This week marks the one year anniversary of my attending Rio Vida. As I look back at this past year I see all the crazy adventures, the friends I've made, and the growth that has happened... I also see my regression back into pre-Bible school attitudes. Its hard being so far away from people you care about. The closest person who attended school with me is near Portland OR, my closest friend is 2 hours away. I have a wonderful gospel community but even they are a 30 min drive away. Its hard being in reality. No matter what I do or how we commincate nothing beats just calling up someone and being able to meet them 10 minutes later. Now its back to the grind of finding another job, figuring out grad school possibly, moving houses (we need to move due to my moms illness), and navigating being 26. I honestly don't see myself being able to leave Lompoc any time soon due to financial reasons... which is fine. I don't particularly care for Lompoc (sorry its pretty boring here) but its better than some places I could be. At least I have a job I like and at least I have a computer in which to communicate with my friends, and the freedom to choose a church and a community that cares for me.
This year I chose a word to symbolize what I want to be or do this year... I chose thankful. I'm sure I'll expand upon this later but I thought I would share it now so you all would know and keep me accountable. We so often let the things we want and don't recieve outway the blessings that we have. I want to keep positive this year and not focus on what I don't have but what I do.