Two thousand and seventeen! Welcome.
I've never been one for New Years celebrations, so my parents and I decided last minute to head up north to begin 2017 among the snowy pines. We're hoping to make it a new family tradition and use the downtime to focus on one another as we move into a new year. Best way to do it, I'd say! We fell asleep at 10:30pm on December 31st, exhausted after a full day of activity, and it was the best.
I'd also like to take the chance to humble brag about completing my first polar bear plunge. After a long "growth" year I was ready to quite literally cleanse myself of it and start anew. Baptism by ice!
We spent the majority of our time drooling out the car window at the gorgeous sparkling landscape of Northern Wisconsin covered in snow. We didn't have much accumulation back home, and with the soon-to-be move down South, I was ecstatic to have a few days of winter wonderland. The waves of Green Bay and Lake Michigan (Door County sits in between) were frozen in time, eventually breaking off from the shoreline into large jagged pieces, floating away into the bright blue expanse.
Apart from landscape gazing, we found our way to a nearby brewery for live music, shopped a few post-Christmas sales, ate fish at every meal, and savored the rare time together in a place away from the rest of the world (or so it seemed)!
My December was filled with endless reflection and prayer, attempting on a daily basis to discern the direction I should go next. A move to Chicago was in the works until every door began to close and one just happened to open back in Nashville. Within a matter of three weeks I was offered a new gig and found housing with two mutual friends. I moved back to Nashville this past weekend and started the new job yesterday. I'm humbled to have a second chance in a city I love and overwhelmed by God's faithfulness in the past few months.
With all that said, and I hate to admit, there are quiet moments of extreme doubt and wondering if I made the "right" decision. The bitter taste of leaving close friends and family still lingers. Am I going to enjoy this next job? Should I have ever left Nashville in the first place? How long should I stay?
Yet amongst it all I firmly believe miracles are happening all around us. I believe lives can change in an instant through the power of knowing our God. You may not always understand the where and why of your current moment but you just might be shattering the world of someone who needs it. I hope you all stay confident in the reality God is using you in unfathomable ways to bring heaven to earth!
I believe He is using this time to show me His everlasting faithfulness, that dreams can be a marathon instead of a sprint, and following Him will be the greatest adventure we experience in this earthly life.
Cheers to 2017!