This Year: Expectations Vs. Reality

If you would have told me at the beginning of this year what 2018 would look like, I probably would have laughed. If you would have told me how much my regular schedule would be thrown off and how behind I would get with everything, I would have raised my eyebrows and carefully refused to argue. Because, ya know, I’m all nice and humble like that.


But being off schedule? Blogging only once a week? Forgoing goals? Deciding not to run the half marathon? Goodness people, do you even know who you’re talking to? I am the queen of being on top of things – of setting goals and sticking to them. Of deciding what needs to be done and then doing just that. We can pretty much just say I’m used to having things under control.

Until I don’t.

This year has been wonderful, but it’s also been one of the most challenging of my life. This year has been memory-filled, but it’s also been a struggling-to-stay-on-top-of-anything (notice, I didn’t say everything), kind of year. This year I’m getting the delightful privilege of getting two new brothers-in-law within five weeks of each other, and I’m also getting that “this helps me to stay humble” perspective of having to let go of my expectations.


This year is the one I dreamed about as a child, but now that reality has hit, I’ve realized how woefully unprepared I actually was for it. But do you know what? This year has still been epic. It’s been beautiful. It’s been full of growth. This year has been amazing, and I’m excited to think that it’s only going to get better.

6 thoughts on “This Year: Expectations Vs. Reality

  1. Kellyn Roth says:

    Okay, I gotta say – I clicked on this blog post because of the title! Wow! That’s such a powerful thought. If I were to make a similar blog post at the end of the year, would that be okay with you? I’d credit for the idea.

    Also, isn’t it awesome how things don’t go according to plans and it still turns out? ❤ God is good!

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Aww, thank you! Your comment is so sweet. I’d be delighted if you use the idea. ❤ This year has been a really big growing year for me – so good but SO different from what I would have guessed!

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  2. Keturah Lamb says:

    It’s crazy how life works like this! And even crazier, that if we just go with it, at the end of the day we are often more satisfied with what is that with what we planned. Or we learned something really valuable.

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      I’m most assuredly learning some great things. 🙂 It’s been a good year, and hopefully is about to get better. Thanks for commenting!


  3. Bekah says:

    Lovely post, friend! I’m playing a little “blog catch-up” here. LOL
    Thank you for sharing your heart with us. There have been several things going on in my life lately that I did not see coming (good things), but they still threw me off my guard a little and I just have to remember that God is in control and His ways are higher than my own. Praise Him for that!

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Being thrown off guard is hard – even when it’s a good (or great) thing. It takes a while for us to catch up then, doesn’t it? I’m glad that you’re remembering that God is in control, because that really does make a huge difference!


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