Welcoming 2020

Lifestyle

I honestly can’t believe that in a few short days we will be welcoming not only a new year, but a whole new decade.  2019 was one for the books. I’m not gonna lie it really had me in the first half and I began to think I’d never make it through, but things quickly turned around and it turned into my favorite year yet.

This year has taught me so much about life, people, and myself. I learned that life isn’t always going to go your way and that’s okay. One of the hardest things I had to learn how to do is to let go and let God. I have to accept the fact that His plans for my life are way greater than any plans I could make for myself. Getting to experience His blessings and some of His plans for my life this year has been nothing short of amazing.

The lessons that I have learned this year have made me so strong, and while they were painful, I am so thankful. I learned that people aren’t always who you think they are in the beginning. People can put on a mask, but once their real colors start to show that is when you have to be careful and sadly I failed to do so. I cared too much and gave too much time and energy when I shouldn’t have. I got my heart shattered and was left so broken. While at first I thought it was the worst thing that could’ve happened I quickly learned that it was the best. I did not need anyone in my life that was going to leave me feeling any less than loved and worthy everyday.

I felt what I needed to feel, I picked myself up and I was determined to be the strongest and happiest version of myself that I could be. I learned to love myself more and more each day. I knew I was a little broken, but I accepted that and let it make me stronger. For the first time I was living life for myself and not for someone else. I went out, I had fun, and I did things that made me smile from ear to ear. I finally felt free and happiness was written all over my face. Little did I know that God had something big planned for me this year…

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In August I met the love of my life. Out of all the blessings I received this year he is truly my biggest one. I thank God every single day for sending him to me at the perfect time in my life. He made everything I have ever been through feel worth it. All the pain, tears, and heartache were all worth it and I would go through it all a million times if I knew he would always be the end result. Not only did I gain one of the sweetest humans in my life, but I gained a second family as well. His family never fails to make me feel welcome and they love me like their own.

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I am so excited to welcome 2020 with open arms. I get to take on a whole new decade with someone who loves me for everything that I am and who is my absolute best friend. I get to learn more about myself, experience new things with my family, and will be closer to graduating college. There is so many exciting things in the decade to come and I can’t wait to see what God has planned. Let’s make this the best decade yet.

Goodbye 2019… thank you for the memories, lessons learned, and blessings you have given me.

-Taylor J

New Beginnings

Devotionals

It is hard to believe that another year has already come and gone. 2018 brought and taught me great things, but I am ready to dive into the new year. I know it can be cliche to have New Years “resolutions” and “goals”, but it is something I like to do at the start of each new year. Something that is always fun for me is to write down my top 10 goals, keep them throughout the year and see how many I accomplish. This is a great way to not only hold yourself accountable, but to stay motivated as you work towards your goals. So, with that being said these are my top 10 goals for 2019:

1.) Become Stronger In My Walk With God

In 2018 I became closer to God then I ever have been. I opened up about my faith with others and shared God’s love. In the coming year I want to become even stronger in my faith by truly trusting God and the plans He has for my life.

2.) Worry Less

In the past couple years my anxiety has been at an all time high. I am constantly worrying about every little thing (even the things I can’t control) . I am not saying I will never worry about anything, but this also goes along with trusting God that everything will be okay.

3.) Better Physical/Mental Health

My whole life I have struggled with self image. Physical and mental health is something I want  to take very seriously in 2019. The more I learn to love myself, the more love I can give to others.

4.) Be Myself

This is a big one for me. I have always been so shy growing  up and worry way to much about what people think. I want to learn to just be myself and do what makes me happy without caring so much about what other people think.

5.) Give More

I love to donate wether that be clothes, money etc., just seeing what an impact it can make is amazing. In 2019 I want to make it a point to give more every month.

6.) Grow My Blog/Youtube

I am so passionate about my blog and youtube channel. I love that I can show my creative side and also have the chance to inspire so many people.

7.) Travel

I am still in school, so this one may be a little harder to accomplish, but I love traveling and the feeling it gives me. I want to try the best I can to see some new places this year. God has given us such a beautiful Earth to explore.

8.) Read More Books

Ever since I was little I have loved to read. Reading allows you to transport into a different world for just a little while, and I have always been fascinated by that. As I’ve grown older I don’t read as often as I used to, so I want to make it a point to read more books.

9.) Spread Positivity

Not only do I want to be more positive about myself, but about just everything in general. Everywhere I go I want to spread positivity.

10.) Start My Own Business

This is something I have always dreamed of and would love to make it a reality. I have an idea in mind, and I have been praying a lot about it, so hopefully I can make it happen in 2019.

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

What are your goals for 2019? Leave a comment and let me know, I’d love to hear them!

-Taylor Johns