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Look back on 2013

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It's the typical thing to do one of those year-in-review type blog posts at the end of each year. Well, I like doing typical things sometimes. Throughout 2013 I've done a lot of really cool things, gone to a lot of concerts, went overseas, and got a lot of jobs, among other things. In 2013 I got to see Maroon 5, Neon Trees, and Owl City with my best friend, Miranda Lambert, Deirks Bentley and Lee Brice on the Locked and Reloaded Tour, Carrie Underwood and Hunter Hayes on the Blown Away Tour with my mom, and Hillsong United with my best friend and her boss on the Zion Tour. All of these shows were a totally different experience and sound of music, but each one of them was a memory I will keep forever (because let's be real here, who doesn't want to spend some time with Adam Levin or Hunter Hayes?).

In 2013 I went overseas to Wales for a month on a mission trip that God has promised I would go on my freshman year of high school. Lately I have been reminded a lot that God is intentional with keeping His promises, and He will always prevail. If you haven't heard anything about my trip yet, you can read it here!

In 2013 I got five internships/jobs, some of which I am still working on. The first thing I started doing this year was writing for a site called Sports Business U about different sport marketing, social media and sports, and internship strategies. Shortly after SBU, I started writing for AFL FanZone about the Jacksonville Sharks, who I had previously worked for. After the Sharks I landed an internship with Kristi Dosh, former business reporter for ESPN. I helped Kristi promote her book Saturday Millionaires throughout the Spring and Summer, and she will be a professor at my university next semester. I also worked for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, but things didn't work out there to well and I left mid-way through the season. Finally, I am currently working for former NFL player Donovin Darius as his administrative assistant and public relations coordinator. It's a great job and I have learned a lot so far, and hope to continue to learn well into 2014.

In 2013 I signed up for my first half-marathon, which I will be running in February 2014 at Disney World! The funny thing about this is, I hate running, but because I've been running I've been able to meet so many weight loss goals, and fitness goals I've never gotten to before.

Though this all may seem very surface level, God has done some pretty incredible things in my life as well in 2013. He's taken me to Wales, He's shown me just how faithful he truly is even if a promise takes years to fulfill. I've learned that even when I can't rely on other people, God is always going to be there, and that's helped through a lot, especially as a college student who tends to spend a lot of time worrying about grades and making sure everything I do is perfect. The last major thing I've learned about God this year is that He never gives up. Even though we may give Him a million reasons to give up on us and we may give up on Him and say God has no purpose for my life anymore, He does, and that's the promise I chose to believe in. One that says even though I suck at most things, God can make all things new and He is making me new daily.

2014 is going to be a big year! I am in the final two semesters of school, so I will be graduating, there are concerts that tickets have already been bought for (even all the way into October!), and I will continue to run. But the bigger thing about 2014 is knowing that through all of the crazy life events, that God is coordinating them all perfectly so that in the end He is being glorified.