highlights of 2014

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiHappy New Year all!  I hope 2015 is bringing you as much inspiration and determination for you as it is for me.  This is my recap  post for the new year; I was going to do a recap and resolutions post, but it quickly will turn into a novel.  Last year I gave up Facebook for quite some time.  It was sporadic off and on.  I really enjoyed cutting the ties from Facebook.  Currently, I am back on, but once school starts again I will delete my personal page and just keep the Journey for Jessi page–so be sure to like it!  Continuing to recap the highlights of my year (the positive of course)…

I became more social, thus making my college experience all the better thanks to my sisters and best friends.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI celebrated my cousin’s wedding in Miami for Spring Break.

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new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI learned how to knit again, and business took off.

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I got back into running–despite the negative degree weather.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI had the best birthday I could ask for and celebrated it with my best friend Jessi (one of the last times I saw her).

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI met someone who helped me through a really tough year and now he’s one of my good friends.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI survived another year of engineering (barely).

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI spent the summer at home in Houston.

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I found my passion for health-ifying recipes.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI went blonde-ish.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI learned how to cope with stress and anxiety with yoga.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI went camping.

new year, new perspective--Journey for Jessi

I started a blog.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI fell in love with Colorado all over again; to the point where I can call it “home.”new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI was a Ram Welcome Leader for CSU’s first year student orientation.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI was a Recruitment Guide for sorority life.  It was one of the best Greek life experiences I have had thus far.

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiI got a “grand little.”

new year, new perspective--Journey for Jessi

I added a Nutrition minor and thought about graduate school for Nutrition (still thinking about it).

new year, new perspective--Journey for JessiMy brother got engaged!

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And those were just some of the major events I remember enjoying while looking through my pictures.  What really matters though, are the lessons learned this year and how much stronger I have grown as a person.  Not just any person, but me.  Here is what I summed up last night as the year came to a close…

With everything that has happened leading up to the New Year, and I truly mean the second before January 1st 2015 hit, God was still throwing me curve balls in 2014.  But, it was not until I had another big wake up call that I realized God has been trying to help me along the way and I have just been too stubborn to listen.  Life changes.  Life changes a lot, but I believe that somehow, everything will be for the better–even if it does not seem like it at that particular moment.  Well, New Year’s Eve was no exception.  I finally think one of my “lessons” for 2014 sinked in:  the fact that people and moments will slip out of your life; you may have once held on so dearly, been in love, thought something would never be free from even the inner most crevices of your heart… 

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Last night was the last thing I needed to feel, I think, in order to fully push full throttle into my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions.  I have often succumbed many a time in favor of someone else’s wants and wishes in order to fulfill their happiness, never my own.  I aim to make other’s happy, finding joy in their smiles and seeing their dreams coming true.  But alas, that has left me only temporarily happy as I am left to just observe until they leave with their happiness.  No longer will I let this be.  2015 is my year.  Selfish as that may sound, it really is not.  Because as long as my dreams and actions are pure, they can benefit others.  

Last night, God finally set me free.  Awakening me to the fact that not every little thing I love will continue to exist in my life, and that is okay.  Because those things I try so desperately to cling to that He choose to leave behind, would only hold me down as I try to grow.  In 2015, I will focus on those that will lift me up and provide the supportive foundation that I need in order to better myself and my own life to make this world the best version of itself that it can be, the way God Himself intends.  I am learning to accept the facts of life and move on.  To live and let go.  To live in the moment, rather than hang on to a past so long ago left in the dust.  To not stress about the future so obscure and indefinite.  To not let fear rule my life.  To trust that everything happens for a reason.  I have such high hopes and goals for 2015 and have every last intention of sticking with my resolutions through thick and thin, but I will write another post about all my resolutions later!

What are your favorite moments from 2014?

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