Each year, God willing, we reach the day of our birth and for me that day is today.
Some people don’t feel that their birthday is important. They tend to think that it’s just another day and why should they take the time to celebrate. And honestly there is nothing wrong if that how you feel; however…I’m not that type of person. If I’m honest around this time of year I tend to become a little more introverted than usual which my friends and family will tell you that can be very dangerous for me. But it can also be a good thing for me because it gives me a chance reflect on the year I’ve had.
So let me reflect.
The biggest thing for me during my year was that I branched out and took steps to become more consistent in my writing and one of the things I’ve done to walk that road was to attend a writing conference in July. CAN YOU SAY NERVOUS? So nervous in fact that I called my mom (yes I’m a mama’s girl) from my car in the parking lot of the where the conference was held and cried about my fear of how things would go. As always she had the words of wisdom and I was able to meet people with similar goals.
I’ve also allowed myself to get out of my comfort zone and take the time to develop new friendships. Some friendships were started while shopping on a Friday night. Others were started while attending a women’s conference. Is it easy? Is it something that comes natural for me? The answer is no on both counts but I am so much more grateful to God for His grace in walking this journey with me.
In addition to the writer’s conference this summer I attended a Christian concert with my sister-in-law in June. We bonded, we sang, we danced, we praised God. At the end of the concert we were told how much we blessed some of the other concert goers because we were inhibited…not usually something I would hear about myself in public but I’ve decided that I will enjoy my life and my life is about the Lord.
So as I turn the corner on another year I look forward to what this year brings. More concerts. Another writer’s conference. More connecting with new friends. And most importantly more walking in faith.
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