My mom used to tell me that time passes quicker the older you get. I didn’t quite understand what she meant until this year. 2017 went as quick as it came and as I type this a few hours before we usher into the new year I am consumed with complete and utter gratitude. How do I even begin to express all that I’ve felt, discovered, and traveled through?

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

I am thankful first and foremost for the precious gift of life. I began the year surrounded by Chris and our close friends with only one thing on my mind – to make it through another year with my family and friends by my side (and we made it)! I increased in age, knowledge, and even a dress size but through it all I remained alive and healthy.

I am thankful for this platform and for purpose. In 2017 I received a clearer picture of how my purpose is tied into Miro The Brave and I have discovered so much about what it means to live bravely and pursue my passions. Though I am not always certain on the specifics of how my purpose will unfold I am thankful for the voice inside of me that lives to encourage, entertain, and engage others for His glory.

I am thankful for my tribe that consists of family, friends, and community. Through the amazing people I have had the pleasure of being around, getting to know, or briefly interacting with I am a better person. I am wiser, more patient, and more compassionate because of my network of friends and family. My hope is to remain a source of light to them as they have been to me.

I am thankful for this marriage that has been built on the rock of Christ and will never be broken. We were stretched in some areas but made it through our first year of marriage in 2017. I am grateful for all that marriage has taught me. Though challenging at times I am a better person because I am on this journey with the one that God made for me.

I am thankful for turbulence and trying times. I dealt with insecurity, doubt, bad habits, anger, and complacency in many areas of my life this year. I dealt with health issues that almost consumed me with fear and defeat but I came out on the other side. The tough times that made me cry in frustration, the addiction/bad habit I thought would consume me, and the personality flaws I desperately worked to eliminate all led me back to Christ. I am healing, I am resilient, and I am wiser because of these things.

I am thankful for travel and new explorations. I certainly didn’t plan to travel as much as I did this year but I am thankful I answered the call of adventure. I saw so much beauty in the cities I traveled to and learned something new about myself with each trip. I am so inspired by the journeys I embarked on and I’m excited about where life takes me next.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

I know deep in my heart that 2018 will be very different from everything I am used to. I am aware that new responsibilities will appear and that new tests will need to be passed. There is so much that is currently up in the air in our lives but I know that to survive I’ll need to follow the Lord’s direction. I’ll admit that I did a lot of what I wanted to do in 2017 without a second thought but in 2018 I will do a better job going down the path set before me. I am not sure what lies ahead but I will keep looking forward in this new season of life. I won’t dwell on the bad or good things that happened this year. I will continue to outgrow complacency and set higher expectations for myself. Most importantly, though, I will follow.

 

What was 2017 like for you? Did you experience major life changes, love, loss, or anything in between? What are you looking forward to in 2018? Let me know in the comments below. I pray that your next year is filled with growth, peace despite the circumstance, and joy. Stay brave and see you next year!