Lessons Learned and New Year Promises

2013Ten Lessons Learned in 2013

  1. Just when you’ve built the perfect life, God gives you a lesson you never saw coming.
  2. The right thing to do may not be the easiest thing to do. Do it anyway.
  3. Our journey is all about learning to love. And there is always more to learn about love.
  4. No matter how hard you try to protect your children from harm, sometimes life hurts them.
  5. One day, your daughter will bring home a guy. Your heart will stop. And then you will sit back and pray that all those years of mother-daughter talks will surface at just the right time.
  6. Your son will morph from a boy to a man in one night. Be prepared. Buy extra groceries.
  7. Surround yourself with those who make you the best person you can be.
  8. Forgive. Forgive. Forgive.
  9. Forgive does not mean forget. Protect yourself and those you love.
  10. Live in gratitude. Every minute. Every day. Give thanks.


After a period of rest and reevaluation, I have made a few goals for the New Year.


Ten Personal Promises for 2014

  1. Begin again.
  2. Maintain an open, trusting, loving heart and do not allow anything to harden me.
  3. Learn and grow from every experience.
  4. Visit in person, one-on-one, with at least one friend each week. Quality time.
  5. Designate one night a week as mother-daughter night. Quality time.
  6. Designate one night a week as mother-son night. Quality time.
  7. Designate one night a week as date night with my husband. Quality time.
  8. Exercise daily and make my health a priority.
  9. Give voice only to positive thoughts.
  10. Savor every second and take nothing for granted.


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Julie Cantrell

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author at Harper Collins Christian
Julie Cantrell is a tree-hugging organic-farm girl and mother of two who happened into a mid-life adventure as a novelist. She's having fun parenting, writing, teaching, speaking, and living the dream.

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  1. says

    Beautiful, beautiful lists, Julie. Your ten personal promises especially spoke to me. Relationships are what make life worth living. So glad to have your friendship in my life!



  2. Julie Cantrell says

    Hugs right back atcha, sweet Jolina. You are such a wonderful friend to me, and I am beyond grateful for your incredible friendship. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  3. Rachel Hauck says

    Great goals. I’m challenged to do the same. Especially in taking time to be with friends!

    Happy New Year!


  4. Lisa Wingatee says

    Blessings and wishes for a wonderful 2013, Julie. Love your lessons from last year and your goals for the next. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks in Jefferson!

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