2018 RECAP

January 2, 2019

Happy new year! I wanted to make this post before the new year actually started, but I have been really busy during this winter break so I’ve been taking my time with some things. I kept making long lists in my head of all of the things I needed/wanted to do and it was starting to overwhelm me a little bit. God has been echoing a little message in my mind over the past few weeks as I’ve been starting to get anxious thinking about 12 million things at once: it’s okay to give yourself time to rest. 

Obviously a post like this was coming at some point! I won’t be cliche and say that I can’t believe how quickly 2018 went by, even though it’s true and I said it all year anyway. Since I started the blog back in April I’ve posted so much about things that God had been speaking to me throughout the year — the year that turned out to be the hardest but probably the most pivotal of my life so far. Really, I’ve grown so much and I simultaneously love and hate to look back on everything 2018 held for me. I usually forget a lot of bits and pieces of pretty much every single year, but I really think 2018 is going to be one of those years I remember almost every part of. I think I’ll look back on it often and always think of it as the year that I finally began to see myself turning into the person I was meant to be. I’ve learned so much about life, love, myself, and the Lord over the past 12 months and I never thought I’d say it, but I am so thankful for everything. WOW. If someone had told me 10 months ago I’d be able to say that at the end of the year, I would have laughed hard in disbelief through tears I’m sure. Luckily there has been much less crying these days. Here’s a little recap of my year — things that I’ve learned, things that I’ve gained through loss, and things that I am so proud of myself for (in no particular order) :

I could make the list way longer, but those are a few of the big things that happened for me in 2018. It was a valley year. At so many points it felt unfair, but I know that life is not supposed to be just a series of mountaintops. Growth happens in the valley. And I know that I did not come out of 2018 the same as I entered into it. I’m so excited for the fresh start of 2019, and I can’t wait to see how the Lord continues to shape me. If you’re going into the new year with some anxiety about what the future holds, I hope you know that you’re not alone. I also hope you can find peace in the knowledge that although the seasons of our lives will always change, God and his love for us stays the same. He is good and his plans are perfect!

Here’s to a new year and remembering that the best is yet to come.

 

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