Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dreaming dreams

"She felt at that moment...she did not want to speak of it, to trivialize this feeling with imprecise words. But later, too, the next day and the day after that, she not only found no words in which she could express all the complexity of these feelings, but was unable even to find thoughts in which she could reflect with herself on all that was in her soul." - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

I'm overwhelmed in this moment. While everything appears the same, my life is turning upside down - in a good way. A new chapter begins professionally as I accepted an offer to be a publicist and social media manager for a PR firm, today an acceptance letter into a masters program for English Literature, hit my inbox, and in 3 days my brother gets married. It all happens at once. I'm thrilled and caught up in the goodness of God. So many things had to fall apart before this could fall together and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's about the journey, the challenge, and never giving up on dreams. 

"Dream until your dreams come true."

Friday, June 21, 2013


My little brother is getting married in a week. What?!  It's crazy how quickly time flies. The past couple months are a blur of showers, games, gifts, and family. Last weekend was the last shower and all the ladies were asked to write down advice for Bailey. I'm not married and would probably be more qualified to tell someone what not to do, but one thing I read the night before jumped out at me: 

"It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." - 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV - this is important)

So often the other verses in 1 Corinthians are cited, but I think this point is crucial. It says "trusts" instead of "believes." There must be trust in a relationship, and, alternately, belief. You can't put your belief in another person, but you can, and absolutely must, trust them. (After looking into other translations, "believes" is historically more prevalent and I know nothing. However, I think the point is still very much relevant that there must be a solid foundation of belief for any long-term love to stand a chance. This is also the first time I've preferred the NIV version, so keep an open-mind, folks.)

The other three words bring their own thoughts, but that was a bit of a revelation for me and the advice that I gave my future sister-in-law. Protect, trust, hope, persevere.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013