This time, last year, I didn't even know that I was going to live in Nashville, Tennessee. I was focused on Christmas and holiday parties and what outfit I was going to wear to Lights All Night. I didn't know how it would feel to move across the country with two dogs and all of my stuff from the past 28 years of my life. I didn't know what it would feel like to not live 10 miles from my parents and friends.
I didn't know that I would be blogging full time and that it would be one of the most challenging and awesome transitions I've ever made in my life.
I didn't know what it would be like to travel to Asia and see a completely different way of life. I didn't know it would make me so thankful for what I have and so surprised and intrigued by a culture so different from mine.
I didn't know that people in Nashville would open up their homes and their friends to me and make me feel like I've always been their friend. I didn't know quite how much I needed that in my life.
Christmas always makes me sentimental. I start reflecting on the past year and can't help but feel a little bit sad. Sometimes you forget to cherish the small moments that end up meaning so much to you. Espcially now that I moved away from home, I look at the people and places that have meaning to me and I want them to know they're special. That they have impacted my life in some way.
Tomorrow, we leave to go to Dallas for Christmas. Michael and the dogs and I will pile in the car and listen to Christmas music and be home in time for the my parent's annual Christmas party, aka the best Christmas Party Ever. It'll be a short trip, but I can't wait to spend time with everyone.
I have a lot of big changes coming up and new challenges to take on.
Some are terrifying while others are exciting. For now, I'm going to pay attention to the signs and focus on the now.
Sometimes I forget to take it all in. To remember the small moments that make life so important. But I'm not going to forget to do that this Christmas. I'm going to cherish each and every moment. That's one thing I do know, that life is too short not to be thankful and appreciate the little moments. Because they really do go by so fast.
What are you reflecting on?