My intention was to start a blog and post regularly, but I haven’t followed through with it.  I’ve posted some of my older writings on here, and still plan on adding others.  As for now, I will just give an update on my life since it’s been a while.

Throughout 2010 and 2011, I have grown in many areas of my life and am still making progress.  To name a few…

Health & Fitness – I stepped on the scale one day and I was nearing 300 pounds.  I thought to myself “NO WAY AM I GETTING TO 300!”  January 2010 I started focusing more on this area and I lost 37 pounds pretty quickly.  Unfortunately I got off track and gained about 20 back.  I’ve been up and down and up and down since then.  I recently started losing again and am currently 22 pounds down from my highest ever.  I am working on making small changes little by little so that they will last long term.

Financial – Josh and I decided it was time to stop being controlled by debt and fear.  From September 2010 through September 2011, we have paid off $13,378.99!  We still have a long way to go, but we will get there.  We have increased our giving, and no longer stress between paychecks, and it feels amazing!  I can’t wait til we are completely debt free!

Professional – A little over a year ago, I learned of an opportunity at work to grow as a leader by going through a Professional Development Program.  My first thought was I am no leader.  I’m too quiet and shy.  Then I started thinking about my daily responsibilities and how people seem to come to me for guidance.  I had also been hearing from God that I needed to step out in faith.  I didn’t know in what way, but that message kept coming to me in different forms, so I decided to apply for this new program.  I had to fill out a 5 or 6 page application and answer questions such as why I thought I would be a good leader.  Only a few would be selected to participate.  I told myself it doesn’t matter if I get chosen, what’s important is that I took the risk and applied.  A few weeks later, I found out I was accepted into the program.  The first day of class, the director told us we should be very proud of ourselves, because there was an overwhelming number of applicants and only 10 or 12 were chosen.  Each session was on a different topic and throughout the program I learned a great deal about my strengths and weaknesses.  More than anything, it was a tremendous confidence builder.  Now in my job, I have been put in charge of a couple of ongoing projects, and occasionally given other tasks to help me continue to improve my skills.  Hopefully one day, it will lead to more growth in my career.

Spiritual – I came to a point where I was in desperate need of God’s healing.  I had been holding on to some pain from my past, as well as continuing in sin because I hadn’t dealt with those things.  I asked God for His forgiveness, but I couldn’t fully embrace it while hiding things from others. True healing came through coming clean to my husband and a few close Christian friends early in 2010.  A scripture comes to mind that someone shared with me:  James 5:16-“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”  Because of the healing I experienced, I have been able to grow in all the other areas mentioned above.  Now I am just seeking what God has in store for me next and praying for Him to use my experiences to help others.

So there you have it… the last 2 years of my life.  The best 2 years of my life so far!