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 🙂

What’s Your Word for 2020? (Part 1 of 2)

The first time I heard of adopting a ‘word of the year’ was through ‘The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey’ (a podcast). I was not convinced that this was something I was ever going to do. At the time, five or six years ago, I was not a goal setter, list maker, or planner (if you get the picture..lol). If you are going to adopt a word for a whole year, this probably means that you need to work towards some goals in life. So I did not go and take the ‘word of the year’ test.

As Instagram became more popular, I started to follow all these podcasters, writer, and artists in my Instagram feed. And…Guess what popped up again?

Yep, what’s your word for 2018?

Finally, I broke down and took the test.

My word for 2018 was joy. It was one of the hardest years to live through. I had to quit my job to move back to the DFW area. Back to job hunting again…I could still not afford to live on my own. My gracious parents let me live at home. Bottom line, this is not the life that I would have ever pictured for myself.

(If you can relate to what I just shared above, I encourage you to do a deep dive chapter study into Jeremiah 29. As you are studying ask the four question – When? Where? Who? Why?)

2018 was filled with disappointments and heartbreak. It was also filled with lots of joy. I discovered that joy is more than a happy mood. It is a choice to trust that God will fulfill his promises. Y’all it took me the whole entire year of 2018 to learn this truth.

Click on the link below if you are interested:

Find your word for 2020

To be continued…

Bethany 🙂