June 3, 2019


The introvert in me likes to reflect and look back on the past to learn more about myself, my present, and my future. It's a weird habit of mine, and to be honest, sometimes it's the kind of gift I'd like to re-gift than keep in my possession.

But I saw this writing prompt, this concept of writing about life one year from today, somewhere and I knew I had to write on it. It stirred this introspective soul and I know it'll be a post to re-read in times to come.

One year from today.

A lot can happen in a year. Opinions change. Style and fashion trends change. And I know my life and heart will have changed. too. I've looked back on 2018 a lot lately, thinking about what happened during that year and all that's happened since the calendar year changed.

This time last year, I was a nervous wreck. I felt led and called to join the worship team at my church but was beyond scared to take the leap. I also felt called to join a small group at church and just be known beyond just being my parents' daughter. I was also feeling tired and lacking in confidence, too.

A lot has happened in one year and I see life through a different lens in 2019. I've encountered the unexpected, surrendered what I once idolized, engaged in community, picked up new habits, met new people, gone on interesting dates and put myself out there, and read truth-bearing words that were hard for me to swallow. I'm learning that my heart needs refinement and humbling on a daily basis, my body needs to run to stay sane and stress-free, friendships take tons of work, and my faith needs strengthening more than I'd like to admit.

My hope is that this time next year, I'll look back and smile. I want to feel proud of myself for wandering through the valleys and deserts, continuing to walk on the path that God's set out in front of me, even though I had no idea where it would take me a year into the future.

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