Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Year!!

This is my official "Happy New Year" post to my readers! I've been reading a lot of new year blogposts, some including new year's resolutions and others not, but what I've been noticing is that not all of them have taken stock of the year gone by or spoken about what they're hoping for in the new year. Although resolutions may kind of be hopes for the new year, I suppose. But the more I think about 2015, the more unsure of it I am.

You see, 2014 was an amazing year! D and I got married, we honeymooned, we moved homes. We laughed, we cried, we rekindled some friendships and walked away from others. It was a ridiculously good year! But as we got closer to the end of it, we started realising that 2015 was going to be a year that tested our faith and reliance on God. D is currently studying a Bachelor of Banking through UNISA and at the end of January, he writes his last two exams. It's both surreal and exciting as his 4 year degree comes to an end. It's taken immense discipline, blood, sweat and tears from him, and I am so incredibly proud of him! I am especially proud of him for completing his degree whilst working a full time job and getting at least one distinction every single term! I know, right?? 

But now, as it comes to an end, we're coming to the part where we're going to have to start applying for jobs for him and so far, as we've consistently been applying for jobs anyway, we've had no luck. It's the silly Catch-22 of everyone wants him to have experience, but no one will take him and give him that experience. It's frustrating and disheartening, but it's testing our faith in God and we have to constantly keep reminding ourselves that God is in control.

At the same time, we have to decide where we want ourselves in the next few years. Do we take this time while we don't have kids yet and travel and move overseas for a few years so that we can explore and hopefully get D some experience? Or do we stay put and keep on keeping on trying to get D a job in finance here? If we do stay here, do we save our money and buy a house? Or do we use that money and go on a few overseas holidays? 

We have a lot of thinking to do over the next few months, and currently, I feel like we've taken our pair of die, thrown them in the air and said to God "Okay, where do you want us?" and we're still waiting for them to land. I really have a feeling that this year has an amazing adventure in store for us, the only problem is that I have no idea what that adventure is. Which, I suppose, is generally how life, and God, works. So whilst I'm very confused and unsure, I'm also very excited and grateful.

Our first Christmas as a married couple was so enjoyable! And these holidays resulted in an amazing DIY pallet coffee table that my UNBELIEVABLE husband and dad put together, as well as beautiful sunsets, time with friends and family and memories that will last a lifetime.

Usually we go away during the December holidays, but because UNISA scheduled D's exams for the end of January, he needed the time at home to study and so we had a staycation. Which was so relaxing as we spent time with each other and enjoyed Cape Town in December.

Spending time at home also gave me a chance to think about what I'm hoping for this year. 

1) I hope D and I will be able to travel. Moving or an overseas holiday is good.
2) I would like to work on my patience levels. I've been feeling like I need to give people more room for error and to be more patient with them. So I hope I can give more people the grace to make mistakes and to be human. 
3) 2014 saw me walking away from people and situations that I didn't feel comfortable with. I hope I do more of that in 2015. 
4) I hope to grow and expand my little freelance business more this year. I'm extremely proud of the little 'business woman' I've become and I hope I continue to learn and grow with my business.
5) I need to keep trusting God. My favourite worship song has a line in it that goes "Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders" and I really hope that that happens this year. Our faith can only be made stronger when we trust God completely, and I really want that for this year.

So as we all are back at work and the year starts, I hope that this year brings all my readers and myself many adventures!!


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