Making Friends Through Social Media

One of the coolest things about living in the time and technological age that we do is that we can connect with almost anyone from anywhere in the world at any time.  Through all of the different social media channels — from Instagram to Facebook to blogging — we have the opportunity to communicate with and even befriend people we may have never met in real life, which is crazy!  It's also really amazing, and something that I am personally super grateful for.  I have made so many sweet friends through social media over the years, many of which have become the kind of friends that I don't know where I'd be without today.  And it honestly blows my mind that I get to now know and do life with these women simply because we followed one another on Instagram or read each other's blogs... or both!

As an introvert who is typically pretty content being on my own, I have found making friends through social media to be such a godsend.  Connecting with others post-college is hard in general and made even more challenging by our often ridiculously busy schedules, and being someone who would 100% choose staying in over going out, it could be so easy to hibernate and thus never meet new people.  Which makes me all the more grateful for those that have reached out to me, the ones that I've reached out to, and the friendships that have been born because of our small acts of boldness. 

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What Trust Looks Like

Honesty hour: I'm not totally sure how things look from the outside, but this is easily one of the weirdest seasons of life that I've walked through.  It's unpredictable, uncomfortable, and unlike anything I've known thus far.  When I think back on past seasons, it's not difficult to see why they were easier to digest than my current one.  Much of my time in high school and college was fairly predictable and routine, after which I went almost immediately into the workforce.  Then God put Nashville on my heart, so I moved there in faith — which was totally scary — and pretty quickly got a job with Dave Ramsey's organization, where I ended up working for four years.  And it was there that I paid off all of my debt and worked toward the season that I now find myself in: living back in my hometown, working part-time, and planning for my big upcoming trip.

If you read my birthday post back in October, you know that I am about to embark on a multi-month long trip through Europe, which is definitely exciting.  The truth, though, is that it doesn't feel very exciting right now.  I left the comfort and safety of a full-time job (with benefits!) to literally move back home, *maybe* work a little, and plan a massive, so-many-details-involved trip, all while having pretty much no idea what my life will look like once I come back.  To my little Type-A heart, this has all been real scary.  But my re-burgeoning faith is telling a different story; it's reminding me daily that in me not having a solid plan, God can do anything.

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How I Got Out of Debt

Just about a year ago, I celebrated paying off all of my debt — over $28,000 in 21 months — with an unexpected confetti party while sharing my journey on The Dave Ramsey Show.  To give you some backstory to my debt situation, I put myself through private college and by the time I graduated, I had about $25k in student loans.  Then a few months later, my old car bit the dust and I had to buy a new (used) one, taking out a $12k car loan.  Let's do some math: at only six months out of undergrad, I was looking at over $35,000 of debt.  I was barely 23 years old, working two part-time jobs as a nanny and children's ministry leader, and staring at a crap ton of money I had to pay off that didn't seem possible at the time.  So I just made my minimum payments for a while and life went on.

Fast forward a few years, and I found myself living in Nashville and working at Dave Ramsey's company, where an integral part of what they do is teach people how to get out of debt.  If you've never heard of Ramsey, I highly recommend you check out his 7 Baby Steps and/or read Total Money Makeover.  After working there for over a year, I found myself deep in prayer with God about what He really wanted to do with this life of mine, because I had a deep sense that there just had to be more than what it looked like at the time.  Through prayer, I felt Him impress on my heart that He did have more, but that He couldn't take me there until I dealt with my debt... and that was what really ignited my fire to pay off my debt as fast as I possibly could, because I knew that I didn't want to miss out on what He had waiting for me on the other side.  So 21 months later in December 2016, I made my last student loan payment, and shortly after shared my story on Dave's show...

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My Girls Night Podcast Episode

I had one of the coolest things happen to me a few months ago: my friend Stephanie asked me to be a part of her amazing and inspiring podcast, Girls Night with Stephanie May Wilsonand I found out that it recently went live!  Stephanie and I met just over a year ago at a friend's birthday dinner which led to hanging out one-on-one, shared our life stories and dreams, and both walking away more confident in what God had been stirring in our hearts.

In my episode of her podcast, we chatted a ton about God, how to hear from Him, and how to know what He's leading you to do.  We also touched on finances and how we've both gotten out of debt in order to freely pursue our dreams, learning to love ourselves for who God created us to be, and little ways to live our lives to the fullest, touching a bit on doing it as a single gal. 

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