It is New Year’s Day and I have been seeing posts all over facebook of people reflecting on the past year. I have seen so many people talk about how 2016 was a horrible year. However, I feel like it was pretty good.
2016 was the year that I graduated with my Master’s degree. That is something I never EVER thought would happen. When I applied for my Master’s program, I didn’t even think I would be accepted. I hadn’t done well in my undergrad and thought for sure that it would affect me continuing in my education. But I applied anyway. So so thankful I did and so thankful that I graduated. Walking across the stage, being hooded… it was all amazing. I am so thankful that I was able to do that and I am doing something that I absolutely love.
Speaking of my job, 2016 has brought me more confidence in my work. I work with two amazing counselors who are available to listen to me, guide me, help me, and teach me. Jamie and Rose have been huge blessings in my life. I am building my caseload, getting to know people in the community, going to meetings, being more confident in what I do and say. I am becoming more comfortable making phone calls and talking to parents. I have also taken on clients that are outside my comfort zone. Now, with saying this, it means that I still have a long ways to go. I will always be learning and I love that so much.
I also took my first international trip in 2016. In September I went, with Rose, to South Africa. That was the most amazing trip I have ever taken. I can’t wait to go back. I am still thinking about all of the experiences I had there. I still cannot believe that I was in Africa. It is opened up a desire to do more traveling. It has also given me the opportunity to meet people from other countries. Now I want to go to London, Singapore, Iceland, and Australia.
I am looking fondly on 2016 and looking forward to 2017 with hope. I know it is going to be another good year. I can’t wait to see how!