What I Learned in 2013

This year has been a tough one, and I have learned some very valuable lessons. Because the year is ending tomorrow, I thought I would share some of the things I’ve learned this year.

1. I need to do things that I enjoy even if it means that my husband has to take care of the kids on his own or make dinner on his own or do whatever on his own.

2. I need more music in my life, but I haven’t figured out a way to actually play my piano (or my guitar or my violin or my ukulele) when the kids are in the house.

3. I miss writing music, but I haven’t figured out a way to do that with the kids in the house, either.

4. I am going to start saying no to things I don’t want to do or don’t have time to do. It’s going to make some people mad, but that’s for them to deal with.

5. I am allowed to have my own opinions, thoughts, and feelings, even if other people disagree with what those things are.

6. I love working as a music therapist, but after being one for almost 8 years, I am pretty sure I am hitting the burn-out stage. I need to work on fixing this.

7. Some things are better left alone.

8. Modern medicine is necessary in many situations and for those times, I am thankful, but there are a lot of times when it is not and we are made to think that it is. It pays to get second opinions and to do a little bit of research on my own.

9. I still love wine, but lately it just makes me tired and gives me a headache. I think my new vice might be coffee.

10. There is much to be learned from the principles of yoga. It is a true practice in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. That being said, if you think yoga is just some weird, new-age practice that is easy to do, you are sorely mistaken!

11. I have come to the conclusion that everything I say will offend someone in some way. However, it is still a free country and I can say what I want/need to say. I try my best not to say things in a way that will purposely hurt someone else, but it’s not my fault if others take it personally. Honestly, it bugs me when people ONLY write about happy things, because that just isn’t real. All that does is make other people feel like there is something wrong with their lives because they don’t have the same thought or feeling. I was actually recently told by a friend that writing about some of the negative things can minister to other people going through the same thing and those people will see that they aren’t alone.

So what have you learned in 2013?


  1. Holly H says:

    I volunteer to aid in your coffee addiction! You know how I feel about the rest of these 🙂

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