"Everything is ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end."

If someone would have told me a year ago today what my life would be like in 1 year, I definitely wouldn't have believed you (because I don't believe in psychics but for the sake of this entry, let's pretend I do) because it sounds too good to be true. I would have thought, "Wow! What else could I possibly want? I would be so thankful!"  I am thankful, but I do let it slip away & I lose sight of things, so this little picture that popped up on my sidebar today was a refreshing reminder of where I am and how I got here.  I spent the following hour contemplating my life last year compared to now.  I was living at home with my grandmother & parents. I legitimately have very little to complain about that situation.  Financially, it was awesome & I love my family, so no complaints there.  Because of my contentment with being close to home & family, I never thought I'd move away further than a few miles. I'm glad I exceeded my own expectations. This time last year I was working retail & hating every second of it.  I tried to be good at my job, but I was so distracted by how much I wanted to be doing other things, I really wasn't as good as I wanted to be at it.  Sure I had fun at work with my co-workers & tried to make the best of my time there, but you can't satisfy yourself that way, ultimately.  Luckily, I was working harder at my dream to be a photographer than moving up the ladder in my company, because the dream worked out.  I'm still working out the kinks, but if next year's blessings and opportunities come along even half as frequently as this year's, I have no doubts next year will be even better.

Even if facebook doesn't show you your status from one year ago, take a look at where you were this time last year.  Maybe you've taken a step back in some way, maybe you've moved forward toward a goal in your life that you've always wanted.  Or, maybe you were exactly where you wanted to be last year & here you are; exactly where you want to be this year too.  Wherever you are, take a good look at it.  Think about it while doing your dishes (or unloading your dishwasher, you spoiled brat) and be thankful that wherever it is, you're blessed to be alive & well and full capacity to enjoy your life; Wherever it is.