As cliche as it sounds, I can’t believe 2017 is just about over. This was easily the fastest a year has come and gone, and I suppose it has more to do with my perception of time than time itself. I started this blog at a critical moment when I wanted to rejuvenate my love of writing. Consequentially, I enrolled in a Master of Arts program and because that wasn’t enough, I went back to work – at 2 different places. If I had to pick one word to describe 2017, it would be CHANGE. Change can be a scary thing, but it can also be wonderful when approached with an open heart and mind.
I have a tendency to get in over my head and commit myself to more than I can handle, but the only thing holding me back from grinding through the challenges I find before me is my mind. I allow weakness and fear to creep in and this is when I need to find my strength. Sure, working two jobs, going to school, and raising two preschool-aged boys is an uphill climb, but it can certainly be done, and people have faced far harder circumstances than I.
In 2018, I vow to push myself outside my comfort zone and follow the call that God has for me. For months now, there has been a string tugging at my heart, telling me that I need to start blogging again. To stop letting everything else get in the way. THIS is the gift God has given me. To share my thoughts with the world. Not as the individual known to many by my full name, but as a Catholic, a Wife, a Mother, whose name is irrelevant and who shall be known to all who visit this little oasis of mine as Dama Camelia or “Lady Camelia,” in the English translation. Who I am is immaterial. What I want to share with all of you is a token of who God created me to be at my core. Not my outward shell, rather, my inner being. Some of you may already recognize the person behind the words you are reading here, but I want everyone to know that my purpose for writing is not to be acknowledged. What I want is simple: to be a light for those who enter my sphere. I want to share parts of everything that makes me happy, in hopes that it may too, bring a little joy into your world.
Lastly, I want to share with you a little gift I bought myself a while ago. It just arrived a few days ago and it was the best gift I could have received as we inch closer to the new year: the first-ever Catholic Journaling Bible printed and designed by Our Sunday Visitor and Blessed is She. This Holy Bible shall serve as a constant reminder of what is truly important in life.