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Do you ever have those moments when you think back and wonder whether the last 3 months even happened?

Time seems to be passing more quickly than every before and months have gone by in the blink of an eye.

These last few months have been filled with transitions – work, home, church – but it’s been oh, so sweet. To think of where I was just three short months ago completely blows me away. How life can change before you even realize which way is up.

Work: I started working as an Outreach Coordinator for a small-ish, local non-profit that works to support individuals who support military service members and veterans. It’s been a learning curve working with a population I have little experience with, but it’s also opened my eyes to a new passion and interest. I even wrote my final paper of my undergrad on this topic. It’s definitely something I want to dig more into moving forward – both academically and professionally.

Home: I moved to a cute little apartment in a more central area of San Diego and I love it. As long as I’ve lived on my own, this is the first time I had my own space with roommates. Up to this point I’ve always lived with a family or couple, so it’s been fun making the space my own – although it has a LONG way to go. While I’m not home much, it’s nice to have a place to come back to everyday.

Church: Goodness, this has probably been the most unexpected piece – though I’m not sure why. Ever since moving to San Diego, I’ve been trying to find a church community to pour into and intentionally build community in. I started going to a church shortly after moving where I met some AMAZING friends and plugged into a small corner of the church community. I just never quite felt settled there – which looking back was probably  preparation for the change and transitions coming throughout the following months (or year, really). My attendance was scattered and I never fully invested myself there. After a series of moves all over the county and some time of reflection and prayer – I decided to go back to that church up north and DIVE IN. I’m an all or nothing kind of person, and I finally just decided I need to be all in. I’ve only been back about a month-and-a-half, but I’m so thankful to be there.

Y’all, that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. The Lord has been doing amazing things. He’s been revealing things to me that I’ve been oblivious to or avoiding for longer than I’d like to admit. I’m seeing Him do beautiful things in the lives of my friends, my family, and the church community I’m surrounded by. I’ve never been one to journal or consistently write, but I’ve felt prompted to write these moments down. I want to be able to look back and see EXACTLY what HE was doing all along.

There will be much more to come as I continue to move through this season of putting down roots. It’s something I’ve never really done before. But oh, how sweet it is.

I pray that HIS will is done. That HE will be in each and every moment. In each decision. That HIS glory is revealed. In HIS timing.

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26 for 26

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To continue with the tradition after “25 from 25“, I give you 26 things I want to do, experience, or focus on in the year to come. Who even knows what will is to come in the next 365 days, but it is sure to be an unpredictable journey. Here’s to the next year of continued traditions and new experiences.

  1. Travel more. There’s so much of this country and world that I’ve yet to see.
  2. Also, let’s start with the PNW, cause that place looks like the dream.
  3. Buy more coffee brewing equipment. I will get that Chemex this year.
  4. Be more intentional with friendships and connecting with friends who live hundreds of miles away. I think this will be on my list every year.
  5. I would say drink more coffee, but I’m not sure that’s even possible at this point. I feel like I’ve kept this up pretty well to this point. Always room for improvement ;)
  6. I’m going to attempt the surfing and snowboarding goals again this coming year, because I didn’t do so well at those last year… Well, I got on a stand-up paddle board and floundered for a while. And I got a whole lot more comfortable in the water. So, I’ll take that as a partial win.
  7. Continue to explore this city I find myself living in. There are still many unknown and undiscovered areas to find. Slowly chipping away at this one. Yet the list keeps growing…
  8. You know that big exciting project I was excited for in 2016, let’s move that to the 2017 list.
  9. Also, about taking more pictures…let’s add “get a new lens for my camera so I’m excited to take pictures again” to this list.
  10. Cook more. Gather more people around the table and cook for them and with them. That’s when my heart comes most alive.
  11. Start playing a sport again. I miss the teamwork and comradery that comes with that.
  12. Try more local restaurants. This place has some of the best around and I’ve been to embarrassingly few of them.
  13. Visit Australia. This will be the year. IT HAS TO BE.
  14. Continue to read often. I want to keep up this habit I’ve picked up over the last year.
  15. Go to Stone Brewery more. Because pretzels and brussel sprouts.
  16. Also, learn more low carb options of all the carb filled foods. Because that kind of feels like Christmas to the two T1Ds in the house.
  17. Make it to Fresno more often. How am I so close, yet so far?
  18. Play games more often. The sound of laughter in the midst of competitiveness is the best thing.
  19. Stop overthinking things. And by that I mean try to overthink things less. And by that I mean just start chiseling away at that monumental task.
  20. Explore the options when it comes to grad school. Who knows where that may lead…
  21. Work on hand-letting and graphic design more. I need to spend more time learning what I enjoy.
  22. See snow for more than 12 hours at a time. My soul comes alive in the snow.
  23. Invest more money in quality items and less money on things that aren’t sustainable or needed.
  24. See more of California.
  25. Focus more on my writing. I haven’t done nearly enough of that in the last 12 months.
  26. Enjoy 2017. There’s beauty and pain and redemption everywhere I look. See it, notice it, remember it. The pain makes the redemption that much more beautiful.

So as 2017 comes to be, as new resolutions and goals are set, let us remember that each day is fresh and new – as are His mercies. Treat each day as such, as a blank slate with the beautiful opportunity ahead of us to make Him GREATER.

Photo by Christina Jean Photography.

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Another city, another transition, the same heartache.

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Another trip to North Carolina, another hard transition back into everyday life at home.

The idea of this trip was to surprise my dear friend Sarah for her birthday last Friday. Let me just say: mission accomplished. There is nothing I love more than a good surprise. When it comes to a successful surprise, I say go big or go home. In this case, I went big and I went home. This trip solidified the fact that Brevard is right where I’m supposed to be. It feels more like home than anywhere I have ever been. When I first arrived in Brevard last week, the anticipation and excitement was too much to handle. Within minutes of being with everyone again, it just seemed like it was normal for me to be there and be a part of it all. It is still such a strange feeling for me. Don’t get…

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Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s about that time when Elisabeth has become far too comfortable with her life and all of a sudden plans change. Yes, you heard it here folks, yet again my life is not going in the direction I oh so carefully thought out. How silly of me to think that I could plan out the next year of my life and expect it to go according to those plans.

It’s like I’ve been through this before or something.

So here it goes… This girl and her cowboy boots are picking up and moving to Nashville, Tennessee for three months.

You probably ready that sentence correctly the first time. This kid is picking up and moving (yet again) to her homeland for a spring internship with The Red Bus Project. To say I’m slightly excited about this opportunity may be a slight understatement. It’s as if someone wrapped up the city that I love, a cause I’m passionate about, and a fantastic organization into an internship and handed it to me with a bow on top.

I gave my two weeks on Wednesday.

I move in twelve days.

This is actually happening.

So much has happened in the last 7 days. I’ve experienced a range of emotions from excitement to complete disbelief to panic. I now have less than two short weeks to arrange everything I need to here in Brevard, pack what I will be taking with me, find a place to stay while I’m in Nashville, and get ready to take yet another leap into the unknown.

I’m so thankful for this opportunity, but it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that I’m leaving this place for three months. I love it here. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel and explore new places, but this place has become my home. These people have become my family. It’s so hard to think about just picking up and moving away from that.

I’m going to miss the mountains. I’m going to miss this little town. I’m going to miss Asheville’s quirkiness. Let’s be honest, I’m really going to miss the bakery. All jokes aside, I’m going to miss the people here more than anything. I’m going to miss our game nights and movie nights. I’m going to miss the arguing, the sarcasm, and laughs. It’s the little things that I’m going to miss the most. It’s those nights where we all just sit on the kitchen floor talking when we could be sitting on a perfectly comfy couch in the living room. It’s the times I times where I fail miserably playing Xbox with the guys. Those are the things I don’t want to miss out on.

I’m sure Nashville will take good care of me. I’m sure there are some who think it will take such good care of me that I won’t not come back. At this point, I’ve learned to never say never, but I do know that Brevard will always be my home, everyone here will always be my family, and I will never cheer for UT.

My life is getting ready to shift, yet again. I’m ready for this new adventure, but I’m not wanting this one to come to a close quite yet. I’m definitely learning to appreciate the time that I do have and is forcing me to take the time to enjoy the small things.

It’s a good thing I learned to love country music years ago. I think that skill may come in handy over the next few months. Nashville, let’s do this.