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A little look back before looking forward

December 27, 2010

I was thinking about posting this in my blog because this is posted on my FB page…2009 has been amazing and in 2010 we did it again (Thanks, Mr. Vallone!)…but before I look back at 2010, I thought I’d put the previous year’s reflection up to remember how far I’ve come…

2009, you have been FINE!

by Vanida J. Brion on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 10:12pm
Wow…This month is coming to a fast close and in the anticipation of Advent and the new Year coming up a few things have happened that I’m blessed to reflect on.

First off, I’ve managed to see a few dreams come true this past year alone. I’ve had an awesome experience with stepping out of my comfort zone on professional and personal levels.

I’ve had my very first healthy relationship and while that didn’t go any further than a 9 month stint, I realize how much I am truly worth. There were no regrets and I had such an awesome time hanging out (even though there were 3,000 miles between us!). It is so refreshing to say that I don’t have any regrets in the romance department, for once. Chastity is definitely a WISE and saving virtue. PRAISE HIM!

I’m hitting my 5th year as a CYM (coordinator of Youth Ministry) and for the first time, I KNOW it’s where I am called to be and I’m not listening to the enemy trying to convince me that I don’t belong there. In doing this ministry, I’ve seen myself giving back to the greater Diocese of San Diego, which has been on my heart since 1999. My favorite moments were mostly at Camp Emmaus: particularly singing “Breathe with Me” in the meadow under the stars one night. I will never forget that feeling as I took in the sights and sounds of Whispering Winds under the Milky Way…breathing in and sharing my heart with so many young people and young at heart.

My beloved City of the Lord put together an amazing healing workshop in August and Miracle service. My miracle was watching both parts of my spiritual life collide and praising the Lord under the same roof. As an added bonus, I got to praise the Lord with the most AMAZING musicians at that service. It changed my life. It built my faith. It got me going again.

I’d gone from solo artist to membership with 2 bands: Emmaus Blvd and the Mere Cats. Both groups have helped me reclaim my musical roots and shake the dust off the chops I acquired 10 years ago in Denver. I’ve had such a BLAST playing with both crews. All y’all seriously are my favorite people on the planet.

I got to see the “new” Lamont in August for an unofficial 10 year reunion and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Now I won’t wait another 10 years to get together with those beautiful people. I love Denver and I always will. I’ll be back soon, I promise!

Currently, I’m in the process of finishing up my first ever professional demo of 3 tunes. Chuck has been so incredibly hospitable in the literal and artistic sense of the word and I am so excited by the work that we’ve been able to accomplish. Fellow Mere Cat and BIC, Vinnie, has truly brought with him his beautiful perspective on these pieces and I’m so incredibly blessed to work with him. Both guys have pushed me artistically speaking, keeping me honest with myself and encouraging to bloom where I’m planted. Of course, none of this wouldn’t be in progress if it weren’t for Sandi Shaner and her hard work for local San Diego songwriters. 2nd time around brought me to where I am and I am definitely finding myself more comfortable with the idea of me being an actual songwriter. Can you believe it? It only took me about 20 years to get here…but better late than never!

I honestly have NO regrets for 2009. I do not know what 2010 will bring, but I am SO excited to find out where I’ll be going. I only know that I have some pretty awesome people in my life and have had the BEST support group anyone could have ever asked for. Ever since I gave my life over to the Lord shortly after college, I haven’t had a dull moment yet and I’ve been seeing the fruits of my prayers springing up in the 50, 70, 100 folds….truly, my life is BLESSED and I look forward to what lies ahead. Many thanks to each of you for being a part of this tapestry and for helping me grow into the person I am. May our interactions leave each other better off and closer to the one who loves us beyond human understanding.

YOU ARE LOVED! and so am I!

my last gift from my late grandfather. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

May 2008

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