It’s been a while since I’ve actually sat down to write anything. These last two months have been a whirlwind of things. Where should I begin?
In July, I got into a minor car accident which turned out to be MAJOR drama. I don’t even want to go into any details because I’m just happy that it’s over. The entire month of September seemed as if that’s all that I was doing was dealing with my car issues and the mess that was created. I finally got things settled around the second to last week of September, just in time to have a little fun.
I took my first real road trip to St. Louis, Missouri with a friend to be a part of the Joyce Meyer “Live Life” Women’s conference. That was like something I’ve never seen before. The turn out was amazing. The weather was great most days, but the lines were running out of the doors everywhere we went. Aside from that, the conference was amazing (Joyce Meyer is one of my favorites). Overall, what I took away from that experience is that God is preparing us for things sometimes and we don’t even know it.
I listened to the messages that were given by each of the women–and while each message was different every time and focused on a different aspect of life, I took away the stories that each woman used to tie together their overall sermon (I so dislike using that word). Each woman had dealt with a significant amount of hurt, abandonment, drama, shame, you name it. But what I took most from those stories was how God turned their lives around for the better. These women ( Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore and Christine Caine) had experienced so many hardships in their lives and yet, God used them for their good.
I know that seems like the typical message that we always here–how we are not exempt from suffering. Or it seems like we all have to experience a bit of suffering to receive some joy in our lives, but that’s not the way that I look at it. While some things are in our control, others are completely out of our control. Some of the things that these women had to live through were completely out of their control, but God turned it around. I listened to each woman weave in and out of her story to tie a piece of her past with a powerful message that was relevant to the present. The stories were so eloquently told and pieced together for now- the present moment. Aside from everything else that occurred or tried to stand in the way of their destiny– God knew THIS day was coming– the 2016 “Live Life” Women’s Conference– and I was there to hear it. It’s something that I’ll never forget. I have a constant reminder that God can do anything.
I started a new job. Which at the time seemed like a very good idea. But now, I’m not so sure. It’s not a bad job per se– it’s just that I’m having a hard time seeing how this is “the big break” that I’ve been looking for. It pays more hourly than my other job, but it’s also part-time and the days are short and scattered. (Before you all continue, I just want to say that I am NOT complaining…I’m just explaining). But, I remember coming across a section in this book that I’ve been reading on and off, (Start Here Start Now by Valerie Burton) entitled, “Are You Ready to Move into a New Season?” The part that really stands out to me is when she says, “…your new season is a goal you’ve been working toward, but you have somehow failed to notice that the thing you wished for is here. This new season requires you to shift your thinking so you can enjoy the vision that has finally come to fruition.” So that’s what I’ve been trying to do–“shift my thinking.”
On top of this, Burton adds, “In order to fully embrace what’s new, mark your passage from one season into the next,” which brings me back to the party that I’m throwing for my 30th birthday (Yaaaaaaaay). Planning this party has been a lot of hard work–more than I bargained for. While at times it’s presented it’s challenges, other times it’s proved to be very rewarding. I love all of the little details that go into planning, it’s right up my alley with the kind of work that I want to be doing. This whole thing has made me realize what it is that I want to do for a career. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, since college in fact. And I’ve always thought that it would be a “side” thing, but now I’m for certain that I want to do this full on. I want to plan events for a living–both corporate and social.
For the first time ever I’m certain of what I want to do with my life and it only took me thirty years. But I’m happy that I finally know. I’m taking strides to become all that I want to be. I’m happy about turning thirty. In my heart I believe this will truly be a new season in my life and I’m ready to celebrate! Bring on thirty!