What I Learned in 2015

what I learned in 2015

I don’t know about you, but it is crazy that in just three days it will be 2016.  I still remember New Year’s Eve in 1999 when we were all worried about Y2K.  I digress.  This time last year, my life looked completely different.  I was leading the fundraising team and efforts at a well known national nonprofit’s local organization.  I was spending my week off between Christmas and New Years focusing on the year ahead.  I was heading into the year searching for two more people to complete my team.  Things were coming together and I was starting to get in my groove.  Five months later, I would make the decision to not only leave the organization, but end the 13 year nonprofit fundraising career I had built.  I would love to tell you that 2015 was all roses for me, but in fact it was a trying year.  Coming to the point to make the decision I did was agonizing.  And then once the decision was made I had to figure out what to do next.  While I don’t think that 2015 was the easiest year of my life, I will go out on a limb and tell you it has been the greatest year in my life, thus far.  Not because of all the reasons I thought it would be a year ago, but for all the reasons it turned out to be.

27 things I learned (or relearned in some cases) in 2015:

When you really need them, the people who matter will be there for you.  The people who aren’t…they aren’t the ones that matter.

Naps are good for the soul.


 Blocking out time for things that really matter like God, prayer, family and friends will change your life.

If your body is giving you signs that enough is enough…it’s probably enough.

Titles don’t define you unless you let them.  For me it was the title at work that I allowed to define me.  But for some of you it may mean ones that others give you like “bossy”, “the chubby one”, “the forever single girl”, “the stupid one”.

Sometimes getting what you’ve always wanted isn’t as awesome as you thought it would be.

Everyone else doesn’t have to understand your dreams. They aren’t for them, they are for you.

Keeping a prayer journal helps you see the miracles God is fulfilling in your life.

my prayer journal 2

Turns out my favorite prayer is, “Lord, surprise me”!

Time with God in the morning sets the rest of your day straight.

Hugs and tears are still the best natural way to relieve stress.

Wine doesn’t make it go away.

It’s more than okay to have BIG, BOLD dreams!!!

Sometimes you have to create a vacuum in your life for it to be filled with great stuff.  Say no to things so you can say yes to others.

If you always think you are the smartest person in the room, it probably means you have the biggest ego.

If you allow your ego to tell you that you are the smartest person in the room, pretty soon you will be sitting in that room all by yourself.

Be you, always be you!!  You are unique and wonderful.  There’s no reason to want to be anyone but YOU!!

be you 2

When you live a life into your strengths and help others do the same, everyone wins.

Don’t count yourself or others out until it’s really over. No one at the beginning of August thought the Texas Rangers would still be playing in October.

Change is constant. If you try to avoid it you will only hurt yourself.

Life isn’t a competition against other people. It’s your opportunity to be the best YOU every single day.

You can either live into your life and dreams, or life will happen to you. Either way, it’s your choice. And if you aren’t actively choosing, you are still making a choice.

Anger solves very little. When you feel yourself getting angry say a prayer for the situation, the others involved or yourself. It’s like the 10 second pause but prayer exponentializes it!

Yes, sometimes it is okay to make up words. #exponentializes #youknowwhatimean

Don’t tell God about how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is!

You can always start over. In fact you can start over any second, minute, day, month, year or decade.  You can always be the best you!!

reset button

Life is about being active, active in your life.  Don’t just stand around and watch everyone else.  Seriously!!!  Go after what you want.  Pursue your dreams.  Try the thing you’ve always wanted to.  Take the class.  Write the book.  Say I love you.  Accept the invitation.  Put yourself out there.  God created you to be more than a conqueror¹!!!

Giveaway Update

Now, it’s time to announce the giveaway winners of The Circle Maker and Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge²:

  • kristynd78
  • simone.hill
  • ammccall09
  • duke_sherry
  • suejkerr

Check your inbox for more info!!!!

My hope and prayer for you is that no matter what you have been through in 2015, you know that you have a purpose.  And that purpose is GREAT!  As always, I am praying for you and your deepest prayers.



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¹ Romans 8:37

² Thanks to random.org for helping me select the winners!


9 Comments on “What I Learned in 2015

    • It has completely changed the way I see God working in my life!! I highly recommend it.

  1. You have learned some really great lessons! God certainly has room to keep working in your life in the coming year!

    • Thank you Branson!! It has been AWESOME to see what God is uncovering in my life!! I believe that prayer is my connection to His plan. What lessons did you learn this year?

  2. Thank your for this…such words of wisdom. I especially liked “Sometimes getting what you’ve always wanted isn’t as awesome as you thought it would be” and “Everyone else doesn’t have to understand your dreams. They aren’t for them, they are for you.”

    I can relate with your journey. This time last year my husband and I had just decided that after ten years in Korea, we were relocating our family to China and I was giving up teaching after 13 years. Some of these changes we chose to make were things that we were working toward for years, but when it came down to deciding to finally leave my comfort zone (and familiarity), I dreaded it. Stepping out and trusting God in the unknown has helped me to grow so much spiritually. It’s a bit ironic, considering that I left a Christian school and community to live in a liberal secular one, but when we have the courage to obey God even when we are scared, He will push us to grow like we never imagined.

    Thanks again for your post. I so love your blog. Happy New Year.

    • Oh Lonna thank you so much!!! I pray everyday that God will continue to give me opportunities to praise and glorify Him…and your comment is making me do just that!! It’ a big, big world that we live in, but often we think we are the only ones “going through” what we are going through. How brave of you and your family to move from one country to another! Comfort zone feels “awesome” but goodness it’s so nice when you conquer something that is completely outside. Thank you for reading my blog!! Know that I am praying for you everyday. Cannot wait to hear how you live into your life in 2016!

    • I tell you the prayer journal has helped me see the miracles God is working in my life!! It’s amazing how quickly we forget things. Plus it helps me be so much more mindful about what I am praying about. It helps me be bolder, and it reminds me what I need to continue to pray about. Happy New Year Clare!!

  3. I’m so excited to begin 2016 reading about starting a prayer journal, which is something I’ve always said I would do but have never actually done.
    Your blog is very inspirational, Caytie!

Would love to hear your thoughts!

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