Happy New Year everyone! It is hard to believe that 2015 is now officially over. As I reflect on 2015 I am grateful for a year that challenged me in more ways than I could have possibly imagined at the beginning. This year I went back to college to finish my degree, became an aunt, traveled more than I anticipated and made many new friends.
Going back to college was my greatest challenge of the year. I wanted to succeed in each class and I did! I saw so many areas of growth because of going back to school. It has been a desire of mine to finish my degree for many years and this year felt like the right time to go back to school. I am grateful for the online program at Liberty University. It has not been easy and so many times I have wanted to just “skate” by with my work. But I learned how to do more than “skate by” and proved that I can be an “A” student.
Becoming an aunt was my greatest joy this year! I absolutely love my niece, Zoe, and look forward to each moment I get to spend with her. She is beautiful and one of the happiest babies I know. Even when her lower lip comes out to cry about something. I don’t try to stop her from crying, I think it’s cute! 🙂 We discovered at 4 months that she was teething and sure enough she got her two front teeth in time for Christmas!
Traveling is something I truly love and I was able to do a lot of traveling this last year. I went to Charleston, SC, Agoura Hills, CA, Normal and Tremont IL, and Clearwater, FL. My favorite trips were of course to visit family and the beach.
My “one word” for last year ended up being two words, adventure and rest. 2015 was definitely an adventure with going back to school and all the traveling. I also learned a lot more about how to rest and the kind of rest I need to push through the tough days.
This year I want to focus on more than just one word even though I am choosing one word. I heard my friend on the radio this week talk about giving up a word for the year. She talked about taking this word out of her vocabulary. So this year I am choosing one word that I want to see more of in everything and one word I want to use less of.
My one word to focus on this year is, joy. I want to find the joy in the big things and the small things. I also want to find joy in all that I do and in every day. The word I want to use less of is, comparison. (Yes, Heather I am stealing your word! 🙂 ) I am really good at comparing myself to others and seeing myself as less than others. I want to learn not to compare my life with others and see that even if I don’t feel qualified to do the things I do, that’s okay. Comparison can be a killer of dreams. I desire to find joy in who God has called me to be and what He has called me to do. I am stepping into some unknown territories this year and I am excited for the challenges ahead.
Thank you all for sticking with me and my sporadic blogging. I do hope this new year will provide more opportunities for me to share what is taking place in my world.
My prayer for you all is that you will find joy in the New Year!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13