Year in Review: How has your life changed in the past year? How has this community impacted you? Have fun with this! Fave post? What would you like to see more of? Anything, really!
Happy anniversary, ladies! Let’s have some virtual cake!
Never has anything like this year taught me the lesson of
I joined this series a profoundly single woman, yearning for community—a virtual “well” where other Christ-centered women and I could gather and discuss topics important to us and our state of life. The blog world is full of fabulous writers who are married—but whose gorgeous wedding photos can inspire envy—and mamas whose posts are alternately adorable and hilarious or downright terrifying (I ❤ sleep, going to the bathroom alone, and showering, which apparently no mother gets). So it was very gratifying to find other voices who meet me where I’m at.
At this time last year, I was mentally making plans for a future I had no real claim to. Crushing on a friend and thinking we just had the summer to get through before we could finally be together, I was certain I’d only be single for this series for only a little while. Of course, life happened and the plans didn’t. Friendboy didn’t have the same vision of the future, and I, now forever grateful I listened to my mom and sister on this one thing, decided to keep my options open, and in June 2013, signed up for a full year of CatholicMatch. Within a month, I was corresponding with the guy who would become Mr. Sweet. Within two months, I was joking to a gal pal that Friendboy had some stiff competition. In three months, my heart had completely shed off the shackles of the crush and I was on my first date with the future Mr. Sweet. The plans I’d made were but mirages. Life—my real life—was happening before my very eyes. And I had finally learned how to tell the difference.
This series has helped me grow in my faith, in my writing, and the way I relate to others. It has also helped keep me accountable. Thank you, dear ladies, for being there—your comments, support, encouragement, prayers, counsel—even fraternal correction!—have had a profound impact on my life. Though I may not have achieved all or any part of my goals or resolutions, and maybe not kept up with the spiritual things I’ve wanted to do, this past year has been an incredible blessing.
We truly are not alone. And even though our states of life may change or we enter into a professed vocation, our participation in this series has much fruit for our younger sisters, who can also be confident that they are not alone.