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JUNIOR YEAR RECAP | the good, the bad, and the ugly

Updated: 4 days ago

Guys. It's over.

I'm a senior now.


I am completely and utterly freaking out, because little me dreamed about being a senior for so long, and now it's here, and it does not feel real in the slightest. But before we move onto the next chapter of my high school career, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on my junior year. :) There were plenty of highs and lows, heartbreaks and celebrations, but I'm so thankful for how God was faithful through it all, and I'm so excited to look back with you guys and see how His fingerprints are interlaced throughout my story.


This year I got to celebrate so many wins, big and small. I have some of the best friends in the world, and they never fail to light up my day. We've gone on adventures, cried some tears, and laughed our heads off, and I am so, so grateful for my people. They are the best part of my year, undoubtedly.

But there's so many other things that I'm praising God for. I got to take some incredible teaching classes throughout my junior year, and they were the highlight of my schedule. I realized how much I love creating lesson plans and fun activities for little kids, and I got to spend some time hands on with the kids. Looking to the future, my parents and I took two college tours, and I'm in the process of finalizing a summer job working at a preschool.

This year I began driving alone full time, and that has been such a blessing. Not only have I learned to love driving, it's also really fun to have the freedom and ability to run around to my own activities and help out my mom a little bit. I became a member of NHS and scored a 31 on my ACT (whoop whoop!). And, I made so many fun memories at the dances this year (an at-home homecoming, snowball, and PROM!). We can't forget snowball court either. :)


If you've stayed caught up on the blog at all, you'll know that I've battled some serious injuries this year (yay, running!). I made it through three races of my cross country season before being diagnosed with multiple stress fractures in both my shins and being put in a wheelchair for two months. This was not a fun part of my story, at all, and I wish I had all of the explanations of why it had to happen to me. I don't, but I do know that God was still so kind to me through it all, and it showed throughout the countless people who supported me. My best friend left every single one of her classes early for two months to come push me around to my classes. My coaches drove me around during practice so I could still be involved. My dad pushed me around at races, through all of the grass and hills. My mom helped me with physical therapy, bringing me food and helping me get around the house. I was so supported, even though this season wasn't the most fun one, and I'm so very grateful for that.


This year I really battled with anxiety and lies from the enemy. I hit some really low points in my faith, and it's been a struggle. It's hard to run after Jesus when your own mind doesn't feel safe and it takes all of your energy to maintain any composure. This has been the hardest part of my year by far, and it's a battle that I have not won, but I know that Jesus holds the victory to the war, and I just have to keep holding on. I'm trusting that He is faithfully constant, loving and kind, and that my story isn't over yet.


I cannot believe that my junior year is over and I'm about to walk into my senior year. It absolutely blows my mind how long the days feel but how fast the years go, and honestly, it's very bittersweet. I would be lying if I said I wasn't terrified, but I'm also excited for what the Lord has in store, and I'm so grateful that He's present through all of the highs and lows. I wouldn't be who I am without my faith, and I wouldn't be where I'm at without Jesus' faithful grace. God is good, even in the midst of the good, bad, and ugly of life. :)


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