Goodness me, I cannot believe we are already at the beginning of 2017. It’s such a weird feeling to be sitting here on January 3rd, reflecting on the year gone by, as it feels like January 1st, 2016 was at least 3 years ago, but at the same time it feels as if the year slipped between my fingers. It’s kind of funny how two extremely different realities can exist within one’s mind simultaneously.
Anyway, I didn’t have any real goals for 2016. I kind of just had expectations instead. Expectations of what this year would bring, and at what time it would do so. And although nothing happened the way I thought I wanted it to, I can honestly say, I sit here now as a better person because of this year.
Last year was undeniably the most overwhelming year of my life. There were more days than I wish to admit, where I sat on the floor crying, practically shattering under the pressure of my own personal battles. I had never felt so out of control of my life as I did last year. Literally everything I have comes from Above, and I honestly believe that although I’ve been through some serious trials, I will be blessed because of it. Coinciding with this, there were at least twice as many days where I was so overwhelmed with deep joy. I am seriously in awe of the opportunities God placed in my path last year, and the strength He gave me to successfully accomplish said tasks. I am so humbled by the love of my God, and that He chose me to go on the journey I’m (still) currently walking. My God is SO good! And I am honestly the happiest I have ever been because of Him alone.
2016 was a year of unpredictability. I had to learn how to live one day at a time, and to focus on the things directly in front of me instead of being intimidated by the hugeness of the full task ahead. Last year really taught me that the best things come unexpectedly. I didn’t go into 2016 expecting to become who I am now, but I am so thankful for everything the year held.
If there is anything that 2016 gifted me, it would 100% be the amazing new friends I have made. I cannot believe how quickly I formed some of the most precious friendships I’ve ever had, but I am so thankful for all of them. I certainly lost some good friends this year, but I was so blessed to grow such deep and beautiful friendships that I know will last forever. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, you can’t out-give God. It might be hard to believe this but it’s true. I promise.
I am seriously so thankful for the year I had, no matter how hard it was, and I cannot wait to see what 2017 holds.
Let’s make 2017 amazing!
These photos are from the Summer, but they were taken on one of my favorite days of 2016, that was filled with so much unpredictable beauty, so I see it only fitting to include them in this post.