We made it. It's almost 2018, and I really cannot wait. Honestly, though, the Lord knew exactly what he was doing in 2017, but it was still a year of tremendous emotional ups and downs. I feel it's a year I'll never forget (though I might try from time to time!), for it's a year that brought so many new understandings of life and how to let the Lord lead through it all.
That being said, here are 17 reflections, thoughts, and lessons that I want to share with you. As you anticipate the new year, take time to remember this past one and all it brought.
- God is in control. We can have a plan, but ultimately that plan should be surrendered to Him.
- Don’t be afraid to take risks, just manage them as much as possible.
- Tell the one you love that you love her.
- Make amends with old squabbles, especially if they’re within your family unit.
- Take care of yourself mentally and emotionally; go to counseling and don’t be ashamed.
- Friendships are stronger when you open up in a truly vulnerable way.
- Pursue your passion projects, step by step. Give yourself space to fail the first time (or the first few times!).
- Go to things alone. Meet people along the way, and learn their stories.
- Budget and steward finances well. You never know when a little surprise might turn into a four month hiccup.
- Take a Saturday and write postcards to your friends, just a “thinking of you” type thing.
- Serve for the sake of serving and not to be noticed or recognized.
- Learn how to ask for help. Don’t try to do life alone.
- Work hard but don’t worry too much about the next steps—that’s where trusting God comes into play.
- Embrace the things that make you unique/weird, but don’t compare your uniqueness to another’s.
- Go over to a friend’s house with no agenda other than to watch a movie, drink coffee, and/or talk.
- Be kind to yourself. Don’t get upset if your year-long goals aren’t fully accomplished.
- Take time to unplug. It’s not productive in the long run to be a brazen workhorse in the short term.