Oh, Hey 2019!
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone has enjoyed their winter break and are looking forward to embracing 2019 with wide open arms just as much as I am!
2018 was a fun and crazy ride for me. It was full of growth and reflection. It had everything I needed including some things I didn't know I need.
Here are some of my 2018 highlights:
Spending crazy amounts of time with my family and friends
Increasing our savings while decreasing our spending/expenses
Reading 10-12 books (I finished my last one on December 31)
Starting a new job
Creating a new business and watching it flourish
Celebrating 10 years of matrimony
Attending the Becoming Tour
Although my highlights from 2018 look great, there were definitely some rough patches in there as well. I mean really rough patches but the good thing about it is that I now am able to look back at them and say, "I made it through it ALL and yet again, God did that."
At the beginning of the new year, I am usually so nervous about what may occur for the next 365 day. It is so nerve wrecking to wonder how I would feel this time next year. However, I decided to not allow that to be the case for me walking into 2019. This was primarily because 2018 taught me that everything I needed to make it through, I would receive. I would not just wake up and receive it but my experiences would prepare me for it.
So, I learned to NOT run from the experiences, NOT complain through them and to NOT always be an emotional wreck. EMBRACE THEM. They were destined to happen at this point in my life to prepare me for the person I am asking God to develop me into as well as provide me the tools I needed to continue forward.
I say all of this to say that 2018 was ridiculously dope!!!
My last book, The Power of Positive Thinking, was such a great book! It challenged me in so many ways to change my life by changing the way I think about things. I am working to implement these steps little by little over time so that I can continue to grow to be a better Chiquta day by day, year by year.
I look forward to 2019. Like all of the other years, I look forward to embracing all that the year has to bring but unlike the years before, I am more confident in my thinking to make it through it. I know now even more than before that God has so much in store for me and that with and through Him I am invincible.
Here are some of my expectations for 2019:
Continue to not allow miles to keep me from spending time with family and friends
Plan more vacations (at least 1 outside of the US)
Continue to save and pay off debts
Read more books
Growing my faith by taking bigger risks; putting more bets on God; trusting Him more
Disconnect in order to connect more
Love others but also myself more
Be consistent. Be persistent.
I look forward to seeing God explode my expectations this year.
I pray that God blesses you all more abundantly this new calendar year. Happy New Year!!