Tuesday, June 18, 2013

a simple life

That's the realization I've come to over the past few weeks... I want a simple life. A full-to-the-brim life packed tight with good people, good places, good food, good plans and intentions... but simple. In the past two years, I've accumulated a lot of grand clutter in my life. But with that life-changing, "Ok, God," when it came to making the decision a few weeks ago not to go to grad school, there came a word loud and clear above the rest: simplify. So while I let Plan A shift into focus, I took a little more and much needed me time away from the blog.

When I say everything happened at once, I mean everything. I've cried more in the past few weeks than I have in the whole of the past year; happy tears, confused tears, delirious, and grief-stricken. So much was being orchestrated at the same time and I couldn't tell what was going on, but the skies are clearing up now and I've got to say... It looks so good! The short story goes like this: I turned in my notice at both jobs and, thanks to a tip-off and recommendation from my best friend Ali, I now have a job working with teenagers lined up in August back down South where I belong. Last week, I was standing on the beach in Hilton Head with Ali, who I hadn't seen in person for a ridiculous three years, watching the sun rise. We stood in the waves and the morning light before I set off to accept the job offer and I just burst out laughing. God was having a cheeky 'I told you so' moment with me, triumphing in His Plan A for my life. And I was so overwhelmed with His faithfulness. All things came together; He had orchestrated it all in such a short amount of time. His plan was infinitely better than mine. Obviously. I had no idea that this was what I wanted, but on that beach that morning, I saw it was exactly what I needed. Good people? Check! Good place? Check! Happy? Check! etc.

Things are finally starting to settle down a bit, so I just wanted to check-in and say, 'Hey, I'm alive!' yet again. Thanks for hanging in there with me and for all your prayers and encouragement! Hopefully, I'll be around a bit more in the near future when the bulk of the chaos subsides. Until then, let's raise a toast to sweet tea, starry nights, BFFs, and beach sounds. Cheers!


  1. Hooray!!! It sounds like you're on the path to great things. Can't wait to hear more about what they turn out to be.

  2. Three cheers for things aligning and working out just as they were supposed to all along... Oh, and for you being ever so close for some much need hang-out time!

  3. Congrats on things sorting out! I don't think I've been in a similar place, but I've definitely cried/been way more emotional than I usually am as well, and it sucks. But I'm glad that something so good has come out of it =] The future is always bright with God huh?

  4. I love simple. Simple is good. :)

  5. I had so many notions about what I thought I was supposed to have by 25 or want for my future. This year I realized that while I don't want to have children, that doesn't have to mean that I'm someone who lives and breathes her career and only her career. There are so many big realizations we make along the way and I'm so happy for you that the skies are starting to clear.

    Looking forward to hearing more from you. xx.

  6. So happy to hear you so happy! Sometimes we really do need BIG change. But yes, I think simple is what we all tend to long for, and sometimes it's as easy as packing it up and cutting stuff out. Enjoy these happy moments!!

  7. i really love everything about this :)

  8. By the way, I was nominated for a Liebster Award a few weeks ago and I would like to, in turn, nominate you for it!
    You will find all the details here: http://www.midnightcaramel.com/2013/07/liebster-award.html

    I hope you'll have fun participating!
    Have a lovely day!

    1. Oh wow, Charlotte, thank you! I love love looooove reading your blog, so I'm just tickled pink that you would nominate me! You're the sweetest.