I truly cannot believe 2014 is coming to a close. Time has passed so quickly! As a new year is approaching, I find myself actually reflecting on the past two years, rather than just 2014. I don't know quite how to put it into words, but I feel like 2013 and 2014 hold some of the most defining moments of my 23 1/2 years of life.
In all honesty, 2013 was the most difficult year of my life. There were so many different reasons for that, all too personal to share, but suffice it to say I was stretched and tested to my absolute limits that year, right up to the very end of it. There were some wonderful moments, too (see our Love Story) but man, that was a tough year.
The beginning of 2014 was spent climbing my way out of those very challenging trials, but it was also spent getting to know my now husband, and having him by my side through such a tough time was a blessing in more ways than I can say. And after all those difficulties, I can now confidently say I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. 2014 was an incredible year. Such the complete opposite of 2013. Just the fact that I got married to the love of my life is reason enough to say it was the best year yet.
But it's so much more than that, too.
The past two years have taught me a lot about myself. I am a completely different person than I was just two years ago. The biggest change I've found is that I'm more confident - confident in myself and confident in my relationship with God. As I reflect back on the past two years, I can pinpoint exact moments and experiences that I went through that allowed me to gain that confidence. Some were terribly hard, and others were beautiful and wonderful. I'm so grateful to know that all of those things have lead me to where I am today.
I'm certain I'm not done growing and changing, and there will be many more of those changing moments throughout my life. But these past two years, which have really shown me the lowest of lows and the highest of highs, have absolutely been pivotal ones in my life. I passed through sorrow to know the joy -- and oh, the joy that I now know. :)
Jim and I are so happy. We both have wonderful jobs where we are challenged every day and given lots of new opportunities. We have a great place to live that is close to family and friends, and we're making new friends, too! We both love our church callings (Jim with the young men, me in the primary). I'm teaching piano and loving every minute of my time with my 6 students. We love playing games, watching Netflix, going out to eat, teasing each other constantly, being complete weirdos, and laughing a whole lot.
We have big goals, big dreams, big plans. But we're also happy just being together.
I'm so grateful for a Heavenly Father who allows us to learn and grow. And I have noticed a pattern - whenever things are difficult, something amazing is always on the horizon. 2014 was the most incredible year I've ever had, for millions of reasons. Being married is a beautiful, marvelous thing, and being happy and content in my own skin is equally glorious. Can't wait to see what 2015 brings!
Happy New Year!