Isn't it amazing to think of how much we've all grown over the past couple years? I think about that a lot and am incredibly thankful because I've learned so much about myself, my life, my faith, and how to deal with hard times.
I've learned I get angry pretty easily and that prayer and reading the Word are a big help with that. Instead of speaking words that shouldn't be spoken, I need to hold my tongue and leave a room.
I've learned what my body needs in terms of exercise to feel great.
I've learned that I'm an introvert. I absolutely adore people and I want to spend my days being with people who make me laugh, who make me come out of my shell, and who are kind but in the end, I need my alone time, even if it's just a couple hours a day.
I've learned that I don't have to be book smart to love people or help them see that they're valuable.
I've learned that I don't have to have all the answers and that life is meant to be enjoyed, not worried about.
I've learned that adventure is so important. It's something that gets me out of the house so I can have fun with people and know there are many great years to come.
I've learned that asking people questions is much more important than talking about myself.
I've learned that believing in myself and being confident gets me so much further in life than being afraid.
I've learned that it's easier to make friends if I open up and that college may be better than I ever expected.
I've learned that if I literally put everything in God's hands and trust that he has a plan, things will work out and God will bless me.
Since the last time I blogged, life has been full. I traveled to Staunton in the incredible 103 degree weather for some cold, refreshing ice cream, I spent the entire day at the lake where I sat on a tube, went on a little hike, and ran into friends, I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. on the 4th of July (technically the 5th) talking with friends outside as the birds chirped because it was so early, and I visited a wonderful friend/old Young Life leader who lives in my soon-to-be college town!!! It's been good.