I love making lists. Lists make things organized, easy to read, and fun! While I was thinking of a different way to write about everything going on in my life right now, I thought why not make a list? It’s good to remember what you’re thankful for & acknowledge what you’re struggling with every now & then. So, here are 3 of my pros & cons that are going on in my life right now.

PROS (things I’m super thankful for that make me smile extra big):

MY JOB – I just love my job. The work that I’m doing pairs perfectly with what I’m learning in classes so I’m getting “real world experience” that I also find extremely enjoyable. Plus, the people that I work for are just the best. They’re some of the funniest & most talented people I know. I’m so thankful for how they continue to pour knowledge into me, lift me up, & bless my life.

GOOD HEALTH – *Knock on wood* I HAVEN’T BEEN SICK SINCE NEW YEARS! This is a huge pro considering my health track record from last year. Two solid months with no significant illness is really good for me. Hopefully, this is a good sign for the rest of the year!

SCHOOL – I’m really proud of myself for staying on top of things this semester. I have been working really hard to keep school my first priority (sometimes I let work get in the way because I think I’m ready to be a full-blown businesswoman adult) & I haven’t slipped up so far. My dedication is being reflected in my grades which makes me super happy.

CONS (things I’m struggling with & trusting that God is working on something through):

I MISS TWO OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE – this has probably been the biggest struggles recently. My Dory (we call each other Squishy & Dory from Finding Nemo) has been off in Australia kicking butt & taking names. I’m super proud of everything that she’s doing & know she’s having a great experience, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss being able to see, call, & text her. I am, however thankful for Snapchat keeping our convos (although brief) alive. I can’t wait to reunite in May & go on many Summer adventures. Preston is also still living in Montana and although we text every single day, I cannot wait for him to move back to Tennessee. It’s really hard when you can’t see some of your favorite people in person. I just really wish they were both here. I know through this God is testing my patience in the waiting  & strength.

FINALS ARE IN ONE MONTH – Where has time gone? It just hit me how close finals are & I don’t think I’m ready for them to be so soon. They come at the end of every semester, but I don’t think I’ll ever get used to how fast each semester goes by. Godspeed & go Bucs to all my fellow ETSU students in this one month we have left.

MY DOG ISN’T DOING TOO WELL – It’s a hard reality I have had to try & grasp. My dog is dying. He’s 14 years old so this shouldn’t be unexpected. Nevertheless, it absolutely breaks my heart. He’s started not being able to stand and just falls randomly & cries. I know once he’s gone he’ll be with his dad (my uncle Bobby) in heaven but it’s still hard to grasp he’ll be gone. Especially with my best friends not being around I’m beginning to sink into a feeling of loneliness knowing my Buddy will likely be gone soon too.

What are some things your thankful for or could use some prayer about right now?







This week has been one filled with warm(er) weather and a lot of time spent catching up with some of my closest friends. Now, I am an extroverted person who has a lot of friends. One of the reasons to explain this is that my number one strength, as stated by the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment, is developer. Being a developer means, “You see potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason.” (Strength Finders 2.0 from Gallup, pp 89). Needless to say, there are not many people that I meet and do not like because I see the potential for everyone to grow and change.

So, over the years I have gathered up a lot of friends. I love getting to know people and be alongside them in their life journey. The only downside to this is sometimes I’m not always able to keep up with everybody. As life goes on, people get busy, people go other directions from one another, and it is just plain hard to get together. It is the sad truth of life that sometimes people just grow apart from one another. The good part is if it is a true friendship you will always find your way back to one another like no time has passed at all.

This is why I am starting to focus more on being intentional with the friendships that I have. I have recently reconnected with one of my closest friends that I had lost touch with for awhile, and let me tell you, it has been the best! Every time we get together we non-stop talk for hours and I am reminded every time that God puts specific people in our lives to be friends forever.

As much as I love making new friends, I also need to remember to invest in those that are already in my life. I want to be intentional with checking in on people, inviting them out to lunch, sending a postcard or text of encouragement, and investing well in the friends that I have.

I know God has given me the gift of being a developer in order to help as many people that I can, but I also need to focus on the people that are already in my life. I am sure I will continue meeting me people and developing new friendships this year, but I will also be more intentional in developing the relationships I already have. “These signs of growth in others are your fuel. They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time many will seek you out for help and encouragement because on some level they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.” It is my hope that people see is in me, that I genuinely try to help every person I can and see potential in each and every human being.

Thank you to my friends past, present, and future. You all have played a huge role in my life and I want each of you to know how much potential for greatness lives inside of you. I will always be here for everyone.