The ornaments slowly come off the tree, one by one, as they are individually wrapped, each holding its own memory from Christmas’s past. I wrap them even more carefully as they will be snug in their box for a few years; they will not be hanging on any tree.
2013 has been a year to remember. A year of growth and adventures. A year of loss and lessons learned. A year of letting go of things and people who only God can take care of. As we are the architects of our own life, I choose to keep building mine.
When I started this blog, I was barely able to see the light of day, to take the next step, to get out of bed, to smile. The torment and the harassment over the past few years has only strengthened me and my faith in the Lord. Instead of retaliating I wrote. I didn’t share half of what I had been through, but I did share the lessons I had learned from it all and hopefully reaching some of you. Life isn’t about revenge or getting back. It’s about giving, loving, and forgiving. I’m not saying it didn’t hurt, but I didn’t let it break my building down. The one I so lovingly had begun to rebuild.
God has shown me many small miracles this past year. I live in the moment and cherish my time that He has given me. I volunteer, I shine my light and try to light up a sad face when I can. My students always brighten up my day. And here I was a little afraid to teach those little 2nd graders. But God knew it was what I needed. I have learned so much from that experience.
All of this has brought me to this place; to my new adventure. All my belongings will be packed away. I will be going to another country to teach. As I continue to build my life, I have decided this is the best way to exit my career as a teacher in the public school system. After 29 years in the classroom, I know I have touched many lives. I want to take my experience and love for children to another place. I want to make a difference somewhere else. I know I will learn and grow from this new adventure. God has so wonderfully put me on this path. He has given me the confidence, strength, and courage to build my life even higher.
As much as I have learned this past year, the most important, is my total faith in the Lord. I don’t fear anything. I live my life to the fullest and smile on all those who have come and gone in my life.
May you reach out, reach high and go for it. 2014 will be an awesome year!!!
“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”
Happy New year!!
As always, Keep hiking to the top!!