What I Learned Fall 2018

What I LearnedFall 2018

Limitations

This will be one of the years I look back at as a milestone reminder of my limitations. I accepted an extra short-term assignment helping cover a maternity leave. It was a huge blessing for our family, but it also meant ten fewer hours each week for friends, family, football, and chores. It also meant operating with zero margin.

On a positive note, I’ve become much more comfortable asking for help, which was one of my Powersheets goals!

Another thing I learned this fall is that conveniences aren’t always as helpful as we expect they will be. Everything is a trade-off. Using Shipt was a great way to reduce hours reserved for errands, but that also meant our food budget had to increase to off-set the lack of sales. Additionally, over half of the Shipt orders were incorrect, meaning I either needed to run to the store myself (the thing I was trying to avoid) or spend time dealing with customer service.

While every area is different, the winner for us is Walmart pick up with both cost and accuracy.

Tiny Wins

With a full calendar, I found my progress on goals was also reduced. Great strides were no longer possible because there were too many areas requiring my attention. But that didn’t mean no progress was made. I found myself celebrating tiny wins and you know what? This is a discipline I’ve grown to love. Every step of progress deserves acknowledgment because each requires effort and attention.

New Bible Study Techniques?

I read Jen Wilkin’s book Women of the Word and while it is a thorough way to study Scripture, in this season of my life it’s just not possible. I loved the inclusion of the “why” behind Jen’s study method. Still, I’ll be sticking with the other 5 P’s for now presented by Priscilla Shirer.

It’s great to know that there are so many ways to study the Bible, but this was also a great reminder that we all need to do what we can within our learning styles and time restraints.

New Opportunities

This fall was a rough one on the football field, but there was a glimmer of hope with our freshman and so far they are showing signs of maturity lacking in previous teams. Another thing I learned this fall is that sometimes you just need to cling to the future while still loving the mess in front of you.

I’ve started working through the prep worksheets for Powersheets for 2019. I’m applying all the lessons I’ve learned in 2018 as I plan out goals and action steps to achieve them. Each lesson learned paves the way for new opportunities.

I’m linking up with Emily P. Freeman for What I Learned. Head over to her blog to see what others are posting.

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