Oh what the difference a year can make. 2013 was not a good year and by the end I was feeling terribly discouraged. As I looked ahead to 2014 I had hope, hope that good things would happen and determination to make them so. Now, as I reflect upon this last year I can confidently say it was everything I wanted and so much more. I would even go so far as to say it was one of the best years of my life.
That’s funny for me to say considering the year contained one of the worst months of my life. You see, March was not good to me. It started out with terrible cement burns on my legs that made just moving a horrible chore and ended with a highly publisized controversy in relation to the organization I worked for that caused immense heartbreak for me and my co-workers. Thankfully, when you hit the bottom there is nowhere you can go but up and give each blessing, big or small, that much more significance, and let me say, the rest of 2014 was full of them.
In May after months of prayer and research I made the decision to apply to go back to school to finally become a paramedic. It was a scary move for me and one I didn’t fully trust for another 2 months, but it ended up being one of the best decisions of my life.
At the end of June I once again headed to Tijuana, Mexico with my church to build homes for those in need and once I got home I was in full planning mode for the transition from full time employee to full time student. At the end of July I officially gave my two weeks notice at World Vision and leaving was definitely bittersweet. While working in a call center is not my calling in life (I actually hate talking on the phone) I couldn’t have worked for a better organization and my co-workers made each day so special.
Mid- August brought the big move. I loaded up my new car (Praise the Lord! One of those blessings I was talking about earlier) and began the journey north to Alaska.
I got the incredible chance to spend the first half of the trip on the Alaska ferry traveling from Bellingham, WA to Haines, AK. I saw sights I never imagined I would lay eyes on. The inside passage is so gorgeous (when it’s sunny) and met so many great people. The remaining drive to Soldotna was long and lonely but provided perfect time to think and reflect. In case you were wondering, Yukon territory really is as empty as you would imagine, go figure, but as soon as I pulled into the school after 3 days driving I knew I was home.
This last semester I was given best friends, got to go on incredible adventures and laughed more than I had in 28 years. I couldn’t feel more blessed.
Now, as the year wraps up and I’ve officially got the first step in my pursuance of becoming a paramedic finished (EMT 1, hooray!) I eagerly look forward to what this next year will bring, and I remember that no matter what happens that God is good!
Happy New Year Everyone! Here’s to 2015!