As you may have noticed, a significant amount of time has passed since I’ve posted on my blog. I think I moved into a new season of life where writing wasn’t as much of a priority for me. And that’s okay with me! But with so many major changes happening in my life, I wanted to update the world on where I’m at, what I’m doing, and how I feel about it.
Here’s what my priorities/interests HAVE been the last year (and I mean new ones, so just insert God, family, friends, school, etc. in all the right places):
1. I started taking piano more seriously.
2. I started dating Isaiah Struve. *insert heart eyes*
3. I took up an interest in amateur iPhone photography and the community aspect of Instagram. I met a lot of really awesome people (mostly photographers) through Instagram this year!
4. I started exploring Dallas more thoroughly, discovering all its secrets and trying to see it from every angle possible.
5. I discovered coffee as something to actually learn about and enjoy, not just to drink as liquid Holy Spirit in the morning. I’m now one of those annoying people that can talk to you about beans, roasters, origins, notes, quality, etc.
SO. That was this last school year. ^^^
Now to summer:
I’m living in Estes Park, CO. 9,053 feet above sea level. I’m the Arts Administration Intern a music camp called Rocky Ridge Music Center. Basically, Arts Administration is the way of combining a taste and love for music/art with leadership, organization, and business. I’m pretty much learning what goes into running this camp specifically, but also non-profits in general. I’m looking at Arts Administration as a possible grad school route, because I think it would be awesome to teach music and then eventually run a music department, an orchestra, a symphony, etc. We’ll see what happens!
I love the mountains. I love the taste of tap water up here. I love that my log cabin windows are always open. The views are incredible. The air feels clean. The food is all organic and healthy. The views are amazing. I drove Trail Ridge Road yesterday, which goes above 12,000 feet. I was driving in the sky.
And yet, I’m not going to lie…. I am 500% out of my comfort zone. I’m not just a people person, I’m a my people person. So being uprooted from my family, my friends, and my favorite city, and coming here 13 hours away to a super isolated place where I don’t know anyone, is still taking some getting used to. There were some lonely moments in the first few weeks. There still are sometimes. I was wondering why I was here and how long I was going to feel that way. And its a long story, but basically the Lord spoke to me specifically and directly and told me that my purpose for being here would become obvious eventually. That His stamp of approval is on my life. That my identity needs to be in Him and not who I’m around or where I’m at. And that He is going to reveal Himself to me at a depth I never knew possible this summer.
That’s pretty cool. It’s definitely an adjustment. I am outside my little Christian school bubble. I’m learning how to build relationships with and truly embrace people who are different than me without apologizing for who I am. I miss Texas a whole lot, but something I’ve been reminding myself of is to “learn to love the skies I’m under.”
Looking forward to next year, I’m going to be a senior at SAGU. I’m planning my senior recital and taking over the Rooted ministry at SAGU, which is focused on church planting. I’ll also be part of the leadership team for SAGU’s local chapter of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), although its still somewhat up in the air as to what that looks like, and I’ll be teaching piano lessons at Destiny Studios in Mansfield, Texas.
At least, that’s what I anticipate it will look like. In reality, I never know quite what a year is going to look like. I usually find myself looking back on where I was a year ago and being amazed at much changed and how God’s plan is always better than my plan.
I’ll leave you with a verse that has become important to me. It’s a good reminder when I’m questioning God’s goodness, when I want to complain, or just generally when I feel Him calling me to express gratitude.
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.