It’s hard for me to even write this post today…this year has been so weird, for lack of a better word. There were highs and quite a few lows in 2014. I think I’ve had more challenges this year than I have yet in my 35 years of life. When I say I’m ready for 2015, I really mean it. 2014 started off with a bang with some family challenges, getting snowed in multiple times, health issues, broken friendships…and things continued to challenge us (more me because I’m a “dweller”) throughout the year with unforeseen expenses, trying to nail down my health issues (which I finally did 6 months later with no help from my doctors), and building a garage that was more challenging and costly than expected.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:35, 37)
Of course, there were many blessings in 2014 as well – traveling, figuring out said health issues (thank you grains for wreaking havoc on my body for the first time ever), being able to pay our bills, a relatively healthy family throughout the year, delving into essential oils and cleaning up our home, starting an amazing God-given Bible study, having a mentor, and having one of the biggest years yet for my business. I’ve learned this year to ask for help and prayer – an invaluable lesson for a person who tries to do it all herself.
We’re ending the year with me dealing with high blood pressure and trying to deal with that – but that’s okay. I know that things could be MUCH, much worse. Don’t hear me whining about 2014, I know that is what it sounds like…but I am ready to turn over a new leaf and have a fresh start. I’m taking some time to see what things are really important to focus on in 2015, and what things I can put aside for now. One of the things that I’m going to put aside for a season (and maybe forever) is this blog…right now there’s just not a whole lot of joy in it for me. I want to encourage and uplift and inspire, but I’m much more comfortable doing that on Instagram on a whim when the Spirit leads, so please follow me there for updates, inspiration and peeks at daily life. If you’d like to follow my journey in healthy living through food & essential oils, you can do that on my other website and Instagram.