Wrapping up the first week of 2017 and thinking back on 2016. Last year was one wild year. The start of the year was amazing and so much fun. Traveling and spending time growing with the wonderful community I am a part of now, while transitioning into a new position at work. It all seems like a blur now. The second half of the year was probably the toughest year of my life this far. If it weren't for my family, community and most of all, my savior, this last year would have been far worse and I am truly thankful for them.
I believe God has a purpose and that whatever it may be, it will bring glory to Him. I am on board for that. I feel like I have aged so much in the last 6 months. I lost and regained a great deal of weight, grew out my beard, shaved it off, lost a lot of sleep, grew grey hairs, cried a lot, laughed a lot too, felt so loved, and felt so much hurt. My incredible group of friends that I call family have been there through all of it and loved me so well. I am truly grateful and blessed. Thank you all.
My brother came and rang in the new year with me. We snapped this shot while on a walk and I felt it showed a raw side of me. A neutral look. Happiness isn't always present, but joy is all around and in me. 2017 is going to be a good year. A tough year, but a good one. A year of healing and pressing forward toward the goal of reflecting Christ and loving others well. Thank you for being a part of this journey called life. I appreciate all the love and kindness I have received.
51 more weeks in 2017. I plan on making the best of them. 😊 happy new year.