2016 is over. There’s a lot social media buzz that it was the worst year ever for a lot of people. For me, it wasn’t really different from any other year. Started out 2016 with “golden birthday” 28 years old on the 28th and snowboarding in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Not too shabby of a start to 2016!
Immediately upon returning to Austin, I had to rush to San Antonio to help with a family emergency. I had been debating between renewing my studio lease in Austin, or moving back to San Antonio. After taking a week off work and what felt like an extremely devastating loss of my youngest sister moving with her dad, I decided moving back to San Antonio would be best. I’ve written about some of the trouble my family has faced with my brother and sister’s dad, and even now 10 years later it continues.
I also fainted this year, collapsed almost completely to the concrete ground below me. Thankfully one of my friends was close enough to catch and ease me down. T.M.I (well kind of, but if you’ve been following me for a while, not really) I’ve struggled with PMDD and anemia for years. After a lot of talking with my doctors, family and some of my Catholic friends, I decided to finally give hormone therapy a try. (Oh nooooooo, it’s birth control! I’m going to hell) As long as I’m using it as just a hormone therapy, I’m good. I’m so happy to report that it’s actually helped me immensely! Some ladies can probably relate at the great joy in not feeling like your insides are continually being ripped with a knife when your cycle comes around. Such a great relief and no more fainting!
Seeing how much my sister has changed with her outlook on life was probably the saddest part of last year. So I lead by example, right?
Family and faith has always come first for me. The rest of the year, as I traveled all around Central Texas, blogging about a different treasures deep in the heart of Texas has to offer, I also prepared to move back to San Antonio.
- kite festivals
- South by Southwest
- Thai New Year
- Fashion Week Austin
- Fashion Week San Antonio
- and even Fashion WeekNew Orleans
- an adventurous New Orleans girl’s trip
- Music and Wine festivals
- State Fair of Texas
- Corn Mazes
- Art Walks
- First Fridays
- Pub Runs
- Christmas Lights
- Trail of Lights
- hiking various State Parks
- countless blogger fashion and food events
There’s no way anyone in Central Texas could possibly be bored.
Through all these events and moving, I’ve realized I also have an amazing community of friends I’ve surrounded myself with. They are my second family. Friends that will grab a bite to eat with me brings me so much joy. Friends that have stayed sitting for hours and talked about different things going on, gave advice, found a way to help me with moving or car troubles without hesitating, listen to me cry, gave me hugs or maybe even lead me to bible scriptures and prayers I really needed to hear, you folks, truly warm my heart.
So yeah, there was some pretty crummy things in 2016 for me, if only they were delicious cookie crumbs, but there was mostly amazing moments and experiences with genuinely good-hearted, caring, and amazing people. As I’ve said before, no reason to dwell and give yourself excess unnecessary stress.
Recently, I was able to attend a Keynote by Fr. Mike Schmitz and he referenced Romans chapter 12 from the Bible, that helped me reset my goals for 2017.
“And so, I beg you, brothers, by the mercy of God, that you offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, with the subservience of your mind.
And do not choose to be conformed to this age, but instead choose to be reformed in the newness of your mind, so that you may demonstrate what is the will of God: what is good, and what is well-pleasing, and what is perfect.
For I say, through the grace that has been given to me, to all who are among you: Taste no more than it is necessary to taste, but taste unto sobriety and just as God has distributed a share of the faith to each one.
For just as, within one body, we have many parts, though all the parts do not have the same role,
so also we, being many, are one body in Christ, and each one is a part, the one of the other.
And we each have different gifts, according to the grace that has been given to us: whether prophecy, in agreement with the reasonableness of faith;
or ministry, in ministering; or he who teaches, in doctrine; he who exhorts, in exhortation;
he who gives, in simplicity; he who governs, in solicitude; he who shows mercy, in cheerfulness.
Let love be without falseness: hating evil, clinging to what is good,
loving one another with fraternal charity, surpassing one another in honor:
in solicitude, not lazy; in spirit, fervent; serving the Lord;
in hope, rejoicing; in tribulation, enduring; in prayer, ever-willing;
in the difficulties of the saints, sharing; in hospitality, attentive.
Bless those who are persecuting you: bless, and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who are rejoicing. Weep with those who are weeping.
Be of the same mind toward one another: not savoring what is exalted, but consenting in humility. Do not choose to seem wise to yourself.
Render to no one harm for harm. Provide good things, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men.
If it is possible, in so far as you are able, be at peace with all men.
Do not defend yourselves, dearest ones. Instead, step aside from wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is mine. I shall give retribution, says the Lord.”
So if an enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in doing so, you will heap burning coals upon his head.
Do not allow evil to prevail, instead prevail over evil by means of goodness.”