2015 in Retrospect


As 2015 comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on this year. It's been a whirlwind from start to finish, but I couldn't feel any more blessed from it. God has truly shown me the rewards that come from working hard, waiting on him quietly and trusting that he has a plan.

After I graduated college in 2014, I moved back home. I immediately felt like a failure. I looked around at people walking into their dream jobs the moment they received their diploma, and here I was, back in my old room, applying for countless jobs I never heard back from. I was doing everything I could, yet nothing was happening. I was frustrated that after all these years of working hard in school and even graduating early, I couldn't even land a job. I felt my "overachiever" status slipping.

It wasn't until this past August that I found something. I snagged my first "big girl" full time job, packed my things, moved to a tiny apartment and started the next chapter of my life. Even though I felt like I was ready to do all of this after graduation, God showed me that his timing is perfect. It's everything. Trusting in him was extremely difficult for me for that year and a half, that I felt like I was in this weird "in-between" phase where my life wasn't going anywhere, but it was worth it. Once I let go of the plan I had for me, that Instagram-worthy life I had pictured, and let God do his thing, he did, and it's even bigger and better than anything I ever thought of.

2015 was a year of change for me. I struggle with change. I tend to like the familiar and cling to what I know. God showed me that change is always for the better when it is through his plan. It's funny to look back now and think that I was in a completely different situation just a few months ago! 

It hasn't been a cake walk, but I will say that God has shown me that faith in him will do wonders. It's easy to feel like everything is just now falling into place, but ultimately, I know it's because God ordained it to be so! I have no doubt he'll bring more of his goodness in 2016 too.

Jeremiah 29:11 "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future'"

Cheers to a great 2015 and an even better 2016!! Xoxo

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5 comments

  1. You have shown us that good things come to those who wait and work hard in the meantime! So happy for you and excited that you're totally set up for success in 2016!

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  2. I graduated in May and I totally understand "feeling like a failure" after graduation. I've loved reading and following along with your journey! Can't wait to see what 2016 brings you!

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  3. I've loved watching you grow through blog posts, and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for you!

    Caiti // Shutterblush

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  4. I love the bible verse you included at the end of the post! So true and I definitely need to keep that in mind in 2016! Happy New Year, Shelby!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  5. This is so refreshing to hear! I am graduating college in May and I have been scrambling trying to find jobs! Everything happens for a reason and it is so true that God has a plan!
    -Olivia
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