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So, some of y'all might remember back in July when I declared this to be the "year of fun." It's my last year in my twenties, and I might be a little scared about turning thirty. Thirty seems like the age when everyone really thinks of you as an adult and not a kid; and even though I should probably already think of myself that way...I don't really like to.

Because, I like to think that I can forever shop at Forever 21 and get away with wearing my Rainbow flip-flops to work. I want to go shopping, get ready with girlfriends, and stay out past my bedtime (even though when I get to that point of the night I am usually so ready to go home and get in bed!). Sure, it's a slightly altered view of what it means to be twenty-something, but when you have less than 365 days to claim this decade, you go with it.

Reality is, my twenties have been years of longing, goal-setting, and achievement. I've wanted, I've compared, I've chosen good and bad. I've gotten it ridiculously right and terribly wrong. I've loved, I've lost, I've wondered. My hair has been incredibly short (I was going for the Meg Ryan look) and surprisingly long (I heart ponytails).

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Lately, I've been trying a different approach to life as a twenty-nine year old. I still long to have and accomplish certain things, but I'm beginning to realize just how young I really am. How much more life I have to live (God-willing). I've tried to slow down and not be in such a hurry to get to the next point. It really has given me a better sense of peace. Also, when it comes to goals, I still believe it is good to have them but they shouldn't define my decisions. I've taken a looser approach to goals while still practicing spiritual and mental discipline. Because, I'm tired of fretting and feeling anxious. I've been talking to God and I truly believe that he has given me certain desires but I'm finally open to those desires not looking exactly how I expected them to. I'm compromising, I guess. But really, I'm starting to trust again. 

I trust that God has a plan for my life and he wants what is best for me. God is good and he's on my side. I'm believing him more these days rather than living in doubt. I'm sure I'll have posts in the future that seem rather doubtful, but my hearts' desire is to start posting more belief rather than questions. I think it's time.

This has been a year of fun.

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Raleigh and I took a fabulous anniversary trip to Beaufort, South Carolina back in July. We ate dinner one night at Hudson's in Hilton Head and also traveled up to Charleston one day to look at the houses. We joked that Beaufort is the Mayberry by the sea. Our b&b, The Beaufort Inn, was just what I dreamed a bed and breakfast would be. I loved every ounce of that trip and my husband.

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Also, we've been talking about some fun plans for our living situation. It is all still in the works, but we are so excited to maybe have a place to really call home soon. I'll keep you posted.

August has been the most challenging month of the year of fun so far (I know, it's barely been two months since I turned 29 but seriously, August was a beast). I was sick as a dog with the first trimester of my pregnancy and I also changed jobs at the church. I'm so excited to announce that now I am the women's ministry coordinator at Covenant. I'm still soaking in how much this could be part of God's plan for me. It's honestly too overwhelming to think about sometimes. I've spent my days so far in this position looking at three main things: prayer, purpose, and passion for the women of Covenant and our community.

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On Monday, Raleigh and I had a really fun day. It started with our 13 week appointment where we got to hear the baby's heartbeat and then we drove up to Birmingham to go see Mumford & Sons in concert. Y'all, they were so good (really not trying to make you jealous if you didn't get to go!) and it was a fun date for us. The drive home wasn't so fun and definitely reminded both of us that we were not in college anymore but it was worth it.

Finally, on a blogging side note, I'd like to do something fun for all of you that are subscribed to our newsletter.  For those of you that have been subscribers for a while now, you know I used to send updates on a monthly-ish schedule. For you new folks, you probably wonder why you haven't heard from me. Well, I'd like to change that.  If you are subscribed to receive updates from this site, be on the lookout in the next few weeks for something fun we can all do together even though we live in different cities.  I don't know exactly what it will be yet, but I'd love to start communicating with you wonderful truth-seekers again. 

If you are in need of a year of fun, go do something out of the ordinary this weekend. Take a day trip, invite friends over to watch the game, or have a lunch date with a friend or your spouse. Shake things up a bit. Live like Jesus has your back. It doesn't matter how old you are; we all need to be reminded that life is full of adventure, purpose, and hope. 

Now, go have some fun. :) 

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

 

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