HELLO DEAR FRIENDS!
I am so excited to have you here. This year has brought about some new ventures and adventures that I am very excited to share with you. Many of the things that have entered my life I never thought possible or simply saw as something I did not have the time or resources for. Now that they are here I am learning many lessons and growing in great ways.
The past year and a half I have been your pretty typical student. I moved to college in the autumn of 2018 in the mountains of North Georgia. I fell in love with the mountains and the sweet air about them. I spent many days outside with so many beautiful people. I learned so much about stepping outside of your comfort zone and pushing yourself. It was a year of great spiritual growth and I will forever cherish it.
Leaving school I spent a wonderful 3 months working at camp! Oh, the lessons learned here! It was at camp I learned about passion. Having a passion for what you are doing is so important. God has given each one of us passions and talents all to be used to glorify Him! When you are not using your passions and talents you often can find yourself in a rut. It was at camp that I saw so many young people on fire for the Lord uniting their passions and talents for one purpose. Their purpose was to glorify the Lord and reach the hearts of the youth.
My final semester as a residential student was challenging. I had moved schools and it just didn't seem to click. I lost my passions and lost my drive to step out of my comfort zone. Many factors began to pile up and I felt swamped. It was once I found myself in this place that I understood the importance of the lessons learned over the previous months. Reflecting back on all the people who had been of great influence in my life I started to see what was wrong, and I knew I needed a BIG change. Maybe one day I will dive into this time a little further but for now, let's get to the new stuff.
My big change was a hard decision because it meant giving up many preconceived ideas I had in my head. In turn, I gained much more. I decided to move home and switch to an online degree. My new degree is in Strategic Communications and I could not be more excited about it right now. This new road takes many of my passions and talents, putting them to work.
Stepping away from the stereotypical student life and schedule has opened the door for me to pursue other dreams that I never found the time for. One of those dreams is this blog! I have been wanting to get this started since I was in high school. Now we are here! I am so excited to see where this goes and what all I can learn and do through it.
I also have been able to pursue photography. My dad bought my first camera when I was 12 years old. I loved to take it with me when I went out with friends and when I went on trips. It got to the point where I was the friend that would make everyone stop what they were doing to get a picture. When I don't have my camera I often kick myself wishing I could capture whatever beauty I found at that moment. Whether it be a sunset or a smile across the face of a friend. I have always wished to make a job of it. To be able to share my heart for it with others.
With this, I am thrilled to announce my sweet friend Brittany Jesanis and I have gone in together to enter the world of photography. We have started The Auburn & Olive Co. here in western North Carolina. Entering the world of portrait photography will come with its challenges because there is no shortage of talented photographers, but we are looking to take our clients on an adventure. We want to capture the nature of who our clients are. If you would like to learn more about how you can join us on a little photo adventure visit us on Instagram @auburn_oliveco.
Living in a new place, meeting new people, pursuing forever dreams. I am looking forward to new ventures and adventures on the horizon. I know the Lord has a great master plan that I get to see unfold if I keep my heart and eyes on Him. I welcome you to come on this journey with me. If I have learned anything over the past few years is you truly do not know what will appear on your horizon line. It may be a mountain and it may be a valley, but if you keep on walking along you will eventually get to the other side.
Sincerely with love,