Blogmas Day 15: Throwback Thursday – Christmas Edition

Hey guys! We’re literally ten days away from Christmas! That is, if you don’t count today, of course, haha! This also means that after this throwback, there is only one more Christmas Edition throwback post. After that, it’s back to my normal throwbacks. Time flies! Anyway, for this week’s throwback, I decided to go to the December of 2017, one of my favorite Christmases for multiple reasons. Check it out!

That Time A Sleepover Changed My Life

2017 was a particularly difficult year for me. I was a freshman in high school, I was in a new learning environment with new people, and to top it all off, my mental health had been in a steady decline for the last three years. I was incredibly socially awkward and I struggled to make friends. The friends I did make, however, I found it hard to be myself around them, and I often felt left out. I have come to realize that feeling left out most likely wasn’t their problem, but more of an issue with my own anxiety. Whatever the case may be, I was struggling to make 2017 a good year.

Near the end of school right before Christmas break, one of my friends invited me to her house for a sleepover, since it would be her birthday. A few of the other girls I was friends with were going, so I agreed to go. I never really had sleepovers growing up with friends (maybe only once or twice), so I was a little nervous. By this point I was a sophomore, but my mental health was worse than ever.

I distinctly remember the day of the sleepover. It was week before the last day of school, and all of us girls were sitting together in Chemistry class discussing what we would do that night. Though I was excited, I was a little nervous, too. But I actually ended up having a great time- one that happened to be life-changing.

During the sleepover, we ended up sitting around talking about the year and stuff we’d been struggling with. I don’t know how we got to this conversation, but we did. I found that some of them had been struggling with the same things I had, and the more we talked, the more I began to feel more free. Literally, it was like chains broke. I don’t really want to get into what all went down that year with me, but it just wasn’t a good time for a lot of the year. But after this sleepover, after going through the Bible with these girls and praying over what we talked about, it was like a light turned on. Yes, I still struggled after this. I struggled a lot in the following years. But in that moment, I was free.

The next day, it actually snowed in Texas for the first time in who knew how long! My grandparents came over for dinner that night, and everything was so cozy, and for the first time in a while I was truly happy. This was such a memorable Christmas, and a memorable month!

What do you think about this throwback? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!

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