Happiness is a choice

We are mere hours away from closing out 2018 and ushering in 2019. The last 12 months have been a roller coaster of life events that have taught me many things. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.

I learned that some things have to end in order for better things to fall into place. I made the difficult decision to leave a good job in an effort to be closer to family and my closest support system, and looking back it was Gods hand pushing me down the path He wanted me on. I’ve gotten to connect better with family and friendships spanning over a decade, which that alone is priceless. I’ve also gotten to see my niece grow and hit different developmental milestones, as well as being the most adorable human being in my life right now (I’m not biased I promise). Life was hard living long distance and I’m excited to see what 2019 brings in this new yet familiar setting.

I’ve also learned that happiness is a choice. I’ve spent many moments of 2018 praying and asking God to change my situation, when in reality I needed to change how I reacted to situations. We can’t control how our environment treats us but we can control how we react to it. That’s a valuable lesson I’ll be taking into 2019.

Lastly, I’ve learned that sometimes you have to act to get where you want to be. For too long I lived doing the same things expecting different outcomes, which is literally the definition of insanity. Sometimes you have to risk something to get something better in return, but it won’t just happen unless you’re willing to take that risk.

In 2019 I want to be bold, take risks, choose happiness, and trust God will put me where I need to be. What do you want from the coming year and what are you willing to do to get there?

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