End of ’17. Hello ’18.

Late in the game, I know. 

It is March 23rd, 2018, and man has this year been nonstop so far. I have learned more about myself and Lord in the past 3 months than I could have ever imagined. Through this learning comes hardship, through that hardship came strength. Eighteen will bring a lot: adulthood, college, moving, and loads of travel. I need to make a better effort of sharing that with you. 

So, to twenty-eighteen. Here is a summary of all the good 2017 brought: 

  1. A tent burned in my backyard to begin the year; the funniest moment of them yet. 
  2. Continued my dinner club – couponed, hiked and cooked until the house disappeared (literally). 
  3. My family moved to Iowa (without me, haha)
  4. Went to Uganda for the second time. I found my bestest friend and saw my good friends again.
  5. I hiked a week in Colorado with (I’m convinced) frostbitten toes and an insanely heavy backpack. I peaked a whole mountain too. 
  6. I ran barefoot in New York for two weeks with THE NEW YORK TIMES!! Learned how to use the subway.
  7. Hiked the Grand Canyon with my favorite sibling friends
  8. Was published in the New York Times. A. Full. Page.
  9. Realized my favorite friends were friends of all ages. 
  10. Went on A LOT of airplanes
  11. Continuously watched the sunsets Jesus painted. Learned more about his steadfastness. 
  12. Rarely brushed my hair. Owned it.
  13. Read a lot, watched a bazillion movies, ate a whole lot of Tex-Mex, learned I loved the word “intentional”, painted a lot, drank a lot of coffee. 
  14. Became independent (in a way forced, but man was it cool)
  15. Discovered I am 10x happier with no shoes on.
  16. Concerts! ACL!
  17. Understood the meaning of gratefulness.
  18. Went on a lot of road trips with my favorite people, sonic in hand. 
  19. Realized the people who stick by your side are the best people to have. I found my people. 

2017 was easily one of the best, yet hardest years of my life. 2018, on the other hand, took a flip. I have already learned so many things these past three months: people lie, don’t become dependent on promises, seek good health, lean on the Lord for everything, find people who love me well and to embrace who I am regardless of others. 

As I go into 2018, I will be passionate and use those passions to better the Kingdom. I will love big as I always do, but I will guard my heart in the process. I will use my empathetic nature to build lasting relationships, and I will be kind no matter the situation. 

My word in 2017 was “intentional”. I lived to make my actions and relationships count. 

This year, I am focusing on a list of qualities from 2 Peter 1. 

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, ]by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,  and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

To honor the Lord is a beautiful thing; to do in these qualities in an attempt to further the kingdom is even better. 

  • faith
  • virtue
  • knowledge
  • self-control
  • steadfastness 
  • godliness
  • brotherly affection
  • love 

Later along, I’ll write about what each of these means to me. But as for now, love does. Peter ends this list with love as it is the most powerful. 

Therefore, this my goal for 2018. Live out a Christ-like life because of Jesus’s sweet promises. 

And above all: love. 



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