By Candace Boggan

My Year In Review…

One word describes 2015… and that word is grateful! When I look back over the past 12 months, I am reminded of just how good God has been. What an incredible journey, filled with both trials and adventure. Yes, it has NOT been easy, but I would have to say that it’s been worth it.  I had so many new experiences and met so many wonderful people, and though I saw my gifts make room for me, I was most definitely subject to digging deeper -than I ever have before.

This past year I assisted a variety of professionals in a number of ways. I published new work and reviewed all sorts of incredible products and services. I was also blessed to travel…alot! I experienced everything from viewing the sunset upon the Mediterranean Sea, to trekking across the island of Capri in my Converse. I also wandered throughout the streets of Cannes and stood upon the upper deck of a ship gazing at the magnificence of Barcelona. I took in the beauty of Palma de Mallorca, inhaled the splendor of St. Maarten and danced my way through the airport in Paris. I also ripped the highways and airports up between various parts of Ohio, Florida, Georgia and New York- with several points around and in between. However, though many of the preceding lines are a plus, it certainly wasn’t all peachy clean. I lost people and things. I got stranded, slept in the airport twice, busted my luggage, had my IPhone stolen overseas, worked on the road for weeks and even months at a time, while watching the seasons change- and had to trust God for many basic things. I worked harder than I ever had to, sacrificed in ways I didn’t think I’d need to….and considered giving into my fatigue on a number of occasions. Even more troubling, is that some of the people who started the journey with me a year ago didn’t make it to this day. Yet somehow (God,) I managed to keep going…to keep pushing and pursing my dream. Through it all, God sustained me and as a result I saw HIM more clearly- in some new and exciting ways! He opened doors that I could not have opened on my own, miraculously met needs in ways that are beyond explanation and still took time to paint the most breathtaking skies for me throughout my travels. God extended His protection and favor, and for this I am grateful!

Now what? We’re on the brink of a new year. 2016 is just around the corner, so what’s in store? The truth is, I have no idea what the future holds, but I do plan to keep moving forward. I have purposed in my heart to stay focused with my eye on the prize! I wrote my plans down in pencil, submitted them to God and I wait (actively) with great expectation. What I do know, is that He had a specific plan in mind when He created me… and I intend to fulfill it.

God bless you all and Happy New Year!!!

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4 responses

  1. Rose

    Thanks Candace! As usual your writing provokes deep reflection. God bless you as you continue your adventure in 2016.

    January 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    • You are most welcome, Rose! May God bless you richly this year.🙌🏾

      January 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  2. Keisha Naté

    This post brought me to tears! I’m stand in gratitude with you! Thank you for helping me shift my perspective on what God has in store. I’m blessed to call you friend!

    January 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    • So grateful for you, Keisha! Your best days are truly ahead of you my friend!🙌🏾

      January 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm

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