North Carolina Visit

October 3, 2016

During my time in Yellowstone I met two southern belles from North Carolina. After realizing that all three of us had a lot in common we started hanging out after our shifts at work. Quickly we were stargazing past midnight and eating ice cream straight from the tub while discussing life.

After returning home and making a group message for the three of us titled "Southern Belles" I knew that I would have to make a trip up to NC to visit these girls. So after searching through our calendars to find a date that we were all free we finally decided on a weekend. I took my friend Abigail from back home with me as well. 

The drive there was long, but it felt good to break the mold of the everyday life schedule. Abigail and I jammed out to the radio and were able to have some good conversation for the 12 hours that it took to drive there and back.

Allison and Chelsea gave me the grand tour of their adorable home town and the mountain that it's named after. From their favorite coffee shop to the local cheese factory we saw it all.

 I am so thankful for Allison's family and the fact that they allowed us to stay at their house and cooked us amazing food like this killer burger.

 This is the view from Mount Jefferson overlooking the little town below. 

I am forever grateful for these friendships and our weekend together spent in West Jefferson.

New Beginnings, New Ends

September 13, 2016

And just like that I'm in my second year of college. Summer is over, the real world is back. I've almost completely adjusted back into normal life, even though I still cry over anything that reminds me of this past summer. I don't think I will ever 100% be adjusted back into the everyday. I've changed too much. The Lord has changed me too much. I've learned how to manage stress better. I've learned how to love better and deeper. I've learned how to prioritize. I've learned how to rest. The Lord used this past summer to break me down and build me into something new. I have a new appreciation for family, friends, and adventure.

This semester is really different than last year. I have not one, but three new roommates. I'm currently unemployed and living with only the bare necessities. I am in harder classes and have my plate full with organizations that I'm involved in. However, I'm making more time for traveling and saving more money for bigger trips. Things that used to matter don't now, and things that didn't used to matter do.

My plans for my future have shifted a bit as well. I used to have it all figured out. I was going to go to college, get married, be a mom, and run my photography business on the side. Since this summer, the Lord has completely thrown those plans out. He said, "trust me." So I have. I don't have a plan. I'm seeking His will and that's really scary. The plan is now to follow Him with as much hustle as ever. Praying that somehow I will be able to use my gifts of marketing and the arts in a ministry setting.

So here's to the unknown, new beginnings, and new ends.