old soul, young heart forever. that fact gets more and more true each year. and although i still feel pretty much the same, its interesting to look back at the past year to see how much ive grown.
this past year has been pretty pivotal in my life. 23 as well, but 24 even more so. as i continued to step out of my comfort zone, i started to foster relationships new and old. the year was FULL of relationships that in my mind have been pivotal to who i am as a person. the people around me have continued to embrace me, inspire me, support me, pray for me and over me, and lift me up as i go about on this journey of life. i continue to feel so lucky that these people love me just the way that i am.
i traveled to haiti twice, falling even more deeply in love with the land and its people. that place always has me coming back home with new eyes. i started projects that i never in a gajillion years thought i would start at the age of 24.
i moved not just once, but three separate times.
i got a new cat. and learned a lot about breakdancing yoga (im hooked.). and went to four weddings. i went on adventures to places i had never explored and learned more about this thing we call our world.
i learned what it is to care deeply and live with abundant passion. i learned what it meant to pray without ceasing. i learned how important the human connection is in order for us to thrive, and how special moments with certain someones will live on in your heart not just for months, but for forever.
this year has been abundant with inspiration. so much so that i can only imagine what 25 has in store. all i know is that im really excited to see what this next year might bring about.
i thank each and every one of you who has stepped into my life for a few minutes or for a lifetime. i do believe the saying is true that people leave footprints on your heart. the moments with those people change you.
i am going into the age of 25 with a different heart, one that has changed over the span of 12 months. everything looks a little bit different now than it did last august, but its all good change. this year, i hope to write a book, maybe (please, Lord!) land a full-time job, hopefully start a non-profit, and in two days, i’ll be off on a grand 5 day adventure to norway. thats a good kick off to the year.
thanks for everyone who has taken the time to wish me a happy birthday. from the sweet serenade of friends this morning (screaming into the phone…i was almost crying because i was laughing so hard) to the bouquets of flowers, special sweet treats and many loving calls, text messages, and facebook posts, all the way to the minion pictures (my roommate hand drew me a card with a minion on the front! i freaked!) and hedgehog cuteness, i thank you from the bottom of my heart.
simply because of this fact:
life wouldn’t be the same without you in it.