What. A. Year. For the past couple of days, I’ve been reflecting on 2019, and all I can think is how thankful I am. It has been quite the jam-packed year. Lots of changes, disappointments, new beginnings, new arrivals, and much more.
To start off the year, I decided to begin the challenge to hike 100 hikes throughout 2019 and document them on my Instagram. Around that same time, I found out that I would soon get to have a cute little nephew to join me on those hikes later in the year. I also found out that I had got accepted into the one and only college I applied to in Columbus, OH, and I went to go take a tour of it.
In the summer months, I hiked an entire state park and got a tattoo about it. I went on my second trip to Ohio and got a cat while I was there. I finished high school. I turned 18 and found out the college I had applied to was shutting down the program a day before. I took my dog to the beach for the first time, where I found my first ever sand dollars and climbed a lighthouse. And, the biggest summer memory was getting to meet my nephew for the first time!
During the fall, I enrolled in college 3 days before classes started. I understood football and watched an entire season for the first time. I went to an outdoor movie and watched Hocus Pocus at a state park. I took my nephew on a hike with just us two. I completed my 100 hikes challenge and got interviewed by SC State Parks for their newsletter. I finished my first semester of college after almost quitting at one point, and I got my wisdom teeth taken out.
Last but not least, even though it just turned winter, Bella had her first dog class that has been a long time in the making. For 5 years, I’ve wanted to put her in classes, but my own fears and shyness have stopped me from doing that. However, I overcame it and we went to our first class!
This year has been quite the year of adventure, experiencing new things, and growth. Here’s some of the smaller things that have happened: I’ve gotten to enjoy lots of dog shows and traveling to different state parks in various states. I started this blog and found out I’m allergic to lavender. I accidentally drove to Alabama because I went the wrong way on the interstate, and I read several books which is unheard of for me.
This year has honestly been a really good year. Yeah, I endured a good bit of disappointment and heartbreak (like finding out my entire college dream was crushed), but the good definitely outweighed the bad. I walked into 2019 with a completely different vision than what it played out to be. For example, I’m supposed to be living in Ohio and adjusting to my first snowy winter there. However, plans change, and I’m so thankful for everything that I got to do and all of the places I got to see this year. One of the biggest things I learned this year is what it really means to genuinely love God and love others. It’s easy to say you love God and people, but the hard part (and what many don’t do) is living it out! I learned that I want to be nothing but authentic when it comes to my faith and who I am. Social media can create a lot of fraudulent behavior, even amongst Christians, and I refuse to take part in that. Anything that comes from me is genuine. Learning those two things has been life changing. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2020! Happy New Year!