Monday, March 4, 2013

Coming Full Circle

Life is going really well for me right now. It is especially so in contrast to this time last year (See here, here, and especially here). Not everything about my life is perfect, but my life is so amazing! I've been able to see how the Lord comes full circle and delivers the blessings promised for obedience and as a result of several long-lasting hardships I've endured. Nothing is as rewarding as this.

Over the past three or four years, I've been working on a personal goal which I never achieved. This January I rededicated myself to this goal (again) and I'm finally making progress! It's a visible sort of progress that I can see all the time, and it's so incredibly rewarding to know that I'm beginning to conquer something I've been struggling with for so long!

As you can read in the links above, I've had a loooot of back problems over the past year and a half. I was in pain, I could hardly move, I couldn't play my viola, and didn't know if I ever would again (which, if you don't know, viola is my LIFE! I plan to major in it, etc.), I wore a back brace which looked terrible and was extremely uncomfortable... you get the picture. It was hard.But, a year and a half later, I have been extremely blessed! I now am in the highest orchestra in my school, and I'm first chair. Because my back is strong enough I am able to practice a lot, which helps me excel.  I also started a string quartet with some of my friends, and we now play for weddings, parties, and such. And, this year I am a member of the Honor Orchestra of America, which, if you're not a musician, is a big deal. I'm sooooo incredibly excited, and SO grateful to my Heavenly Father who has blessed me to make these things possible.

Most of my life I've battled severe chronic depression. This was especially hard to bear last winter in addition to the other trials I had. It became much worse. But slowly, I have learned how to combat the negative feelings which seem to constantly threaten to make camp in my brain. Through the Lord's help, I am able to feel peaceful, joyful, and optimistic nearly all the time. This is such a relief and beautiful blessing for which I am extremely grateful.

I feel so blessed right now. It's so wonderful to be in a season of my life filled with blessings. There are even more blessings I'm experiencing, but I can't list them all. I love my Heavenly Father, and I know He loves me.


  1. I'm so glad you're happy! :)

    1. Thank you!! You know, I really appreciate your comments on my blog! They're so sweet! If only I had one hundred more readers just like you!

  2. Hey there :) I've been dealing with depression for almost a year and a half now. I'm taking St John's Wort now, which seems to be really helping a lot :)
    I just found your blog while searching for personal progress project ideas, and I'm so glad I did! :D I plan to be a regular reader now! Thank you so much for being positive in a world where a soon-to-be-convert like myself is criticized from almost every side :( I'm 16, but I won't be able to be baptized till I turn 18 for family reasons :( anywho, thank you so much! You're awesome! :D

    1. You are soooo welcome! Your comment totally just made my day! Congrats on your decision to be baptized! That is so exciting! I'm so happy for you! I know you'll be able to wait it out! Just stay close to the gospel until then! Also, I'm super glad that the depression is under control now. Depression stinks!
      Thank you for your comment! I'm so glad you'll be reading regularly!

    2. Oh my goodness, that comment just made MY day! One of my best friends had to wait THREE YEARS to be baptized! She stuck with it and when she finally did get old enough to not need permission, she was baptized! Her mom and sister attended, and a few weeks later THEY were baptized too! It was unreal!!!
      Anyways... I hope you're still studying and growing, waiting for that beautiful day! Just a year or so left! ;-)


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