But alongside the hard times, so much more from 2017 has reminded me how much God has really blessed me and reminded me to be thankful.
Last August, two of my best friends since high school got married up in Woodinville, Washington. It’s certainly brought mixed feelings for me, as weddings do, but seeing them both has always been a joy and their ceremony was absolutely beautiful. I also got to speak at two different elementary schools about autism awareness, and my talks connected autism to the latest Disney movies. As far as my employment, I did eventually land a job at the start of September as a maintenance technician in downtown Seattle. I’m just emptying trash and cleaning bathrooms for now, but I’ve been making the most of it as I search for a more permanent role, most possibly in the field of marketing.
My volunteering has settled down a bit more since I’m no longer working under my parents’ business, but I still got a couple of chances to use my photography to help other organizations based around autism awareness. I even got to spend a weekend in this gorgeous camp up in Carnation, Washington as part of my volunteering. Plus, alongside the young adults group at my church, I got to lead three different movie discussions: Beauty and the Beast (2017), La La Land, and The Princess Bride, all overwhelmingly praised. There are now plans to continue more of these next year.
On a more personal note, I picked up a couple of new hobbies this year, particularly cooking, as I found it to be a terrific way for me to entertain guests and show my love to others as a visitor. Thanks to one of my roommates, I developed an interest in Gordon Ramsay, and thanks to Deadpool, I developed an interest in Bob Ross (although I have no interest in picking up painting). At the start of this year, I watched the whole first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is unusual for me because I never watch TV shows, but this excited me because I loved the books as a kid. So now, I am (im)patiently waiting for season two to arrive. I even went through another phase of drawing my own Pokémon, as I had several periods like this when I made up my own generation, particularly when a new one comes out. It’s been an interest of mine since I was ten, and it’s been a come and go interest for me over the years.
But I’d say the two most monumental things about 2017 for me has been two things: the continual growth of my website as I hone my craft, and this being the first full year having a brother-in-law. So while I thought for the first half of the year that this was going to be a monotonous year, turns out, the Lord was always blessing me and allowing me too grow without me knowing at the time.
As for my favorite movies of the year, well, I’ll make that a separate blog post.
Now, onto 2018. So far, virtually nothing whatsoever is set in stone about my plans for the next year, so I’ll just have to wait and see what kind of adventures God has in store for me. Plans are all so hard to make as life always gets in the way, but I learned from an incident last Memorial Day that just following the Lord’s will for my own spiritual condition is beneficial for not just myself, but it opens myself up to help others in need, in ways I don’t always expect it to happen.
I hope you can do the same for your 2017, like me, I’m sure that the first thoughts that come to mine for you was the hard times of the year. But remember all the blessings as well, as when you stop to think, they truly do outweigh the bad times. Even if you think that this year was a ho-hum year compared to others, know that things are always going on even when it feels like they’re not. You are not the same person you were on January 1, 2017, and you won’t be the same person you are now on December 31, 2018.
Have a great year everyone! Happy watching!