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What I Learned in January


We turn our calendars to February tomorrow. I am excited for the freshness that will come with this, though my calendar actually turns itself because it is on my phone. January was a full month, and big or little, I am walking away with new revelations and old reminders to ponder in my heart. (And also random facts to store up for trivia tidbits.)


  1. Prayer Works


First it was the found wedding ring missing from one of my family members on vacation. Then it was a text sent to my sister at just the right time. And then a Facebook message I received with exactly the opportunity I had been asking for. I of course have seen prayers answered before, and know that even when the outcome is exactly what we prayed for prayer still works, but having some tangible yeses has been very encouraging this month.


  1. Jess Harnell voiced a character in Clifford.


I realize most people won’t care, but Jess Harnell is one of my favorite characters (Wooten) in the audio drama I grew up on (Adventures in Odyssey.) While watching Clifford one day (with a four-year-old ) I recognized his voice coming from the dachshund on the show. I felt like my old friend was visiting.



  1. Post Vacation Blues is a real thing.


It can also last for longer than the duration of the actual vacation, and it is worse when post-Christmas blues is mixed in with it. Even so, I will still take you up on any offer to go to the beach in January regardless of the let down it is to come home.


  1. I am not a shopper


I’ve known this about me for a while. But after a long-needed shopping spree to replace some clothing essentials and final items for our new house (that we moved into six months ago) I am reminded once more that Amazon is awesome and I hate spending money.


  1. Siblings make the best friends


I’ve had a smaller community of friends in the last few years and have felt semi-sad about that. But the void is forgotten whenever I’m together with any of my eight (two of them are in-laws) siblings. We’re also very good at laughing and being weird and have the same bank of quotes and inside jokes to draw from, so that is a huge perk.


  1. Small is OK


I am usually an all or nothing girl. Intense work outs or none at all. Long runs or not at all. The hardest piece of music or nothing. Classic literature or no reading. I am now embracing the small, and often easy, and my heart is experiencing a refreshing lightness with this new habit. It is icy and I am out of shape, so a mile run is sufficient. I don’t know if I can handle a three movement sonata by a classical composer so a three minute contemporary piece is fine. I don’t want to get the weights out and do squats and jumping lunges so I do yoga in the morning and my body loves me for it.


Care to join in the habit of tracking what you learned each month? Join Emily Freeman and many others as we walk through these days with eyes and hearts open to what we can learn.

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    Daniel Quintanilla
    February 1, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Your pictures are beautiful! I learned this month that I belong on a beach somewhere writing!

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    February 1, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I totally relate to the “all or nothing” mentality. My husband often reminds me “not to be a hero” when I’m working out or doing something that feels hard. “Small is okay” is everything my heart needs to remember today. Loved reading your list of what you learned! And I loved the Adventures in Odyssey shout out! I am a Wooten fan too. 🙂

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    flora dwellings
    February 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Hi! I enjoyed reading what you learned this month. It was encouraging to hear about your answered prayers. Also, I feel the same way about shopping and spending money. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. hope and love your way!

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