I know I am a few days late, but I have finally gotten around to writing a post about the past year. This won’t be in chronological order, rather in going through Kayla’s mind at the moment order, so bare with me.
2015 was one for the books, no doubt about it. So many unforgettable experiences, first times, and bucket list checks. A lot of disappointment and confusion led to a lot of growth, wisdom, and ultimately positive times.
I had an amazing season coaching at Cameron University. We broke school records and set standards for future teams to come. We reached the NCAA National Tournament as well, and the entire season was an experience I will be forever grateful for.
In June, I was able to return to the place I spent the first year or so of my life, Seattle, and had the opportunity to run my first half marathon there. I was also able to venture to Canada during this time and see the USA Women play in the World Cup that they would eventually go on to win for the first time in 16 years.
In May, I had the chance to see our Nation’s capital with my dad.
I traveled to Haiti in July for my very first international mission trip and saw and felt things that I never could have prepared myself for.
I took a huge leap of faith and decided to take the year off from coaching and move to Germany all by myself for two months. I won’t go into detail in this post (check out my previous posts), but I will simply say it was absolutely life changing, and possibly a total turning point in my life.
I grew apart from some friends, and grew even closer to others.
I made new friends as well, and am finally in the same general area as my childhood friends again (something that has been so much fun so far).
I had my first experience of subbing at many different levels in the Azle ISD, and have been teetering with the idea of entering the high school coaching ranks after two years spent at the college level.
I read the entire Bible in a year for the first time in my life.
I got rejected for jobs that I thought were meant to be. Over and over again…
But most importantly, I learned to trust God in all of it.
I am currently training for another half marathon in March, doing some individual skills training in basketball, subbing, and helping out with the AHS basketball teams. My mom and I are currently on day 3 of the Whole30. It was has been semi-easy so far, but worse days are ahead of us I just know it.
I am also always planning that next adventure, of course. I’ve learned that I can’t stay put in one place for very long. There is too much out there to see. My hear and mind longs to venture out to places I’ve never been, whether it’s over oceans and continents, or in the beautiful State of Texas.
Travel and the experiences and growth that come with it are 110% worth the price. Every. Time.
I pray that as 2016 runs its course through my life that I continue to trust in God in both the good times and the bad times, for He is the one who holds my fate and sets my feet on the path HE has chosen for me to go down.
I pray for continued growth and that God gives me the words and wisdom to share more through my blog, and ultimately my life to those who need and those who want to hear it.
I hope you all have a blessed, prosperous, and joyful 2016!!