Friday, January 20, 2012

The Road to Becoming a Big Sister

"Being passionate about something makes people nervous.  It means you have something to die for while they are still searching for something to live for." - Unknown

Let's start from the beginning.  I was born in Waco, went to college in Waco and am now working in Waco.  If you were to have asked me a year ago, I would have told you that I would be moving to Dallas, living with my best friend Emily and working an entry-level PR job that probably wouldn't pay enough for me to afford living in the big city.  Once again, the Lord hit me with the reality that the plan I have for myself will never prevail.  Instead, I find myself sitting behind my desk in Waco completely humbled and thankful for the opportunity I have been given.  And while I am confident that the Lord has greater plans for me outside of Waco, I know that it is vital for me to delve into this new chapter of my life (even if it does begin in good 'ole Waco) with everything that I have.  

I will be the first to admit that I spent the first 5-6 months of my post graduate career sulking about being in Waco and not being where it seemed like ALL of my friends were.  This attitude that I was portraying negatively impacted everything from my job to my relationships to my health.  I vividly remember the morning that I woke up and came to the realization that I had lost the passion that I had once had for life.  I was strictly going through the motions.  For those of you who know me, you know that I don't just "go through the motions."  I spent my college life being involved in anything and everything.  I would leave for class at 8 or 9 in the morning and would not get home from meetings until 11 or 12.  So it was a reality shock, to say the least, when I would get off work at 5 and have NOTHING to do.  

Recently, I have made the commitment to regain the passion I once had.  Volunteering has always been a big part of my life.  Specifically, inner city organizations really tug at my heart.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is something about seeing the faces of those children light up that brightens my day.  

"Portraits" is an organization I have volunteered with since I was a sophomore in high school.  It is a performing arts organization for African American youth.  I was in charge of the 3-5 year old's and as you can see from the pictures below, they are PRECIOUS
I also spent a summer working at a Kids Across America (KAA) as a counselor/swim instructor/lifeguard.  What a humbling experience that was! I had a couple of campers who had never even seen a pool before.  

The following pictures are from a project I did for my Advanced Photography class in college.  They were just too cute not to share! 

So, now that I have shared all of these pictures and background information, I guess it is time to get to the point of this post.  I am in the beginning stages of becoming a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  I am extremely excited about being able to directly impact the life of a child in the Waco Community.  And I also firmly believe that my "little sis" will be able to impact my life as well. Be looking for many many more blog posts about this process :) 

Check out this video to see how Big Brothers Big Sisters is impacting families in the community! 

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I Like Who I'm Becoming

I cannot believe it has already been eight months since I walked across the stage at my graduation from Baylor University.  And what a crazy eight months it has been! Come to think of it, crazy might be an understatement.  I have learned more about myself since graduating than in all four of my undergraduate years combined.  I have faced fears, formed friendships with unexpected people and realized that life is not going to be perfect. 

So why start a blog now? And what direction am I planning on steering this blog? Those are two very interesting questions.  I have been telling myself since the summer before my senior year that I wanted to start blogging.  I majored in journalism during undergrad and LOVE writing.  Blogging will serve as a way for me to write down my thoughts on a number of different topics.  Therefore, I do not plan on having a "specific direction."  I want to be able to share my thoughts with you and I am excited about being able to look back on past entries and see how I grow as a person!

"The Optimist" seemed like the only way to describe my outlook on life at the moment.  I spent a lot of time looking at what was not going right in my life; rather, what was not going MY way.  One day it hit me:  I will never accomplish the plan the Lord has for me if I keep focusing on the plan I have for myself.  I know you have heard this a million times, but it is 100% true.  I am blessed, period.

Let's catch up on the last few months.. through pictures!

I'm a Graduate... WHAT!

Kylie Gets Married! 

I have the greatest friends.

Robert Griffin III Brings the Heisman to Waco! 

The Bears are Victorious at the Alamo Bowl! 

My last Chi Omega Formal

 Allison Gets Married!