taking leaps of faith in first quarter.

I’m really not kidding when I say I’ve really missed writing for this blog. Between college applications, choir concerts, homecoming and other obligations, it’s safe to say that I haven’t slowed down in a while. Even tonight, I’ve been working on numerous applications, but I decided I needed a minute to detox.

I’ve forgotten how therapeutic writing for my blog can be. If you’ve been following along, I learned quite a few things about myself this summer, including the fact that my writing really encompasses who I am and is oftentimes the only thing that can bring me back down to earth after a stressful week.

I wanted to put a pause on life and share some things I’ve learned this quarter, because as hard as it is to believe, I’m 1/4 of the way done with my senior year. I’ve finally figured out a routine and somewhat of a rhythm to the organized chaos that my life has been this year.

If there’s been one thing that’s been really carrying me through this first quarter, it’s definitely been my YoungLife group. I’ll be honest— I had never even heard of YoungLife before reading Faith’s blog. Faith’s blog was actually the inspo behind lots on my own (and I’m loving still being able to keep up with her as she starts college at Baylor). YoungLife is a Christian-based youth group that meets a few times a week. For me, we have club on Monday nights (full group) and a smaller gals group that grabs coffee once a week before school. We gather together, dive into a devotional, and I swear, nothing puts me in a better mood for the rest of the week. I would’ve never imagined that one small group of people (and mainly underclassmen) would have such an impact on me throughout the week. They’re there for me whenever I need and I have loved getting to learn from them and help mentor a few of the younger ones—I’m even headed up to a YoungLife camp next month to work for a weekend! My mom thinks I’m crazy for volunteering to work for free for a weekend, but I’ve loved YoungLife so much that I think it’s time I pour some of my own energy back into an organization that’s given so much to me this year.

This quarter has also been my first-time being so insanely involved on campus. As busy as it makes me, I’ve loved every minute of getting to bond with new groups of people throughout the year. I’m so lucky to have such a core group of people that have really poured into me this quarter, especially my choir friends. They’ve helped me through some crazy-busy weeks (3 fall concerts + a college app + homecoming all in one week, anyone?) and seriously, I appreciate them so much for it. It’s been incredible. It’s bittersweet, knowing that after high school, I won’t be able to be in show choir anymore, but I think that’s one of many reasons why I’m loving it so much this year. After all, I’m really trying to make the most of every moment, but more importantly, leave behind a firm foundation for the younger ones that are going to be following behind me.

As I finish up college applications, I’m excited for where life is about to take me. Although so much is uncertain at this moment, I know that God has a plan, and he’s been so active this year so far. I’m ready for what’s in front of me, and now, I’m hoping to make it more of a habit to keep sharing it with you all. Until next time.

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