Now that I have some sort of plan for this coming year, I want to share it here, to put it down on paper, so-to-speak. It's been a little disorienting, and disheartening, for that matter, to ponder the future in light of the recent events. I'd gotten used to the stability of the idea of getting married, being a wife, and organizing a household. I'd forgotten my educational plans. I'd stopped worrying about work. I'd left all travel plans for our future as a couple. But since marriage is now not anywhere in the picture, I had to come crawling back to the Lord once again... "Please help, God, I can't do this on my own either."
I've been working part-time at a local resort in the recreation department, as a leader in their "Kid's Club" program, an office assistant, and a back-up swim instructor. It's been an incredible blessing to be earning some, and a rewarding and interesting job, but it ends at the end of the summer, and leaves my fall rather empty.
Back in the spring when I stopped studying full time, I left one fascinating 6-credit Anatomy and Physiology course unfinished. The end date of the course is December 31, and I'm going to tackle it! It's a little daunting, but very exciting at the same time. It was my favourite course of the four, and it will be a splendid challenge.
I'm teaching piano a bit again, and hoping to gather a few more students into my little flock of young musicians. I also have one family that babysit for occasionally, and possibly some more options in that department. Hopefully in this way I'll be able to earn a few dollars and save.
Beyond finishing the certification and my university course by Christmas, I have another friend giving birth in January, so I must be here for that, it's a delight to be asked to be her doula. That also gives me the month of January to recuperate from studying, and think ahead to...
Travel? Yes, God-willing, I'm hoping to have saved up enough to travel. Hopefully I'll be able to spend several months in Switzerland, although I'm not closing the door to short-term missions if God calls me to that instead. If I were to go away, it would be sometime in February or March for 1-6 months. I don't know what that will look like yet, but I'm trusting the Lord that He will unfold HIS plan in my life, to His glory.
It's all a bit fuzzy yet, I admit, but it's a start. At least I have a general sense of direction. As I seek the Lord and fellowship with those brothers and sisters in Christ here who are so dear, I pray that He will continue to guide and lead as He would see fit. My life is a book full of question marks to me, but the Lord can read them all.
What are your plans for the year?