Welcome to My Website

Welcome to My Website

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE, BOYS AND GIRLS!

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My junior year of high school, we played basketball at a school called All Saints and were greeted by an upbeat, zealous woman as soon as we walked through the door. She began directing my teammates and I to the locker room like one would direct cars at a traffic stop. Silently giggling, we observed the woman bounce gleefully up the flight of stairs. Without losing a single ounce of momentum, she shouted, “Welcome, welcome, welcome, WELCOME! Welcome, welcome, WELCOME!”

We deemed it equivalent to the “Welcome to Illyria” ballad Principal Gold graced Viola Hastings with in She’s the Man.

There are not enough “welcomes” in the world to fully express how happy and grateful I am to have you visiting! Welcome, welcome, WELCOME!

Welcome to My Website

My precious friend and Phi Lamb sister, Ashton, designed my website! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all she has done for me these last few months. She has worked ridiculously hard to get my website just right and pleasing to the public (and my OCD) eye. SHE’S A LIFE-SAVER, A GEM, AND A BLESSING! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY WEBSITE AND I COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT HER! Seriously. This was all her, you guys.

If you haven’t already, check out my About Me page so you can learn a little bit about who I am and what I’m about! There is not a doubt in my mind that this is where God wants and needs me to be but it hasn’t always been that way. It’s been a learning process.

In his book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, Bob Goff notes, “I’ve learned that God sometimes allows us to find ourselves in a place where we want something so bad that we can’t see past it…when we want something that bad, it’s easy to mistake what we truly need for the thing we really want…all along, what God really wants for us is something much different, something more tailored to us.”

12 months ago, I thought I’d be somewhere I’m not. I thought I’d be mopping floors or waiting tables in Los Angeles, CA, attempting to slowly work my way up in the entertainment industry. Instead, I’m launching a website, pursuing public speaking, and blogging! I wanted so badly to move to Los Angeles but learned, in time, that wasn’t what I truly needed.

As it turns out, God had something much different in mind, something more tailored to me. 

There’s a poem called Everything I Needed and the final line reads, “I received nothing I wanted; I received everything I needed.” I’m so thankful God didn’t give me what I thought I wanted because I can’t imagine being anywhere but here! This is where I want to be and where I truly need to be. I’m doing what I absolutely LOVE and what I’ve always been most passionate about. By God’s grace, I’m encouraging and motivating others through public speaking and writing.

Plan A turned into Plan B, which eventually turned into Plan C…but, let’s be honest, my tentative schedule didn’t stand a chance against God’s timetable!

I’ve learned God writes “TBD, My child” in fine print below each of our plans and it’s not visible to the naked eye. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we are able to embrace all He has for us! Although I have NO IDEA what lies ahead, I know God is already there, patiently waiting with open arms.

In Jen Hatmaker’s book, For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards, there’s a chapter called “Run Your Race” and in it, she says:

“Stop minimizing what you are good at and throw yourself into it with no apologies. Do you know who will do this for you? No one. You are it. Don’t bury your talent, because the only thing fear yields is one dormant gift in a shallow grave. How many trot out that tired cliche — ‘I’m waiting for God to open a door’ — and He is all, ‘I love you, but get going, pumpkin, because usually chasing the dream in your heart looks surprisingly like work. Don’t just stand there, bust a move.’ (God often sounds like Young MC).”

This website is me busting a move, y’all, and I hope you’ll join me for the dance!

Comments

  1. Julie Weeks

    This will be one of my daily visits. A lot like my devotional. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you and for me in this journey. I am so blessed by you already.

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    1. Kristin Koonce

      Thank you so much, Julie!!! I love you dearly and I am so blessed to have you in my life!!! YOU are a blessing to ME!!!

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  2. Vickie Fontaine

    Your joy and passion is so evident in your words. Praying for this new venture for you as there’s no doubt your ministry will touch thousands of lives!

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  3. Mary Samford Green

    Kristin!! This is so awesome and tremendously encouraging! Thank you for following God’s lead and launching this wonderful website. It is a blessing to me already. 😊 I love you and your contagious, joyful, positive spirit!

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    1. Kristin Koonce

      Thank you so much, Mrs. Green!!! You are such a sweetheart and I sure have loved getting to see you and hugging your neck!!! Thank you for always reading my blog posts!!!

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  4. D.Allen Miller

    You’re such a sweet spirit and I don’t believe I have ever seen you without s smile or laughing. In fact, I’d bet a paycheck (well, I’m not getting those anymore)that you even smile when you’re sick. GOD has truly blessed you child. In return, we have all been blessed by having you in our lives. Keep it up kiddo.

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    1. Kristin Koonce

      Thank you, Papa Bear!!! I am constantly blessed by all of you!!! I sure do appreciate you always reading my posts!!!

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  5. Sue Kella

    Kristin, your happy heart and gracious spirit speaks out in your writings. Thanks for being part of my day and congratulations on your new website! I miss your face! 🙂

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  6. Zach Imondi

    Kristin, when I look at you I see unconditional love and acceptance. You have courageously lowered the barriers to your heart and in doing so have given others the strength to do the same. You are as constant as the sun itself!…and as warm too! With so many people and businesses vying for our daily time, it can be tough to capture people’s attention. Yet, I could not for an instant brush you off like I do to the thousands of others – I felt drawn (even obligated) to participate and open my mind to your message. Your immovable faith and purposeful action empower everything around you – this is the seat of your certain success. Congrats on the launch!!!

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    1. Kristin Koonce

      Zach, oh my word!!! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your kind words. You have always been so encouraging to me and I am so blessed to have had the pleasure of befriending you while at Texas A&M!!! Some of my favorite times were getting to sit next to you in our COMM class, talking about anything and everything under the sun. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts and for inspiring me by simply being the person you are. I appreciate you and your words so much!!!

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  7. Mom

    Kristin, your dad and I are SO proud of you! You’ve worked really hard for this day…studying, reading book after book, and researching everything you could get your hands on to make this happen. Congratulations on this exciting day–the launch of your official website! We are so excited to see how your journey unfolds, to see where God leads you. May He guide and direct you every step of the way as you seek to be an encourager and share your sunshine with others!

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    1. Kristin Koonce Post author

      Wow, Mom (and Dad)!! Thank you so much!! I am so blessed to have such loving, supportive, and encouraging parents. I couldn’t do it without y’all. I love you so much!!

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  8. Charlotte Ware

    Kristin, I am so happy for you! You have always been such a joy. May God Bless you in following his plan for you. I know you will always share your sunshine and joy with others.

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  9. Paula Douglas

    Your personality is shinning through your web-site! I’m anxious to see what the future holds for you with your dream! I have no doubt, you will be an encouragement to all you come into contact with ….through your words being written or read! I love you sweet girl…….Gig Em’ Kristin!

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    1. Kristin Koonce Post author

      Thank you so much, Mrs. Paula!!! That means the world to me!!! I love you so much!!! GIG ‘EM!!!

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    1. Kristin Koonce Post author

      Thank you so much, Mrs. Craig! Thank you for always reading my posts. It means so much to me!

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