December Issue: My Prince of Peace

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I have been on a life-changing adventure since I graduated from University in May 2017. I never knew that my life would take a complete 360 turn in just the short period of time it did but I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I say this because as I look back on the year 2017 I encountered some of the most memorable experiences at just 23 years of age.

I embarked on my journey just 92 days ago to a completely different country with nothing but a passport, two lightly packed suitcases, and a blank journal ready to piece together an array of ideas that I would keep for the rest of my life. “Welcome to the Swiss side,” here I was in Switzerland. It wasn’t apart of my plan to stay here. I honestly thought a good 3-month vacation would be enough. I had this mentality that if it was meant for me to stay with my husband despite having a visa restriction on work employment it would eventually work itself out. It had been such a stressful time. My mind kept playing tricks and I would go around in circles deciding if I should stay or not.

While it wasn’t all filled with beautiful blush pink roses, it led to unsettling peace between the two of us, and it created an environment that made me question a lot of reasons why I was even here with my husband. It took every bit of me not to give up on my options to stay here because while it may have seemed like a terrible idea financially it became a blessing in other ways. I developed my own blog which you are now reading, I experienced my first Christmas and New Year celebrations in a country I have never been before. How awesome is that!

Just days before I received the news that my visa was approved, I awoke at 5:41am out of deep sleep. I knew that this particular moment wasn’t something that happened on a regular basis, in fact, it was actually the first time in a while I had a good sleep. But I felt a peace in my spirit and sat up for a good three minutes just staring at the wall before falling back asleep. I knew that something was about to happen but little did I know that what my husband and I had been praying for would come to pass and I would be allowed to stay.

That same morning I received the news that it was meant to be! My visa had been approved alongside some business opportunities to expand my vision and income while supporting my husband in his professional basketball career. Yay! Despite the unsettling feelings and thoughts, the early rise and the peace I felt weren’t just by coincidence. My Prince of Peace, the one I look up to established a test for me to trust what could have been the best decision I had ever made to end my 2017 leading into my 2018 year of life.

We all experience stress, frustration, anger, negative thoughts and moments that question our strength of life. But never give up. It’s not a time to take your foot off the pedal but instead accelerate forward onto bigger and better things.

Happy New Year!

2018 will be a great year for you.

Miss Rose 🌹

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