Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lucky Number 7


And with a blink of an eye, today marks 7 years since I first typed the words of what would become my little haven on this corner of the internet. 

They say you never really know how much you've grown until you look back and see how far you've come. 

My first post back in 2011 was only a few sentences long, and all I had to say was I had no idea where this would lead me, I knew I was curious about photography and writing and I was tired of letting fear win. And then I jumped... well I hit publish. 

Can I say I am exactly where I want to be in my life right now? No, because there are always things I wish were better and I could improve on. 

But did I ever think that all but a few words published on the internet could have led me to 7 years of documenting special moments in people's lives, storytelling events in my life, my journey with Jesus, new dreams, writing about my fears, my happy and sad times?

No way!

And so after 7 years of being truly dedicated to this blog, I have a few things on my heart I need to say. 

1. Life is way too short to not start. Press publish. Do the things that you were always curious about. You don't know what beauty will come from it.

2. People will laugh. People won't like what you say or do. People will think you're weird. Keep doing it anyway. 

There is someone out there you might not know that needs you and sees the hope you have and what makes you come alive. Your people will find you. 

3. Let it go. You were created with something incredibly unique! Too many people often stay in the same box for most of their lives because they care too much what others think of them for being different. I'm slowly learning to let go of this. It's hard, it's embarrassing at first, I know. But honestly, I would lose so much more if I didn't share what God had intended for me to let shine.

4. It's not what you think. Nowadays people talk about purpose like you can buy it at a grocery store. And truthfully all I hear through these quotes and inspirational talks is "me, me, me".

But did you ever think your purpose really has not much to do with what you do? 

Everyone has a purpose that's for sure. And you my friend are no mistake. But what I've realized (I can't believe it took me this long) is that it doesn't matter what you do in life... it matters that through what you do, Jesus is glorified.  

Like to cook? Glorify God by feeding someone that doesn't really eat homemade meals much. 

Have a car? Help someone out by giving them a ride. 

Have free time? Spend time with someone you know that is lonely. 

// So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. // 1 Corinthians 10:31

5. Character over success. We tend to place all of our focus on succeeding. But we don't realize that the person you are becoming and the growth that is taking place in you as you go through life is so much more important than all of the success you can ever have.

"Be dedicated to a few things and do them incredibly well and build up a reputation from there." - Hannah Brencher


Life is about growing, the moment you think you've arrived is the moment you've stopped. 

Don't stop. 

Keep learning, be humble, and have a teachable spirit no matter how successful you become. 

Lastly, I just want to truly say thank you so much from my mushy-gushy beating heart to yours for following me along this journey of mine. 

To all the beautiful souls that allowed me to document a special moment in their lives... thank you. 

Here's to growing, to getting up every time we fall, and being bold and courageous to become who we were created to be.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Brooklyn, New York


I love visiting new places and seeing what the world has to offer. But sometimes we get so caught up with embarking on an adventure overseas, we miss the very beautiful cities and monuments that are right by our own homes. 

I have always seen images of Brooklyn and its quirky cobblestone streets, with corner pizza shop gems... but after so many years, I had never visited for myself. And so a few days before my birthday, D surprised me by telling me to ready myself for an adventure. 

I'm not easily surprised because being a typical girl, I need to know what to wear, and should I bring my camera along? There's so much to know! Needless to say, I brought my camera along and I'm sure glad I did. 

We spent the day walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, sat at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and strolled by Dumbo and Jane's Carousel. We visited the Oculus by the One World Observatory and marveled at its beautiful and modern architecture.

When in Brooklyn... you eat pizza. We ended the day by eating a delicious Margherita Pizza from Ignazio's. Here are my favorite photographs I took from the day!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

29


I'm not quite sure where to start this post, other than realizing this is my final year of being a 
twenty-something year old. 

To be honest as in all seasons of my life... I never thought it would really be over. Or I guess that my turn would come too.

And as much as I'm dreading leaving this season behind... alas, all things in life must come and go.

When I turned 20, I looked through my imaginary "future peephole" and saw my life looking all sorts of sparkles and "cue the Broadway music" when I would be this age. 

Secure Career? Check.
Married? Check.
Beautiful house? Check.
Cute kids? Check. 
Fancy car and vacations? Check.

My life plan was set. Shaking my head, Oh Barbara. 


But gratefully there is a God that loves me so much, He didn't give me "my perfect plan". Because He knew it's not what I needed.

Through the different jobs and searching that came and went these years, I always felt lost.

But I wouldn't change a thing. Why?

Because it was during these years of my life that every tear that streaked my face, every "crying" wrinkle that etched itself into my eyes... left a reminder that I was so wrecked in my way of thinking that I needed saving. 

And that I was tired of figuring it all out alone.

I'll never forget this decade because in my 20's... Jesus saved me. And it changed everything.

And I now know that all of those things I ever wanted, even if I did get in life... would mean absolutely nothing if I never came to know who my Creator was. 

My little brother reminded me, "Even if you have nothing in this world... if you have Jesus, you have everything."

And so you're probably expecting me to tell you what lessons I've learned all these years, what to avoid, what to do, etc... 

But instead, I'll leave you with this. 

*We often put too much pressure on ourselves to have it all... but rarely does life turn out how we plan.

*You can't wait forever for that "thing" you want to start... just start. 

*What are birthdays and seasons for if not for learning and growing right? Hold on to the things that make your heart beat.

*Try different hobbies and passions... you might be surprised at what you like/are good at.  

*Be dedicated to a few things... and do them incredibly well. 

*Reach out to a friend/coworker in need. We all need saving... be the little light in your world around you.

*Travel if you can... God gave us this beautiful world for a reason! We're in the best time period to quickly get on the other side... take advantage to see how others live. 

*Don't be afraid to say "yes" to the things you like, and "no" to the things that aren't you. 

*The more you push yourself in the thing you're scared of, the more you'll grow. I've never felt more myself than I do now. God has grown me and given me a confidence that I never knew was within me.  

  
I heard this quote the other day,

"Contentment has nothing to do with what you have, but everything to do with who you know."

This couldn't be truer. 

I may "not have it all" according to the world's standards... but I have my family, my health, friends, a home, a purpose, and most importantly Jesus. 

I'd say at 29... I have everything I need.  

29... I'm so glad you made it! Show me what you're made of. Let's do this.