Friday, December 26, 2014

2014 Flashbacks

It's time for another year to come to an end.  As I sit back and reflect on the many memories and moments I was able to experience throughout 2014, I realize what a crazy and adventourous ride it has been.

In 2014 I...

  • Spent half the year on crutches.
  • Met Lady Antebellum!!
  • Finally expressed my interest in becoming a speaker and started a new career - which was a buried 7-year-old dream. 
  • Was accepted to attend the University for the Deaf and hard of hearing (Gallaudet) for summer classes.
  • Had to decline my acceptance to Gallaudet due to emergency gallbladder surgery.  (Seriously, I sound so accident prone this year.)
  • Received a college scholarship for my academic achievements. 
  • Took a writing class on how to write memoirs.
  • Started going to coffee shops just to read and write.
  • Moved up in my job from being a noon time assistant (AKA: yard duty teacher) to a substitute teacher's aid.
  • Spent over 3 months subbing long term at one school, working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
  • Successfully completed 33 college units.
  • Spoke to several classrooms at a local elementary school, hopefully breaking stereotypes before they were built.
  • Held a sensitivity training in a local hospital.
  • Joined a hospital Patient Family Advisory Council, and was asked to join a second one that will start in 2015.
  • Was turned into a super hero AND had a theme song written for/about me!
  • Started writing a book...or two.
  • Spent time with one of my Operation Mobilization London friends - in person - for the first time since 2012!
  • Saw Wicked, the musical, for my fourth time. 
  • Had a murder mystery super hero birthday party!
  • Celebrated the birth of my baby cousin, Erica!
  • Spent a LOT of fun times with my 4-year-old cousin Rayna!  (And became her favorite person.)
  • Made sugar cookies for the first time (ASL style).
  • Bought more books than I have time to read.
  • Was upgraded to first class and economy plus for free.
  • Tried cotton candy grapes.  (Yes, that's a real thing.)
  • Had my photo unintentionally go viral (to over 30 million strangers).
  • Had my story written about in the local newspaper, The Fresno Bee.
  • Enjoyed having sleepovers with my little sister, BreAnna!  As well as tackling our summer bucket lists together.
  • Received more encouragement from friends and strangers that I am SO thankful for.  They'll never know how much their support and encouragement meant to me throughout the year.
  • Did a lot of house sitting and babysitting.
  • Went on an Alaskan cruise that caught on fire!!  (Yet, it was the best cruise I've ever been on.)
  • Went to Seattle and Portland.
  • Spent time with my girls at Sugar Pine Christian Camp during the summer as a week-long counselor.
  • Tried a reindeer sandwich.  (Oh, wait...Did I write that out too close to Christmas time?)
  • Attended the Free Will Baptist National Convention.
  • Spent time with dear friends.
  • Had four laser treatments.
  • Spoke at a women's retreat (not as the main speaker, but for a 20 minute seminar/testimony time).
  • Wrote articles for Randall House Publications (will be published in early 2015) and for the Treasure Magazine (published in the fall of 2014). 
  • Made a ton of new friends!
  • Laughed a LOT.
  • Met Jack Canfield and was encouraged by him when I had the chance to talk with him about my life goals.
  • Chased my dreams.
  • Learned, matured, and grew a lot.
  • Became stronger - and an overcomer.
  • Made a gazillion God-sized dreams AND accomplished some of them too!!
  • Went to Nashville and created this 3-minute beauty with Brian Ellison and Melissa Cowart:

This year had a LOT of great moments.  Many were planned for, dreamt of, and totally unexpected.  (Many of which were really, really unexpected.)  I am SO excited to see what 2015 has in store for me and my family.  I don't know what's going to happen in the new year, but I do know that I am going to keep dreaming big - and I'm going to keep pursing my dreams.  Who knows what doors God may open??

Happy New Year, my dear friends!  Thanks for spending a part of it with me.

The Travelin' Chick,

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