Dang, as hard as it is for me to believe that we are already two weeks into the new year, I am reminded each time I check my calendar that it is, in fact, 2015. For the last few years, I have made it a priority to sit down at the end of a year to reflect on all that it entailed, to review the goals I had set, and to pray. Specifically, my discipline is to give thanks for all that happened - all of the opportunities that God brought my way, including the closed doors - and to pray over the next year. It has become a bit of a tradition for God to speak a word over the coming 365 days to act as a guide for me, a word which typically encompasses the spirit of that year. Some past words have been authenticity, simplicity, unashamed, and pursuit. All beautiful and challenging in their own ways; all caused me to die more to myself and live more for Jesus. I guess that's kind of the point, right?Read More
Through some different situations over the last few weeks, I have been strongly reminded of the person that I used to be, the girl that was before I had some of my stuff together and was walking with the Lord.
It all started with the rediscovery of my online journal from 2004, when I was an angsty 14 year old who thought she was super cool and knew-it-all. Insert *praisehands* here that I was able to get that piece of mess deleted. Then, a few days ago, I was with some friends from college when I fell into an acute awareness of old tendencies and patterns, which got me looking down at my forearm. I've mentioned on this blog that when I was in high school, I briefly dealt with self-harm, which left me with a few distinguishable lines on my arm. They are little reminders of my old self, someone so far in the past that it's hard to believe it was really even me.Read More
For any of you who might follow along with me on my other social media platforms, you likely saw a barrage of posts a few weeks ago when I made my first trip back to California since moving to Nashville. It was a 6 day whirlwind, trying to cram time to see friends, family, and mentors from the Bay Area to Sacramento and back. I enjoyed absolutely every minute - even as someone more on the introverted side of the spectrum - and regret only that I didn't have more time with everyone.Read More
Yes, so life has been a little crazy. It has been full, busy, and exciting as I've adjusted to a new position at work while simultaneously - and finally - settling into my life here in Nashville. I feel like I have had to grow up a LOT since moving... figuring out all the fun adult stuff, like health and dental insurance, doing taxes for two states, and working through many, many days of missing family and friends back home. It's funny, actually, when I refer to or think of home, because while California will always hold a special place in my heart (west coast, best coast y'all!), I feel strongly that the Lord is challenging me to think of here as home now. I mean, I have been living here happily for over six months, and I do not feel much of an urge to move back most days. Not that I don't miss it, because I really do, but more due to an unshakable confidence that I am exactly where the Lord wants me to be right now, doing what He wants me to do. Will I be here forever? I really don't know, but I do feel like Nashville will be home for a good amount of time, which is exciting.Read More