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2022 Reflections: "But God!"


We don’t know about you, but 2022 was a year of growth and change for all of us at Uncommon!


In this season of reflection, we are sharing the things we loved most last year and the lessons we’re carrying with us as we watch God’s plan continue to unfold in 2023!



KATIE


In the fall of 2021, Uncommon lost our most consistent client. I couldn’t help but question what could possibly be next. How could all of the work we lost suddenly appear out of nowhere?!


> But God. <


As we moved through 2022, I was in complete awe as I watched God show up and show off! God always has a holy surprise up His sovereign sleeve. He not only provided work to cover what we lost … He provided above and beyond! That's our God!


When I reflect on what this past year brought to me and to Uncommon, John 10:10 comes to mind: "The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; but I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."


2022 was a year of abundance, and I absolutely loved seeing God do what only He can do!


JANIE


Last year brought more growth than I think I’ve ever had in one year! The growth happened in all the roles I've been called to - wife, mom, sister, friend, author, and education writer. It brought a mix of uncertainty, surprise, weariness, and joy. And through it all, I heard one resounding message …


But God.


When I look back on last year and prepare to move forward into 2023, I think about my daughter, Riley! At three years old, this spunky little girl will pack herself a bag, put her binoculars around her neck, and announce with excitement, “Ri Ri going on an adventure!” It’s this pure moment of childhood wonder that has taught me so much. Just like Riley, I’m moving into this year with a spirit of adventure and a posture of expectancy - that I’ll see, hear, and do something really cool every day. Not because of me … but God!



SARAH


In a way, it feels like most of what I did in 2022 was reflect! Through the changes and challenges of this past year, what has made the biggest impact is reminding myself to just tell the truth.


Novel concept, right?! :)


What I mean is that I want to continue to be super curious about what I’m truly thinking and feeling. This past year, I’ve learned to be with myself in a different way, right where I am, without judgment. After all, in order for me to be honest and compassionate with anyone else, I first have to be honest and compassionate with myself.


For me, that means doing a lot of writing, journaling, and reflecting! I have loved taking time this past year to grab a notebook, find a spot by Lake Washington or Puget Sound, and just write my little heart out.


I think about the gift of writing as a true gift from God. I’m just grateful that it’s a tool that’s available to me, and I’m grateful that this past year has given me the space to use it and enjoy it.



YOUR TURN!


Now, we want to know! As you reflect on 2022, what are the things you loved most, the lessons you’ve learned, or the memories that will stick with you as you move forward? Tell us!



Cheers to 2023!

The Uncommon Team

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