Today’s edition of Blogmas is going to be a little bit different, a little more personal I guess, as I’m going to be sharing 7 amazing things that happened to me in 2017. Some of this may seem a little bit like a CV, but I have a few random ones in there too. Enjoy!
1. My trip to Tanzania.
It’s been a long-term goal of mine to travel to Africa, and when I thought of going, I always pictured myself on a mission group with my church. So you can imagine my excitement when the opportunity to go to Tanzania for 2 weeks with a Northern Irish charity (Kids4School) landed on my doorstep. It was such an amazing trip, I’ll add in a few pictures to illustrate the amazingness below!
2. I sponsored a child.
If you’ve read my Dear January series you’ll know that this was one of my biggest goals for this year so you can imagine how excited I was when I finally filled in my application and did it. I definitely want to adopt another child in 2018, but for now, I’m happy knowing the Tumaini has at least one meal every day!
3. I stopped washing my hair every day.
To some this will sound gross, to others, this will sound obvious. In my personal situation, I used to think my hair was much too greasy on the second day to be acceptable, but due to the busyness of this past year I needed to gain some time and this was the easiest place to do so.
If you are still washing your hair every day, I highly recommend trying to go longer between washes, it actually makes your hair less oily, even though that seems counterintuitive.
4. I adopted a cat… sort of.
Okay, so there’s no paperwork, it’s technically my neighbor’s cat but she’s been sleeping on my bed for the past number of evenings.
I’ve named her Kimble Von Clawstraten (a variation on Kimble Hookstraten from Designated Survivor)… if you’re interested.
5. I got my part-time job in the daycare.
It hard to believe I only started working in the daycare in February, but it’s true, and it’s definitely one of the highlights of my year. Not only has it eased the financial nightmare that is university but it’s also a lot of fun (if you like kids).
6. I started laying the groundwork for my own business.
I know saying I got a job that I love and then started setting up my own business seems like a contradiction, but they sort of go hand in hand.
I’ve been talking about teaching Speech and Drama since 2013, and I finally started doing something about it this year which is very exciting and scary all at the same time, but I’m hoping the difficult part is behind me.
7. I threw myself back into church life and started making more time for my faith.
Since I went to New Zealand, I’ve been struggling with finding time for my faith and I really hate the way it makes me feel.
In 2017, I really started trying to make an effort to find time for God and to spend it with him every day. It’s not easy, and I’m far from perfect, but I made progress and the way it makes me feel is well worth blocking out some time.
And that’s it. I could name 100 amazing things that happened to me this year, but I fear the world would not find that at all interesting.
I really recommend that you guys look back at the past year too, it’s a great way to reflect and show gratitude for the unique amazing life you live. If you want, you could let me know in the comments what the number one highlight of your year was? If I don’t see you in the comments, I’ll see you tomorrow!