Wednesday, December 31, 2014

on the new year...

As 2014 comes to a close, I have enjoyed a bit of time to reflect on all that has happened in the past year (even longer since I posted last).
There were many wonderful things about 2014- new professional connections and precious friendships were formed, while existing friendships and connections were developed and made to thrive. There was spiritual, emotional, and musical growth, and many milestones were met this year. Every day I am thankful to pursue what I love to do as a career: playing the viola. I am forever grateful for my family and my friends who know my imperfect self and love me so much. This year, from your love, encouragement and allowing me to share in your experiences, I am aware of my strengths and values in an unprecedented, deeper way.
When reflecting on the end of another year, it's easy to try to block out the hard things and only focus on the fun things, the warm-and-fuzzy things, the things that make me feel great about myself and the people around me and this year. Truth is, 2014 held plenty of challenges, and there's no denying hard times. However, in almost every case, I can already see how I am growing because of a particular challenge.

In the holiday season, when the media tells us it's the best time of the year and when it seems like everyone expects us to be happy, I am grateful for the opportunity to reflect on both joyful times and difficult challenges without feeling pressure from family and friends to stick to the happy side.  This year in particular I am realizing what amazing people God has placed in my life-people who stick by during rough and busy times, and people who share my joy.

In 2015, I want to take each day as it comes, being present in my thoughts, activities, and conversations. I want to continue to cultivate trust instead of thinking about what will happen next week, next month, next year. I want to continue to be there for friends and family while growing personally. While I don't know and can't control what events are in store for the year, I can control my attitude, and I can only do that by living in the present!

Wishing everyone a year full of meaningful relationships, personal growth, and taking each day as it comes!

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