although my family has made several trips to this canyon, it never ceases to amaze me how spectacular this earth is. we get caught up and distracted by small details in our lives that we miss sight of life on a grand scale. i spent a lot of this trip reflecting on myself as an individual and things i want to accomplish this upcoming year, thus resulting in the minimal photosets. there are many things i'm excited for 2017 and though this year will be a stepping stone, it will be crucial to keep my head and heart centered on God's purpose for me and to take the small moves every day that will get me to where i need to be. while i do not have any large finish lines or due dates for this year, it will be solely dedicated to trusting the journey and allowing each day to slowly strengthen me, though progress may not be always felt or seen. some days will be difficult, and many may seem impossible, but there will be small victories that i will celebrate that will be enough to encourage me to keep pushing forward. this is the pivotal year. this is the year to sting or get stung.