Monday, December 2, 2013

Wrap Up



The end of the year is upon us and I’ve been evaluating my year.  A lot has happened, much of it unexpected.  Many of the things, in writing and in life, that I hoped and expected to happen this year didn’t. Life is always a surprise isn’t it?  I guess that keeps it interesting.   Still, I’m not disappointed.  I’ve moved forward. I’m in a different place than this time last year. I’ve learned and grown and survived.  And that, after all, is my ultimate goal. 

A while ago I found this over on the blog of Sarah Eden.

As long as I keep going, no failure is ever final.

That’s the truth. And that’s why I keep going. It’s why I keep living.  What happens may not be what I planned, but it will be a fun ride, and as long as I can keep trying again, I’ll never fail.

How was your year?  Did your expectations come to pass? 

18 comments:

  1. I like that quote.

    What gets thrown our way in life is always interesting. I try to use each thing to help me grow and change in the ways I need to. Mostly I hope to enjoy the small moments and appreciate them because change is constant.

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  2. That's a great quote! I try to think of things like that when I'm disappointed by something - I can't see all ends, so there's no point being disappointed by something temporary.

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  3. I love the quote you got from Sarah Eden. And, I too can say that I didn't get everything or wanted or expected to have. But, it's OK.

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  4. I love Sarah Eden! Great quote. And we set these goals for ourselves. We need to be realistic about them. Real life happens. And if you got anything done, it's more than you'd have done if you did nothing. O_o If that makes sense. :D

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  5. That is an AWESOME quote. I like how Dory puts it in Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming. I did not meet my writing goal this year (again) but tomorrow is another day and I will meet it if I think I can and I do. I think I can, I think I can...

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  6. This year totally didn't go as expected or hoped, but it taught me an important lesson of not putting life on hold "until this or that is over/passed" but to live life fully, in each moment, even when the waves are crashing in. That's not bad for a year to teach me. :) Looking forward to 2014.

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  7. Great attitude, Sara. I don't know that I had specific expectations. I had hopes, and the ones that weren't realized yet remain hopes. Through it all, I am trying to remain patient, flexible, and trusting.

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  8. Thanks for your awesome attitude, Sara. Your comments remind me of the truth that life happens each day as we pursue our goals. Our transformations as better human beings is the true success. (That being said, I wish a few of my expectations had come true this year, too! ^_^)

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  9. I really like that quote. It's so important to remember. No, my year did not go as planned and next year is a definite unknown. I will try to remember this quote as I go through it.

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  10. Great attitude!

    It's hard to believe it's December already, but I'd have to say it's been a good year for me, and it has exceeded expectations. Partly because I take each day as it comes, and squeeze as much out of it as I can before letting it go, and partly because I don't harbor lofty expectations.

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  11. Your post reminds me of a quote from the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: "Everything will be all right in the end. And if it's not all right, it's not the end."

    I'm glad you had a good year, even if things didn't turn out as expected. Like you said, that's what makes life interesting!

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  12. I have to say that this year has been a bit of a mixed bag for me, but the good bits were excellent!. :-)

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  13. Great quote. So very true! I had a weird year. Nothing happened as I expected. But there's always next year!

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  14. Hi Sara,

    That quote resonates with me. I do not put pressure on myself to live up to perceived expectations I think others may have of me. My year has been challenging. Yet I know that I have choices and I challenge elements of my life that have the audacity to sabotage my right to a peaceful life.

    You have survived and grown from the experience. A positive result.

    Gary :)

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  15. What a wonderfully, beautiful quote. I think we all like to have a really clear vision of where our life is going and what accomplishments we'd like to conquer. When things go wrong, whether unexpectedly or due to our own foolish decisions, moving past that can be difficult. In the words of a kind little fish, "Just keep swimming!"

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  16. I made progress with my WIP this year, but there's always more for me to do, and more for me to do that I hadn't expected I'd needed to do.

    I personally don't like the word "failure" very much. I prefer the word setback. If we fall behind a few steps, we can move forward again if we try.

    I'm glad you're enjoying the ride, Sara!

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  17. I love that quote. I think I need to stick it up on my wall :)

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  18. I *love* that quote! Good for you, Sara! Keep moving and keep dreaming are my mantras. I don't always remember that. ;-)

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