Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours! Christ is born! We are still singing Christmas carols and eating Christmas cookies at the El Massih house. We get a whole 12 days of Christmas and won’t take the tree down until Epiphany (on January 6th!) 🙂
And can you believe it’s 2020? I’ve been reflecting on the past year – the past couple of years, really – and everything feels like its blended together a bit. It could be the many transitions we’ve gone through between moving, welcoming a baby-now-toddler, and beginning new work with lots of monthly – and often, weekly – travel.
In an attempt for more creative and intellectual stimulation, my main goals for 2019 were to read more, pray more, and write/reflect more. I’m so grateful that I did and have noticed three main themes rooting themselves in my heart the past few years: suffering, prayer, and service. There hasn’t been a single event that suddenly changed the shape or course of my life or the way I’ve been thinking, but I think together with age, close relationships, and seeing the world through the lens of parenthood, has awakened me to a world of suffering that I never knew existed. I feel a great need, desire, and responsibility to learn more and pray more, and to serve. As I list out my 2019 highlights and 2020 goals for this year, I am hoping to continue the rhythm of reading, praying, and writing that I did last year, and as the following quote by St. Porphyrios, “to advance in love” and learn how to serve.
“The object is not to sit and afflict and constrict yourself in order to improve. The object is to live, to study, to pray, and to advance in love…” – St. Porphyrios
2020 Personal Goals:
2020 Business Goals: