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2015 is almost over. Looking back, I can’t say it’s been an easy year. I’ve gone through a whole lot of rapid fire changes, one after the other. But I’ve survived each one. I can’t say that I liked the pain of this past year, but I like what I’ve learned from it. It’s shown me more of who I am, who God is, and the gifts God has given me. I’m proud of the woman I’ve become and the choices I’ve made.

Am I ready for this upcoming year? Who knows. I have no idea what will happen. Last year had more unexpected journeys than I’d anticipated. These past five or so years have been a rocky road (and I don’t mean the ice cream). In a lot of ways, this past year has been as difficult as some of my university years (those university years, I call “my Mordor”). But, God has provided, just like He always does. He gives me the right people at the right time to help pull me through.

Here are some things I’ve learned this past year:

  • It takes about three months for a girl to see who a guy is at his core. They can’t put on their show face forever. Though I’ve gotten my heart very, very hurt this past year, I’m proud that I didn’t let a guy control me or push me around. I’m proud that I stood up for myself, and for what is right. I’m proud of my loyal spirit, but I’m also proud of my uncontrollable nature.
  • I have a much better idea of the kind of man I want to marry–and also what type of guy I DO NOT want to marry. I am blessed to have this knowledge. Though I’m a bit gun-shy now of guys, I think I also have a much keener insight into the kind of guy I want to spend the rest of my life with.
  • I’ve found I’m a talented paraeducator, which has been a blessing. (It pays nice too, compared to working at day cares and suchlike.) I have a knack for teaching, and explaining concepts in ways kids can understand. I am also talented with the nonverbal kids too.
  • I’m finally a published author. All those years of writing stories on my own, taking college and university classes, and now… PUBLISHED! And not only that, I’ve had a lot of people say my book is very good. Music to my ears and encouragement to my heart.
  • I’ve discovered I am a successful dance teacher. Slowly but surely I am building the dream I’ve had for years. And (hopefully) in the next few months I’ll be a fully certified member of SDTA, out of Scotland. Look out dance world, here I come!

There you have it! An incredibly hard but successful year. I feel a bit like Joseph in the Bible. I’ve traveled a rough road (and I doubt it’s over yet), but God has great things in store for me. And He’ll take care of me. He always has, even if I’ve just barely pulled through at times, and I believe He always will.

I toast to a New Year! I’m ready for more challenges, blessings, and adventures. I am a child of God.


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