Saying Goodbye to my 20’s!

#30/30

I’m writing this post on May 4th, 2017 at 10:30PM, my 30th post of 30 posts, just right before I turn 30 in an hour and a half. It feels slightly surreal ending a decade and entering into another.

Here’s my top ten of my 20’s:

  1. Moving 8 times within 10 years!
  2. Going to my dream school, Southeastern University.
  3. Backpacking Europe with Amy & Starting Bird’s Nest. From that, discovering a new passion for writing.
  4. Traveling to other countries like Israel, Nicaragua, Mexico, Bali, Thailand, and China!
  5. Pursuing my Master of Divinity at Wake Forest School of Divinity and being so so so happy to finish school!
  6. Eleanor, because that’s my girl.
  7. Moving to Charleston without a job or place to live, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made in my 20’s.
  8. Of my 20’s, I think 26 is still my favorite year.
  9. Working in hospice was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had. Learning as a young person to live an abundant life without regrets, centered around Jesus, has been life changing.
  10. The biggest decision I made as a 20-something: Michael & getting back together, engaged, and married!

What a decade! I am so incredibly blessed. There’s been hard seasons- seasons of depression, a lot of work with school, and growing in everyway possible- but all of it has been a sheer gift from a loving and faithful God. I’m so blessed to have the family and friends I do, the community I have both near and far, and that I get to live this life. It’s humbling.

Cheers to my 20’s!

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When It Rains, It Pours.

You’ve heard it said, “When it rains, it pours.”

Here in Charleston, when it rains, it floods—literally! I’ve never had to worry about my Honda getting flooded, but I’ve already had two flood-warning texts sent to my phone during downpours!

Screen shot 2013-05-03 at 10.46.13 AM This post really isn’t about literal rain. It’s about a girl who stepped out in faith to a very scary unknown and was flooded with one blessing after another.

Last November I made the decision to move to Charleston without a job or place to live. By December I was packing box after box, nauseated with how many decorative pillows I had and how many books I’ve accumulated! And after a sweet Christmas and New Years spent with family in VA, on January 7, 2013, I made the move to Charleston, South Carolina! It might have been the scariest moment of my life, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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I was fortunate to house sit for a friend during my first two weeks in Charleston. My sole focus was to find a place to live and to start building relationships for Shabby Shea Creations. After four days of driving all around Charleston, I was sticker-shocked at how expensive housing and living was here. I went to my “temporary home” that night, talked to my mom, cried, and started to look up part-time jobs on the internet!

I came across a part-time volunteer coordinator position with a new Hospice branch here in Charleston. I was truly interested, considering my background with interning at Hospice and past volunteer experiences. So I applied, partly out of desperation to compensate for Charleston’s expenses and partly out of a sincere intrigue for the job.

The next day, I found my cute little house, great landlord, and started Shabby Shea Creations full on. Clients came, I started to build new friendships, and the transition to Charleston was smooth and effortless. I was really on Cloud 9 with my new life adventure!

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So the Hospice job….I didn’t hear back for months and truthfully, I kinda forgot about it. March came and out of nowhere, I received a phone call from the director asking if I was interested in an interview. I said yes, because I was, and a few days later met with the two women starting up the branch.

We had an INSTANT connection over the vision of this hospice branch and how to care for patients and their families. They asked me if I was interested in both the part-time volunteer coordinator position and the part-time bereavement coordinator position to combine it to make a full-time job. I told them about my own business with SSC and said I’d have to think about it.

Realizing most of my clients with SSC needed me when they were off work on the evenings or on the weekends, I started to really entertain the idea of a full-time job with Hospice. What had me most intrigued was how perfect the job descriptions were with my heart for hospice. As the Volunteer Coordinator, I’d have the task to recruit and train volunteers, as well as play matchmaker with them to our patients. As the bereavement Coordinator, my role would be to provide care for our patients’ families after their loved one has passed for 14 months. I’d get to be the one that walks through their grief and help them connect to resources in the community to help them cope. The more I envisioned myself in these positions, the more convinced I was that these jobs were made for me!

So…I said yes to a generous full-time offer, benefits and all! For the past two months, I’ve been training and working for the newest Hospice branch in Charleston, Regency Hospice! On some nights, I work my magic in Shabby Shea Creations and have been slowing building new potential clients to work for on evenings and weekends. I couldn’t be more blessed to have this full-time job and my own business to grow. In terms of blessings, when it rains, it pours.

Another fun tidbit: I turn 26 on Cinco de Mayo (WAHOO!) and my health insurance would run out because of my age. It “just so happens” that I was hired at the perfect time because my Hospice health benefits started on May 1st! What a God-ordained gift! Because when it rains, it floods.

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Weather, Food, & Books: My Life in a Nutshell

Last weekend, the temperature had me grilling out pure goodness.

80 degrees, come back.

This weekend, the temperature hovered the 40s & 50s.

Today, I woke up to it raining and…SNOWING.

What?

80 degrees, come back…please.

In other news, my favorite patient in Hospice passed away last week. That’s never easy, but wow, I am really learning so much about life and death.

I started a new job as an “on-call” receptionist at a local church.

The Help is my new “read” (technically I’m listening to it). On my reading list for the next month or so: The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Peace for Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, Love Wins by Rob Bell, & Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

I decided to not go to Israel & Egypt this summer (for multiple reasons), but am excited to be planning my trip to California to visit family and friends!

I’m also getting ready for this comming Saturday to do a 10K with my momma! We gunna move it move it.

That’s my life in a nutshell…and I still can’t believe it’s snowing outside……………on March 28.