To the Graduates of 2020

fullsizeoutput_656“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

I love the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, after the meeting in Rivendell, the fellowship is officially setting off towards Mt. Doom, and Frodo does not know where he is going and has to ask Gandalf.

It is okay to not know where you are going. Life is a journey or an adventure. It is unpredictable and filled with so many ups and downs and twist and turns. Frodo and Sam made so many mistakes along their journey to Mt. Doom. Spoiler alert: Eventually, they made it to Mt. Doom and The Ring was destroyed!

During days like today, the path may not be a clear one. What you thought you knew, you really did not. Dreams you thought were coming true. A college you wanted to attend. That job you had set your sights on. You were confident it was a done deal.

In Reality…

God knows, “…plans to prosper you…” – Jeremiah 29:11

That job you thought was a done deal, or the college you wanted to attend. God knew you were not going to get it or in.

The dreams that you had…God does not want you to lose heart! He knew you were going to have to readjust the dreams you had because now those dreams are going to look different than what you pictured them to be.

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Graduates of 2020…That is okay. You will be okay because God knows best!

The Unexpected Twist and Turns

I graduated from college in the year 2010. The economy had plummeted, and most people that were looking for a job could not find one. (Eventually, I did.)

I thought I wanted to be a graphic designer. I loved designing websites. Years down the road (about 5), I realized that designing graphics or anything else on the job made me so stressed out and miserable. I wanted to enjoy the work I had to complete 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week.

This realization was in the midst of looking for a job. Out of nowhere (Not out of nowhere for God!), I got a call to interview for a graphic design position. In reality, they were interviewing for an instructional design position (writing and designing). I got hired for this position! It was pretty exciting!

The first day I walked into the office, my supervisor explained to me that we were writing and designing presentations for teaching aircraft maintenance. Y’all, I was stunned like a deer in the headlights.

There was a load of questions that flooded my brain. The main question I was pondering was, “Can I do this?” It was overwhelming.

Looking back, I still love that job. Not only was it completely evident and an undeniable blessing from God. It pushed and pulled me in more directions and showed me I would never stop growing or learning in my career. I killed it! It turns out that I was better in an analytical and technical career field compared to any creative field.

Currently, I am retraining myself to transition over into another career field. Growing, learning, and adapting to today’s job economy will never end.

It’s okay to not know.

Really, take the pressure off yourself. Remind yourself that God knows.

I would have never in a million years believed that I would excel in a technical career field. God knew what was best for me!

So…Enjoy the journey! Let it be a constant learning and growing process of living life one day at a time! Give your all for the glory of God and work hard!

Keep in mind…

As I said up above, Frodo and Sam made lots of mistakes in their journey to Mt. Doom. You will too! It is okay to make mistakes because you will learn and grow from them!

Hope you are having a great week! Congratulations! You did it!

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Bethany 🙂

A Week Full of Blessings

This week has been a great week! Lots to celebrate!

I am enjoying my new job. The first three weeks have been all about acclimating to the new job. Learning about all the different aspects and responsibilities. This last week, I have been assigned to multiple projects. I am even getting to take part in a workshop this next week, which is a great way to learn more about the company!

Wednesdays are days I have started to look forward to the most! During lunch on Wednesdays, I get to fellowship with other women that are believers. This last Wednesday was a time to get to know one another while we planted herbs. (1st and 2nd pictures above) We got to choose from a variety of herbs. I picked lavender and rosemary.

Did you know that…

Lavender = Devotion

Rosemary = Remembrance

I knew flowers had different meanings, but I did not know that herbs had different meanings as well.

After Wednesday, I got inspired by planting these herbs. I decided that I wanted some greenery for my desk at work. Just a short trip to Hobby Lobby and I was able to get supplies to create a terrarium. (3rd pic) All the greenery is fake. I still think it livens up my desk. A couple of my coworkers made hilarious comments:

  1. I love young people. They do all the cool stuff.
  2. Are you moving in?

No, obviously I am not moving in at work. I have lots of stuff on my desk because it can be a great conversation starter. I want to be able to get to know the people where I am working.

Lastly, the bonus to working where I am is there is a Starbucks blocks from the office. When we had a cold front come through, of course I needed to go get a hot drink. (last pic) Lol!

Hope y’all are having a marvelous weekend!

Until next time…

Bethany