And just like that, it’s over.
I’m having mixed feelings right now as I type this up. It’s New Year’s Eve, and tonight at midnight, a page of history — the year 2017 — will be flipped over, never to return again.
All those moments, these moments, those future moments, was and is and will soon be simple blots of ink in pages of history that flip themselves throughout days and months and weeks and years. And so the ticking of that clock continues, and our hearts continue beating, to the mysterious rhythm of time.
I’m musing and reminiscing on the past events of this year. 2017 wasn’t my best year so far, but I’m sorry to see it go, anyhow. It wasn’t filled with as many blissful moments and leisurely expeditions as what made 2016 so special to me, but life is more than clear, see-through bliss, right? Life is also composed of disappointment, fear, stress, anger, and regret: all those things that make joy and happiness shine out so brightly. I’ve experienced more wildly challenging moments and more wildly joyous moments this year than all my previous years combined, and, and throughout those wild ups and downs — 1 year, 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours — I’ve seen more and more that there’s a faithful Friend out there with whom there is no shadow of turning.
And that’s exactly what made 2017 so special to me.
To prevent this post from becoming too poetic and depressing and totally unlike my writing style…I’ll go ahead and recap my year by including a few highlights from each month!
We moved. I can’t remember if it was exactly this time that we moved (I think it was a bit later, in February/March or something). Anyways, it was quite a change! There was a ton of packing, planning, and excitement going on around this time. But I’m rather used to it, already. Our family evidently really likes to move. XD I l.o.v.e. our house and yard and property and state and community better than any of the ones before, so I guess that’s good!
I started blogging!! I created Stuffie Adventures with my sister out of a burst of inspiration, somewhere in February of this year. Head In The Clouds came a couple months later. This is probably one of the best highlights of the entire year. Seriously though, blogging has changed my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I got introduced to photography! (Actually, it was a month or so before this, but don’t be picky). Somewhere around the start of 2017, I developed an absolute obsession with photography. I hoarded the camera day and night (sorry not sorry) and my obsession for photography fueled my obsession over my blog!
I did NaPoWriMo. I honestly love writing poetry, even more than fiction (and I can’t write nonfiction, so that’s kind of out of the question). You can see a recap post of the poems I wrote that month by clicking right here!
I also did a lot of coding! I’ve been slacking on computer programming lately, but at the time I was simultaneously coding several little project websites at once.
School. *gags* I feel like this is a part of everyone’s life, so I won’t elaborate. Studying for a big exam wasn’t easy… But anyways, I also got to go to Houston! And I think it was this month where I started writing in my journal on a daily basis. Journaling is a great way to store memories, write down insights, draw doodles, and get my mind off things.
SUMMER! I can’t really think of a highlight from June. Actually, there are several: 1) My sister and I did the first ever Stuffie Takeover Week, 2) I played a lot of piano, and 3) I fell in love with the outdoors and nature. Creation is beautiful, and going outdoors is like stepping out into a different world. Gardening was a good outlet for my love of nature, this June!
I began co-writing a novel with a long distance friend! I’d hardly been writing anything for the past few months and was pretty much giving up on writing altogether as a hobby, but co-writing a novel got me serious about writing again! Which is why this is one of my top highlights of the year, because if it hadn’t been for that, writing would have disappeared under the dirt for me. And…how sad would that be? *sniffle*
I started BULLET JOURNALING! Yaaaaaay! Bullet journaling has gotten me more creative with calligraphy, doodling, planning, and so much more. As well as keeping me from eating out my insides with stress by getting me to be more organized, goodness.
I started lessons at a music and art academy around here. It’s sparked my love for music theory, gotten me better at drawing and painting, given me the opportunity to sing in a (wonderful!) choir again…and it’s always fun to go shopping with my mom in between my siblings’ classes. And now I look forward to every Saturday so much that I count the days of the week by how many days there are till Saturday.
I think this is the month where I read a lot. Seven books in total: The War Of The Worlds (H.G. Wells), Dragon Gate (Laurence Yep), Miracles On Maple Hill (Virginia Sorenson), The Light On Tern Rock (Julia L. Sauer), Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery), The Swiss Family Robinson (Johann Wyss), and Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery).
I went to the National Bible Bee Competition. It seems like I learn more every Nationals than all the rest of the year combined, and this year it was no different. I learned about God’s faith, guidance, protection, wisdom, sovereignty, and above all, sufficiency for all I have and all I am. As well as some other things: wild ecstasy, calm despair, the true meaning of Bible Bee friends, and how to permanently damage your hands by clapping too much.
Christmas and holiday fun! Two of my graduated older siblings, who live in different states, came home for Christmas break! We all had a lot of fun celebrating two family birthdays, celebrating Jesus’ birthday, and having tons of food and family fun together. I also got a new camera like I said above and am pretty obsessed with it (I keep annoying my siblings by shooting random videos of them).
Despite what I said earlier about being sad about 2017 leaving me, I am SUPER pumped for 2018! I’m a bit apprehensive right now about what’s going to happen and how I’m going to survive, I know God has the best plan for me and everything’s going to work out just the way He wants it to. 🙂
Happy New Years! I hope you had the most fantabulous and marvellific year EVER, only to be topped by every year after this!
What are some of your best and worst moments of 2017? What are you looking forward to in 2018?