Hi Team – I thought it would be fitting to give you guys a life update as my very first post. As much as I would love to post outfits and cute things on the reg, my vision for this blog goes much deeper. I want to remain honest and bold in my writing, and be a source of encouragement in a sometimes dark world.
I’m going through a serious life change right now that is pretty scary, but also pretty freaking awesome. A few weeks ago, I left on a trip to Hawaii with my family knowing that there was a STRONG possibility that I wouldn’t have a job when I returned to Houston. The company I had been working at for the past 3 years was going through a major reorganization to cut costs and I knew the elimination of my position was a strong possibility. Sure enough, that was exactly what happened. Thankfully, it took place while I was in my favorite spot with my favorite people.
The crazy part of this is that, while I loved my coworkers and my comfortable salary, I had been feeling unmotivated, complacent, and stuck in my role at work. For nearly a year, I hadn’t known what to do about this feeling, but I felt The Lord telling me to be still, wait, and work hard. While I wanted so badly to take matters into my own hands and do something crazy, like quit to go on a soul search (Joe freaked out about this part.. also he is amazing.. he needs his own post), or rush into finding a new job, I chose to be patient.
After pushing through the complacency for the last year, I am so happy I did. This door slamming in my face was the best thing for me and now I have time to job hunt, to re-prioritize, to pray, to dream, and to wait for the right job while still being paid (thank you corporate severance policies). Yes, it’s hard to say, “bye” to my first job out of college and to all things comfortable but these are the times in life where I believe that we are shaped, molded, and used. Sometimes being comfortable can be the worst thing for us (another blog post for another day).
All this to say, I don’t know where you are in life or in your career. You may be nervous about high school, or maybe college, or maybe you’re finishing college and don’t know what’s next or maybe you’ve been working for 50 years.. I don’t know. But I do know that if you are feeling anxious, discontent, and unmotivated you can choose to use this time to challenge and to shape you. I know that it is easier said than done – TRUST ME. But choose to draw near to the man with the plan and choose to have faith. His way and His plan are good. I am forever grateful for my first job out of college – the lessons I learned, the people I met, and the growth that I experienced in that role have made a lasting impact on my life, but I am so ready for my next adventure!
“O ye of little faith!” What a pang must have shot through the disciples — “Missed it again!” And what a pang will go through us when we suddenly realize that we might have produced down right joy in the heart of Jesus by remaining absolutely confident in Him, no matter what was ahead.There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis, when we do our human best; it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break in our confidence in Him.” – Oswald Chambers; My Utmost for His Highest
*Ask and you shall receive – even if it is in the most unexpected way.