I have a pretty good imagination. It served me well as a child... creating supermarkets in my basement, dry cleaners in my closet and my own little Roxaboxen with my friends (don't worry they were real friends, I wasn't that weird). But my imagination has failed me in my older years.
Perhaps I am crazy but I have a feeling that I am not, well at least not when it comes to this. In this world of Disney, RomComs and happily ever after we are programmed to fantasize about what could be. And if you are like me, you dream up what God is doing in your life…
Ah yes, see I had to get wait-listed at UMD, so that I could go to Ohio State, so that I could meet this guy, fall in love and live happily ever after. FALSE
Ok well then it's that I needed to go there to get sports management experience so that I could land my dream job of working for the NFL, where then I would fall in love with a gorgeous NFL player and live happily ever after… FALSE
Well ok maybe not that BUT I had to go into accounting, so that I could work at this super awesome firm where I would become partner and meet this super awesome guy and well you know how most of my stories end…FALSE
Ok these things aren't working, so therefore I needed to quit my job to find my true calling by working FOR the CPA profession instead of IN the CPA profession (ok so maybe that part has sort of come true)
But these are just a few examples of my imagination leading to my disappointment and in some cases anger with God. Why me? I wrote the perfect story for you God, I made it easy!
As I reread my 2013 lookback and yet again tried to imagine what God was doing in my life I realized I was setting myself up for disappointment yet again. Not because God wasn't following my story but because I wasn't trusting His.
See I couldn't even have imagined 2013 and yet it was one of my best, perfectly authored, not by me the flawed sinner, but by God himself. Because His Thoughts are not my thoughts, and as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways and thoughts higher than mine.
So tonight I, once again, remind myself that not me, not even Nicholas Sparks, could write a better story than the one the King of the Universe is writing for me.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
My New Year’s Resolution: To Blog
So I am doing this for myself, mostly so that when things are looking like the Fall of 2012, I remember all the God can do in just 1 year.
As I tried to fall asleep last night I thought about the last year. 2013 had been in a word, unexpected. In two words, unexpectedly wonderful.
It had started with many unknowns.
No job (I had quit my ill-fitting and therefore stressful but well-paying job)No roommate (my wonderful friend and 1/2 of my mortgage payer had moved back to NC)
and No idea what I was going to do.
But even then I had this peace, to the point of joy, over it all. I had a mighty God, a wonderfully loving family, an awesome bonus "framily" and great friends.
So here's my year in recap:
My second month of part time work at MACPA/BLI First calls with Wanda Jackson at the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). This became my big Winter/Spring project as I pieced together a CPE curriculum for their National Convention in June.
February 2013Felt like a real member of the MACPA/BLI team as I traveled to my first conference with my team in Florida.
Raleigh (my dog) became a certified therapy pet and we began visiting nursing homes and participating in special events
Ravens won the Super Bowl!
March 2013Impromptu told my story to a group of students for the first time at Salisbury University. This inspired my first blog post which continued into a series of "Three things I want accounting students to know". Two of the series’ posts were just identified as the #1 and #2 most popular posts on CPA Success by google analytics. This is particularly amazing to me because the regular contributors are beyond amazing.
April 2013Became a full time MACPA/BLI Employee!
Moved back in with my parents and rented out my condo in order to save money/ rediscovered that my parents are pretty awesome and a lot of fun!
May 2013Participated in MACPA's Leadership Academy where I learned the i2a Strategic Thinking Process
Traveled to Cincinnati Ohio to help host my best friend’s bridal shower
Traveled to Nashville, TN to see the success of my puzzle piecing the CPE curriculum for NABA
Also got to spend more time with those super cool parents from above, visiting the Jack Daniels Distillery (I am now a whiskey fan) and having one the best meals of my life at The CatBird Seat. Oh and scored some really cheap tickets to the CMT awards and increased my appreciation for country music
Traveled to Detroit for a conference
July 2013Traveled to Las Vegas for a conference which extended into a bachelorette party for the best friend above.
Also attended Sage Summit in DC, where I practiced the i2a visioning process and became part of the Sage/BLI partnership
August 2013Two of my very best friends got married, to each other and I got to play maid of honor!
Began piecing together curriculum once again but this time for Sage North America and involving 10 different cities across the US and Canada.
Traveled to Kansas City for a conference, getting pretty good as this flying thing that I hate so much
Traveled to Toronto (on a tiny plane!) and co-led a visioning session using i2a for Sage North America.
Started participating in fundraising by selling concessions at Ravens games for Pets On Wheels (gained a whole new perspective on concessions at stadiums)
October 2013Told my story twice more to accounting students and once to a group of over 100 people at an MACPA Town Hall
Got to work with the entire MACPA/BLI group on a new space design
November 2013Led a 1 hour CPE workshop on social media for the NABA Baltimore Chapter
Attended Digital CPAConference in DC and met Simon Sinek!
Had jury duty which led to being on an actual jury for a two day civil trial (very interesting experience)
Facilitated a Strategic Planning session for Bike MD
December 2013Facilitated a Strategic Planning session for the Maryland Council on Economic Education
Together with the MACPA/BLI Staff and board participating in a visioning session for the organization
So as I look back at all that 2013 was, I am still in shock of the unexpected things God did in my life; things that I couldn’t even dream of this time last year. And now I look forward to the new year with an unexpected joy and hope of the great and many things God can and will do in 2014.
New International Version (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.