First Thoughts, Second Anniversary

 Photo Credit: Aundre Larrow

Photo Credit: Aundre Larrow

Good afternoon, y'all! It's been a few weeks. 

I hope you all had a happy 4th of July. I was at home the week before celebrating my cousin's wedding and then traveled with friends to Savannah for Independence Day fun. While those trips were very life-giving and relaxing, my heart has been (and still is) heavy. 

Many horrible things keep happening in our country and around the world. They're things that we can't make sense of, but they're things that should push us to action, to love and prayer (lots of prayer). I hope you'll join our community of creatives to shine a light on beautiful people with wonderful stories to negate the bleakness.  

New York, my home. 

Also, I've now lived in the city for two years! It brings my great joy to think about all that's happened over the course of this post-grad journey thus far. 

Yet, there were times early on when I didn't think I could do it. In fact, I seriously contemplated leaving two or three times, and I would have if it weren't for a few key relationships that began through work and church involvement. And now, I can't imagine not being here.  

To those who have been with me throughout this journey, thank you. Seriously. Your touch on my life is a huge answer to prayer. You've shown me how to confidently pursue dreams. You've opened your homes to me and taught me how to step outside my own selfish perspective.

Three words, eight letters. 

The Gossip Girl watchers in the room will get the above subtitle. Sorry, I had to do it.

Anyway, love is a thing I think about often. I've also written about it a few times during past blogging endeavors. There are many types of love, and I'm most thankful for the love that God first showed the world at creation and continues to show through His Son and the relationship that He longs to have with each of us. 

Lately, I feel like I've been in a mushy mood. There are many factors that play into it (too many to list here), but instead of analyzing the why, I'm choosing the lean in. Sure, it can be scary at first because of the unknown of possible rejection. Who cares! 

We were created to live and work in community. Even though I usually tend to be independent, I thank God every day for bridging gaps and creating spaces for people to connect. 

From here, I encourage you to tell people how you feel. Don't be over the top if you don't want to be, but just say it (or act it out through kindness). We all need to know that we're loved and cared for. God models this for us perfectly, so take note and act.