Warning: Apologies, but this post is very long
Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful 2018. And if not, thank you for continuing your journey into 2019. Someone will be impacted by your story one day, if not now.
I wanted to share with you how my 2018 went, as a reflection of what happened. It was a huge year for me, and I still can’t fathom how all of this happened.
January saw my paternal grandmother going to heaven, which was a shock for everyone, especially when she survived into the New Year.
However, there is always beauty for the ashes.
I turned 15 years old, and celebrated with a lot of my friends and cousins who also have birthdays in January .
My blogging and writing got a fresh boost, with two blog tours and a lit of story ideas and outlining.
February was very musical in my house: my brother and I played in the School musical Pitt band, and my brother had other performances with another orchestra he is in.
Of course, I cannot mention February 2018 without talking about Billy Graham’s death. The interesting thing was, in the very day he died, I had a missions trip meeting, and my team leaders ended up talking about how Billy Graham affected them.
March 2018 brought in the Beast from the East, bringing the largest amount of snow that I’ve seen in England for a long time. It was so large, that schools had to be closed down!
The highlight, though, was going to Rouen with my friends on a school trip. My host family were Catholics, and were so sweet to me, which was really lovely. I’ll do anything to see them again.
We had Easter Sunday on the first day, which was a beautiful start. I was then able to go to a music camp with old and new friends, which was really fun. I also had the privilege of singing in Ely Cathedral with my school choir, although at the time it didn’t feel like an honour as I was exhausted.
The best part of April was seeing two of my closest friends getting married. Rachel baptised me three years ago, and she and her husband Josh have supported me throughout everything , whilst studying at university , helping with the church and dating each other!
I got to see two of my beautiful writing friends, Taylor and Livy, publish fantastic books.
May was also the Royal Wedding Of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which is the second Royal Wedding that I’ve watched live!
May also saw me getting a bit more active, and taking long walks around my neighbourhood.
I made new friends, and had the privilege of watching two concerts from people that I admire.
It was also where I discovered my dream sixth form, and began working towards getting a place there.
July 5th marks 3 years of getting baptised, which is crazy seeing what God has done since then.
I also finished Year 10 watching the painful match of England vs Croatia during the World Cup live. While I’m not a huge fan of football, I am a huge fan of England doing well.
Not many people get to say that they travelled to the north of Spain by bus with 90 teenagers and play in a concert in a castle, but I did! SYO Tour 2018 was amazing, and I seriously recommend that you travel to Palencia
August saw me bonding with lots of people through texting or hanging out wherever.
I really got into missions, especially after talking to a missionary and discovering Trades of Hope. Missions has been a passion of mine since I was 7, and I find it impossible for it to leave.
I started Year 11, and made so many new friends due to being a boarder buddy.
It was such an honour for me as I watched my brother receive a music award at school for continuous commitment at school and in other orchestras around the country.
October saw me temporarily say goodbye to some friends as I wasn’t joining them for SYO 2019 due to focusing on GCSEs
I went to Romania on a missions trip to Project Ruth School in Bucharest, and oh, oh, oh! I want to go back so badly. Those moments with the children were so precious, and I wish that I could have just stayed there. I had never felt so at home outside of my home before. I can’t remember being so excited about a trip, even two months afterwards, I still get excited thinking about it.
October also saw two celebrations:
1 year of blogging on WFAGG and my parents’ 21st wedding anniversary. It was one of my most favorite anniversaries that I’ve celebrated with them.
I got mission fever, and journaled and researches like crazy!
November was a month of celebration!
And if that wasn’t wonderful, I got into my dream sixth form with a Headmaster’s Award! This is one of the top schools in England, and I got in 😍😍😍
I finished my grade 8 violin, which was amazing, especially now that I am in Year 11. I also officially finished my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
When did all of these amazing things happen? In the same week!
December was a celebration of Christmas and finishing activities.
I sang the Messiah with my school choir, and I went to the cinema three times which is a record for me!
I also met up with so many friends and family members which included the sweetest niece and nephew.
2018 was an amazing year of milestones and celebrations. That didn’t mean everything was rosy. It just meant that God helped me overcome barriers that I could never have done on my own.
So what about 2019?
Well, I’m have 16 goals, but instead of creating mini goals every month toward them like I did in 2018, I will do seasonal mini goals and tell you how I am doing with my Resolutions.
I will post my Resolutions tomorrow
How about you?
How was 2018?
What are you hoping for in 2019?