A Send-off to 2016

I suppose I should give 2016 a proper send-off.  Though many view this as a year that we should never talk about again because it was supposedly the worst year ever, I don’t see it that way.

As I see it, there isn’t a year that is going to pass where we’re not going to go through trials, experience grief, loss, and heartbreak… or where bad things aren’t going to happen in general.  Unfortunately that’s a part of life.  I’ve been trying more to focus on the positives in life, as well as what the bad times can teach us or what good things can come from them.

Overall, 2016 was a good year in my book.  I’ve had a few revelations about myself concerning my future and the person I want to be.  In my walk with Jesus, He’s pointed out things that I need to change about myself, such as being able to let go of the past and the regrets I’ve had.  I feel like I’ve really gotten closer to Him this year and I’m able to submit myself to the plans He has for my life in all areas.

My career has finally taken off with this new job.  I’m finally in a place where I can say that I love my job everyday when I get home, or even when I’m not working.  I work with amazing people and I’m blessed to know them and bond with them each day at work.  And though I need further schooling to further my career, it’s not going to feel like a burden (sometimes) because I know it will be worth it when it’s over.

This year I finally got to meet my dad’s sister.  Though it was because of my grandma’s illness and passing, I am grateful that I got to meet her as well as one of my cousins and his kids.

On that note, I’d have to say that the worst thing of 2016 was losing my grandma.  It’s only been just over three months, but it hurts just as much when I think about it – as I’m sure it does with any loss in life.  I will admit I cried a little on Christmas thinking about her and how I wouldn’t see her that day, but I know she was at the biggest Christmas celebration and there will be a day that I’ll see her again.  Just as I’ll also see the other families I’ve lost over the years.

I have a good outlook for this new year.  I feel like things are going to get better in some areas of my life that haven’t been going so well.  I know there will be trials, but with God I will have the strength to overcome them.  There are ways I’m hoping to grow this year and I’m looking forward to that journey.  Even outside of my personal life, I have a positive outlook on what this new year has in store for our nation.  My prayers are with this country, and that God will lead our new President and government leaders to turning this nation around for good in all areas.

So goodbye 2016, and hello 2017.

Bring. It. On.

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