Every End Has A New Beginning…

As 2015 comes to an end, I can’t help but reminisce on the wonderful blessings God has given me. One year ago today I packed my entire life into a U-Haul trailer and headed north. I was clueless to the journey I was about to embark upon, but I knew this was God’s plan for my life. I was blessed with a new house, amazing husband, and had the support the best family a girl could ask for. I drove 15 hours away from everything I had ever known. I had no friends, no job, and no idea anything other than I would finally be with my sweet husband.

Over the year I learned more about myself than I could put into words. I learned how to depend on the things I was taught growing up, learned to never forget the note in my husband’s lunch (or I would get asked if I still love himJ), and new journeys are a blessing from God. Sometimes God takes us out of our comfort zone to show us that we need to depend on Him for answers and guidance.

Michigan has been a fun ride. Before my move I had never been ice skating (on a frozen lake), built a snowman, or driven in snow. Even though I am not an expert at snow driving, at least I will now drive over 25 mph. on the interstate… Oops. I can honestly say moving to Michigan has been one of the best decisions in my life. It has taught me to trust in myself, depend on my husband, and that comfort zones should be banned. Everyone should be pushed out of his or her comfort zone at least once in his or her life.

2015 had many changes for me. Other than uprooting, I was diagnosed with Lupus for the second time, embarked on the infertility journey, helped my husband open his own business, had a parent completely walk out of my life, found my dream job, and become closer to God than I could have ever imagined. Even though many negative things happened, I can’t help but be thankful for all the positive things God has given me. I have too much to be proud of than to let the negatives determine my happiness.

Many people in my life forget how many blessings they have. We are all quick to dwell on the negative instead of remembering what we have. I often stop people in their tracks when they are being negative to remind them of things they can be grateful for. Having that outlook on life has helped me become a much better person.

Every end has a new beginning. We may not want to let go of the past or a memory, but often times we forget God could have something better waiting for us just on the other side of that doubt or fear. The past is the past for a reason. It is there to teach us a lesson; not determine who we are or how happy we are.

I am part of an infertility group and we all remind each other everyday how blessed we are and just because we are having these problems doesn’t mean it determines our destiny. There is a reason for everything and I truly believe infertility is a lesson for my life from God. I am not sure what His plans are for my life, but I truly trust He will lead me in the right direction.

As 2015 comes to and end, I challenge you to start fresh in 2016. Let go of the past… you can’t change it. Be grateful for the things you have and the people you have in your life.

Happy New Year!

“As the year comes to an end, don’t look back on yesterday’s disappointments. Look ahead to God’s promises yet to unfold.” – Buky Ojeabi

Published by Lacie

Lacie Ross is the director for the Miss Hahira Honeybee Pageant held annually in Hahira, Georgia. Among many titles, Lacie was Miss Georgia United States 2013 and Miss Georgia South 2013 where she went on to place in the top 15 at Miss Georgia USA. She has judged, directed, and competed in multiple pageants. Lacie even appeared on TLC’s “Here comes Honey Boo Boo” as a celebrity judge. Mrs. Ross is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Minor in Human Resources. She also holds an Associates in Science from Georgia Military College. Lacie is very active in the community where she has held positions as a L.A.M.P homeless shelter mentor, Second Harvest of South Georgia spokesperson, team member with the Georgia Special Olympics, ambassador for People Water, committee member for the Hahira Honeybee festival, among many others. She is currently on the board of directors and choreographer for the Miss Georgia South Pageant. Lacie is happily married to her husband, Nick, who she met on an airplane coming home from Miss United States. The Rosses have three beautiful children, Atticus, Ander, and Addleigh Elaine and reside in Highland, Michigan. A quote by Audrey Hepburn is one Mrs. Ross lives by “As you grow older, you will learn you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

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