✨ It’s almost 2018! ✨ I hope you never feel like you’ve peaked. I remember the moment I was crowned Miss Grand Forks 4 years ago. I thought to myself, “this is just the beginning!” I thought the same thing at Rocco’s 1st NHL game & our wedding day too, just to name a few! Our lives have been full of some really amazing-sparkling moments...but also a lot of valleys. (A LOT of valleys, to be honest!) I’ve learned that it’s impossible to peak if your sights are always on the next one. You may not know what to do next once you retire from pageantry or hang up the skates or graduate from college - BUT - as long as you’re seeking the next peak, I’m sure you’ll find one.
Personally I’ve also found that the great majority of my life is spent walking ✨between✨ the peaks. It’s become vital for me to enjoy the waiting/humble beginnings. If I don’t, I will be discontent with my daily life. (AKA my LIFE. The peaks are just the sprinkles. Learn to love your life!) Over time I’ve been working on savoring the peaks for all they’re worth, but I’ve also worked on embracing the seasons of change/sorrow/confusion/growth/waiting. You just never know what God has on the road ahead, & that’s my favorite part of walking through life as a Christian.
I look back & I can’t believe what God has done in the life of the high school girl I used to be. I was devoted to God & I worked very hard on my music/schoolwork. I was so afraid of my big dreams but also quietly believed God would do great things through me if I just kept devoting my life’s work to Him. Here I am today, 5 years later: Having released 2 albums, started a blog, sang for many events, met many ambitious people, met supportive friends, grown in my faith, married a God-loving pro-hockey playing stud...etc. Sometimes I feel like my reach in this world is so small. Maybe you do too. But the beauty is, you never peak as a Christian. God will continue to place dreams & missions before you. Maybe 2018 will be the 1st year you know this to be true: “The best is yet to COME.” So keep giving God your best, & expect the best. You were #BornToShine, don’t you forget it. 👑✨