2017- The year of courage

In my last post I mentioned that this year I would be choosing a word to base my year around. The idea being that throughout the year whatever I do or come across, that I have that word in mind.

The word I choose was COURAGE




– the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.

 – strength in the face of pain or grief.

As a follower of Jesus, I believe that He speaks to me all the time, in various ways, and when thinking of the word for the year was no different.
Initally I had thought of another word, however after watching the movie Moana, in which I related to the message of the story and the lyrics of some of the songs, as well as one particular preach at church which linked in, plus a reading from ‘W4U2D’ (word for you today) which also linked, it became clear what word I needed to choose.
I also realised that I had started to live with courage at the end of last year.
After having a really tough time just before Christmas, it took courage to admit I needed help and to seek that help. 
It took courage to drop my pride over the fact that I won’t be getting a first or even a 2:1 in my nursing degree.
It took courage to take time for myself even though I had the pressures of trying to finish  work, in order to de-stress.
It took courage to put about my anxiety on the last post.
Having courage helped me, even though some days I didn’t feel very couragous at all.
So what does this mean for 2017?
Up until now I had had a plan that I was following: get through school, get through A-levels, do a gap year and go to university (although i had a blip and it took 3 attempts to get into university), train to be a midwife.
Although there is still the goal to go onto midwifery training, it’s a bit of an unknown what I’m going into this year. 
I have a job lined up but it’s not definite, and assuming I do pass the necessary final pieces of the degree puzzle, I won’t fully know how I will actually cope being a fully fledged nurse.
Being a nurse will also mean being courageous enough to stand up for those I am looking after, to make sure they get the care they need and deserve.
Having a job will mean being even more of an ‘adult’ than I am now and thinking ahead to how I will use my new resources (mainly money). I will have to be courageous to tread new areas in my life, in new relationships and new responsibilities.
Then there’s things going on in the wider world that scares me, but I know that I need to have courage and faith, and keep trusting in my God. 
So even though not fully knowing what is going to happen this year scares me, I’m looking forward to the adventure it will lead me on.
Until next time, dream BIG
Moonwillow92 x

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