Friday, December 27, 2013

A Year in Review || 2013, Part I

It seems to be true that the older you get, the faster the years fly by. After this year, I wholeheartedly believe it. With 2014 just around the corner, I went digging into the archives for some of my favorite photos and scouring journals for some of the major moments, and boy were they hard to choose from! I have been so blessed and gone on so many adventures in the past 12 months, which only builds my anticipation for what's next. God has been good to this girl and His faithfulness remains the same today and tomorrow. Hallelujah and amen to that!

The Highlights, Part I:

1. Advanced Directing. I'm almost positive that when I first arrived at Baylor and joined the theatre department, I decided that I wanted to be an Advanced Director during my senior year. Four students are chosen to direct/produce/cast/build/you-name-it four "productions" over the course of a year. Spring of 2013 brought two of my favorites, the Post Modern Experiment and my capstone, The Stonewater Rapture. I had the joy of working with dear friends and new friends, collaborating with great designers and stage managers, as well as learn SO much about myself, my directing style, and my heart for the exploration of faith in the arts.  I miss being an Advanced Director more than you could know, but I am so thankful for the opportunity to spend my last year at Baylor so deeply invested in making meaningful theatre. It showed me that my passion for learning, directing, and working with students is absolutely God-given and the path I plan to follow in pursuit of grad school and future work.

2. Seattle. Oh me, oh my! This dropped onto my plate straight from Heaven. How do I know this? Because I never would have chosen it for myself. Oh, let me just pick up and move 2,200+ miles away to a city where I don't know anyone just for kicks. Definitely not. In March, I was at the end of a year-long prayer journey, seeking wisdom for what post-grad was to hold. In March, I began looking at summer internships in Seattle, and in March I felt with absolute certainty that Seattle was more than a summer gig. Had you told me I would pack up my bug and move there four months after my visit, I would have laughed and laughed and laughed. You know, I still laugh, but I laugh as Sarah laughed. She was given a big promise, one she dared not hope for or believe, and when it came true all she could do was laugh and give glory to the Lord. That's where I'm at. I laugh that I ever doubted His plan for me or that His adventure would be one I could know and follow on my own. I laugh and say "Thank you!" and "Remain with me, Lord!" every step of the way. He opened every door, from working at Anthro to living with/nannying for the sweetest family, and finding sweet and meaningful friendships at Mosaic Community Church, and I never should have doubted that His goodness would go before me and follow me across the country. 

3. Graduating from Baylor University. What. Is. This. Madness. I have a college degree. When did that happen?! Oh yeah, it happened on May 18th. I could not have asked for a better college experience and I will be a Baylor Bear for the rest of my life. Between unforgettable memories, friendships that will last a life time, and the joy of spending most of my days submerged in an incredible art field with people of a similar passion, nothing comes close to topping this time in my life. I miss college dearly, but I am so thankful to say that I left more prepared than I thought for the next season, and closer to Christ than I could have imagined.

4. Blogging. How can blogging be a highlight? Oh my, I'm so glad you asked ;)  I have had this blog for almost 2 years (this bloggity's birthday is January 1st!) and this year the community here has come alive in more ways than one! I have had the pleasure of meeting several gals I wouldn't otherwise know and hope to meet more (and see these friends again!) in the years to come. It has been an eye-opening battle to prioritize and plan and to find a vision for my message and life in general. I have been so encouraged in a time where discouragement threatened to reign, and I cannot express the joy this little corner of the internet brings me. Thank you for sticking with me on this journey and being such a blessing in my life!

Stay tuned for Part II! In the meanwhile, I plan to spend the next few days soaking up as much home-time, family-time, and friend-time as possible. Merry late Christmas, and a Happy early New Year!

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13 comments:

  1. So thankful to have gotten to hug your neck this year! Loved reading this post... I'm just so thankful for your sweet spirit. Blessings to you, friend! XO

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    1. Awe, thanks lady. I'm so thankful for you dear! And happy anniversary! <3

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  2. Loved hearing about your 2013 and getting to know you better :) I didn't know about the move to Seattle--what an awesome adventure! Can't wait for part 2 and I hope you have a great weekend!

    xo, gina

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    1. Thank you, friend! Have a happy New Year!

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  3. I just stumbled upon your blog and I can't wait to read more! :) I also moved across the country to follow my dreams and I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

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    1. So glad you dropped by! I can't wait to read more of your adventures, friend, and some of those tutorials you've been sharing :D

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  4. so lovely to reflect and look back at a year. agree it goes by sooo fast its just crazy. but the years still remain love and faith filled which makes them pretty darn great!!

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    1. Absolutely! I whole-heartedly agree! I can't wait to see what's in store for this next year :)

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  5. Aww, this is wonderful! What a blessed year it was for you! I am so glad I met you in 2013 and hope to see you again in the new year in my future trips to Seattle!!

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    1. Yes ma'am! Do let me know when you come to town :D

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  6. What a full & blessed year! And certainly, Seattle is lucky to have you :) Can't wait to see what this year will bring for you (and me!) Praying for an abundant and delightful 2014 for you.

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