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Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Notes From a Blue Bike and the founder of The Art of Simple. She's host of The Simple Show, and her passion is to inspire people that 'living simply' means making room for more of the stuff that really matters, and that the right,...

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  1. thank you tsh. going to use some of those! our family has a tradition of choosing one word that we would like to see more of in our life in the new year rather than resolutions. for example: purpose, friend, or finish. then we each decorate a card and post it somewhere visible for the year. it’s a simple way to be reminded of a quality we want to see more of in ourselves or an action we want to take. it has been a good thing for us. –kris

  2. 1) Even though my job changed dramatically in 2011–God saw fit to give me a huge raise

    2) Work was busy at times and not so busy–the challenge for me was to remain true to God and always do my best even on days when I hated my job.

    3) A nice joy would be that my husband left the hospital and is now working in a doctor’s office/clinic–for the same company.

    4) work and taking care of aging father who had skin cancer, stomach issues, dementia, etc. all at once.

    5) Difficult, family reunited, prayerful
    6) difficult, trying, growing
    7) challenging, trying, joyful
    8) Bible, Grace for the Good Girl
    9) Father, husband
    10) Learning to be a better Christian with quiet time & more intentional prayers
    11) Through much prayer–became a better Christian
    12) Through much prayer–became a better Christian–prayed more
    13) Tried lifting weights & running–ran first 5K in 42 minutes
    14) Learned to love more and not critize so much
    15) Getting the raise, also helping out more in the clinic–cooking for hubby
    16) Doing a job that I don’t like and learning to deal with new boss
    17) Procrastination–not wanting to do something & putting it off
    18) Weight lifting, running, praying, spending time with hubby
    19) To be a better Christian & do everything to the joy of God
    20) It was the best and worst of times!

  3. i have done your 20 question exercise for 2010, 2011, and a couple days ago i stole away to starbucks to do it for 2012. thank you. it is a great tool to help me reflect, and every year there are many tears shed as i write it all down in my journal. i really enjoy it and am so glad you shared it.

  4. LOVED this, such a good thing for me to take the time to reflect upon our year. We had SO many changes and one of the most pivitol moments for me happened when we were praying about a MAJOR life change and I read a post here on Incourage about letting go of our fears.
    This is the post … https://aws.incourage.me/2012/05/when-fear-is-removed.html that brought about the changes that I needed to trust God more. THANK YOU incourage writers for being Jesus to us and helping us know the Lord more every day!!
    Here is my blog post where I answer your 20 questions:

    http://scrappykitkat.blogspot.com/2012/12/20-questions-for-new-years-eve.html

    Again, thank you for all you do! God Bless you all in 2013!
    Love in Christ, Kathy

  5. I love this! I’m going to go through these tonight with my husband on our car ride to our evening NYE party!
    Great reflection!

  6. Thank you! I knew I wanted to write something to reflect the past year, but I wasn’t sure what. I’ve fallen away from my blog (which is just personal) due to work (which I love), so it was also nice to take some time to write.
    I also discovered that my word of the year was HOME. Not what I expected, but what a great feeling to end/begin with.

  7. Thank you for sharing these. I have been using them for the past few years. It’s been so helpful, both to have your encouragement to do this kind of reflection and goal setting at all and then also to have some structure to move forward with it. Thanks!

  8. […] tell me one good thing you bring with you from last year into this one!  Here’s another good set of questions that are more in depth if you are looking for ideas. Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestLike […]