Sunday, August 22, 2010

Update from the Mile High City

Well tonight is the night before it gets really crazy at work. This week students start moving in and attend orientation (which by the way is sponsored by our office). Things have been great here, especially the weather, which I hear is not the case back home in Texas! I had my first visitor this week. My dad drove out here with all of my stuff. It was so nice to finally have furniture and a real bed (don't get me wrong, air mattresses are great, but only for so long!). Dad helped me get some things set up and we spent the day on Tuesday exploring! I finally got to drive up into the mountains! It was breathtaking! I was so giddy! I can not wait to go hiking. I was sad for my dad to leave, but so happy that he came out to see me. 

I finally got my apartment feeling somewhat like a home. There are still a few decorating projects but for the most part I am really happy with everything.  I absolutely love my balcony (I am actually sitting on the balcony as I type this!). I will post pics soon of my apartment!

I have some fun events coming up that I am very excited about! I bought tickets to see Lady Antebellum here on Nov. 3rd. A friend from work and I are going to go. I am really excited and can't wait for my first concert in Denver. There is a small playhouse in walking distance of my apartment and there is a play there next month that looks really funny so I am hoping to invite some girls from work for a girls night in Olde Town Arvada.

I have so much free time now that I am finished with school so I am looking for some new hobbies as well as picking up some of my old hobbies like photography, running, and crafts!

Well that is a good enough update for now! More to come soon (especially pictures)!

Friday, August 6, 2010

God's Love

Well it has been almost a month since I moved to Denver. I am finally somewhat settled into my apartment and am finally getting into the swing of things at work. Denver is a beautiful place with so many great people. I look back on this past month and think how proud I am of myself for following the path that God laid for me. Tonight has been a very emotional night. I watched the movie To Save A Life. I recommend it! I am just amazed at God's love for each and every one of us, no matter our size, our skin color, our beliefs, or the way we dress. I feel like we forget that sometimes. God loves us for exactly who we are, not who society wants us to be or tells us who we have to be included. I truly believe that even the smallest thing like a smile, or a hello, or any acknowledgment can truly save someones life. My hope is that God works through me to show those who do not feel loved, God's love. Each and every one of us have chance to reach out to someone and show them God's love. But do we? Sometimes I feel so wrapped up in my own world and my own "problems' that I don't see what is right in front of me. We go through life watching reality tv shows or talking about the latest celebrity gossip, but is that really important in the grand scheme of things? I don't think I have to answer that question.

Life is too short to waste on things that do not matter. Each and every one of us have a purpose in life, a passion that sets us on fire. It is not fair to any of us to never find out what that is. I hope that we all take the chance to stop and answer the question, "What am I passionate about?" Is it helping others, being a friend, art, teaching? Whatever it is, God has given you an innate talent that we should share with the world.

It has been hard moving to a place where I do not know anyone, but I could do it because I knew God was with me and prepared this place before I got here. I desperately want to grow closer to God. I am going to visit a church on Sunday. I hope to find a church home soon and become more involved. I know I have so many things to learn and areas to grow and I am willing to do it.

I miss my family and all of my friends. It is so hard to be away from all of them but I know that this is the best thing for me right now. I need to work on myself and push myself to become a better me. I want to grow with God and I know He has great things in store for me here in Denver. I trust in Him that He will help me through the lonely times and the good times as well as the next step in my life.