“Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3
Just like that another year has come to a close. I’m amazed by how fast the year has whizzed by just like a movie on fast forward. 2016 has to be one of the best years of my life to date! Every month something new and exciting and last but not least something that would challenge and push me further out of my shell.
With that being said- I know 2016 was hard on people in the world with so many deaths, and the different crisis, and shootings giving people that element of fear and anxiety. I know it was almost nerve wrecking to wake up every morning and read a headline!
In my own little world- 2016 will always hold a special place in my heart. I remember when I was probably 10 or 11 I decided what I wanted to do with my life. I knew where I wanted to be at- where I wanted to attend college everything was mapped out. I was determined to get there. 2016 was the year that I had envisioned so many years ago come full circle.
I graduated from Black Hills State University. My childhood dream came true! After many late nights, anxiety attacks, and millions of cups of coffee- I had done it. I sat in the gymnasium in a cap and gown waiting for my name to be called. And before I knew it (even though it took way too long!) my name was called and I walked across the stage and just like that. The best four years of my life were now behind me. Don’t get me wrong I don’t miss the anxiety or the late nights of homework. The things I do miss is the things that I get to take with me everyday. The friendships and the lessons I learned- and the determination to chase after my dream whole heartily not caring what others might think.
I’m a planner I love to plan things! Obviously if I knew where and what I wanted before I had even made it to high school! However; I’ve learned maybe there are things that are much better not planned to a “T”. Don’t get me wrong I still love a good plan and knowing what’s going to happen. While I was in college and a lot of my friends were getting their dream jobs and preparing to take the big leap into the career world. There was me- not sure where to turn or better yet how to even figure out- what is next. With an underlining fear of not doing anything my heart stopped. I was scared. What next? The unknown is very scary and let’s be honest no one likes not knowing what is going on. I found maybe this unknown period of my life won’t be so bad after all. The perfect time to do a little traveling, no responsibilities, and finally learn who Emily is without being a student first.
I’m so excited and optimistic over what is to come in 2017. I’m not one for making big massive and elaborate new year resolutions. I love setting myself little manageable goals and then following through. However; this year I’ve decided to push myself a little bit more out of my shell. And focus on who Emily is and better yet what’s to come! 2016 has been an amazing start of figuring out what I like, what I don’t like where I want to go where I don’t want to go. And that’s the most fun about growing up.
However; it’s time to put that in action! Time to put myself out there and not allowing the fear to paralyze me from the expectation I had in my head over what I think it should have been to begin with.
In 2016 I graduated, moved back home, faced my fears and launched my blog, traveled, explored, laughed, and probably drank way too many cups of coffee.
Cheers 2016! Hello 2017- you are looking mighty good!
“Above all, try something” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid.
Courage means you don’t let your fear stop you” – Unknown