Well, here we go again.
Another year has flown by, and 2018 has slipped into the yesteryear.
I think that we’ve all changed in some way. I did so many new things that I would have never dreamed of doing. I met people that have influenced me in some way or another. I read so many awe-inspiring books and found some new favorites. I found a passion for inspiring people through art and design and writing. I grew so much closer to my Heavenly Father. I used this growing blog as a source to connect with others. I moved into a new house. I learned so much about myself this past year.
Today, I’m writing this post on my desk in my new room. At the beginning of 2018, I was still in my old house. I am so thankful to be in a new place with my family, and I am truly grateful for this blessing. I have been through so much this year. And I’m sure you all have been, too.
I am so blessed to be able to have lived another year on this earth. I’ve laughed and cried and had my ups and downs. But I’m confident that 2019 will be one of my favorite years when looking back in the future.
In the past year, I’ve had some bad days, and I struggled. But our Heavenly Father doesn’t use these bad days against us. I want this post to be a reminder that God will never leave our side. I struggled a lot in the past year, and I learned a lot from it.
Sometimes you might feel like your prayers aren’t being answered, or that no one understands what you have to go through. But God does. I just didn’t see it. During the times when I struggled, I didn’t turn to God for comfort, I turned away, trying to figure out my problems alone. I had a lot of bad days during 2018, and this year, I want to focus on Him when I have bad days. To go straight to my Heavenly Father in my times of struggle. Because of all people, God understands. He’s mourned hardship like no other, and yet He still holds the Universe in His Hands. He is Our God, and He will never leave us.
I, for one, was not entirely prepared for January 1st. It still felt the same as always, and to be completely honest, I didn’t really think the new year really started until today.
Amongst the parties and staying up all night and counting down to the New Year, I didn’t feel much. New Years Day went by slowly, and I didn’t enjoy it much because I had something between awful headaches and the stomach flu. I stayed home almost all day, and that gave me a lot of time to think about the year ahead. I was able to think deeply about the new year, and just sit in the quietness, thinking about my goals, my dreams, and my future.
In 2018, I had a lot of resolutions because I feel I was still trying to figure out myself, and where I was headed. I think 2018 did a great job in steering into a direction that helped me, overall, learn more about what kind of person I am.
This year, I think I will have fewer resolutions because of my fear of over-working myself. That doesn’t mean I won’t have goals, but simply that I will try my best not to overwhelm myself with millions of dreams and plans, and therefore have the opposite effect. Last year, I had a million resolutions spinning around in my head, and I would always disappoint myself in the end. This resulted in discouraging myself, and not working towards my dreams, but almost to the point of giving up to the number of times I had disappointed myself.
Overall, I want you to have a wonderful start to your new year. I pray that this year will bring growth, blessings, and joy in the coming months. I hope that your dreams will pay off and that you will accomplish anything you wish.
Even if those dreams are big, I hope you will never give up on them, that you will work hard on accomplishing your goals, one day at a time.
Here’s to another amazing year!