well. the rest of the world is reviewing 2016 (and hard-core hating on it, i might add) but i am looking back on it and am literally amazed at all that happened in 2016. personally. two major moves. started a new job. quit a new job. started grad school in one city. continued grad school in a different city. moved to my first apartment. pulled more all-nighters in five months than in three & half years of undergrad. experienced more grace than i can imagine. watched provision in action. started one hundred books that i have yet to finish. completed multiple bible studies. and literally learned so much this entire year.
as i am looking forward, there are definitely some moments from 2016 that i want to shake off, but there are more lessons that i want to carry with me. mostly about myself.
- i am creative. i need to create. painting. drawing. mainly painting.
- i love hosting people. i love creating a safe, welcoming, warm environment for others to rest.
- i am strong. like really strong.
- silence is incredible. hard. deafening. scary. fruitful. spacious.
- i have really great handwriting. and my calligraphy skills are growing.
- i am not a “neat & tidy” person. i’m not a slob, but i do not need things to be spotless. and that’s okay.
- i hate to take out the trash. it’s the worst.
- second worst, doing dishes.
- it might look like i live out of my car for a while. that’s also okay.
- living in the will of God is unlike anything else.
- He is in the waiting.
- prophecy is an incredible gift & not scary.
- la croix water gets better after the first four or five. it actually tastes pretty good.
- gluten is basically the enemy.
- sugar is the second enemy.
- i’m like not a child anymore. except for when i use like in sentences.
- i buy way too much shampoo.
- i am a sucker for pretty packaging.
- if you actually use your nalgene or camelback, you won’t get dehydrated.
- grown ups need permission to act and play like children.
- everyone has experienced trauma. let’s break the stigma.
- roasting vegetables will revolutionize your world.
- you can never have too many command strips.
stopping at twenty-three feels appropriate.
there were many tears this year. but more laughs. many hard nights. but more victories. many worries. but more provision. i am so grateful for everything 2016 has taught me. and it’s been a lot. but i am really looking forward to what is coming up.