2017 was a year of stretching

My favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

As the year comes to an end, I can’t stop but reflect on 2017. It wasn’t my favorite year.

2017 was my year of stretching. ¬†Stretching is often painful, everyone usually dreads it, but it’s necessary. You can’t improve without stretching.

It’s funny to sit here (at my parents house with Bryers Salted Caramel ice cream) and think back about it, it just felt like such a long long year. I had made such precise plans for 2017, monthly goals that turned into weekly goals, and I was so focused on checking these items off so I could move to the next.

But it isn’t until your plans don’t go your way that you begin to dread looking at that list. That’s what happened to me. My plans, those that I had written down and thought about for so long, the accomplishments I wanted to have for my year didn’t quite go the way I planned.

Instead, it was very clear that God had his own plan for my year. But it’s clearer to me today, more than ever, that God’s has his own plan for my life. It may not be what I envision, but it surely is nothing less than what I deserve.

I want to share my top lessons of 2017:

  • Know your worth: you can’t change for others, or loose yourself in the hopes of becoming someone you’re not meant to be. Know your worth, stand up for what you believe in and whom you are. There’s nothing more beautiful and stronger than a woman who isn’t afraid to show the world her true colors.
  • Let go and let God: planning is great, planning is fun, I love planning. But I cannot control everything and that is ok. I believe in a God who can, and it’s He who gives me strength to let go of the control. This feeling is liberating and life changing.
  • You have exactly what you need: It’s so easy to look at life and think that there’s so much more out there that we need. The truth of the matter is that we have exactly what we need for whatever season of life you’re in. I began to want more and more and more until I stopped and realized that I have enough. I have more than some people, I have less than others, but I have the perfect amount for me. This doesn’t mean I am settling, but it allows me to look at life with different eyes.

Last but not least, what are my plans for 2018? This new year I am not making a list with goals or plans. I want this year to be abundant in every area of my life. That is my only hope for it and I believe the best is yet to come.

Dream Big,

-V

 

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