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The Year My Life Changed

If I am being completely honest with you, 2017 was a hard year for me. From the very beginning, it was a major challenge. It started with sickness in the family, and then I was in a car accident, and it felt like things weren’t getting better no matter what we did.

I was in and out of doctors appointments for the better part of the year. I started my second to last semester of college, which, let’s be real, was a challenge.

But throughout all of the hard times 2017 threw at me, God kept on showing me how infinite and perfect his love is. He showed me that whatever happens to me in this life can be used for my good.

Here is a short video on my 2017:

Moving on to 2018, I have a few things that I want to say.

2018 is the year of the double open door.

2018 is the year to live intentional.

2018 is the year to follow my dreams and to succeed in them.

2018 is the year of opportunity.

2018 is MY year.

 

How was 2017 for you? Do you have big plans for 2018? I want to hear all about them in the comments below!

 

All the love,

Shi xx

 

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A Commuter’s Guide to College // Part 2

It’s that time of year again: Back to school! Which means, loads of college posts are coming your way! About two years ago, I wrote a post called “A Commuter’s Guide to College.” Now that it has been a couple of years, and I am heading into my senior year of undergrad, I thought it was time for an update.

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A Commuter’s Guide To College // Part 2

1. Get involved. One of my biggest college regrets is that I didn’t get as involved as I would have liked. I’ve spent a lot of time blaming it on commuting, but that’s really not what is at fault. The fact that I never went out of my way to do any of the fun extra curricular stuff is completely and totally my own fault. If you are just starting out in college, I totally recommend that you get involved with some type of club or activity that you are passionate about, and stick to it. 

2.  Get to know your professors. If you can, get to know your professors a little bit. This way, if you have to miss class because of an emergency like an illness or icy roads, they know you and that you wouldn’t lie about it. I’ve had to miss class so many times because of bad roads, and my professors have always been really cool and understanding about it because they know my character. 

3. Email your professors if you aren’t going to make it to class. This is sort of for everyone, and also kind of a ‘duh’ tip, but seriously. If you aren’t going to make it to a class, be responsible and let your professors know. This speaks loads about your character. 

4. Make time for your homework. When you commute, it is easy to get behind in your work because of family, jobs, and other responsibilities. So just make sure that you are making time to get your homework done, because it really does impact your grade!

5. Keep some sort of planner. I’m only organized because I use a planner like crazy. Between my family and school and work, I’ve got a lot to balance. I’ve taken to using the bullet journal method in all my planning to keep me organized and let me tell you, it helps a ton! Find what works for you and stick with it; I guarantee it will make your experience so much easier!

Are you a commuter? What are some of your tips for people who are commuting to college? I’d love to hear them in the comments below! 

All the love,

Shi xx

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Currently // 7.18.17

Happy Tuesday, my dears.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated you on my life and what is currently going on, so I figured that that is what I would do today. We are settling everything up before we head out on a couple of trips, so I’ve got a lot to get done in the next few days. Keep an eye out for more exciting posts coming in the next few weeks!

CURRENTLY.

READING //

I’m being totally terrible right now and not reading anything. I’ve been struggling so much with getting into books, and I don’t know why. Leave me your favorite books in the comments! Maybe one of them will get me out of this reading slump!

WRITING //

I’m working on some blog posts and getting ahead for the next few weeks as summer winds down and we are out of town. 

LISTENING //

Hillsong United ‘Wonder’ has been on repeat all day, every day! It is such a great album!

THINKING // 

I’ve been thinking about grad school and whether or not I should get my masters. I’m seriously considering it, but also am so unsure if I have another few years of school in me. Did you do grad school? If so, was it worth it? Leave me your thoughts in a comment!

WISHING //

That I was heading out on vacation today. 

HOPING //

For renewed energy this weekend while we’re out of town. 

WANTING //

Fall to be here so, so badly. 

FEELING //

Pretty good, actually. Jesus is good to me. 

I hope that you all are having a fantastic week. Let me know what you’re currently up to in the comments below! I’d love to hear about it 🙂

All the love,

Shi xx

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Serving in Singleness


Shaun Frankland

Today I want to get really real with y’all about serving in singleness. For so much of my life, even up until recently, I had this image of serving the Lord in my head. It was something like this: I would wake up in the morning next to my spouse, we’d eat breakfast and then have quiet time together. There would always be someone to pray with. There would be someone who would wake up with me in the middle of the night just to worship when we couldn’t sleep. We could go out and love on the lost together. 

 I had no idea how to serve the Lord in my singleness. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that I felt like I couldn’t fully do anything for the Lord without having a significant other there to do it with me. And oh how wrong I was. 

The fact is singleness is a wonderful time to serve. Paul writes this in 1 Corinthians 7:32-34: 

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. 

Our singleness is a time when we don’t have to worry about other people. You know what happens when you add another person into a relationship? You start to worry about what they want you to do and how they want you to act, instead of just focusing on Jesus and what he wants you to do. You start to people please and wonder if how you are acting is helping them in their walk with the Lord. 

Our singleness is a time that we can put all of our energy full force into the Lord and what He is calling us to do.


Singleness is a season where we can spend all of our time getting to know the Lord fully. We get to spend as much of our time as we’d like in the word, in prayer, in worship, just getting to know who our God is and how great he is. 

And that isn’t to say that the season of marriage is any less awesome, because frankly, it’s gonna be pretty dang great. But for right now, while I have so much time to myself, I’m going to spend it serving the Lord. I’m going to spend it in the word; I’m going to spend it in worship; and I’m going to fully immerse myself in Him because I can

I hope you all have a happy, happy week serving the Lord in whatever season of life you are in. 

I’lll see you next time,

Shi xx

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Looking For Companionship


Jez Timms

 

Genesis 2:18 // Then the Lord said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make a helper for him.”

There it is. Right there is proof that we are naturally drawn to people. God didn’t want us to go through this life alone. In fact, God tells us that it is not good for us to be alone. He created us to want companionship, to want to be around other people. He created us to want to find a person to spend the rest of our lives with, because life is better together. 

So what should we do about companionship in our singleness?

Well, according to dictionary.com, a companion is either: 

  1. a person who is frequently in the company of, associates with, or accompanies another; or 
  2. a mate or match for something 

You see, when I think of God wanting us to have a companion, I always go straight to my future husband. But I think what I sometimes forget about is all of the people in my life who I am around frequently; my friends, my classmates, my coworkers—they are all my companions! I always am so caught up in wanting the perfectly planned picture in my head of what I think my future is going to look like to come true, that I often forget to look at the people that around me right now. 

It’s so easy to feel alone until you look around you at the big picture.

I’ve got friends and family who love me so unconditionally. They are the ones who are teaching me how to love and preparing me for when my spouse does eventually come into the picture. It’s really a beautiful thing, if you think about it. 

God doesn’t call us to do life alone. We are surrounded each and everyday with some people he has placed in our lives for a reason. 


This week, I challenge you to really look at your support system—look at your companions. Who has God put in your life to teach you to be a better spouse one day? Who has he put in your life to love you unconditionally until your person comes around?

These are the relationships to treasure right now, because once you are in a committed relationship, these will shift. Love on people as fully as you can right now. They’re in your life for a reason.

Blessings,
Shi xx