Happy 2019 everyone, I know, a tad late but it still counts because it's still January! Is it just me or does January feel like it lasts forever? I swear it's the longest month of the year. Perhaps I'm just anxious because of everything going on in my life right now. In less than a month I turn 30 and in just 20 weeks we'll be welcoming Baby Jones into the world. Man did God really show up last year. Not that He doesn't all the time but last year just felt like a monumental one. Instead of intentions, resolutions, goals, and all that jazz I've decided to just stick to one word for the year and focus on that. I started picking a word of the year last year and I am so glad I did. It felt so good to look back and see so much accomplishment. My word for 2018 was Growth, and I far exceeded every aspect of that word within the year. I got a promotion that allowed me to stop working 5 jobs at a time. A promotion making money I didn't think was possible for me. Well, of course anything is possible, but I struggled a LOT in my 20's. I lived from pay check to pay check and it was never easy. I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do with my life which left me at a restaurant (aka my forever back up plan). I did what I had to do to make it work but it was certainly challenging and difficult most of the time. I waited tables, I babysat, I worked a full time job, and I nannied in the mornings. So as you can see, it wasn't easy for me to believe that I could make what I do now, but here I am. God REALLY showed up. Once a year I try to travel to places I have never been and I have consistently been able to do that year after year. Last year I went to Aruba and Curacao for the first time and they were both amazing places to see. I would highly recommend both of them if you're on the hunt for a vacay location. I finally stopped letting other people dictate my life and my experiences. And that goes along with my emotions and feelings as well. Last year I had several encounters with people who just want to tear ya down for no reason at all and I'm so thankful for those times now because I can see what God was doing. And trust me when I say, there's NO way we could've predicted this. What hit me was the fact that in life there will always be people who don't want the best for you, who don't want to be happy for you, and who just plain want to make things more difficult for no reason at all. And in these instances you have to remember what's important. Pleasing that person will never and should never be a priority. "Matthew 5:44 says, But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
Life is way too short to not EMBRACE life for the crazy rollercoaster ride that it is. Which brings me to my 2019 word of the year, embrace! I want to live through every tear, every feeling, every moment, every fear, fully and really embrace what life is teaching me constantly. I want to complain less and celebrate more. I want to dive deeper in my friendships. I want to dive deeper in my relationship with Jesus. I want to dive deeper into everything I can. I thought of this word after doing a bit of goal setting with my other half and it just made me realize, wow this year is going to be so much different. And what a perfect word for my first year of motherhood with my very own baby! Someone pinch me because God is just shining right through my life and I couldn't be more thankful for that. What is your word of the year? Will you choose to embrace what's to come and every feeling that comes along with it? I hope so. xo