Timmy's 2017: A Year In Review

Timmy's 2017: A Year In Review

A third person critique of my year.

It's a common practice for writers, bloggers, reviewers and critics to take a look back at all that happened in the past year and give their thoughts. As 2017 comes to a close and I think about all that's happened in my life, I felt compelled to do the same.

So, without further ado, here's my personal, third-person year in review.

Things started off strong in January. Tim was in the midst of one of his final semesters of college and had plenty of creative ideas for how to spend his time in 2017. The first few months went well. He started volunteering, doubled down on his fitness and was continuing his hobby of streaming games online.

The end of February presented a bit of snag as he sprained his lower back pretty severely. His physical well-being took a major hit, and his fitness suffered. Things were in limbo for a couple of weeks as he tried to figure out what to do next.

To add insult to injury, his longstanding relationship came to a brief end in March. This was a massive emotional setback that had repercussions for the rest of his activities, namely his schoolwork.

Not a fan of the single life, he tried his luck with various popular dating apps. Never having been a lucky person, Tim continued to be unlucky in the dating department for the remainder of the year.

Due to certain circumstances, he was forced to withdraw from one of his classes at the last minute. This would set him back in his quest to finally graduate. However, he would later take summer classes to help in this endeavor and ended 2017 with only two courses left to complete.

Tim spent a lot of time unemployed, leading to a rough patch of time where he needed to sell many of his personal belongings to stay afloat. Come autumn, he would find a decent position and he started the long trek back towards financial stability.

A family trip to Korea in May would provide a nice escape from the stresses at home, but it would ultimately be a stressful trip in and of itself due to various occurrences. The time away also marked an end to his time volunteering and an indefinite hiatus to his game streaming.

Once his back had healed properly, Tim redoubled his focus on fitness and began powerlifting. He also started documenting his journey on Instagram and is primed to compete in 2018.

Ultimately, with the early back injury, academic struggles, relationship woes and dip in devotion to his hobbies, Timmy is left dissatisfied with his 2017. However, Tim recognizes some of these steps were necessary to take better care of himself. We're looking up in terms of fitness and excited and hopeful for a better 2018.

Overall Grade: C+

Cover Image Credit: My photo

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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