A few weeks ago, I saw a trend on social media along the lines of “my 2014 in 5 words”. And today I saw one called “one word 365”. I liked both so much and wanted to participate, so here it goes.
My 2014 in 5 words:
See and love the world.
This past year, I saw the world differently. I was lucky enough to travel and see parts of the world I had never imagined I would see, but in doing that I really saw the world – beautiful, inspiring, diverse, but also broken, hurting, and in need of love. I chose to study abroad yes, because I wanted to live in London and travel Europe, but also because I wanted to love the people there and understand the way God loves them. It was, and still is, a learning process, but I’m so glad I took the opportunities I did because I met new faces and places that taught me to love outside my comfort zone.
And 2015 in 1 word:
One word. One word that I want to shape the next 365 days. 2014 was big, and it seemed like I always had something planned ahead. But now, here I am, 2015, 22 years old, graduating in May..with nothing really planned yet. To go from a jam-packed year and always having something to look forward to, to being confronted with uncertainty and lack of direction..it’s been scary. There’s so many things I need to do, that I want to do, and it’s going to take courage. I’m going to need courage to pursue my passions, to step out in faith, and to not fear failure. I’m going to need courage to love boldly and unconditionally. And I’m going to need courage to trust God through it all. It’s terrifying, but I think that’s a good place to be. It means it won’t be easy, which means I will have to stretch and grow. So let’s do it.
My elaborations may have broken the five-word and one-word rules, but..whoops? Haha.
Happy New Year, friends & family!
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. // Proverbs 16:3