Well hello again! I realized it’s been nearly 9 (holy cow) months since I last updated y’all, and my my my how much has changed and happened. Usually, these new posts happen when i decide to go back and reread my last post, realizing how much has changed, and therefore wanting to go through and process it, while updating you in the process. So here goes:
First things first: I GOT A JOB! Woo Hoo! In August, I took the bull by the horns and decided to apply to a few places, and I got a call back from Old Navy, followed by two interviews, and then finally a job offer. I started mid-September, and I have absolutely loved it! I have really enjoyed learning about retail, and having co-workers. Plus, I’m pretty sure that I work for one of the coolest companies out there! The holidays were stressful, and if I’m being honest, just acted as gasoline to my fiery passion for hating black friday shopping. I am so blessed by this job, and the people I work with and encounter. I thank God every day for giving me this job.
What about friends? Well, just hold on, I’m getting there! Recently, as in the last 2 months, I’ve been hanging out with my friends from high school again. It has actually been really awesome, because, well, they sought me out. They missed my friendship. And it has been wonderful! We have girl’s night every thursday at someone’s house with homemade dinner, iced tea, and lots of laughter. It’s been wonderful because I know that these 3 girls told me they were wanting to have more good “clean” fun, which I was so excited about! It’s also been awesome because, I’ve been able to bring them to church with me, and conversations are totally open to talking about God. Just recently, I went with one of my girlfriends to get a bible and a daily devotional, and I can just tell she is so hungry for our Savior, and I’m not entirely sure she knows just how much God can fulfill you, but it is so exciting to see her be on her way to knowing it!
What’s going on with school? That’s exactly what I’m about to talk about! Well, last you heard, I was going to SCC, which I was for Fall semester. Unfortunately, towards Spring semester registration time, I had a bit of a crisis/meltdown and just couldn’t cope with so much change going on in my life. I’ve moved past it, and let myself learn from it, so I don’t want to dwell on that. But, because of that, I am not currently enrolled in any classes currently (Spring semester). However, this time has been great to work and to grow in my Walk with the Lord, and travel!
But that brings me to a recent update about schooling (since I’m at that age where everyone is asking “what are you doing with school?” “do you know what you want to do?” “What’s your major?”). I know last time I told you all that i wanted my endgame to be having a bakery where children with special needs can come and learn to bake. Well after getting extremely exhausted by having to tweak all kinds of schooling to fit that, and hearing a few more sermons at church, I believe I’m being taken down a different path.
Now before I go any further, let me just explain a little bit of myself. One of our pastors at church was talking about how you have to find your “people”, the ones you relate with, and invest yourself there, and that is where you will make the biggest impact for the Kingdom. He was saying that when in doubt of who your people are, find what it is that gets you fired up, and who gets you fired up, and that is where you find your people. After that, I realized that I’m not very passionate about baking or Special Needs. Now before anyone misconstrues that, the Special Needs community has a huge need for people to invest their time, and I would love to volunteer for fun, but it doesn’t get my heart racing or my blood boiling over changes that need to be made. And as far as baking goes, I still love it, but I like it a lot more in small doses, here and there, and on my own terms.
So having said that, I feel like my people are high school girls, and more specifically, high school cheerleaders. I lived in the belly of that beast for two years, and I still get fired up over how much those girls, in general, need someone to just walk through life with them. High school is rough, and you’re lucky if you come out of it without any false expectations for life, however, I realized that most cheerleaders, thing that life will be just like high school, and that their mentors and coaches didn’t help prepare them for real life, and also let them get away with poor attitudes and poor choices for weekend activities. I see a huge need for someone to just walk through life with these girls, and push them to live up to a character that they are more than capable of.
As I’ve been looking into schooling programs to become a high school coach of any kind, I’ve come across only one program nearby, however it’s close to $40,000 a year in tuition, and part of the reason I left DBU was because I didn’t want to be in crazy debt after college. Lately, I’ve been really missing my DBU friends, and also been trying to seek God’s Will for the next chapter in my life. Now that I know what I want to do, I’m ready to start working towards it, and getting back into school.
So now here comes a bit of a surprise, and Mom, sorry, this may be the first time you find out about this. But it just so happens that DBU has a Camp/Sports Ministry Degree, and a couple of my friends are in that degree right now. Lately, as in like the past week, I’ve been thinking more and more about going back, and really honestly considering it. I don’t have all the answers yet, but I can’t help but think, maybe God is calling me back there, and honestly, that makes me really excited.