So it's the first day of December. The closing of the year is approaching, and a fresh start will come soon. After I graduated college, I enjoyed the idea of the new (calendar) year really being the start of a new year. (I used to feel like the "new year" started in fall when school started.) I'm looking forward to the start of 2012. This year was one of the best years of my life. I've never been happier but it came at a price. And it started when my boyfriend and I broke up. I remember it as the best and worse thing that ever happened to me.
God really works miracles.
I never would have foreseen that a year filled with sorrow (ending a relationship that was "certainly" headed towards marriage, finding out my mom had cancer, experiencing deaths in my family) could still actually be very joyful. It's all due to God's faithfulness. Sometimes I feel as if I'm in life that's out of control, and I'm grasping at something to keep me steady. I reach out to a man or a career or friends, but none can calm the chaos I feel like God can. And knowing that, that's how I found peace.
Time really goes by so quickly, and I can honestly say I feel like I conquered 2011. I can't wait to see what's ahead for 2012. :)
(The picture above is around Monterey. We were whizzing by on the 17-mile drive towards Big Sur.)