Can you believe 2016 has come to an end? Because I cannot.
What a year it’s been. I’ve seen a lot of people say how happy they are 2016 is finally over due to it being the worst year for them and it was so easy for me to agree with them and think the same but as I thought about it more, personally for me I’d have to disagree. 2016 was one of my best years! It was definitely a tough one, was this not the year of so many deaths? From actors to singers to innocent children in other countries to our loved ones. Before this year I had only been to about 3 funerals & now I cannot even count on my hands how many I have been to. Two of them who were both my grandfathers. One at the beginning of the year and the other at the end of the year. May they both rest in peace. I could have allowed going to a funeral just days before the New Year bring me down but these hard times really built my faith. It taught me to keep my faith in Him and it could not have happened without these trials. So I thank God for keeping me strong during these hard times and for allowing me look at the bright side of life and remember that our loved ones are just now starting their eternal life in Heaven. Yes, they may have left earth too early in our eyes but let’s remember who’s in control and the plans He has for us.
This year I also fell in love! If you would have told me a year ago today that I would be in a relationship I would have looked at you silly and laughed. If you know me, you know I am such a planner and I started to freak out a bit when I realized how
old young I was and still hadn’t “settled down”. I thought life was going to flash before my eyes and I would be old and alone. I remember my friends would tell me to just stop looking and let him come to me. So that is exactly what I did (after being told 500 times) I left it to God and told him he was in full control. I prayed for peace during this time of being single and to allow me to just embrace it and really get to know me more and truly love myself before allowing myself to love another man. Who knew God was just waiting for me to give this to Him and trust in Him. Shortly after letting God be in full control of my life is when he brought it to my attention that a certain someone liked me. I didn’t know how to handle it at first and I thought it was too soon to open up to the idea after just saying, “Hey God let me embrace my singleness” lol. That I almost rejected the fact that someone had feelings for me. Thankfully God opened up my eyes (yet again) and told me “he’s the one” Boy was he right about that one. I am now in a relationship, so in love and so so happy.
This year I chose to quit my full-time job and to go back to school full time. Wow was that scary. The minute I turned in my resignation letter I was already regretting it. But I am so glad I did because I got accepted into a university and I’m so much closer to graduating. Hallelujah!
And last but not least this is the year I finally stepped out of my comfort zone and pursued a long dream of mine to become a blogger (still so weird saying I’M a blogger). I’m not one to really make New Year Resolutions but I did this year and about 6 months down the road, I looked back at what I had written down and I was shocked to see that I had completed 90% of it. What was missing you ask? This. My Blog. So my pastor declared that this would be the year of acceleration. When I heard that I immediately heard Him tell me this would be the year I create my blog. So I did create it but didn’t do anything with it for months after. It took until December 31st 2016, to finally put it out there. I told myself, hey you have a little bit of time left in 2016, why not just make it happen? HAHA. So with that being said I am so happy to not only have completed all of my 2016 resolutions but to finally have this up and running. Point is, sometimes when someone declares something over your life, you can either accept it or you can accept & make it come to life. Thank you to all who have read all the way down to this sentence. It means the absolute world to me to have family, friends and even strangers support me and my dream. For you dreamers out there, it’s never too late to start. I believe in you.
I pray 2017 is your best year yet! For those who lost loved ones, my condolences to you and your family. May God continue to give you peace. For the hopeless romantics, your person is out there. Don’t give up and don’t settle. Let God be in full control and pray for God to prepare you for your next relationship. For the lost souls, I pray you get to know our Lord Almighty and see what He can do through you if you just allow it. Start thinking about what you want to do this year, where do you want to travel? Who’s life do you want to change? What’s something you’ve always wanted to do? Write them down because a goal is just a wish without a plan. 6 months into 2017 look back at what you’ve written down and see how far you’ve come and what is still left.
Xx, Es <3