New In Town || Week 7

Hey guys!

So, a while back, I made the declaration to my little sister, Madison, that I was going to do a blog challenge. I didn't quite know how long I wanted to do it. I wasn't sure of the theme. All I knew is that life will pass you by if you aren't intentional about taking it by the reigns.

2016 has been a big year. A really big year. And I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. That's where this challenge comes in. This season -the last 4+years- has been such a rollercoaster. With that in mind, I knew I wanted to be intentional about capturing the last moments of this amazing year.

December has always been special to me, and my reason for loving it so much is simple. It's an indisputable close of something. So much of my current life is influenced by all these different variables --subject to change. Not December. December 31st marks the close of a year. That it's over. So whether you killed it all year long, are still holding out for a breakthrough, or a mix of both, its onset signifies that last ditch effort to make the play, hit that home run, set goals, dream big, you name it.

Speaking of big dreams, on October 8th, I packed up my suitcase (the silver bullet), carry-on, purse, and backpack, to job search here in New York City (still so weird seeing that haha). I could go on and on about the story behind that, but I think I'll save the full version for a Coffey Break Chat.

 October 8, 2016: Officially on the way!

October 8, 2016: Officially on the way!

Long story short, the transition has not been glamorous haha I'm forever grateful to my wonderful family friends for adopting me, love you Bill + Debra! And my August people Warren, Christa, and Josias, for literally absorbing me into their lives in such a loving, genuine way.

Being broke is not fun. Living out of suitcase is not fun. Being unemployed is not fun. (dramatic face emoji) I had totally forgotten about the toll job searching takes on your emotions and self-esteem. Not to mention, that the irony of it all, is that you can't just drop the search in pursuit other feel good alternatives. The goal is to get a job. You have to keep going until you get something, it's just that simple.

I just don't know how in the world I could have made through this time without you guys...

My confession is that I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I was hoping for the red-carpet experience. I knew it would be challenging, but it's nearly impossible to anticipate the reality of moving away from everything you know and love without actually experiencing it.

That's where faith and trusting the vision come in. During my second week, I made the commitment to myself that I would limit my focus to the day ahead of me. That I would make the most of that specific day. That I would be present, and fight the urge to consider anything beyond two weeks out --and that was only if it was absolutely necessary.

A default in my nature is that I have a tendency of being so forward thinking that I can't ever be fully present. I'd argue however that that mindset welcomes the God moments. There's something so freeing about surrendering, and saying Your will be done. Where do we go from here day in and day out?

It's so crazy to look back and see that somehow I've actually hit all these little milestones in this short period of time. I know it couldn't have happened without His divine intervention in my life, and I've got stories to tell! haha

 First NYC paycheck!

First NYC paycheck!

Join me over the next few weeks, as I roll out a smorgasbord of reflections, favorite finds, vlogs, and archived content (my cute way of saying content I should have published a long time ago haha)

Highlights from the last 7 weeks below. Enjoy!