2019 Recap and 2020 Goals

by Grace 3. January 2020 21:51

Hey Everyone!

Happy New Year!!!

Now that it's the new year, I wanted to give y'all a quick overview of 2019 and a few of my goals for 2020.

First off, I want to recap 2019. This was a hard year for me. I made some pretty big mistakes, and God had to teach me some tough lessons the hard way, in addition to this being a rough year for my whole family in general. But God's been faithful. My family came out stronger at the end of the year, and I personally came out stronger, and I'm excited to take the lessons I've been taught to heart and to apply them in the new year and see what the Lord has in store for me. So, without further ado, in 2019 I...

 

-Started working at the Freedom Foundation. As many of you know, I took Oak Brook College of Law's paralegal program and completed it October of 2018. To be honest I didn't really want to be a paralegal when I was done, but my Mom and Dad convinced me to apply for a job that a friend also worked for, and I was hired by the Freedom Foundation on January 31st. I've been so blessed to work with such great people who are so dedicated to freedom! Freedom Foundation focuses on releasing the stranglehold that public sector unions have on our government.In my time there I've helped file 2 cases in Oregon, helped file for intervention in a case before the Supreme Court (although sadly we were denied intervenor status) and have been able to help so many individuals who were being abused by their unions.

-Got a new baby brother!!! Joseph was born in February this month a couple days after my 19th birthday. Jojo is such a precious little chunker and I'm so glad God saw fit to add him to our family!!! Love you little buddy. ;) And yay for having 11 siblings!!!

-Was in 2 accidents.My escapade in December 2018 missed making that 3 accidents by 2 days, but mathematically all three accidents happened within the space of a year (within 365 days). I was involved in a bike accident in late July. I'll touch on that more in a future post, but I still haven't healed completely from it. I injured my leg and I'm currently going to physical therapy to regain strength and mobility in my left leg. Praise the Lord I'm still able to be up and about on my feet! I just have a limp. Anywho, more on that later.

Second accident was on the way back home from a Christmas party. I was riding with my 2 older brothers Isaac and Daniel and the vehicle slid on the road that we live on. Somehow we didn't roll down the hill on the side of the road and no one was hurt. The Lord was definitely watching over me this year.

-Competed in a national songwriting contest.I didn't win or place or anything, but submitting my music was a huge step for me and I was able to get some feedback on my music and tips on how I can be a better songwriter.

-Went snowboarding for the first time!I went with my friends Rachel and Hannah and with my brothers Isaac, Daniel, and Jacob. We all stayed at the beginner level hill for the most part, but then me and Jake decided we needed a hill that was a little more advanced. Isaac and Daniel had already gone to one of the hills that was a level up, and Jake led me to the one that he convinced me that our older brothers had gone to. Well, he was very wrong, but we found out too late... We got on the lift and got concerned as it went higher, and higher, and higher. Every time we got to the top of a snowy mountain, there was another snowy mountain. Finally, we got off at the halfway mark. The hill was extremely steep and we both ended up accidently rolling down the hill most of the way instead of actually snowboarding. And I'm telling you, rolling down a steep, snowy hill with a 4-foot board strapped to your feet is NOT fun. Let's just say we were both super sore the next day and I didn't let Jacob forget that one for a while. XD

-Flew out to Alaska!My friend Rachel occasionally works in Alaska from summer to mid-fall, and her older brother Josiah currently lives there, so I joined two of their siblings, Benjamin and Hannah, along with another friend named Chris to go and visit them. We had a blast! We did lots of fourwheeling, watched a ginormous junkyard that had caught on fire, went sight-seeing, flew a private plane and landed it on a desolate beach out in the middle of nowhere, made lots of tacos, and played volleyball with a plastic water carton in Josiah's kitchen. It was a blast!

-Bought my first car.I bought a little 2006 Ford Escape from my parents this December. ;) She runs nicely and hasn't had any problems since my parents bought it in January of 2019.

 

Okay! Now for my goals for 2020. I plan to...

 

Memorize all of Psalm 119.Psalm 119 is super interesting to me not only because it's the longest chapter in the Bible or because it's divided into 8-verse sections titled after the Hebrew alphabet, but because of its focus on the law, at least in the earlier sections of it. The writer constantly speaks of the greatness of the law and his love for it. And I understood that the law was good, but I used to wonder why he had such a passionate love for it. After all, the law is what condemned us to die, right? But then it clicked - God's law is beautiful because it directly reflects His attributes. We see God's holiness, justice, goodness, and love in his law. The law is based on the attributes of God, and that is why it is so beautiful.

Focus more on my passion for music.I want to get back into writing songs regularly and practicing singing and possibly do some recording this year, we'll see. I'm also considering going to a 2-week music school in Tennessee and another educational music competition thingy in Texas. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it work, but we'll see. :)

Get more healthy.I've been dealing with some minor health complications, plus dealing with my leg injury, and I want to get myself as healthy as I can and consistently think about what I'm putting into my body and what I'm doing with it. And I also want to get my leg as good as it can be, whether that means completely healed or with as little side effects from the accident as possible.

Save money.I tend to spend tiny amounts of money very often, so I want to cut back on spending money on random little things I don't need all year long, and I want to stop buying lunch on days I work because while it's convenient, the costs add up in addition to it not being very healthy. I want to save that money for more meaningful things, like flying out to see out of state friends and family or increasing my knowledge or donating to something worthwhile.

 

And finally, a couple things that will have happened by the end of 2020...

 

I will have worked at the Freedom Foundation for a full year!!! I can't believe I've been a paralegal for a full year! It's been an amazing journey. God is good!

I will be 20!!! I can't believe it! I've lived 2 full decades and I'm leaving my teenage years behind me!

I will have voted in a presidential election for the first timealong with several other siblings who will be voting for the first time.

 

Well, that's my 2019-2020 review! I'm tired... I better head to bed. G'night!

 

Now let's hear from you!

Are you excited for the new decade? What are some of your goals? Your favorite memories from last year? Things that will happen in your life next year?

 

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I'm Back!!!

by Grace 22. November 2019 14:31

Hello Everyone!

I've certainly been quiet on my blog lately.

And it's definitely not from a lack of things to say, but a lack of time to say.

I can't promise consistency, but I can promise I'm going to try! I've missed blogging, and sharing my thoughts through my blog have also been a great way for me to express myself, and to sort my thoughts, and I hope it will be helpful for me as I navigate this busy time of life, as well as enjoyable to some extent for my readers. :)

A few things I've been up to lately:

1) A traumatic bike accident. More on that to come in a future post.

2) Work. I'm still working as a paralegal for the Freedom Foundation. Hopefully I can share a little bit about the amazing nonprofit organization that I work for in a future post!

3) Physical therapy. I'll address that more when I post on my injury.

4) Becoming healthier. I'm far from the best person at taking care of myself. In the past I've definitely slacked off - not eating regularly and not always healthily, not getting enough sleep, and not ensuring that my body is getting all of the nutrients it needs. I finally got to the point where I was tired of tolerating not feeling well, and my accident also caused me to reevaluate my lifestyle as far as health goes. So I've been working on some better health habits to get my body back on track.

5) Music. Not near as much as I used to, or wish I did, but I do still spend time in music because I still have a passion for it. I've been listening to lots of songs, evaluating the arrangements (vocal and instrumental), the lyrics (the morality of them and how well they were written) and many other aspects of them and I'm hoping to start a series of song and album reviews sometime very soon (so stay tuned!)

I am hoping to be able to post at least once a week if not more, but we'll see what happens. ;) In the meantime, tell me what you've all been up to! It's been super long since I've heard from you all.

 

Now let's hear from you!

What has been going on in your lives? Are you excited that I'm back? And, because we're getting close to Thanksgiving... What are three things you are thankful about that have happened today?

 

 

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I'm 19!!!

by Grace 9. February 2019 11:30

Hey everyone!!!

As many of you know, I turned 19 yesterday!!! I had a wonderful day. I actually went to work, but my sweet coworkers signed a card, gave me chocolate, and brought me coffee cake, and I enjoy work, so hey! A day at work isn’t as bad as people make it out to be sometimes. ;)

And then I came home and ate a special dinner of quiche, bacon, and waffles with my family and then we had a southern gospel music fest of sorts out in our front room. What happened there… Stays there. XD

Here’s a few fun facts about what has happened over the past year:

 

Last year at this time I:

1) Was working at the high-school cafeteria

2) Only had my driver’s permit

3) Was a high-school student

4) Shared a bedroom

5) Was working on my paralegal program

6) Was 18!!!

 

Now, I:

1) Work at the Freedom Foundation

2) Not only have my license but have managed to roll and total a car :/

3) Am probably still high-school age… But I’m graduated nonetheless

4) Have my own bedroom for the first time in probably 17 or so years XD

5) Am interning as a paralegal!

6) I’M 19!!!!! WHAT HAPPENED?????

 

If you all have any other questions about things that have changed over the past year, serious or funny, ask me and I’ll answer them in the comments!

 

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Four Quick Things...

by Grace 3. February 2019 23:03

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I haven't posted in a little while... Things have been pretty crazy! I just had a few things I wanted to share with y'all really quick...

1) There's a pretty awesome giveaway going on at Megan's blog A Barefoot Gal. Make sure you check it out!!!

2) One of the many reasons I haven't been posting much for the past few weeks is... I GOT AN INTERNSHIP AS A PARALEGAL!!!!! I'm sooo excited!!! I finished my first week last week and I'm so excited to jump right back into it next week! I'm working for the Freedom Foundation. It's a super great company and if I wasn't as tired as I am right now I'd tell you more about it, but I'll have to save that for a post of its own sometime. ;)

3) I'm entering a southern gospel songwriting contest!!! Here's the link for the contest if you want to see what I'm getting myself into and if any of you are interested in it. ;) Songwriter's Search

4) Be on the lookout for a long-overdue two book giveaway here on Don't You Know that I'm Singing!!!

5) (Since I'm tired right now I can't count) I should post the words to the song this blog is named after sometime... What do y'all think? XD I actually have a full recording of this song somewhere. ;)

 

Now let's hear from you!

Will you sign up for Megan's giveaway? Are you looking forwards to mine? D'ya think I have any chance of winning the songwriting contest? XD What have you all been up to in my absence? I've missed hearing from my readers!!!

 

 

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