It’s not all sunshine and myrtle beach

“And I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of — lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people the issues they are concerned about.”

– Shane Claiborne –

Gooood morning! Hello from the palmetto state, South Carolina. It is a beautiful sunshiny Sunday here in Florence, and I just needed to sit down and write a chatty little bit about my past two months.

October 1st marks the official halfway mark for me. I’ve been in Florence, South Carolina for two full months now. Myrtle Beach, Greenville, Charleston, Ashville and Hendersonville (NC), multiple airports and many other adventures have taken place and I am so blessed to be able to experience American culture, alongside many other diverse cultures and being apart of exploring God’s beautiful creation. I think one of the most significant things i’ve learned whilst being away from home and being here is humbling myself so that I can learn and grow. Always, everyday, all the time. Not always having to say something, listening with an open mind and heart and being patient with each other and our many cultural differences. I finished high school this past June, but you never are done learning, are you. I think being the youngest here is so good, I love being able to hear from those older than me, even if its only three or four years older. They’ve experienced life and walked in this life and this world longer than me and I love hearing about their story and their thoughts about/on … everything! Especially the personal, individual, unique story God gave that person as a testimony to His greatness and grace.

I’ve learned that giving grace is not always easy, but is always so sweet because receiving grace is so undeserving, and yet … I’m given it daily. I’ve chosen joy to be my anthem and Jesus my compass because this world is dark and unfulfilling and choosing joy changes everything.  Walking ( or if you know me —  bouncing and running) in light and hope offers a freedom that doesn’t compare to anything of this world. It is so freeing to be apart of a community that knows how to do love and do life with people who are just as human as you are. In a state of brokenness and imperfection, learning and growing alongside fellow strugglers who want more from this life. Striving to become more like Jesus’ character and love with an action love.

I’ve learned that people are vital. Not just their existence, or ability to reproduce, I mean, people are vital for staying sane. For your heart and soul. In order to learn and grow. To be able to share and invest into another life other than just your own. When the tough times roll in, or when the sunshine filters down — community with people, whether chatty or in silence — community is how we connect and learn both independence and interdependence. No matter how introverted, shy, quiet you may be —  we all need at least one person that we can turn too.

I find it really interesting how we all learn lessons at different times. I mean in the sense that, we learn/experience sometimes the most obvious “thing” that’s obvious to someone else at the right time for us. Did that make any sense? I love how once something clicks … once you finally understand it for yourself, that lightbulb moment … it’s mind-blowing. I think so at least. It all starts to make sense. I find myself having more and more lightbulb moments which I used to be ashamed of because shouldn’t I already know? Shouldn’t it be obvious, — but noooo! It’s so exciting when God reveals something to you and you can apply it or realize ‘that’ is what it means. yeah?

All of this to say (and I have much more to say) — God is good. In Nova Scotia, in South Carolina, wherever you may be. Through it all and in my moments of obscurity and doubt, God is still good and has a plan for it all. It’s not a matter of trying to understand or be in control but surrendering your control to Him and allowing Him to show you how perfect His plan for your life is, His way. Flourishing against the odds and among those who want to see you fall — living life so bravely that people see an ordinary human, being led by an extraordinary joy — and want to know why. how.

cheers to the weekend and the coming week ahead! xo – sk

 

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Cringe – anyone else despise that word?

ello’ – me again! I thought I’d rant about the the top five things that really make me {cringe}. Can you relate to any of these?

  1. The words {Cringe + Trigger} — anyone? anyone else feel like 2017 has butchered and overused these words? Now, guilty and hypocritical, I do use the word cringe — but I feel it’s a reflex to use that piece of vocab. to describe anything nasty!  >>> Do you feel triggered? <<< right now I do! … no. haha, but seriously, I can’t stand when someone does something, or something happens and it may be a little bit uncomfortable for some reason and then someone says: Triggered? Are you triggered?. Pls, I hope it dies with the new year.
  2. Feet — they’re just all around not cute. I mean, I like painting my toe nails as much as the next girl, and struttin’ down the streets in my new kicks, but feet. Bare feet. There’s a total difference between the feeling of being barefoot and bare feet themselves. Just the physical appearance of barefeet are awful. I personally think they’re so nasty! (which is funny bc going barefoot is such a satisfying feeling for me.)
  3. Pessimism – ugh! Don’t you just find a negative space, person, comment so draining! It totally takes a toll on your overall mood. At least for me it does.
  4. Wet Socks – that warm, moist, wet spot on your sock is the worst feeling evvver! I can not stand the feeling of wet socks. Especially if it’s only a spot or part of the sock. Worst. Feeling. Ever!
  5. Why so serious? – This isn’t something that necessarily makes me cringe, but it’s definitely something that makes me uncomfortable. I am a fairly extroverted person, so when someone is dead serious, or just monotone, I find it incredibly difficult to relate to them. To make conversation takes everything I have! Nothing against them, I need my serious moments too — I just can’t stand it all the time. Personal quirk.

SO now you know the things that make me cringe! What are some of yours?

Til’ next time – sk

Kid, You’ll Move Mountains

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away. And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed (98-3/4 guaranteed.) Kid, you’ll move mountains. Oh! The places you’ll go!” – Oh the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss

To you the graduate of two thousand seventeen,

In these eighteen years of life, so many things have happened, there has been laughter, smiles, tears and days of sorrow.  I’ve learned that shame and guilt don’t have to have a hold on your life. That the small moments really are the big ones. Drama is a wasted breath. Good friends are hard to come by, so when you find them, hold on to them! Choose joy always. I’m a human and a sinner, I mess up and I fall down. But thank goodness for a Savior who is loving and who is fierce. Like the sun that rises and sets each day, constant and unwavering. There’s hope and a plan that’s as real as you and me. Jesus has this radical love and ridiculous gift called grace and it’s free. Grace. I’m still learning more and more about it each day, how to give it, and walk in it daily.  I’ve learned that struggling is okay, being broken is okay, the messy is okay! There’s a peace that steadies you once you give it all to Him. Just talk. He’ll listen. Be steadfast and intentional, He’ll fight for you, you just have to be still. So, whatever the problem, the worry or mistake, give it to God, because He wants you to be vulnerable, He wants your heart, and to protect it from heartache and brokenness. Not saying this won’t happen or is the key to being perfect, but the relationship you can have is so real and intimate it’s actually insane. I’m still discovering it too! It’s there for you, no tricks or surprises. There isn’t a catch or a fee you have to pay, because Jesus paid it all when He died for YOU. So, regardless your past, or the present circumstances, give it all to Jesus. Break down and cry, and yell and scream, He’ll never leave you, and will always be fighting for you, for your heart and your soul. You are worth it, SO worth the fight, that He’ll never stop fighting. He’ll bring you to a place where you have no choice but to look up.  I’ve learned that growing up is a good thing, just don’t grow up too fast! Family is important — although we may not think so at the time. It is possible to be content wherever you are planted, the key is finding the good, not the bad. Complaining gets you nowhere, so I better just do it. High school can be good, it can grow you and challenge you. The horrors of that place aren’t as bad as you’ve been led to believe. So my advice for you, whether you believe in God or not, is to never doubt yourself. Embrace life and all it has to offer. Travel and explore. Adventure and meet new people! Don’t limit yourself to a box, the world is waiting to be shaken up by your beautiful and amazing self. I pray and hope that you will discover for yourself the wonders that life has to offer.

 

“There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

It’s A Local Thing

Hello again! I thought I’d give you all a small little update on what I’ve been {obsessed} with recently. In particular these two goodies I purchased just the other day! Have you ever been to Cape Breton Island? The charming little island in Nova Scotia? Well, if you haven’t you should definitely add it to your bucket list! And if you live here – helloo – fellow caper!

I would like to start of by saying that La Quaintrelle Boutique in North Sydney, Cape Breton is absolutely enchanting. If you enjoy vintage inspired, chic, classy homeware, jewelry and attire – this is the shop for you! Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this is the most dreamy, of dreamy boutiques around.

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I easily could have bought everything in that store — but as it was, I found two items that shall suit me just fine! A perfume oil hand crafted in a sweet lil’ town – Truro, Nova Scotia and these whimsical studs that have me drooling!

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The Foxhound Collection is a beautiful line of hand-blended fragrances where nostalgia plays a key role in creating these delicate scents.  I have yet to wear the collection, but this particular fragrance is light and airy. Lavender + Linen. It’s the perfect all year scent — I luvvv the fresh, timeless, yet modern aroma it carries. It’s noticeable but not overpowering. The wear on it is superbbb! Trust me! You may have to reapply depending on what you’re doing, but let me tell you! From eight in the morning, through three long rehearsals, till the evening – this baby killed it! It wore so well! Definitely my new go to fragrance!

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Um. Sorry, but can we just give these darlings a moment of silence? IN LOVE. They are classy, and chic and all around sensational. They aren’t anything crazy, but girl. These studs are striking. From casual to formal – they will complete your outfit. These are with out a doubt a 10/10 for me.