It’s been a while since I’ve taken some time to sit down and reflect on everything that’s been happening in my life the past few months. I’ve been so caught up in the busy flow of life, I often forget to slow down and breathe a little.
I finished classes about three weeks ago. However, it’s busy season at work again so it’s hardly felt like summer break for me. This will be my last weekend off until August, so I am trying to take full advantage of it.
2016 has been quite the year so far for me. Many people know this who live in Rockford, but for anyone who doesn’t know, Rock Valley College is facing many budget cutbacks right now, and it’s effecting my workplace greatly. I work at Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre and this will be my third summer there. It’s the best job I’ve ever had because I get to work for something I love: theatre!
But unfortunately the college board doesn’t understand the importance of the arts as much as I do, and they are threatening to shut it all down. Studio Theatre, which is our indoor theatre that holds productions during the fall, winter, and spring, is now going on hiatus until further notice, and unless a miracle happens soon, Starlight theatre may be ending as well too. Which means that after this summer, I will have no job, and many other wonderful people will loose their jobs as well.
This news rattled my world a few months ago when I learned about it, but it’s so funny how God works isn’t it? Despite all of this, I have a supernatural peace about everything that’s going on. I just know in my heart everything will work out. I don’t want to leave the best job I’ve ever had, but I know that God holds my future and he has a new job picked out for me which will hopefully be even better, although I doubt it could ever be better than working at a theatre.
So I’m not going to worry, and I’m just going to enjoy my summer, and pray for peace in my work place and for my coworkers. And pray that somehow the theatre will be saved.
Aside from my job, 2016 has been a wonderful year so far for me. So many good things keep happening in my life and I know even more good things are coming for me.
A huge thing is my life group! Ever since I graduated high school (Two years ago now which is insane!) I have been praying for a group of godly people my age that I could do life with. Last year, I mustered up enough courage to walk into a stranger’s house that I’d never met before because I was invited to a new life group that was just beginning to form. This was such a huge step for me. I nearly had a panic attack at church the week prior when I was submitting my contact information to get more information about different groups.
I had never felt more welcomed into a group before! I’ve been going consistently since that week and establishing some of the best friendships I’ve had in a long time. Now the girls in my group have been inviting me to hang outs left and right and I can’t believe it! This time last year, I was praying for a group of people just like this and now I have it. God is so good!
This year, I’ve started establishing more healthy habits in my life. Until about a month ago, when I’d lay in bed at night waiting to fall asleep, I’d have my face in phone going through nearly every social media site there is: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, YouTube, Tumblr. I’d lay there for hours on my phone and when I finally put it down, I’d lay in bed wide awake for who knows how long until I drifted off. This allowed time for my mind to wander, and the Enemy used this time as an excellent way to whisper unhealthy and ungodly thoughts into my head, causing me to overthink and day dream about things I know God doesn’t want for me.
Well, not long ago I started reading the Harry Potter series (Which I am officially obsessed with now!). I started to read them before going to bed because I didn’t have time to during the rest of the day. I quickly began to notice that when I read in bed at night until I could hardly keep my eyes open, I slept better and fell asleep almost instantly after I put the book down! Now I’ve been reading every night as I fall asleep and I never want to go to bed without a book again! It’s so funny how God can use something as silly as an obsession with a book series to be a wake up call like that.
I’ve changed a lot of my eating habits lately as well. I want to start living healthy now while I’m young so I won’t have to deal with it later in life. I’ve even started running. Me, the girl who was always last picked in P.E. class and would walk the mile while everyone else ran it. I’ve wanted to run for a long time, but I never did because I always said I can’t. Well, it’s time I start changing can’ts into cans. I’m starting very slow, only jogging for one or two minutes and walking the rest, but it’s a start, and I’ll slowly build up endurance until one day I’m running not only the mile, but maybe even a 5K as well.
On top of everything else I FREAKING MET DAVID TENNANT two months ago! This year, I got to meet my favorite actor and it was perfect! Bucket list checked. I can die now.
Last month, I drove into Milwaukee with my friend, Rachel, to go see Dan and Phil, two of our favorite YouTubers. We had such an amazing time and seeing them in real life was such an incredible experience. We didn’t get to meet them, but I honestly don’t care. I’m just so happy we had the chance see them. Not only that, but I drove into a big city all by myself for the first time and I feel so accomplished. I’ve never drove on the highway without my dad before, and this was such a huge step proving to myself I could do it.
And even more good things are coming this year too! In July I’m going to see Newsies in Chicago, which is a dream show to see on Broadway. I’m beyond excited for this. And then in August I’m flying to Atlanta to visit my cousins for an entire week. This is the first time I’ll be flying by myself which is a huge step. I am nervous, but excited at the same time. Flying is one of my biggest fears, but I know I can do it. If I can do a two hour flight alone, then maybe one day I can do a flight overseas. It’s a baby step in the right direction.
So many good things are happening despite the craziness of my job right now. I can’t wait to see what God has in store, and right now I’m anchoring myself in him and trusting him with my job and my future. I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time and I feel like things can only get better from here.
I hope this inspires you,