2019

I’ve been doing these yearly recap posts since I first started my blog back in 2015. They’re actually some of my favorites, and the ones I reread most. Every word I read puts me back in the room in which I wrote them, it fills me with the same emotion I felt in those moments.

Some years, I’d use hundreds of words in an attempt to articulate what that year was for me, even at times bringing some sort of lesson I had learned out of it.

And then there were some years, like last year, in which I was more reserved than ever. I didn’t want to give anything to anyone. So I didn’t. I shared the absolute bare minimum. And that felt amazing.

Then there’s this year, which is an entirely different thing in and of itself. I’ve thought long and hard about what I wanted to say about 2019, how much I wanted to share.

I don’t know where to begin other than to say that 2019 was the year of restoration.

It was the greatest year of my life (so far).

2019 was the year I healed from wounds that ached for years. It was the year I took risks I didn’t ever expect to take and was blessed because of them. It was the year my family took the time to reset and restore. It was the year we saw God move like never before, the year where He did the things He had promised.

If you had told me on January 1st, 2019 where I would be December 31st, 2019, there is no chance I would have believed you. In any capacity. 2019 was full of the greatest surprises.

I danced through the streets of Santorini, ate (too many) açaí bowls on Australian beaches, explored tiny towns in the South of France, swam in the waterfalls of Fiji, sang karaoke in the middle of the Aegean Sea. I graduated High School and I decided to take a gap year. I made tiktoks with my cousins and played piano and baked (so much) banana bread.

2019 was above and beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of. It wasn’t perfect. There were moments where I was still really hurting. There were times when the future seemed so unpredictable and daunting, when I had no idea what to expect.

But He is good, and 2019 was ultimately the greatest blessing. Like, ever.

This was the year that changed everything.

I am forever thankful.

I haven’t even scratched the surface when it comes to articulating the goodness and grace God showed me this year, but I think I’ll leave it here.

Thank you to those who were part of my 2019. You know who you are. I am so abundantly grateful.

The best is (still) yet to come.

Sending you love and peace this new year.

Sincerely,

M. xo.

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