December 21, 2015


There's something about Christmas and the holiday season that makes me crave a good coffee date. Which should say a lot, coming from a non-coffee drinker. But there's something about the coffee shop atmosphere that is just so cozy and begs for heart-to-heart conversations that are shared amidst the chatter and clinks and clanks of mugs on saucers in the background.

So let's pretend we're there, okay? And let's go beyond the small talk and move right into the thoughts and feelings we suppress on our day-to-day life.

If you asked me how I feel lately, I would say that time is moving way too fast. Christmas is a mere couple days away and I cannot believe how fast this first term of my new job has been. And yet how still other aspects of life have been, too.

I've just entered the weird wide world of online dating after lots of prayer and thinking and it's not nearly as scary as I thought. I haven't actually met with anyone, but I've realized that as a single introvert, this could be one of the best ways for me to meet someone. I'm not the kind of girl who's going to go out and walk up to someone and hit up a conversation with them. Nope. Instead, I'm the kind of girl who will watch and watch and wait and think and then second-guess myself. So after talking to a dear friend, my hope and prayer is that even if I don't meet anyone online, I'll at least get to think about what I want and what my standards are for a relationship.

My church is also creating connection groups for people of different ages and lifestages and I'm excited to hopefully be more of a part of their college grads and careers group. It's definitely not something I'm normally comfortable with, but I feel like it's something God is tugging at my heart to at least check out. There's a meet-up coming up soon and I'm excited to get to know other people my age (especially since I'm the youngest at work!).

Overall, I'm taking lots of baby steps and just trying to be more present. I think that it's easy to just let life slip by (trust me, I'm the queen of settling!) but I also know that if I don't go out there and take the first step, I will stay the same. And if I desire change and newness, it's up to me to take that first step.

And of course we'd chat about you. So tell me, friend, what's going on in your life lately?

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