You were quite the year for me.
I became homecoming queen. I went to Cleveland, Ohio with 9 other seniors + my principle [& some people from his church] from my high school to help transform a church that was last decorated in the 70s. I went to my last homecoming & had a ton of fun with my friends. I went to my last junior/senior [not prom]. I went to King’s Island one last time with my school. I graduated high school. [PRAISE!] I went on my senior trip that I helped plan for the majority of the year. I got my first henna tattoo. I had a joint graduation celebration with two of my cousins that fell on my 18th birthday & the majority of my extended family came [which was awesome because I love my family]. I went to Virginia with my family to watch my cousin graduate high school & turned that into a vacation. I caught up with one of my best friends who moved to Texas. I started my blog. I traveled by myself for the first time to Germany to visit my aunt, uncle & little cousin for a month [read about my adventures!]. I went to the Air1 Positive Hits Tour & met some really cool people. Then finally I moved to Maine for The 360 Experience – a gap year program that is part of YWAM [youth with a mission] in September. Since I’ve moved to Maine I’ve gained more sisters, done team building exercises like – camping, hiking a mountain, painting a picture, & other games. I’ve also been taught, learned, grown, & stretched WAY out of my comfort zone. I’ve seen & taken pictures at some really beautiful places like Portland Headlight, an apple farm, & Boston. I also did a 23 hour stint at home where my family met my 360 family on our way to Alabama for an YWAM conference. I met some AWESOME people at the Alabama conference & God did some really cool things through me that I’ll talk about in a later post. I have officially been to Boston in the fall, so now I will have to lie or change the lyrics when I sing that Veggie Tales song. I attended the Love Feast that the staff put on for all the students [it’s where we got all fancy & they served us all evening – from our food to washing our feet]. I went home for Christmas & picked up our exchange student from 8 years ago Zehafta [she’s from Ethiopia]. I had an awesome time being home where it was mostly chill. I had a super fun day in Nashville with my family & some of our friends. I finally brought in the new year with my family in our house.
I’ve done, accomplished, achieved, grown, & lived so much in this year. I’ve learned to love & accept myself & my past. I’ve learned to really know that God is always with me & that He loves me through all of it [Colton Dixon reference, but really]. I’ve learned that I CANNOT do it by myself. I’ve learned the difference between being comfortable [something that I think we SHOULD be with God. I think that we need to view our relationship with Him as one that we are extremely comfortable with, such as a best friend or spouse. You feel no shame discussing anything & everything with that person] & complacent [something we should NEVER be. I think that this is comfort gone wrong. When you are complacent, you are stagnant & there is no growth in your relationship]. I also learned that confrontation is healthy
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who is in my life & has made it fun & exciting. This year is definitely one for the books, and I CANNOT wait to see what God has in store for 2016.
With so much love,