Oh 2015 where do I even begin with you. I knew you’d be full of adventure and I was packed and ready for you. I started you off just doing I wanted to find a new job and travel some. I had no resolutions or goals to check off the list. I simply wanted a year of change for the better and a little excitement for good measure. Needless to say you did not disappoint.
I started the year being a Door Holder (volunteer) at the Passion Conference in Atlanta. While I was there I bought a shirt with the phrase “Now I have a story to tell”. At the time I didn’t really know why I bought this shirt other than that I liked it. It was soft and fit well. I’m usually not a fan of shirts with sayings because 1. They are usually dumb 2. You endorse what ever you wear. This shirt struck a chord with me so I figured why not buy it.
A few weeks later I would start writing my story by running a half marathon in Disney world. A first for me and not the last. I will be returning this April for the Start Wars half. Running this little race was more emotional than I thought and left me with a feeling of accomplishment.
By some miracle I ended up on Jen Hatmaker’s Book launch team. To say this experience was unexpected was an understatement. Jen just wanted her people to endorse and launch her book and we just wanted a free book. In Jen’s words “you are the greatest gift of 2015 that I never knew to ask for”. We all agree. LIttle did I know this book tribe would give me a sense of belonging and encouragement. Jen would invite us to her house and we would actually go. Yes, I bought I plane ticket to a city I’ve never been too and hung out with people I’ve never truly met outside of Facebook. I could go on and on about this experience because it’s still going. We have another book to launch and I’m not sorry if you find it annoying.
2015 saw travels of many kind from beaches of St. Augustine to the mountains of Montana (I love you, Montana.) and a long over-due family vacation spent on the gulf coast Each trip unique and wonderful.
This year taught me that I matter in my little space and God’s plans for me are unexpected and wonderful. It’s hard to trust when you can’t see the next turn around the corner, but He’s got you. I promise.
This year was filled with a new job on in an unexpected but good place. Unexpected good things confirming what I wasn’t sure of. I’m finishing the year with an impromptu girls trip to my 7th city of the year. It seems fitting to end this chapter doing something unexpected.
What were you unexpected moments this year?