Ok. So I haven’t completely abandoned this blog. I am posting here whenever I feel compelled to and when I have some time. 2018 is coming to a close and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year that was. There were several huge milestones in my life and taking a look back at how God has orchestrated everything is comforting. Below are my top three moments of 2018.
- Japan: I finally made it to the land of the rising sun! Once upon a time, it was a lifelong dream of mine to go to Japan. I liked Japanese culture so much I even took Japanese lessons from the time I was 10 until I was done high school. After all of that, I grew interest in other things and Japan was stowed away in my mind. There was an opportunity to go travelling with my family to Japan and I took it in the spring of this year. It was an amazing time. And maybe one day I’ll write about it here. The proudest moment I had on this trip was not figuring out the transportation system or navigating the twisting roads of Japan, but instead, after 10 years of not speaking or hearing a word of Japan, I was able to communicate well enough to get my hair cut in Osaka! All to say, this was a pretty incredible trip where I not only learned a lot about my family, but about myself as well.
- Brisbane, Australia: There is much to be said about hanging on and being patient with work. As the typical millennial working in a start up, it becomes exhausting and sometimes you lose sight of why you are working where you’re at. I am blessed with a good workplace and even better coworkers. This fall, our company was bought up by a global entity which led me to a week long trip to Brisbane to train people there. While it was exhausting travelling between school and to a different hemisphere, the experience was unparalleled. What I loved about going to Brisbane was that I saw a glimpse of a career path I want to explore and walk down for the first time in a long while. 2019 will be filled with opportunities to explore this.
- University: I finally made it back to University! After years of hitting walls personally and professionally, I was unexpectedly offered a spot for a Masters program ONE WEEK before classes started. After months of follow up I had lost all hope for returning to University. Instead, I resigned myself to applying for college programs to brush up on some transferable and marketable skills. However, out of the blue, I was given the chance at completing a one-year Master’s program. With one semester out of three done, it has been an exhilarating four months filled with new friends, new knowledge, a different perspective, and new life goals.
There are so many things to be grateful for in 2018, but the thing that tops this is the community that God has brought into my life. I accepted Christ nine years ago into my life and while there have been plenty ups and downs, the one constant is how He sustains me at every turn. Praise be to God who is all knowing and all loving. With 2018, I started to put myself out there to be more involved in church. And with that, God has blessed me with a strong family-like community to not only receive from, but to also give to. That is probably the greatest revelation this year.
Postscript: There are other moments I have enjoyed and are grateful for this year. Both of these took time to get to but are important to me personally.
- I reached 100 rides at Soul Cycle! For those who know me, I am completely proudly part of the Soul Cycle Tribe. There is something about pedalling towards the end of class in a dark studio that is fulfilling and freeing. The instructors truly make the sessions amazing and are so encouraging. I am also super grateful to the front of house staff who make every experience the best it can be.
- New Friends! While this isn’t an achievement or a goal I set out for myself, being back in school gave me the opportunity to build and nurture new relationships. There are so many new friends I have made these last four months who have just added so much to my life and I hope our relationships continue to grow in the new year.