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Here I come, 2013

By Cristin Morgan | Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cristin Morgan

The past year comes to a close with memories I will never forget: going to New York City with the high school journalism department and my mom, riding in a helicopter for the first time, getting a new car for graduation a year early, three high school bomb threats. We lived through the Colorado shooting, Hurricane Sandy and the Connecticut shooting all of which affected people throughout the country.

I’m sure 2013 will bring more memories. I am looking forward to graduation and starting college, a huge step that will determine how I am going to spend the rest of my life. I want to major in mass communication and journalism and minor in broadcast journalism. This year I will also become an official adult – the big 18.

Enough about what I am ready to accomplish for myself. Most of what I want to achieve in 2013 isn’t for me, but for others. My New Year’s resolution is to do at least one good deed a day that will benefit and bless someone else. There is a challenge going around that says, “Everyone should do 27 good things for others in memory of those lives lost in Newtown, Conn.” Why stop at 27? Why not shoot for 365 a year?

I don’t want people to know what my deeds are because that’s just it. It’s not about me, and it’s not about who can brag about who did the best deed. I want to bless others and let them know God is on their side, that anything is possible with God and to never give up. Just smiling can make a difference in someone’s day.

I am also looking forward to watching my brother, Brandon Mullins, grow in his walk with God. We pray as a family every night before bed, and I have a feeling this year will be the year he accepts the Lord. I am looking forward to my sister, Casie Morgan, finishing her second year of college at Tarleton State, and I am really excited about my sister and brother-in-law, Amber and Jeremy Congo, having their first baby boy. That makes my new title “Aunt Cristin.” I am ready to see good things happen to the people around me.

There is so much to look forward to each day. I know this year will be greater than any other, because as I wake up each morning, I am going to thank God for another wonderful day. I am going to thank God for all the blessings he has provided for my family and me.

I know He has big plans for me, and I am ready to start today and put those plans into action. I am ready to live each day as if it were my last. I am ready for all the obstacles and all the blessings in 2013.

Cristin Morgan is a senior at Decatur High School and is a Messenger Youth Spoken reporter.

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