I can't believe in a few short hours we will be saying sayonara to 2010! When I think about it, this year absolutely FLEW by, which everyone always says...but I really feel like I blinked twice and here we are again entering a new year! Ever since we got engaged and I started keeping track of each month that goes by, and that time seems to go by faster and faster. Before you know it we will be counting down hours instead of months - which is absolutely nuts!
Every year I feel like I grow and learn more and more about myself and what I want to accomplish in my life. This year especially, I feel like I have gotten to know more about what I want to do and where I want to be. Throughout the year, I opened my mind and my heart into new situations I wasn't particularly familiar with, but I took those experiences and ran with them. Looking towards starting a new year, I want to reflect on what I've taken with me along the way:
July/August: After a hard summer of training, Mr. Hess and I celebrated with a weekend away at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. This was just the beginning of a great summer with him since it was only a short month later when he surprised me with a getaway proposal in the middle of a week of being home to see his family in Arkansas! Everything seemed to fall into place. I have never felt more love than I did the day he proposed that ended with a surprise Engagement Party with all of his family AND a surprise visit from my parents! Also, this is when I was able to dance at my favorite place in the world - our church! We performed to one of my favorite Kari Jobe songs - You Are For Me, and it was this day I realized how much I missed performing with the dance troupe there. One of my big goals for next year is to get involved more in our dance worship ministry.
September/October: My parents threw us an Engagement Party for our friends and family in Orlando, I finally got MY RING, and I selected my 9 beautiful bridesmaids to be a part of our special day! I selected the bridesmaid dresses right away, and tried to meet with the majority of my girls along the way. At least having girls in your wedding makes an excuse to see one another! In October, Mr. Hess celebrated Halloween by dressing as Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders - and saw a lot of shocked faces! About the same time, the entire city of Orlando celebrated with the opening of the brand new Amway Center, and we are still feeling blessed to be connected to it all...WHIRLWIND!
So you can see how fast a year can go by! Since this time last year, I would say my life has mad a lot of twists and turns, but it seems to me like it's in the right direction - so that's all that matters to me. Yes, I'm another year older and yes, I still haven't started a "career" I love. People ask me all the time "What did you get your degree in? Why haven't you used it?" Well, it's because I want to do what I love and what I'm passionate about. I have two jobs and one is serving people breakfast. Call me crazy, but that pleases me more than sitting in a cubicle all day crunching numbers. I have a lifestyle and work hours that are very out of the "norm", but the point of it all is I get to enjoy what I'm doing while I can. I can't dance my entire life, so I'm embracing the time I have left to do so. After this year, I now realize what is worth stressing over and what you can just shrug your shoulders to. I've learned who my true friends are and who I can always count on. I've finally accepted having a lifestyle of health and fitness, but at the same time allowing myself to have a healthy, but not ridiculously strict diet. I have embraced my age and am anxious to see where my 26th year in life takes me. I have a great life, a great fiance, and a great future ahead. I CAN'T WAIT to see what 2011 has in store for us....
BIGGEST DATE I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IS ONLY 203 DAYS AWAY!!!!!