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2008 – What a Year

December 31, 2008

2008 was a year of immense growth personally, spiritually, career-wise, relationally. It was just a year where God said “step up girl!”

As the clock tolled midnight to begin 2008, I already knew I was going to England. I didn’t know all the details, hadn’t yet talked to my boss, but knew it was happening regardless. God proved faithful. Worked out the details and gave me three months in another country that I will never forget and is now a part of who I am. I fell in love in England. With the country. With Jesus again. I learned that me being out of control and not having a plan was the best place to be so God could really move. Hard, but apparently a lesson I needed to learn – and am still learning!

I counted up the countries entered this year totalling 7!

– England   – Scotland   – Ireland   – France (a very quick drive through on the way to Belgium)   – Belgium   – USA (Chicago)   – Jamaica

My passport has a few extra stamps and all was very satisfying. However, travelling alone quickly loses it’s appeal. There’s certain places, like Italy for example, I refuse to travel alone. Gondola for one, please? No thank you!

In the summer, I took on a new role at work as Public Relations Consultant. It provided more freedom for self-initiative, creativity and using gifts that had been dormant. I wasn’t satisfied paper-pushing middle-man-managing anymore so this opportunity came at the right time!

This fall I finally started compiling notes for my book (Bright Red Trousers),  to be printed and released in March. I’m doing it locally as a fundraiser to get to Africa next summer. Yes, another travel adventure. Africa has been on my list for years and it’s time to go!

To get more involved in my community this fall, I joined a local theatre company board as the Secretary (entirely for experience!) as well as volunteered as a host with Central Alberta Refugee Effort. I have made a wonderful friend from Cuba and love her adorable son.

So, friends moved away. Many weddings were attended. New births. Several “friday pizza and movie nights” were had. Dancing randomly in a parking lot or kitchen while cooking because nothing else would lift my heart. Hugs. Tears. However in reflection, I think I laughed the most this year than any before. My loud laugh inherited from my Mom’s side of the family!

And what do I close off this year with? Hope. Knowing that God works everything out. That He always brings blessings to those who will stand up. That what I speak is powerful, so I better watch it.  And that a dream is always worth a risk. Be it travel, a relationship or a new job.

So I enter 2009 with arms high and heart abandoned to whatever God has in store for the new year!  Happy New Year everyone!

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  • teeveebee January 2, 2009 at 5:30 AM

    Looks like you had a blessed year, Lani. Thanks for sharing the highlights.

    I also look forward to 2009 knowing that God is Sovereign. This fact gives me great hope!

    Blessings to you!

  • Brenna January 15, 2009 at 4:57 AM

    Beautiful writing as always! I am really looking forward to what God has in store this year. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one!

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