Where to begin? 2017 was definitely wild. It was nothing I expected but everything I needed. It’s weird looking back and feel that so much has happened but it went by so fast. So before the year end, let’s see the year in review.
This year is the first time ever that I don’t dye my hair in extreme ways. I kept my hair a normal brown this year and my hair has gotten way healthier. I also started wearing less makeup this year, which is a very interesting choice and partly done because I like to rub my face,
We can all agree that 2017 was such a great year for music. We finally had new music from Phoenix. Harry Styles surprised us all with his amazing solo album and Elevation Worship gave me the best worship songs to sing out to. It’s been an amazing year. Plus, Spider-Man Homecoming came out and that was the best Spider-Man film yet, bye.
Life changed a lot for me. I started the year tired and scared and ending up finding people and things that made me happy. God has blessed me and I’m still figuring things out as I go. I’m expectant of what will happen in 2018. Little nervous but expectant.
Around the Web
I thought long and hard about what I loved around the internet this year and it’s hands down Rafael Casal. Find him on Twitter and Instagram. He’s hilarious, smart, and the guy writes amazing poetry.
Check out my reviews of each month this year: Catch up with the other months: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov
What was your favorite part of 2017?
And just like that 2017 has come to an end! This has actually been my blog’s strongest year yet so I’m so excited to see where it goes next. I’m already planning tons of more content for 2018. It’s time to step it up!
This year I had a lot of sleeper hits that I definitely didn’t expect but I’m glad they are getting read! 2017 was an interesting year and I feel like I’m going to have a lot more content for 2018. Until then, here are the best posts of 2017!
Out of all my Disney posts, I think it’s cool that these got attention. I love taking pictures for the ‘Gram like everyone. Since I was at Disneyland a ton at one point it became a challenge to find a new view that wasn’t what people typically see. I basically picked places that I thought looked cool and shared them with y’all. Thanks for all the love on those posts since they were my most read this year!
I was so lucky to pair up with Kaaboo for this post. One of my favorite bands, Lany, was playing this year! Packing for music festivals in the summer is always a challenge because it’s hot but you need a good amount of things. This post was just a little help.
I did a good amount of traveling this year which is so crazy! This meant I became a bit of a pro in picking out the comfiest outfits. Shout out to Pinterest because a lot of people were looking this up and a lot of my referrals to this post where from there. I’m also glad there’s a lot of other people out there that just want to be comfy all the time like me.
I was shocked but so happy that this was one of the most read posts on my blog this year. I love giving back and I’m so happy that others are joining in as well. It’s one of my favorite posts to write so thanks for sharing!
What was your favorite things about 2017?
I remember ending 2016 tired and hopeless. 2016 was rough. The mistakes, doubt, and confusion was crushing me. I was directionless but knew I has to push myself to something for 2017 so I chose redemption as the word to keep me focused. When I picked that word I wasn’t expecting something grand, I just thought I’d do a couple new things in my life. But I also just desperately needed God.
But as always, God has better plans than my own. I knew I wanted to make something out of my life instead of moping about what could’ve been. It was overwhelming because I didn’t know where to start so I kind of jumped. I tried to get myself plugged in somewhere and push past my comfort zone but I still didn’t feel like I was getting somewhere. At first I thought God will help open doors and guide me somewhere but He did something different.
What did redemption for me look like?
At the end of 2016 I genuinely asked God to search my heart and rid me of everything. Mistakes, shame, guilt, resentment, you name it, I just wanted to feel free and focus on my walk. And that’s what He did. The start of 2017 dealt with a lot of me coming to terms (p.s. read my testimony here because this is how I got to writing it) with my past and apologizing to people I may have hurt and forgiving those who have hurt me. I had to accept stuff that happened to me and actually overcome them instead of avoiding it.
Man, it was hard. My pride took a hit and God humbled me down. Which in all honestly, was the best thing He could have done. I don’t easily open up about the true tough issues in my life but I had to learn to face them because avoiding it was doing more harm than good.
To be honest, by summer I was feeling emotionally vulnerable and still confused on what God wanted me to do. It wasn’t until Zoe Conference when I actually felt God nudge me in a specific direction so I obeyed and life has changed a lot since then for the better.
So where does the story go now?
I’m happy. For the first time in a long time I can say that and genuinely mean it. Things are not completely figured out but there’s joy in my heart and God’s plans in my life so it’s all okay. I’m also still a mess who messes up at times, but I can actually work from it instead of hiding. I still don’t feel like I have it all together but I’m in a better place spiritually that I feel at ease.
God turned things around in my life and I’m grateful He did. I would have never pictured where and how I am ending 2017. Grateful doesn’t begin to cut it. God is good. Life is wild.
Did you have a word for 2017? How’d it go?
Chad Veach is probably one of my favorite speakers ever. That guy can capture your attention and drop some truth into your life. His book Unreasonable Hope had me crying and I ended up reading it in about a day because I could not put it down. So when I heard about Faith Forward Future, I was ready to read it. Here’s some thoughts on the book.
About the Book
The book hits on the questions that are left when things in your life fall apart. All those plans and dreams that just didn’t happen and where to go next and how God is in the middle. Getting past disappointments and delays in your life is hard. The book takes a look at what God has planned and even why He may let things happen. But also explains how sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and go with it.
As someone who is constantly trying to figure things out, this book was timely. It wasn’t a cheesy book telling you that all your dreams will come true one day. But it is an honest explanation that sometimes things are going to fall apart and things will suck but the story is not done yet, even if it’s not the way you planned it to be. Chad writes as he speaks so you’ll find it humorous, although he’s talking through some tough truths.
It’s very honest where it doesn’t get my hopes up that as soon as I’m done reading everything will magically become great, but it reminds you to keep going and God will do something.
Check out Faith Forward Future on Amazon. What books are you reading?
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Y’all, college is hard and I can slowly feel my light dim the more I get into grad school. College students are just confused kids trying to be adults. So what better than a gift guide for college students!? College kids are just trying to make it through life and all they really need is some coffee, tbh. But here’s some more handy things to give them.
Gift Card to Barnes and Noble
Or literally gift cards wherever you can get books. I recently found that Barnes and Noble does book rentals and it’s amazing. College books are expensive so please help a sad and broke college student to not go broke buying one book. It’s such a helpful gift.
Anything Food Related
But like actual food. Sure a shirt that says “fries before guys” is funny but it’s not going to keep us fed. Give groceries, gift cards to their favorite coffee shops, or tools so they can actually cook a good meal. Food is life. A food gift is always a good gift.
I’m actually really weird at receiving gifts. I hate feeling like someone is wasting their money on me. I know it’s fun getting really cool gifts and the latest anything. But give college kids things that they will use in life. Does it seem like a boring gift? Sure. But at least they’ll have something they’ll use.
What’s a gift you would get college students?
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