I know people say this every year, but I can’t believe 2015 is already over. I vividly remember last New Year’s Eve and it feels like yesterday! The days sure do fly by, but I am content with how I spent my time this year.
Let’s start from the beginning…
There were unexpected turns in 2015. It is never easy figuring out a post-grad game plan even for people like me. I’m one of the few that has known what I wanted to do since high school. The dream is there, but the execution part can be difficult. Trusting God is the one key element that turned everything around for me this year.
I took a step in the right direction getting a hosting job with the Ontario Reign and getting a second job at Houzz. Since hockey season started in October I work a lot between the two jobs, but it’s worth it because I am gaining the experience I need to move up. It has taught me time management skills and I definitely make the most of my days off.
I also moved into a cute townhouse in Newport Beach with my roommate Julia. I eventually want to do a house tour so stay tuned for that in the coming months! I also bought a new car and started paying my student loans off, which isn’t as fun, but hey not everything about adulthood can be glamorous.
One of the most fulfilling things I did this year was travel. I was blessed with many opportunities including traveling to Harry Potter World in Orlando, New York with my family, Ensenada on a family cruise, the Alabama vs. LSU game in Tuscaloosa, Austin, and other smaller trip you’ve seen on California Roots & Cowboy Boots.
Wait until you hear the places I’m thinking for 2016. Possibly a Eurotrip?!…
When it’s all said and done the biggest accomplishment I’ve made this year is developing my relationship with God. I’ve always believed in Him and went to church when I could remember, but this year I learned to rely on Him. I learned to trust Him. And I learned to give my problems to Him. Nothing is out of his control and there is truly a rhyme and reason to why everything happens the way it does.
I can’t tell you what will happen in 2016, no one can actually unless you have a psychic on speed dial, but isn’t that the fun part of life, the surprise of not knowing what’s coming next?
One of my favorite books I read this year was Bob Goff’s Love Does. If you’ve read it I’m sure you can relate to the feeling of inadequacy upon completing it because how can you compare to such a caring, kindhearted, philanthropic human being? Excuse me while I go sign up for 3 mission trips to Africa, volunteer activities, and donate all my money…
The idea that resonated with me the most from Goff’s book is when he talks about being invited to life. Every day we wake up God is extending us an invitation to “do” life with Him. So many people just get by and don’t enjoy the days we are given, essentially turning down God’s invite. But what if you said yes?
“Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.” – Bob Goff
My goal in 2016 is to RSVP “yes” every day. To let God guide me to new places and take my loved ones with me on the trip.
Thank you to my family and friends that have supported me throughout the year, I hope to return the favor and show you the same love in 2016 and beyond. This little blog started off as a small idea between my mom and I, but it truly has developed into something wonderful in a short period of time. Stick around in the new year there will be great new content I can’t wait to share with y’all!
Happy New Year,