2018 was a busy year for me; I had trips to Texas, Mexico, and Arizona. I had professional accomplishments of becoming PEO President, graduating with my MBA, and getting promoted to Assistant Director. A few cherished college friends made their way to Dubuque. There was the annual birthday trip to Wrigley Field. (We actually took in 3 games that weekend!) I enjoyed a family reunion at an Iowa Hawkeye game and enjoyed a performance of Hamilton. I became a dog auntie and a beloved pet joined our heavenly family. I said good-bye to a beloved co-worker and said hello to a new work bestie! I got a clean bill of health from my Crohn's doctor and am on a healthy medical regimen. And to top the end of the year off I traveled to South Carolina and I was reunited with my Cottey sister to be a part of her big wedding day!
2018 had some lessons learned. For my health, I had to learn how to give myself a shot (again) and I needed to learn how to handle my mental health. I am always learning new things at work and how to be a working woman. My friends have taught me what it means to be a friend to each of them and how I can meet each of them where they’re at. And above all else I learned how to trust God a little more.
I have had friends who have had amazing years with new beginnings in marriages and jobs but I’ve also had friends who experienced great losses. I have had family members who have been through their own kinds of heartbreaks, headaches, miracles and blessings.
Keeping all of this year in mind, there is one thing that I didn’t do very well and I am making my resolution for this upcoming year.....looking for the signs that God puts into my life. Thinking back, there were a few signs that I didn’t take or things that I didn’t do or words that I didn’t say because I was too scared or ashamed of being vulnerable.
Last week I spent Christmas with my Aunt Linda in Chicago, and there were two different church services that spoke to my heart. In both of them, there were mentions of being the person that God created you to be; no person is lesser than the other - and they also spoke about how God will put people, events, and moments along your path to help you experience the life that He has always had in mind for you. No matter what the sign is that God gives you, you must take it and you must trust that He is going to light your path.
So as you sit here looking back on your 2018, what memories did you make? What lessons did you learn? Did you see signs that you didn’t take or maybe you took all of the signs that God put in your way?
My wish for you is that you can reflect on this past year and know that it has been a good year, even with all the ups and the downs. But may you also believe that 2019 will be full of amazing signs for you to have an even better year!
Happy New Year to you!