WHEN THINGS CHANGE

February 11, 2017


Pretty soon things in my life will be completely different. Where I live, where I work, the people I will interact with on a daily basis will be completely different. The last time things significantly changed for me was in 2010. I feel that year was a culmination of everything you could possibly experience in one year. I started a new job, graduated from college, broke up with a longtime boyfriend, started a new relationship, got engaged, my sister got engaged, got married, my sister moved to another state, I lived with a man for the first time, learned about married life and being a wife. Everything! Not to mention during that time I experienced so much backlash from my friends about my decisions. No one was really supportive, but I moved forward anyway. I did everything in the midst of no support, and I have to tell you it was extremely hard. While what I was experiencing was essentially positive, the effects were quite negative. This is when my anxiety really began, so when things start to change, even a little bit, I experience anxiety.

This time things are truly changing for the better and on a good note. I am moving to an unknown town, but thankfully I will have an awesome roommate and my living situation couldn’t be more perfect. Things with my living situation went from okay to good to great in about a span of a week. Initially, I was going to live in a basement apartment in a house in East Nashville. The house was okay, and the price was okay, but I still felt apprehensive about who would be living above me. A house is very different from an apartment. Houses really aren’t built for privacy, especially post World War II houses. I knew that privacy and noise would be an issue, but I didn’t have much time to make a decision, so I moved forward while looking at other options. I started to ask around and research good neighborhoods.

While Nashville has boomed in the last 5 years, there are still some spotty neighborhoods that haven’t quite turned their corner yet. I started looking at the Bellevue area, and realized that it may be a good place for me. I found an awesome apartment complex with a 1 bedroom available and newly renovated. On the property there are 3 lakes, 3 pools, fitness center, outdoor lounge, 4 mile walking trail, not to mention monthly social events. I thought it was perfect, until I saw the price. I tried to budget and figure out how it could work, but I still came up short. I thought surely this had to be the best decision because I was moving in less than 2 weeks!

Shortly after I received a Facebook message from a girl who had seen me post on the Rooms for Rent Facebook page. She asked if I was still looking for a place and was wondering if I would be interested in being her roommate in a 3 bedroom/2.5 bath house in Bellevue. We talked and realized we had mutual friends and she even had connections at my current job. Our values, lifestyle, and availability kind of matched up, so now I am living with 2 other women, for less than $700 a month (including utilities). Now, in Nashville, that is a GOOD DEAL! I move next week into her condo temporarily while the house is being painted and then the following weekend is moving day (for real)! My dad is being gracious enough to move my stuff into storage in Nashville while we wait for the house to get ready.

I hope things go well and smoothly during this move. There will be a lot of adjusting, but I feel stronger and more capable of dealing with such big changes. The good part is is that I won’t be alone and I will be able to have good women around me. Being a Christian is sometimes difficult, but it helps when you have people around you with the same faith and beliefs. I am so blessed by how God has worked this out. I honestly couldn’t have dreamed it up any better.

If you pray, please do so for me this week. This week will be my last week at my job, and I have been there for a little over 7 years. Also, please pray for the move that everything goes smoothly and all of us mesh well together. Send good vibes this way! 💕

LIFE UPDATE AND SOME FUN NEWS!

February 10, 2017


I cannot believe it has been this long between posts. Sorry about that, guys! I have had so much craziness happen, and I can't wait to share with you!

First off, Christmas was a wonderful time. This Christmas I was able to spend a good amount of time with my family and was able to see my niece and nephew for a good bit (they are my favorite part). On Christmas Eve, my Dad and I were on our computers surfing the web and just relaxing after traveling and spending time with my sister and her family.

I got this itch to apply to jobs in Tennessee, thinking how great it would be to be in the same state as my sister and my niece and nephew. My brother in law still has a ways to go in the Marines, so I thought it would be nice to be closer to her so I can help, if needed. I applied everywhere in Tennessee it felt like. I came across one school, a Christian university, Belmont University. I had never heard of it before, but I saw a job that peaked my interest, so I sent in my application right then and there. I never really gave it another thought.

A couple of weeks later I received a call from the Director of Financial Aid who wanted to ask me some questions. Knowing about me having to relocate he asked about my timeline and when I was looking to move. I told him right away, of course. We talked for about 10 minutes about my experience and my thoughts about the position. When we ended the conversation he said he would be in touch to schedule a Skype interview, since he knew I was so far away (Columbus, GA). I waited a few days and finally received a call about the Skype interview and I literally screamed inside. A few other employers had called me about scheduling interviews, but Belmont seemed right up my alley. I prayed and prayed and prayed. My parents were praying, my co-workers were praying, my friends were praying. In my heart, somehow, I knew this was it. This was my chance to finally move on from Point.

The Skype interview went smoothly and I felt very confident. A couple of days later I got an email about an in person interview scheduled for the following week. Anticipating this, I booked an AirBnB, and I kept praying. I asked God for the chance to move. I asked God for the chance to start fresh. I asked God for good friendships and connections to develop. I asked God for a job in which I could make an impact each day, and feel as though my work mattered. He answered.

YOU GUYS - I AM MOVING TO NASHVILLE, TN NEXT WEEK!


Yes, I will be a resident in Nashville! 💟💕💞. The city that stole my heart three weeks ago. The city that I will get to live in all of the time. I will be able to do, see, feel, taste, and experience so much. I am so excited! God has really been working everything out from timing to living situation to moving, everything! I will post an update once I get up there and settled, and may even give you a house tour :).

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MY HOPES FOR 2017

January 1, 2017

Dear Readers,

You may have seen my thoughts on this past year, but I also have some hopes for 2017. I have hope because the Lord promises it to us in His word. I have hope because there’s no reason not to. 2016 really tested my faith, but it affirmed it as well. I have no solid foundation without Jesus. I have no hope without Jesus. He is and will always be my side through the muck, muddy, unclear, and confusing times. This world throws so much at us all the time! We are constantly bombarded by society’s expectations of what success is, of what power is, of what acceptance is. I have seen so many of my friends and family members fall victim to the expectations set by this world. They end up burned out, frustrated, and starving for something better.

This year, I have hope that:

1. I will continue to strive toward Jesus. I will become more like Him and less like me.
2. I will be generous with my time, my words, and my money.
3. I will learn from my mistakes and never make the same ones again.
4. I will fill my body, mind, and spirit with life giving things, rather than toxic, unhealthy, and joy stealing things.
5. I will become more content in my life.
6. I will embrace new opportunities.
7. I will become more creative with my resources.

I know that all of these things are what anyone would want in the new year. I hope to have these things and more. Sure, the bad will happen, but I am tired of living waiting for the other shoe to drop. Good can be just around the corner, and that is my mind-set. There is always something better right around the corner!

I wish you all well in this new year. I hope that no matter what happens you have a strong support system around you, but remember, you are your own worst enemy. Don’t let yourself get in your way!

CHEERS to 2017!

Happy New Year!

xx,
Melissa