The last month of 2013 was crazy at work so I barely had the time to sit down and write down my thoughts about the year. I figured since I’m sitting here waiting for all my files to be backed-up on my hard-drive, I’d seize the opportunity to scribble them down.
2013 was a year that was incredible, mind-blowing, and filled with so much promise and blessing. Transitions were all around, and I’m thankful that they all went smoothly.
At the end of 2012, I went from being in a long-term relationship to being single, practically overnight. I started my adulthood ready to conquer the world, with so much burden lifted and looked forward to a great new year. And that was exactly what I got.
I started and finished my first internship, graduated college with a 3.95 GPA that resulted in a Summa Cum Laude honor recognition, and got offered my first job. Although my heart had to deal with grief over the course of those transitions, God’s faithfulness was ever present and prevalent.
I learned many lessons, more about faith, and more about myself through the experiences. I met more people over the year than I’ve ever had in my life. For that, I’m eternally grateful. I wouldn’t trade any of moments I’ve shared with those people for anything.
Even more surprising was falling in love again during the second half of the year. Never would I have thought I’d find love with someone who lives on the other end of the planet. He’s the sweetest guy I’ve ever known, and the perfect gentleman.
I couldn’t thank God more for giving me such a great year, filled with so much more than I could ever ask for.
Of course, between those great moments, there were moments of folly, unwise decisions, and mistakes. But I learned much from each and every one of them.
I think 2014 is going to be filled with a lot of growth. I’m excited. :)
I won’t be afraid to admit that I’m in love. And no, not the love-so-hard-till-it-hurts-and-it-consumes-you kind of love. But I’m talking about a stable, trusting, assured, and peaceful kind of love….without pressure to be someone I’m not, or having to lead anything, or having to be the one making rational choices.
I absolutely adore the fact that I’m pretty much just going on day by day with my own life, and having someone to share it with when time permits.
See, loving someone who lives all the way on the other side of the world is tough. Add being a USAF airman into the mix, and you’ve got a world class challenge on your hands.
But that’s the thing. Even with the crazy time differences, busy and often clashing schedules, we still somehow make time for one another. Even without talking everyday, both of us know that we love each other dearly.
I must say that my ideas on relationships have changed. Not being in one and allowing both of us to grow into becoming better people allows for a great friendship. A friendship that will last, with a great promise of something so much more in the future.
I love the out-of-this-world jokes, surprising encouragement, and level-headedness he brings to the table. The “I love you”s we so often exchange with one another reminds me that I have a cheerleader, a friend, and in many ways, a lover.
This year will be a test of good judgment, patience, trust, perseverance, faith, and commitment. I’m absolutely excited to see how 2014 is going to turn out.
Talking to J over Skype today was absolutely wonderful. More than an hour of laughs, silly exchanges, sharing of our holiday experiences, and hopeful future plans. Also, lots of teasing about how short I am…and apparently it’s adorable. Well, what can I say. Being fun-sized does have its perks.
One of the things I love the most about him is his mind.
I still remember where I was last year, at this same exact time. It’s safe to say that it was one of the lower points in my life so far. The weeks before were like hell on earth for me.
It’s strange how much difference a year can bring.
Three hundred and sixty-five days.
I’ve come so, so far from where I was last year. I’ve grown so much, and surprisingly, have loved as much as well. I think my heart has learned to love the people around me. I am so proud of the fact that God has carried me through the most painful times of my life and has provided me with so much grace and comfort not only through his Word, but also, by putting great people in my life this year.
What I have lost, I can never have again. But, He has used that loss and regret to teach me lessons that I would have never understood otherwise. Redemption has come so gently.
Great friends who have stuck by me through the worst times, friends whom I have gotten to know over the last year, and also, a new and very special person that I care about dearly…who would have thought my life would be like how it is today?
I am ever thankful, grateful, and filled with awe each time I think of how much has happened.
God, you’re awesome beyond words. Thank you for giving me the best year I’ve had so far.