Cupcakes and Sunshine: the very best of 2016!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

the very best of 2016!!

Can't believe that it is already the end of 2016!! Christmas isn't even here yet, but I have some time to kill in the airport and thought I'd go ahead and share some of my very favorite things about the year!!

(*also airport frugal travel win of the day- just volunteered to pass on my flight and arrive just a few hours later at my destination and received a $1000 travel voucher!! WHERE TO NEXT!?!) 

The very best of 2016....

1. Haiti:

This was the most incredible trip. The Lord changed my heart in many ways through it, and I met some incredible people with hearts ON FIRE for Jesus.

Just knowing them has changed me too. Haiti was my favorite memory this year, and I can't wait to go back!

2. Disney:

The day before New Year's, my cousin and I were hanging out in South Carolina trying to figure out what to do for New Year's Eve. We jumped in the car, drove straight to Florida, and started off the new year with Mickey. (WE MADE IT IN THE PARK 15 MINUTES BEFORE IT CLOSED TO ANYMORE GUESTS BECAUSE IT WAS AT MAX CAPACITY. CLOSE ONE!) It was the best way to start off the new year. We went to Disney again this summer for post-grad celebrations. So nice, we had to do it twice.

3. Graduation:

Graduation was bittersweet! The closing of the best four-year chapter. And the start of a new one.

4. Summer in Athens:

This past summer was one of the best. Sometimes I think I have to travel somewhere or do something out-of-the-ordinary to have a good time. But the Lord's hand is in the EXTRAORDINARY of every day. This summer was just fun- soaking up all of Athens one last time before moving to Texas. Did all the Athens things, ran all the Athens trails, ate all the Athens food, hung out with all the Athens people.

also- Kels got married....

 a lot of ice-cream was consumed...

and we spent much time in the ATL

Athens, you are extra special and I still love ya!

5. Moved to Texas:

I moved to Texas in 2016!! What an adventure. Drove across the United States, moved in with some new roomies, met some incredible friends, have had some wonderful Texas adventures (and made pinky promises of more to come!!)


6. Started at DTS:

Wow, has DTS been incredible too. I learn so much each day and it has been a transforming journey. To be able to dive deep and learn more about Jesus each day has been an extraordinary blessing. The wisdom and discernment of leaders and professors here is magnificent.  I'm so very excited about these next few years!

7. RESTed

In the beginning of the year, one of my good friends encouraged me to pray about a word of the year. REST has been my 2016 word that I've tried to lean into (& something I've always struggled with doing intentionally.) Resting from worry, busyness, anxiety, overthinking, the daily hustle. It's been tough, but I feel more rested than ever!

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find REST for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." -Matthew 11:28-30

8. This post-
I wrote it in 2014, but it has been my most-viewed post of 2016. Over 29,000 people have read it this year. WOW! (thank you accidental SEO-ha!) So if you need some Plato's Closet tips, they're right here.

Some other most-viewed posts of 2016:

2016 has been full of so much JOY and fun. Lots of big milestones and full of friends both new and old! I really can't wait to see what's in store for 2017. Until then, I'm off to finish up some papers and hop on this airplane! Happy, happy Monday friends!


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