January 29, 2014

Today, I'm 26

This post is a whole lot of everything. So, here goes:

Today, I am 26 years old and I've got to admit-- it's a strange feeling.

To me, twenty-six feels like a random age. One of little significance. So much so, that it doesn't even have a special birthday greeting card in the Hallmark store -- Kind of like, 14, 17 and 22. It's just one of those ages that I feel could be easily forgotten about years from now when I look back on life.

To be honest, I don't know how I feel about this birthday. I am a complete mixed bag of emotions. Don't let the smile in that photo fool you.  There are so many things I would have liked to have accomplished... Many goals I thought I would have achieved by now. Yet, they are still wavering, lingering hopes and dreams that seem so far away, but I know are still attainable. Nevertheless, I am truly grateful for making it through another year of life in good health by the mercies and favor of God.

When I look back on year 26 of my life, what will I remember?  I hope it's something monumental, meaningful, and unforgettable. I hope to remember love, laughter and growth because, that's what life is mostly about, you know? However, right now, all I think about in regards to being 26 yrs old, is how I met my sweet Beau in the year that he turned that age-- just 5 lovely years ago. That is actually a really sweet memory. I secretly hope he will carry a sweet memory of me during my 26th year of life too. kinda crazy.

Here's to a year of personal growth and making beautiful, unforgettable memories.

 ... Here's to being 26!  

January 4, 2014

2014: a new year to just... live

On the eve of the new year, I said enough. Enough with the self-realization. Enough with the reflections. Enough with the resolutions.

I am entering into the new year with zero expectations. Some may consider this very lackadaisical, but that is just where I am right now.

As I have observed very closely over the past few years: life does not always go according to plan. We dream. We hope. We make plans. and sometimes those plans and dreams don't always go the way we hope. And that's alright. I'm okay with it because no matter what,  life just does not go according to a our own scripts, but it does go on.

Honestly speaking, however, I do have an idea of what I would like to attain and achieve. I have an idea of the areas in which I would like to see personal growth. But if I do not attain or achieve any of those goals, life still goes on. And we somehow end up on an unplanned adventure that brings us more (or less) than we have even planned or imagined.

For 2014, I plan to just live (and see where life-- and the Lord takes me)

Happy New Year, dearest readers. I pray the God of heaven grant you a year of peace, joy, unselfish love, and amazing health and strength in 2014.

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