The end of the year is quickly approaching, and I have been….BUSY!
I’ve been running around, figuring out my outfit for the New Year. I’ve been preparing for my last semester for my MSW degree. I’ve been going on a ton of interviews, in which I received two callbacks and accepted one. I’ve been going to the doctors for annual check-ups. I’ve tended to the needs of my friends/loved ones. I’ve been hosting family members who came up for the holidays. I’m preparing to lead a song in my church choir for our New Year service(I’m kind of nervous…). My best friend is coming up for us to celebrate the new year together. And now, I am here writing this blog post so that I can remain consistent with my blogging goals. There is so much going on! So many good things, crazy things, and everything in between.
I haven’t had a chance to reflect on this year…2016…until now.
A friend of mine asked what my thoughts were about my life in 2016. I told her that 2016 was one of the most challenging yet BEST years of my life. It was challenging because I had to stretch myself beyond what I was used to. I had to learn how to mature, to forgive, to love all over again. I had to learn how to accept my responsibilities. I cried, I broke, I ran away from problems without confronting them. There was a time where I became selfish and didn’t care about anyone else’s feelings…BUT MINE. I thought that I deserved the right to feel that way, since I always cared about others. I was wrong. Everyone else mattered as much as I did. Everyone has feelings, as I do. Everyone deserves to be loved, as much as I do. During this year, my grandmother became ill, and everyone was worried. Through faith and medical testing, my grandmother recovered! 2016 was the year when I found out that my former and most favorite supervisor, who became a second mom/best friend to me was diagnosed with lung cancer and is going through treatment. I promised to visit her once a month. My best friend’s grandfather passed away. He was close to us all! This year was pretty challenging, but overcoming!
2016 was also one of the best years of my life because I took chances. I took a chance at loving and accepting me completely. I took a chance at getting closer to God. I felt like I fell off, but then realized that I was where I needed to be in order for God to fill me up again with his love, grace, and mercy. Ahhhh…. a breath of revival. 2016 was the year when I became more involved at my new church. I’m on the choir and the praise team. I even had a chance to bring forth a message to the people! It was indescribable! 2016 was the year I stopped depending on people to make me happy. I stopped waiting for people to make things happen. I decided to make things happen for myself:
I did the BIG CHOP!
I was given the opportunity to volunteer at one of the largest and popular plus-size events…theCurvycon!
I TRAVELED around the world!
A childhood friend invited me to tour around Europe!
I traveled to St. Kitts with the family and ZIPLINED!
Then, I went to Mexico to celebrate my 25th birthday with two of my closest friends.
I spent more time with family and friends!
I explored my city/NYC more than ever before!
In 2016, I got a car!
I am also in the process of writing my first book!…I KNOW!!
In 2016…I LIVED THE LIFE I WANTED!
This year may have been uncomfortable, but it created the BEST OF ME! I look forward for what’s to come in 2017!
To the one reading this:
As you enter your new year, the problems may still be there, but your perspective can change! There will be some challenges, but allow the good things to shine through! Change your perspective. Take more chances and leaps of faith. Travel. Take lots of photos! Make new connections! Love more and more! Forgive yourself and others! Pick up a new skill!
Are you ready for 2017?!?!!?! Leave a comment below!
Until next time….
HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!