Indulge endlessly in all that inspires your soul. You’ll never get bored.

“When we submit to God’s plans, we can trust our desires. Our assignment is found at the intersection of God’s plan and our pleasures… Each of us has been made to serve God in a unique way… The longings of your heart, then, are not incidental; they are critical messages. The desires of your heart are not to be ignored; they are to be consulted. As the wind turns the weather vane, so God uses your passions to turn your life. God is too gracious to ask you to do something you hate.”

As Christians, we are taught to follow God’s Plan for our lives, and ask for His guidance when we feel lost. Mere months after getting the promotion I asked and worked hard for, I found myself, instead, being pulled down a different, but old and familiar path. So I prayed, asking God for a sign. Days later, I read the devotional above, and knew the path I felt compelled to walk again is exactly where God was leading me.

A year ago, I left my news job in Lubbock to live out my life in Austin. “You’ll miss it,” one coworker told me my final day. Though the possibility of that becoming truth couldn’t formulate in my mind at the time, his words never left me. Now, just 12 months later, I was feeling pulled back into the newsroom. I did miss it.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose is to give it away.” I’m not sure whether to attribute the quotation to Pablo Picasso, William Shakespeare, or some other person, but it seemed fitting, reading it the same week I was offered a job back in news – this time where I feel most at home, in Austin. The process of applying, interviewing, and accepting the offer went so quickly, I knew I was not only following the desires of my heart, but also the path God created for my life.

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

God wants us to thrive, so everyone sees the beauty of Him, through us. I left the news industry because I felt discouraged and distraught, but that doesn’t mean being a part of the industry wasn’t part of God’s Plan; it just wasn’t His timing. I believe God puts passions on our hearts as signs, leading us down the path He has mapped out for our lives. If you wake up each morning and ask yourself what God’s Purpose is for your life, take a moment to think about the scenarios you daydream about, what inspires you, and what persuades you to be a better version of yourself. I truly believe living in Austin and working for the news are two passions God placed on my heart for very deliberate purposes, and at very deliberate times.
And I couldn’t be more grateful that He did.

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Follow your heart, and follow your head

This month, I will be leaving my job to move to Austin. This is my dream, though doing so without a job wasn’t included in my plan. A friend told me, maybe I’m supposed to go without a job, and after applying from afar for a year without success, I think she may be right. This could be God’s way of making me trust him.

Getting a job out of college in the field you studied may appear to the world that you are “on the right path,” but only you know what’s right for you. While I am thankful for the experiences I’ve had, I’m ready to find a balance in my life. I’m ready to live the life I am supposed to, discovering new things and enjoying each day, rather than simply going through the motions.
Austin makes me want to be a better person. It opens my mind to new ways of thinking. It makes me want to reach out and help others. It makes me want to grow in my faith. It makes want to live an active and healthy life. It makes me happy.

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

Will I fail? Maybe. Does that scare me? Unbelievable. But I am confident in myself, and will trust The Lord.

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Strive each day to become a better person

One of the ongoing assignments in a journalism class of mine is to write a blog with two posts a week, on a single topic. Sounds easy, but it is not as easy to do on top of many other obligations.
A classmate and I were discussing our distaste towards our blogs as the end of school nears and other things seem more important. She said to me, “I don’t even read blogs.”

As any working or studying individual, I know how busy life can get and how easy it is to get overwhelmed. I currently am a full-time student, working part-time, looking for a summer internship, setting up housing for next year and a way to pay for my study abroad trip this summer, while making myself stand out to employers in a year when I will find myself as a college graduate. It is a lot. But isn’t it better to work hard now, and be happy with your situation in a few years, than just meander through?

It is important to strive each day to become a better person, student and potential employee in my mind. It is necessary to stay up late reading the news and subscribing to blogs, as a journalism student. It is important to experience the world as a study abroad student, regardless of the money right now, as an aspiring travel writer.

It is important to look around at others and empathize with their situation, as we are all struggling and tried at times, but it is also important to keep in mind the reason we all experience this mutual feeling: To get to a happier and more successful state in life. We can do it!

Here are some blogs that I like or have liked in the past. Most of them I knew the people writing them and was introduced that way, but there are so many interesting blogs out there.

Food: http://culinarycreationsfromlakeclearwater.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/grilled-chicken-and-fresh-fruit-salad/

Travel: http://worldtravelerkp.blogspot.com/
http://baystultz.blogspot.com/
http://laurenlppetersen.wordpress.com/

Fashion: http://www.collegefashionista.com/author/sydneyspaulding/