dear 2018

Dear 2018,

Isn’t it crazy to think that another year has gone by. Just like that. This last year has been one of the MOST challenging, exciting, and yet most difficult years of my life. I am so beyond grateful for every experience as I am always learning and growing from each one. I am so thankful for all the traveling I was able to do, people I had the privilege of meeting, and places I was able to see. I have been trying to figure out how to sum up these last twelve months into words and I am not sure I can... 


Growth.

Being aboard is something I have talked so much about, especially on here, but all I will say is that it pushed me in ways I really needed. I have gained so much more than all the photos to share. It truly changes your life and I wouldn’t be who I am without all the experiences I had while in Europe, good and bad. 


Faith. 

This has been a challenge for me this year and at the same time, I have never felt closer to God. I have really worked on my personal relationship with Him and I have really worked on myself through Him. That isn’t talked about enough. However, it has been a huge part of my life this past year.


Changes. 

Nothing has truly gone as planned, as per usual, and I’m happy that my plans didn’t fall into place. To be honest, where I am at in life is perfect for right now. I was able to start massage school in the summer, I met an incredible family that I nanny for, and I just moved into a house with some amazing girls. Not to mention I found a passion for fitness through an amazing company and have a wonderful group of people who support me and push me. 


Lessons.

Of the many things I have learned this year, patience is the biggest. I trust that everything happens for a reason and life happens in seasons. If you are stuck in one season, it’s because God is preparing you to thrive in your next. This has been one of my biggest challenges and is still a work in progress. I am learning to fall in love with the process and appreciate the result. Changing our outlook can really affect our well-being. 


Summary;

Never give up. Find your comfort zone, and then step out of it. Push yourself. Challenge those around you. Inspire others. JUST DO IT. Live your life. Do not settle. Travel. Learn. Grow. Meet people. Build communities. Support one another. Love. Give so much love to the world and all that is apart of it. Even if it hurts. 


xoxo,

D