Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What I Learned From 2015

I've always been a sappy person. I'm also a very deep-thinker & ponderer. I like to reflect & reminisce about things that have happened in my life-- good or bad. When a new year rolls around, I get extra sappy & think about all the things that the year brought me.



I graduated college. I dreamed about the day I would finally finish school for as long as I can remember. And I finally finished in May of this year. I graduated with a Bachelors in Family Life Education- Child Development. College taught me a lot of things. Mainly though, if you put your mind to something, you can succeed. My goal when I started college was to graduate in four years. Well by golly, I did it. Even though at times I thought I never would.

I started a blog. Blogging is basically my favorite. It allows me to express myself in ways I never knew I could. It taught me that it's definitely not easy, but oh, it's so worth it. I have made so many new friends & found a great community of amazing writers.

Our family grew by four feet. We got my pride & joy, Murphy, back in June. He is so loved. He has taught me that taking care of something is hard, but it's so rewarding. We like to cuddle, play & stare into each other's eyes (don't make fun).

We took vacations to Chicago, Jamaica & Ohio. I loved every place we visited this year. Andrew & I celebrated our first wedding anniversary in Chicago & we fell in love with the city. Last month, we stepped out of our comfort zone to leave the country & spend some time on the beach (with lots of sunscreen). And to top off the year, a couple of weeks ago, we took my Mom along with us to Ohio to see my Dad's family-- a lot of which we hadn't seen since he passed away almost 4 years ago. All of those trips taught me that life is short. You have to spend time with the people you love.

Andrew & I are on our 2nd year of marriage. We'll be celebrating our second anniversary in May. We have continued to learn so much about each other. I've learned how to love him more every day & how to be selfless-- because I think that is the key to a successful marriage.

It has easily been the fastest year of my entire life. I'm convinced that the older I get, the faster time flies. I think that after I graduated high school, life got a lot faster. I learned that you have to make the most of today. You aren't promised tomorrow. When my Dad passed away in 2012, I learned that very fast. But every year that goes by, I continue to learn & realize that life happens in the blink of an eye. You have to enjoy every moment that God gives you. I've learned that this life is not my own-- what am I going to do TODAY to help someone & further Christ's Kingdom? I think that's why I love to volunteer, which I started doing again weekly back in October.

I'm so thankful for 2015. It has taught me so much. Thank you all for following our journey this year & I pray that you continue to follow along to see what 2016 brings us! Happy New Year to you!

What has 2015 taught you?

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