Sunday, January 1, 2017

it's a new year!

even though nothing really changes from the last day of one year to the first of the next, it does really feel like a fresh start.  a new opportunity. i don't normally take the opportunity but i'm going to try to this year.  i often will make a cliche new years goal and then leave it at that.  but this year i'm turning 26.  actually, in 16 days i'm turning 26! i'm closer to being 30 than i am 20.  its time.

i'm so far away from where i thought i would be at this point in my life.  if i think about it long enough i'll get myself into a major funk.  i do believe that my story is already written though and God has intended for my life to play out like this.  i'm patiently waiting.

2017 has the bones to be a really fun and challenging year and i'm ready and excited for it.  we will be traveling, getting to use passports for the first time, ill be finishing semesters 2 & 3 out of 4 for nursing school, and i get to spend every day with my cooper james.  2016 was loulou mades best year  of business to date and i'm hopeful that it will continue to grow in 2017. this is our year.

I've lost 9 pounds since the middle of novemeber and i'm excited to keep losing.  i'm working on being more intentional with my time with cooper and really embracing him amazing little self and mind.  i know more now than ever who i am, what i want, and what i'm capable of and i'm excited to use myself to its greatest potential this year.

for a long time i have been feeling a profound loss of the community and friendships i used to have.  this is easily going to be one of my busiest years academically but i'm ready to get more involved in my church and community and will hopefully find my village and new friendships along the way.

a reflection: a major thing that happened in 2016 is that i became a coffee drinker! we got to go to disney world for the second time and spend a week at the beach in florida.  cooper started at a new school and i got accepted into the BSN program and started at a new school as well.  it was a good year for us and we are better for it.

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