December 28, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday - new year changes

Last week's challenge was to remember the reason for the season.  We had a great meaningful Christmas. If you missed it, you can see the short video we made about it HERE.  (It's the second video of the post.)

I've been thinking about Wake Up Wednesday a lot lately.  I've thought about ways to change it and things to try out.  However, the more I think about it the more I just keep coming back to leaving it as is.  WUW has helped me stretch and grow in a different way this past year and I'm definitely not done stretching or growing.  So, here comes another year with new challenges.  

I will probably recycle some of last year's challenges.  It's hard to think of 52 new ideas that everyone can do.  I try to think of things that don't cost anything and that aren't ridiculously hard to do.  If YOU have any ideas for challenges will you let me know?  I could definitely use some more ideas.

The challenge for this week is .......

to celebrate your 2011 victories.  I often find myself thinking about how I want to improve, but I think it's also great to recognize how far you've come.  I'm going to try to think of three things I improved on this year and write them down.

Thank you for joining me in Wake Up Wednesday this year.  Now, how was YOUR Christmas?  I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks for being here.


  1. i loove that u do this series. and recycling ideas i think is great for several reasons.keep roarin!!

  2. I don't always participate in this series, but it keeps me thinking of ways to serve. I had a different experience this past week of remembering the reason for the season. We have 5 HUGE trees (like 60+ ft tall) in our yard, and the leaves are still piled on the ground. We've pruned like crazy lately, so twigs are everywhere as well. I decided last Wednesday that I would head out while my husband was at work and try to get the front yard cleaned up. I worked for a good hour and a half, and got a lot done. While I worked, I thought about how Christmas reminds us to serve and do as He would do. It made me happy to think that even cleaning up my own yard so my husband wouldn't have to do it later was keeping the Christ in Christmas. Thanks for your blog, it's great!

  3. You could include a few WUW that are from the reader to their spouse (or if there isn't a spouse, maybe to a close family member or friend). Lynette's comment gave me that idea.

    These days, marriages and good relationships can use all the encouragement and strength they can get.

  4. Love the idea of thinking of things you have improved upon over the last year. I feel that as a women, wife, mother I am hard on myself at times. This idea of "how far I have come" is a breath of fresh air. Thank you it really made my day.

  5. I love this challenge. True humility isn't thinking less of ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less. I think it is important to embrace the good and to celebrate accomplishments.

  6. I really appreciated this post. All too often I'm caught up in the goals of tomorrow rather than the achievements of yesterday.
    So, to toot my horn, I lost 15 pounds in September and October, and *didn't gain any weight* in November and December. I worked through some of my fabric stash, and used whatever I bought. And... my 3 year old is potty trained!

    Lurkingly yours,

  7. lol, just noticed you had ifratelli advertising on your blog, that is our traditional meal for New years Eve, the best pizza ever!!!


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