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!
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).”