So: one week left in 2016. That happened fast (for me anyway). You? You ready for 2017 to kick off next week?
2016 brought a couple pretty eventful things my way, most notably: 1) a malfunctioning ear last winter that brought unexpected hearing loss, and 2) our pack-up-the-Virginia-farmhouse-and-sell-the-20-acres move to Greece in the summer.
Of course it also brought a slew of other stuff, as years do. Lodged somewhere among the 2016 bibs and bobs has been writing... Writing with a little more focus and intentionality; showing up here more regularly. And joining the HopeWriters community, a great addition. The writing's brought me joy.
And that's where you come in too, you there on the other side of that screen. I see you. (OK not really, but you get me.) You take time to frequent this corner with your eyes and your thoughts. You comment or contact me on occasion, forward or share. I appreciate. Truly. So thanks.
I took a minute to poke around the stats and pull up the posts that, judging by numbers, you most enjoyed this year. Thought it'd be fun to lay 'em out for a glance-through. Here we go:
1. On spending and Plato. When you feel guilty spending money on yourself when you shouldn't, and why Plato holds the keys to the questions about this.
2. A definition for suffering (and my gimp ear). Why Elisabeth Elliott's definition for suffering is (to my mind) so helpful, and what it's like to suddenly need at hearing age out of the blue at age 40.
3. The value of a comfortably untidy house. Oh Ramona Quimby. What don't I love about you? I'm indebted to you for your wise-beyond-your years perspective on (and validation for) on my B/B- housekeeping efforts. I owe you big.
4. Moving to Crete: kicking it off. An early iteration in the "off-we-go-to-Crete" series in which newbie lessons like not flushing toilet paper, clothesline drying, and local driving are discussed.
5. Living in Greece: stuff I've learned this fall. This one was a roundup itself, and the name kind of gives you the gist.
(6.) And hey... by way of a freebie, I'll throw in a post I did for a Christianity Today women's blog I sometimes write for, Gifted for Leadership, about British apologist Amy Orr-Ewing. She's a brilliant woman who's the Europe/Asia director for Ravi Zacharias Ministries, a compelling thinker and speaker... and an old friend. Last summer I interviewed her on the topic of calling - the piece is called "How to figure out your calling" and was pretty well received.
Interested to see where next year will take us - literally and figuratively. I'm interested in your thoughts too... There are a hundred things online you could be reading (and likely do read); what is it you most value that comes from here? Love to hear if you care to share.
Thanks again. And happy New Year to us all - God bless us, every one!