working on this habit. Hello Mornings is a group online to help hold women accountable to getting up early.  I wrote about my experience here.  You should check them out.

Small daily habits over time become routines that help in the daily running of a household.  Each day there are some simple things that I do routinely that are almost automatic.  A few of these habits include running the dishwasher every night, emptying it every morning, start 1 load of laundry a night switch it in the morning and fold it before the kids get home so they can put it away.

In order to exercise more regularly I need a friend.  A few years ago I started running with a friend at oh dark 30 in the morning.  We made a goal to run a 5K and did it.  This last year we both have been sick, out of town, or just didn’t want to run.  We need a goal and a new commitment.  Hoping to make this a priority this next year.

How to drive a sweet 15 passenger van.  This year we traded in the mini van to get a 15 passenger van.  I LOVE it!  There is so much room and plenty of place for our stuff and extra friends.  I am quite a spectacle when I am backing out of a parking spot.  I have learned to park way out and take wide turns.

There is always a chance to take a risk and start over.  I am taking a risk and hoping to write more consistently on my blog.  I want to encourage women and give some helpful tips.

I am joining Emily Freeman on her blog where others will be sharing what they learned in 2015.  What did you learn this year?  I would love for you to share below in the comments.

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