A FRESH TAKE
Every year, I like to reflect on my most pivotal moments. I have found that the years I hold myself accountable in completing this journal exercise are the years where I experience the most healing and growth. It’s also really hard to know where you want to go if you don’t know where you’ve been. I encourage you to join me in journaling your top 10 of 2023.
TOP 10 OF 2023
10. Reflect on your bravest moment.
This year, I have slowly but surely locked in on discernment. I have grown to openly communicate exactly where I stand on matters that don’t sit right with me. Instead of masking my passionate boundaries, I’m finally allowing myself to have a seat and a voice at the table.
9. What's the best decision you've made and how has it transformed your life?
I don’t want to live for myself anymore. I want to live for God’s Kingdom. Life is so hard and it doesn’t get any easier with faith, but it does allow me to never carry life’s burdens alone. Giving my life to Christ gives me peace of mind and reassurance.
8. Wisest words of advice you've received?
7. Your greatest moment(s) of joy?
6. How have you found stillness among the chaos?
Two things have really helped me find stillness and quiet:
5. Your most unexpected blessing?
I celebrated my 30th birthday this year. The goals I set for 30-year-old me in my early 20s are totally different from my life now. Back then, all I could think about was self-fulfillment. My dreams never included something greater than myself. However, God has blessed me with a beautiful family, career, and life that’s far greater than what I had imagined. I also recognize that my younger self wasn’t wrong. I’ll eventually check those things off the list, but for now, I'm watering the marvelous season I’m in.
4. Greatest gift that money could never buy?
Friendship - It’s the bond that fuels every special connection in my life.
3. How have you taken a leap of faith?
I have made an active effort to ask for help, and more specifically, mentorship. I have the tendency to figure things out on my own instead of relying on the experiences and knowledge of others. This year, I took the initiative to ask my professor for guidance with my business. My professor is a boss and certainly loves to share her expertise with others. God allows us to cross paths with people whose purpose aligns with ours. I've had to get out of my head and recognize that it’s ok to be seen, heard, and get the mentorship that I deserve.
2. How have you strengthened your character?
I recognized my need for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I’ve been battling a lot with my identity and my character, and I realized that I can’t even begin to define those things without first understanding who God is. To know God’s character is to know who I am called to be according to His plan. It’s a lifelong process. I’m at the beginning and it’s already strengthening my attitude towards life.
1. Choose 1-3 words to describe your intentions for 2024.
YOU. DID. THAT!
In reality, this journaling exercise only scratches the surface of all you’ve accomplished in 2023. There are so many highs and lows that we experience throughout the past 12 months that it’s difficult to keep track of it all. This reflection is an ode to your journey. You made it and there’s so much more beauty in store for you in 2024. Until next time, beYOUtiful, keep life sweet, & never stop feeding your soul. -xo