I love the New Year. I love the opportunity for reflection and the promise and hope that comes with each New Year. It doesn’t matter what has happened in the passing year, on December 31st we are ready to move forward, seeing the stroke of midnight as the blank page of the next chapter of our lives.
As the new year approaches, I find myself reflecting on the year that has past and all that I’ve learned in 2018. 2017 started out pretty uneventful but certainly ended with a bang. In September, I decided to make a huge change and move to Washington, D.C. on a whim. I packed up my things, said a prayer, and left my family and friends behind to follow my dreams. In searching for a career, I found my calling.
Just two short weeks after moving to D.C., I began working for Rock Recovery. I have learned many things from my time at Rock (professionally and personally) but I thought I’d share the three biggest things that Rock has taught me in 2017.
- Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith to achieve your goals – It took me 6 years to finally make the move to D.C. I had always waited to have all of my “ducks in a row” before making the move (money, job, etc.). When I finally just made the move, God provided all I needed. I found a job that I love within two weeks of moving and a place to call my own within two months. I prayed, I jumped, He caught me.
- Your path is full of potential – Never in my life did I think I would be doing the work I do! This is not because I don’t love what I do but rather I didn’t think I possessed the skills necessary to succeed in my role. God has revealed new gifts and talents to me in the past 3 months that I’d never thought I could possess. Moreover, he has shown me how to use the gifts I knew I had in exciting, new and unique ways. He has
- My value in life, is not attached to any standard set by society – Working at Rock Recovery has really challenged to look at the way I value and love myself. I have always struggled with my weight and self-esteem, always believing that if I was smaller then I would be prettier, more valued, more worthy of love and attention. Rock has shown me that my size and weight is not a reflection of my value. My value comes from God, and His love is infinite and unconditional.
2017 was a good year, and I’m excited to see what 2018 will bring. I look forward to growing with Rock Recovery and seeing what new surprises God has in store for me. I’ll miss the year that’s come to pass, but I have hope for the next chapter of my story.
Cheers to a happy new year!