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Sleepless in Seattle; Adventuring in the City!

What a weekend! My time in Seattle has come and gone and the past four days have been mighty FULL! A semi-spontaneous adventure was exactly what my semester needed. It started on Thursday when I headed home from Baylor. Stop #1: haircut. And a major one! I cut off 8+ inches (see image in below post). People still say my hair is long but it is pretty short to me. Stop #2: Mary Poppins at Dallas Summer Musicals! I first saw this show four years ago and it has a special place in my heart. It was a fun night of theatre that I loved sharing with my Mom. And I left with a spiffy new supercalifragilisticexpialidocious mug and a replacement parrot umbrella. I had one for three years but it blew inside out twice, therefore Stella the Umbrella was no more.

Friday morning arrived with a 3:30am alarm. That could mean only one thing: I was Seattle-bound!

As I said, 3:30am came early. Mom and I were out the door by 4:30, stopped for breakfast at Whataburger, then made it to the airport by 6:00. It was pretty empty and I had the gate to myself for just under an hour. The Knot {Texas} and Domino: Small Spaces kept me company. The flight was around 4 hours long and I spent it journaling and watching Life of Pi. Now that's an interesting movie, let me tell you. Once in grand old Seattle (which was gloriously cold!) I hopped on the train to downtown and immediately found the Starbucks. How could I not, right? There's one on almost every corner.

Friday afternoon I had an interview with a theatre across town and to kill time beforehand I stopped at a gourmet chocolatier. That was the best cup of hot chocolate I've ever had. Then the interview began and ended before I could blink with a promise of hearing back later in April. That afternoon after a series of trials with the bus system/taxis (...I won't even start on that one...) I met up with my friend Luis and we wandered around downtown. And really wandered. Pike's Place was my favorite! A huge market with dozens of flower stands. Really and truly couldn't get over it! I think we went there every day.

Saturday was even better! I had breakfast with a sweet family in the morning and got a good look at various parts of the city. Then a sweet new friend gave us free front row tickets to see Love's Labour's Lost at Seattle Shakespeare! What a fun and incredible show! I was laughing so hard that I cried. Well done, absolutely. And, as you can see, Pike's Place once again.

Now I'm back in Texas, exhausted from the trip. There are so many things to think about and process still. You'll hear more about this trip later this week, I promise :)

How was your weekend?

Seattle, Here I Come!

Remember that adventure I was talking about? This is it! I am headed to Seattle, Washington for the weekend and could not be more excited! I do have a few interviews lined up for summer internships and I have high hopes of learning the city the best that I can in 3 days, but otherwise my plans are wide open.

Follow my journey via Instagram {baileyjeanrobert} and Twitter {@baileyjrobert}!

Oh! And just for grins, I got a major haircut yesterday! 8+ inches long gone. What do ya think?

Probably the only time you'll catch me shooting a selfie ;)
Have a great weekend!

Awaken {ACC's Spring Break Trip}

Awaken. Simply saying the word stirs something inside of me. Awaken is the name given to Antioch Community Church's college ministry's annual spring break mission trip to south Texas. This was my third year to go and while sooooooooo very different from every other experience, it was still life-changing and a complete gift from God in this time in life.

I led our section's drama team with my good friend Adam. Our small but mighty team of 9 (mostly freshmen) lived up to the nickname "varsity squad" if I do say so myself. But it goes beyond producing quality work. It is trips like these and experiences like we had that remind me about just how powerful theatre is. A ten minute skit can absolutely share the gospel and surpasses language barriers that would otherwise remain untouched.

Our big team was small but mighty as well. My first time on Awaken we had 90+ people, often crammed onto a school bus chanting "Four to a seat! Four to a seat"! Sorry, Mom. We were completely safe, I promise! This year the 32 of us fit comfortably onto one bus and were even able to take in a few "bonus bus" students from other sections. A highlight from the trip was seeing our team become a family and watching the freshmen come alive! The breakthrough they saw in their lives, the thrill they found at spending time with Jesus each morning and diving into His Word and work the rest of the day-- oh man! Makes my heart so happy!

Going into the trip, I knew the routine pretty well --it never changes too much-- but it was still so refreshing and kept me going so the week flew by.

Here's a glance at the daily schedule:
5:15. My alarm goes off. I bolt across the room, tripping over everything, to hit the snooze. It is usually tragic and I mumble apologizes under my breath as I search for the clock, but finally it quiets.
5:30. I am hopefully out of bed this time and getting into the shower. Mornings don't exist for this girl unless I've been pelted with hot water and washed my face.
6:00ish. The "ish" is very important here. I found myself a table and chairs in a corner of the parking lot and spent my quiet time there. It was fun to see people from my team and others out and about reading the Word and worshiping as the sun came up, too. 
7:10. Those of us staying at the Executive Inn challenge traffic and high-tail it across the street to The Echo for small team leaders' meeting. And when I say challenge traffic I really mean wait FOREVER for the lights to change. I'm a stickler for waiting for the "walk" signal.
7:15ish. Again, the "ish" is key. The small team leaders from our section gather with our big team leaders to play a game, worship, and be envisioned for the day. One morning we played a round of spin-the-bottle-ENCOURAGEMENTS. Whoever the bottle pointed at, you encouraged them out loud in front of everyone. It really was so fun! And completely appropriate ;)
7:50. Breakfast with the entire team. Oatmeal & brown sugar, amazing biscuits, and plenty of milk. But really, I drank so much milk and was made so much fun of for it. Oh well.
8:45. Big team round up. Team 24601 (#redeemed) gathered in the parking lot then hurried across the street to the activities center. We always sent a few of the boys to the front of the line to snag our seats in the front. It didn't always work but we sure tried.
9:15. Morning sessions! Always incredible, amazing speakers, extended worship, etc. Really such a blessing and a great way to start the day.
12:30ish? There is a question mark because I really don't know. Lunch was always different and here were the reasons:
-----lunch on the bus on the way to a service project.
-----lunch in the parking lot waiting for the bus to go to a service project.
-----Seniors Lunch! Learning about the church planting movement and how to stay involved after graduation, as well as learning about the discipleship training schools. [More on this later...]
-----Nations' Lunch! For anyone feeling called to the nations or interested in what that looks like within the Antioch movement, this was the place to be! [Definitely more on this later!]
Afternoons. Time is vague here too. Some days we would have service projects where we would clean up a neighborhood and go door-to-door seeing if anyone needed help or had a way we could pray for them or serve them. Other days we would have break out seminars at the hotel. I went to Women of God and World Changing Discipleship. Both SO GOOD!
Evenings. Every night we would do an outreach. This meant going to a neighborhood, church, or park and doing a "set." We would go out and meet people in the area and invite them back to our home base where we would have games for kids and then do a dance and a drama before sharing the gospel. God was so faithful and we saw so many salvations! People's lives were changing right before our eyes! 
Nights. After dinner --also, always delicious-- we would have big team time where we shared testimonies about the outreach. We would also have a time of encORANGEment. This started on day 1 where someone threw an orange at another person and encouraged them out loud in front of the group. We did this for 5-7 people every day until the entire team had been encouraged. 
10:30. Curfew. In your rooms.
11:30. Lights out.

And there is your average day on Awaken! I am still processing so much of what happened, so be prepared to hear about this trip for the next few weeks.

Also, I've a fun adventure coming up this weekend that I cannot wait to share with you!
How was your spring break?? I'd love to hear about it!

Spring Forward {Spring Break, Come & Gone}

I can't believe it. It feels like just yesterday I was loading onto a bus with 30 friends and acquaintances, but now over a week later here I am back into the thick of daily life with 30 even deeper friendships and a heart full of what the Lord did over our spring break! I have been so blessed.

It is a process wading through the memories and truth shared over the past week and I want desperately to share it with you all. Plus there are exciting things ahead this week. But a mound of homework and five short hours of sleep stand in between me and you. Tomorrow night? We shall meet again!

Friday's Letters {March is Upon Us!}

Dear Friday, you're finally here! Of course when I say finally I really mean you appeared out of nowhere. This week positively flew by! Dear March, that goes for you, too. One week I was in the middle of directing my post modern scene then BAM! March & real life seem to go hand in hand. I'll have those resumes and applications out this week, I promise.  Dear Outdoor Waco, why have I only now found how wonderful you are! Great smoothies, a fun atmosphere, and much less crowded than the hot-spot coffee shop near campus. I plan on spending plenty of quality time there over the next three months. Dear graduation, slow down! You are 78 days away and my heart doesn't know how to handle that. It is exciting and frightening at the same time. Dear Baylor, you have been so good to me. These past 3.5 years have been some of the best of my life! Let's keep it up, shall we? :) Dear spring break, you are right around the corner... and I get more excited every day!  Dear Austin, I'm coming for you tomorrow. My first wedding to assist with is hours away. Please be kind to me!

Dear YOU! How was your week? Anything exciting coming up this weekend? Enjoy!