I like new things. New shoes, clothes, friends, adventures, etc. New is always fun and lately, I can sense a new season in my life. I’ve never been so aware of a new chapter starting, so although I’m excited for the new, I actually feel anxious. It’s just so strange to me to actually see it all happening. It’s like those movie scenes where the person is standing still and everything moves past them like a blur. Sometimes you don’t even know you’re in a new season until you’re fully in it and notice things are different. But in a way, I’m glad that I’m noticing it happen because I feel like I can prepare for whatever is coming.
Subtly, God messed with my plans. He does that often to me. I had a whole image of how life was going to be like at the moment but none of that came true. I’m a dreamer. It’s part of who I am. I create stories that allow me to live vividly. But the light of certain dreams began to dim and I stayed waiting. I have a really hard time letting things go.
This past year has been pushing me to grow up in a lot of ways. God dug up a lot of things that were buried down in my heart. There’s a lot of things I’ve had to come to terms with and let go. I even shared my testimony, which is something I’d never thought I’d publicly do. I asked God to remove things from my life and help me learn more about Him and how I fit in into His plans for me. It’s been a lot of learning. This whole new time in my life almost feels like a test to see if I can put what I learned into use.
Although I’m uneasy, I’m happy. I’m happy because this new season means I’m heading where God wants me to go. It’s been a while since I’ve felt content so I know God’s got this. I remember being in a season of dryness for so long wondering what God was even doing and just feeling so defeated in every way. For the first time I genuinely feel confident in where my relationship in God is and can trust His plan wholeheartedly. I no longer feel like I am constantly asking to feel redeemed, I can finally come to God and know His forgiveness is with me.
Not going to lie, I’m still nervous and a bit scared for what’s to come. But I’ve grown to the point where I can just rely on God on the good and bad times and at the end, He will come through. So I don’t know what to expect in this new season, but I am ready for it.
How do you deal with new seasons?
Since I started grad school I’ve gotten so many questions about school. But by far some of the most asked questions are it’s necessary or if they should even go. At first I told everyone yes. College is expected once you’re done with high school. But college is a whole different ballgame and something that everyone handles differently. Let me tell you know, there is no clear yes and no answer. So let me navigate through this.
I’m a huge advocate for school. Part of it is because I genuinely love writing papers and school spirit. I also made some of my best memories in college. So I’m a bit biased because I want everyone to go to college because I loved it. But with all things, there are pros and cons.
Some of the pros to go to college are that you’ll at least have a degree to fall back on. You can make your degree work for you somehow. Plus, if you actively engage with professors you can make connections that can help you in your career. You really do learn a lot about what you’re majoring in and it can expand your thinking. I know people who ended up switching their major because they took an elective class they loved and realized their passions were different. On a more personal side, I’ve known people who come into their own in college. With new independence and no pressures of high school, people learned to be themselves and grew as people.
So now for some cons. In my opinion, the biggest con is finances. Thankfully I had a scholarship as an undergrad and did work study so my loans were low, but now that I’m in grad school and have to rely on loans to pay for it, I realize how expensive it is. Debt is what keeps people away. But there’s ways around it so do tons of research! Another con is that sometimes you don’t need it. I’ve known people who have gotten good jobs without a degree. You also have to switch your mentality about school. It’s easy to see the party aspect but I know people who struggled because they could get A’s without studying in high school but in college that didn’t work. It’s a huge adjustment.
Who Should Go to College
If you want to go into a career that you can only achieve with a degree, you should 100% pursue college. There’s some careers that there’s no way around this. If you’re uneasy, do deep research on schools and find one that fits. Sometimes disliking the school you attend also makes you dread college, so remember you can transfer out. Ideally, I say everyone should go and at least try it but you should go if you value the education you’ll get.
What About Grad School
Grad school is tricky. You can get your dream job without grad school. Personally, I decided to go to grad school because I wanted to prove myself. I did well enough in undergrad but I knew I could’ve done better, so I wanted to try grad school to see how far I can push myself. I also like the idea that I can be a professor. But I don’t feel like grad school is a required option. I recommend it if you want to continue learning about something in particular and if you want a career that requires you to have a masters. It definitely takes a different kind of commitment.
What do you think about this? Do you think everyone should go to college?
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I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing. All opinions are my own.
I love imagery. The fact that a non-fiction book can do imagery well is what kept me reading. Roger W. Thompson goes through personal stories in We Stood Upon Stars: Finding God in Lost Places and takes us through a journey (maps included) to see how vivid God is. This book is meant to help you find God in lost places and it helps to take you out of your usual setting and see things with different eyes.
A lot of these type of books feel kind of out of touch or too self help-ish, but I love We Stood Upon Stars because it’s a real journey through stories that make you think. The whole book blends wonderfully together so it doesn’t feel like it’s different chapters talking about different things about this general issue.
Each chapter focuses on a different location so it will make you want to travel because it is a vivid adventure to these places. Through these places, Thompson tells stories of God through things, people, and surroundings and it makes you want to see how you can see God in your surroundings.
Overall, I loved this book and could not put it down. If you love traveling, I recommend this but also I recommend it if you have trouble seeing God in your everyday life. We Stood Upon Stars is a fun read full of imagination.
What books have you been reading?
I’m not going to lie, I’m the kind of person that just rewatches my favorite shows instead of starting new ones. Lately it’s been really hard for me to get into a new show. I start something, watch a few episodes, then go back to something familiar. However, there are a few shows that got my attention so let me tell you about those.
The Get Down
If you haven’t watched The Get Down, please stop reading this and go start playing this on Netflix. It’s directed by Baz Luhrmann, who directed The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rogue. It’s set in the 70’s and shows the life of some teenagers trying to figure things out in the Bronx. It shows the beginnings of hip hop and of course showcases disco. The show does take on some serious issues, but also has some good comedic aspects to it.
Probably one of the most popular shows this year. It takes its characters from the Archie comics so it’s fun to see them come to life with a twist. There’s a lot of fresh faces on the show and it’s a mystery story, not just another typical high school drama. This is definitely one of those shows to binge watch.
Okay, I’m including this just because I watched it, but I have a lot of opinions. Sophia is insufferable on the show. I’m familiar enough with the book to know the show is very loosely based on it but just as a character, she’s kind of annoying. I feel like I kept watching because I was intrigued with the whole idea of Nasty Gal but the characters kind of fell flat for me.
What have you been watching lately?
Packing is still hard for me sometimes. I either over pack or pack too little. It’s all of fun little Tetris game trying to make everything fit. Fun fact: I like to travel with just a carry-on and I have to get creative with how I put things in. Yes, it can give me a huge headache but it’s the best way for me to travel. So if you’ve ever thought about using just a carry-on, here’s some tips on how to pack your bag!
On my last trip I tried this and I was surprised it worked! Get a large enough ziplock bag and pack things in there. I rolled up my leggings really tightly and managed to fit quite a few in a bag. I also did this with t-shirts and it worked. It compressed everything in giving me more room! I usually pack in a drawstring backpack inside of my carry-on just in case I need to carry more things because it’s much smaller so it’s not a full on extra bag.
Keep It Simple
I feel like usually when people think about just carry-on it scares them because they think they have to leave a lot of stuff behind. But honestly, sometimes we over-pack on trips. The way to get into using carry-ons is by thinking logically and planning about what you’re taking. We tend to pack for the “what if’s.” We don’t know if we’ll randomly lose or rip something, but usually it doesn’t. Travel light, it helps!
Use Your Purse
I usually also put stuff in my actual purse to not overpack my carry-on. It’s usually stuff that I can take out and don’t have to be carrying around all the time. I usually put my makeup and other toiletries in my bad. Also, my bag is usually big enough to carry extra things, but not too big that it’s a hassle to use.
What is your packing strategy?