Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"And the Road goes on..." The here and now, 2012 inklings, and humility.

2012, my year in photographs.
(in no particular order)

My second oldest sister, Megan, got married in May!
My sis and best friend Sue got ENGAGED!

Yes, I did cook an octopus this year.

    My goodness, where (really) can I start. 2012 went past like a whirlwind and yet some months seemed to move by so very slowly. 

     In a word, I'd describe 2012 as: an enlarging year. Enlarging of my being, my thoughts, my ideas, my hopes, my dreams, my trust, my relationships, my love, my heart, my senses, my comfort zone, my knowledge, an enlarging of heart and mind to seek (more) after Christ. Yep, it was certainly an enlarging year.

   I tried to come up with some fantastic resolution plans for 2013, but alas they didn't come. Instead, God worked on my heart and really allowed me to see an area that I needed to work on (a lot).

   My word for 2013 is: Humility. 2012 was a trusting year. I trusted God to provide me with a job, my license, and good schooling. And He did. But my trust was solely dependent on the idea that, as long as I can keep that one thing to myself, I will trust God with all the rest. I figured, God can have everything but this one little area: My worries. As long as I could still worry about my future, God could have the rest.  I didn't want God to have that one area. I knew that if I surrendered all, it would really mean all. I didn't want to trust God's perfect plan, because deep inside I knew that His perfect plan might not be my perfect plan. I just didn't want to give way to the possibility of God's perfect plan including (or excluding) something I did or didn't want. And so I held onto my worries in order to have just a little control over just one string of the tapestry of my life. 

   But you see, anxiety (worry) is directly related to the absence of humility. And as a believer, we must willing let God have everything. I mean EVERTHING. My worry (pride essentially) kept me from growing closer in my relationship with God. And when we worry, we set ourselves above God. It's like saying, "Well God I can't trust you with this because I am not sure if you can take care of it. So, I think I'll hold onto it and worry about it a little more". And that mindset is completely wrong.

So as I enter into this New Year, I am seeking to have a "humble and contrite spirit" before God (Isaiah 66:2). Specifically, I want be like Paul (the Apostle). He ate and drank and slept eternal life. Jesus was his very breath, the soul of his soul, the heart of his heart, the life of his life. I want to be like that for me! For to live is Christ, and to die is true gain (Phil. 1:21). 

2012 was also a year of firsts:

-Official paying job (working for HSLDA as their resident photographer, HSLDA blogger and communications assistant)
-Photography Internship, working with the fantastic Jewel!
-Moving from one home to another
-Being one of the official photographers for two different weddings
-Started (and almost finished) legit blog branding (UPDATE: Here are some of the details of my blog branding)
-White Christmas in years
-Moot court
-Christmas in new home
-Christmas without my best friend
-Cooked a real octopus (shown above)

   2012 was a year of creating: Painting, drawing, crafting, writing, growing and maturing in my art skills. And also growing more and more in my appreciation and thankfulness for the arts and the aesthetics.

   2012 was a year of learning not to compare myself. More than just unique and special in our own ways, we are God's children and made quite perfectly in His image. I fail to remember that truth so often, and instead work to compare and measure up myself to people (girls and guys alike). Am I as smart as Him? Can I take awesome pictures like her? Can I be as athletic as him? Am I a sparkly people person like her? I mean really, the list goes on. This year, I am working towards not comparing but comprehending. Not comparing myself to the world, but comprehending what Christ has done. When we come to the full realization of what Christ has truly done for us, and when our life is Christ, then comparing has absolutely no place in it.

2012 brought new muses:

ALBUM: Favorite album of 2012 (you know, the kind you listen to over and over and over) was certainly The Perfect Gift by The Tenors

BAND: I'd have to say The Tenors. Their voices, just simply amazing. And the songs they choose, equally amazing. Just listen to this.

SONG: Well that's hard! These are just a few. The Broken (Bebo Norman), Worn (Tenth Avenue North), Forever Young (The Tenors), and Misty Mountains (The Hobbit). 

MOVIE: The Hobbit: There and Back Again (based off the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien), hands down.

BLOG: The Closet Diaries, Gillian Stevens. I love her photography, her heart, her branding, her encouraging posts, her style, and her! She has been an amazing inspiration to me! (UPDATE: Check out this super guest post with her!)

TEA: Mint tea will always remain my forever favorite tea, but of 2012 I finished a whole box of Mixed Berry Premium Black Tea (Twinings of London). Yep, delish.

BOOK: There are quite a few. But out of the ones I actually got to finish, I'd say The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit. Such a delightful, adventurous sort of story. Might sound like a children's book (and well it sort of is), but there are phrases and words that won't effect a child as much as they will a grow-up (although I do not necessarily call myself a grown-up). It is a book for the childlike grown-up.

PHOTOGRAPHY ITEM: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Excited to start using this baby (once I have time that is)!

MEMORY: Christmas Day. Every year, same effect.

   And to this New Year I say, by God's grace, "Bring it on!" Christ is my life. And after all with Christ, life is a glorious adventure!

"Oh, come on, Pole, buck up. After all, it is an adventure." 

- C.S Lewis, Eustace/SC


All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012-2013 Hislight Photography


  1. Charity, I can't tell you how much happiness it brings me to read your blog. Seriously. <3 I could read this post and almost hear your voice saying it.
    Love you soooooooooooo much!

  2. Well, tha e doirbh a bhith a' sgrìobhadh as dèidh Anna, :), ach tha mi airson innse dhut gu bheil mi air a bhith cho toilichte a bhith a' fàs nas faisge ort, agus tha mi a' coimhead air adhart ris gur faicinnn agus "correspondence" ann an 2013. Tha mi cho pròseil dhut -- tha thu really a' tighinn air adhart ris do chuid Gàidhlig. Agus tha do bhlog a' còrdadh rium cuideachd -- chan eil e furasta a bhith a' sgrìobhadh cho tric! I love the picture of the three of us. Precious times. <3 Tha barrachd na tòrr gaol agam ort, agus beannachd ort ann an 2013.


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