One year: 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8765 hours, 525600 minutes, depending on how you measure it ;) As of last Friday, I have officially lived in Seattle for one year. ONE YEAR! This year has been a year of big dreams, grand adventures, small victories, and buckets of blessings from God.
This time last year I was settling in as a live-in nanny, prepping for a summer of children's theatre, searching for community. And where am I now? I am wrapping up my time in Seattle, mentally preparing for grad school, while Peter Pan opens this week, Anthro finished last Thursday, and I am 3 weeks away from home. The tiny little space between those two sentences does not do this year justice, so how about we hit the highlights?
One of the greatest joys of my time in Seattle came in the form of the beautiful family who welcomed me in from day one. I nannied for them all summer, saw them graciously welcome sweet kiddos into their home, and experienced their unconditional, Christ-like love for many. Living with my boss had plenty of perks, and it was a true treasure to find a sister-heart in Mel. She intentionally walks with Jesus in every aspect of life, theatre included, and she does it with so much grace. I can only hope to be like that someday. :)
Last summer began my journey with Lara Casey's Power Sheets and I have been in love ever since. Her goal-setting process and the path to finding your core/values/passions that she has created hit home and has been a go-to at the beginning and end of each month this year. Lara is a spectacular role model, tending to her home life and her work with the utmost care and Southern grace, inviting us on the journey as though we were life-long friends. If you don't know her, get to know her :)
One word: AUTUMN. The colors here are magnificent! Unlike anything I had ever seen before! My house is 5 blocks from a lake, and in the fall I was out and about it every afternoon. I will certainly miss it.
My love affair with Anthropologie only increased upon getting a job there last August. The discount is divine and my paycheck returned to the company far too many times as my closet was revamped, but it was an eye-opening experience. I'm not a fan of working retail, but the friendships were sweet and customers made for entertainment on the regular. I made my final purchases and waved goodbye to the sweet savings last week, and it is probably a good thing that I am moving far away from that treasure trove.
In November I began taking West Coast Swing lessons and loved it! I took them all the way through March and would have continued if time allowed. Oh how I love to dance and I hope to do more after the move :)
This February I spent half the month traveling, interviewing for grad school. What a journey that was! Though the above school is not where I will be attending, it is where I found the deep-heart-dream to return to school and saw the roots of my desire to teach. The Lord was so faithful in each of those places, reminding me of my passions and His passion for storytelling. I could on and on, and maybe someday I will, but I have never been more convinced that theatre is something He has given me for a reason and for an impact that will rock me and my spheres for years to come.
The happiest place on earth is truly my happy place. I would go every weekend if I could. A family vacation to California wouldn't have been complete without a trip to Disneyland, and I was in heaven. My brother on the other hand wasn't huge fan, but goodness knows that I soaked up every minute, sported sequined Minnie ears with pride, and am already dreaming of a return trip. Anyone up for it? ;)
Last but not least, Cameron's visit to Seattle was one of the best weeks so far this year! This lady is incredible and a friend I am eager to see next month (that's right, I'm comin' for ya as soon as I'm home)! We explored the market, tulip fields, and enjoyed my city. My city! And my city it shall be for a few weeks more.
It blows my mind that this year has come and gone. One year of adventuring with Jesus in the unknown and in the Pacific Northwest. Who would have thought? Not me, that's for sure. ;)