What I focused on in January
1. Getting my book, Where Dandelions Grow to my editor for the final edit
2. Getting ready and going to Africa and Florida
3. Helping our friends in Africa
4. Getting ready for our business meetings in Florida
1. Read 23 Non-fiction books – I read 2
11. Read the Proverb of the day 3 months (not in a row) – I missed one day, but then read it the next day
13. Go to bed before 10:30 23 times (not in a row) – I need to count it up, but I’m pretty sure I did this about 7 or 8 times
15. No texting for 23 days (not in a row) – 15 days
Go to Africa
I was gone 22 nights
Countries & States: The Ivory Coast (layover) and Ghana (14 nights) Traveling (2 nights) New York (layovers) Pennsylvania (traveling) Florida (6 nights)
New Countries & States: The Ivory Coast and Ghana
What I’ve been Learning
*Making my life count now. When we were in Africa we received the news that one of our friends from back home had drowned. The shock and sadness were mixed with the feeling of He lived his life well. Peter was just a few years older than me, yet he made an eternal difference during his short time on earth. He had run the race set before him and he had finished his course. No matter how long I live I want the same to be said about my life.
* I had a fantastic time learning tons about the Ghanian way of life and their unique qualities and quirks. Wes and Charity, our friends who we were visiting, have lived in Ghana for around twelve years and they’re very knowledgeable about the culture. They were happy to answer hours and hours of questions.
* January was a month greatly void of energy for me, which was really hard. It did give me a chance to continue learning a lesson that I’ve been working on for about eight years now: My self-worth is not determined by what I can accomplish.
It is so crazily hard for me when I can’t look back at the end of the day and have a huge list I’ve accomplished. I’m still working on learning to rest in God and be ok with what I can and can’t do. My worth is determined by the fact that I’m created in God’s image and I’m His child, not by how much work I can get done in a twenty-four hour period. So simple to write, so hard to actually believe and put into practice.
And I saved the best for the last. On Monday the 26th I was in an elevator when my phone rang and I missed a call from my cousin Alexa. I called her back after I was in my hotel room to be greeted with the wonderfully exciting news that just a few short hours before her amazing boyfriend had proposed and she had happily said Yes!
Growing up Alexa, Aubrey (her sister), Helena (my sister) and I did everything together. Since we are all fairly close in age, one of the questions we had over the years was which one of us would get married first. Our predications always placed Alexa close to the top of the list and I guess we were right. It’s exciting entering this new phase in our cousinhood.
Alexa and Zach, I’m so excited/happy/thrilled/antispation-filled/delighted/joyful and all that good stuff for y’all!