when i traipsed myself down to georgia in august i came with the intention of staying for six months. i had no idea where to go or what to do when i came home from the field and the Lord led me here to be in community and serve aim and the world race for a season. soon after getting acquainted with gainesville i felt the lord asking me to plant roots here. to find some contentment with being here. and it was a struggle. i battled and fought for that contentment. i chose it on days when it was really the last thing i wanted to do. and there are days when i still actively have to choose contentment about being in america.
but the more i do it the easier it gets. and the more i choose thankfulness the more it really does rise up in me. today, i’m beyond grateful for where i’m at, and what i’m doing.
so, when i agreed to come for a 6-month apprenticeship i was asked to come on as a part of the marketing team. which was funny to me because with the exception of my college degree i have zero experience in marketing anything.
but for the last six months i’ve been learning a lot. and developing some skills. and learning a lot. and well, learning a lot. the more i learn the more i realize how little i actually know. which is humbling. but more than that it’s exciting. it’s a privilege and a blessing to be surrounded by people who are willing to invest in me in so many ways, including professionally.
i’ve spent the last few months working closely with our college-age department. real life. it’s been an absolute joy to be awakened to some of my talents and skills and also to rekindle some of the creative passions i’d stifled for so long. but, that’s another blog for another time.
anyways…all of that really long story to say. i’m staying in gainesville. i’m staying with aim. i’m staying with real life. and i’m continuing to do marketing.oh,
but, i am actually beside myself excited about it.
and also i’ll still be living off of support. so you can help a sista’ out here.
i’m excited about all of the new changes. i’m excited about learning more. i’m excited about being developed. i’m excited about being challenged. i’m excited that i get to do something i am passionate about. i’m excited that it will probably be hard. but that i’ll grow because of it. i’m excited about being in one place for awhile. about learning how to be committed to something.
[it maybe freaks me out a little bit that i just wrote that. and that i mean it. because i don’t really know who this new, contented, happy person is. but i like her.]
and, well. i’m also excited that i get a new desk. and a new space.
i know it seems small. but i am such a person who needs her own space. i need my space to feel like home. and i need it to feel like me.
so i made some new things for my new space tonight. and i love them. i cannot wait to get them up on my wall above my desk tomorrow.