Tonya Damron Photography

2016 Personal Review || Tonya Damron

Knoxville TN Wedding Photographers

Even though 2016 isn’t a year I’d ever want to relive, I can say “It is well with my soul.”  If anything, I’m walking away from this year with a clear understanding of seasons in life. For me, this year has been full of seasons of waiting. Waiting for God to speak, waiting for God to move and waiting for clear direction from Him for the next step in life.

Waiting is the worse thing ever, to this true entrepreneurs heart. Waiting, it’s something I am not good at! I want to hurry God along, make choices and just be done with it so I can move on to what is next. My heart has no middle ground, I’m either all in or either all out….not questions asked. Normally that works in my favor in life, unless I’m in a waiting season because waiting means not moving and being still. Being still, I lack those words in my vocabulary sometimes (ok a lot of times). However, I won’t complain (too much) for I’m learning to value the waiting seasons. I’m learning that if I wait on Him, I won’t stray from what He has for my life and in return I won’t have to go through unnecessary seasons.

Even though this year has been a year of waiting, nearing the end of 2016 it became more of a year of closure. Closure, as people I loved went home to be with Jesus, closure on so many thing in my past, closure on some questions I’d be asking God and simply closure in one season of waiting.

My personal goals for 2016 were

My Goals (what I actually did)…..

Word for the year was – Intentional

Be Present (I did less social media and more one on one time with people, unplugged a lot this year from my phone too)

Get Healthy, Loose 50 lbs (I lost 37 an counting, not bad for not trying too hard)

House Repairs (almost finished)

Travel Cross Country (didn’t do that, I did take small road trips on top of missions and personal vacation Charleston, Nashville, Asheville, Boone, Mountains, out West ect..)

Find A New Hobby (fail)

Bible Reading Plan, read the Bible through (fail)

Personal Vacation (Grand Tetons and Yellowstone)

Dailey Quiet Time (I struggle a little here, but I’m back on track)

Read 12 Books (14 completed with a few midway through)

Mission Trip (Jamaica)

Serve Local (didn’t do as much as I wanted)

Give 10% ( 10% plus more)

In my seasons of waiting, I realized that I was still moving. I wasn’t making crazy moves, but just continuing to do what I knew I should do (even if they were small things). I didn’t hit all my personal goals nor my business goals (which I spare you the boredom of those) but I walk away form 2016 being ok with that. Confident that God moved in mighty was and I’m currently right where He wants me.

I’m excited for 2017 and can’t wait to share with you next week some of my big scary dreams and goals! I encourage you, if you haven’t yet to sit down and prayerfully make 2017 goals. Set the bar high and run toward His calling for your life.


Tonya Damron

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