Reflecting on 2017

Happy New Year, friends! Can you believe it’s already 2018?! I feel like the past year flew by, but at the same time it was the longest year of my life! Such a strange mix of emotions are attached to the past twelve months.

I don’t want to get too detailed and personal — I know you’re probably scrolling through tons of bloggers’ NY resolutions and reflections. But I think I’d be silly to not reflect on (and share) all the things this year taught me. God used the craziest things to teach me the most important lessons, and proved Himself faithful throughout all of it. The good definitely outweighs the bad, but the bad that this year brought was definitely some of the worst I’ve ever experienced.

We started the year out by planning our honeymoon! ☀️ Yes, we waited a couple years to take our honeymoon after getting married because life was crazy busy, but we FINALLY had time (and money saved!) to do it. We spent weeks trying to nail down the perfect honeymoon resort, and in March we finally picked one in the Dominican Republic, and we were supposed to go in April. We were SO. EXCITED.

About a week later, my husband came home from work and flipped my world upside down by saying the words that every military spouse dreads: “I’m being deployed.”

Except our deployment was extra special in that they chose him at the last minute for whatever reason… and instead of having a 4 month notice to plan/prepare, he had about 3 weeks. He was set to leave on the same day we were supposed to leave for our honeymoon. LOL right? Little did I know this was an allusion to how the next year would go, haha.

During this time, I was also applying for Dietetic Internships because I had finally worked up the nerve to go for it. I had spent some time building my resume and had some hope that maybe I had a chance. Well, unfortunately I got my hopes up too high on that one, because on the same day that hubby left (and that we were supposed to be honeymooning), I found out that I did not get matched for the internship.

Talk about ALL the curveballs ALL at the same time. Less than a week after hubby leaving for deployment, my first injury struck (of MANY #deploymentcurse). I was alone, hurting all the time, and unsure of the future. I tried to use all of these struggles as a learning experience, and began to pray constantly. I felt my relationship with Christ strengthen to a point it’s never been before.

I made strong, amazing friendships during those seven months that I know God put in my life to get me through. I learned so much about myself, my weaknesses AND my strengths, and especially about my marriage. Nothing like seven months spent in different countries to show you how strong you actually are!

So, fast forward a lot of lonely nights, wine and chocolate, a couple crazy hurricanes, a knee strain/back issues/migraines/broken toe/hamstring strain, several trips home to family, and some awesome friendships later… and my sweet hubby came home to me safely. I would say this day wins my 2017, hands down. All of the bad things that this year brought disappeared when he walked through that airport to me.

Fast forward some more, and my injuries are slowly (but fairly surely) improving. I’m still struggling with the frustration of not being able to be active, but isn’t that life sometimes? I’m finding new passions in my life, that give me hope for my future career. My husband is here with me, right where he should be, and we get to move to a new adventure in 2018. If there’s one thing I’ve learned the past twelve months it’s that God has different plans than we do, and no matter how much they hurt at first, they’re 1,000% better for us in the end. Hold on to that promise, and you’ll make it. God showed me that sometimes he has to take us to our worst to bring us to our best.

Whatever struggles 2017 brought you, use them to make you stronger in 2018! No matter how rough it gets, remember God isn’t punishing you, he is strengthening you for big things! I pray that you have the strength and motivation to chase those big things in the upcoming year.

Cheers to you and to 2018! Thanks for reading,

XO beth