Out with the old, and in with the new...

So this is it.

My last week at Strayer.

I thought it would feel different, more final. But it doesn't. Not yet.

Until I knew for certain when I would be leaving, I didn't feel like I could (should) share my exciting news with you all! But now it's official that my last day at Strayer University will be on Friday, May 13th...which I actually think is a good omen, not a bad one. It's exactly one week before my three-year anniversary there, and I'm glad that my first post-college job was both a managerial position and one that lasted longer than six months. I've been very blessed, made a handful of incredible friends (Dee, Jasmine, Hannah, Lauren...I love you guys!), and learned what I love (and HATE) about the business of running a for-profit, private university.

(I'm definitively partial to public universities -yes, I attended one...the BEST one- because you are required to work extremely hard to be able to receive that degree, and although I have hundreds of happy memories of insightful and brilliant professors who totally kicked my ass (in the best way), no one held my hand. It's a journey that you take on your own, even while you're surrounded by people you come to love.)

My work at Strayer has changed quite a bit from those first few nerve-wracking days in May 2008. I was 22, a year out of Georgia Southern (and missing it with a dreadful ache), and six months shy of walking down the aisle. Now I'm 25, moving around with my sweet hubby of almost 3 years, trying to become all the things that God has both required of me and blessed me with the desire to pursue. But, in a week, I'll be that frightened college graduate all over again...except this time, I feel slightly more prepared for the job :).

I'm stoked, to say the least, about becoming the Senior Writer for Legacy Group Global. It's not only a writing position; it's working in the ministry. God's timing has been impeccable (isn't it always?), and I'm so thankful for the work He's been doing in my heart this last year. Attending Buckhead Church, growing with our small group (and being held accountable by them), and learning how to seek out the radical love of Christ has taught me what I need to know in order to do this new job well. I don't think, if I would have applied twelve months ago, that I would have been prepared for or equipped to work with this company. I might have had the writing skill, yes, but not the spirit. Not the heart to spread Jesus' message of unconditional love and grace to a world that desperately needs to hear it. I look back and see how the Lord works to teach us what we need to know...through Andy Stanley (who never fails to get dirty and messy and talk to his congregation about the realities of life...God is doing amazing things through that man!), through our new friends and Bible Study partners, through my husband, my parents, my family, my closest friends...through strangers who have taught me when to shut my mouth and when to open it, through a happy tune, the smell of honeysuckles, and the sound of laughter...I've learned that God is really and truly in everything, and how wonderful is it that we can be around Him whenever we want? How wonderful is it that our prayers reach Him as soon as they enter our hearts, and that He knows what we need? In hindsight, I can see that His making me wait for this new job was the best thing...I might have made a mess of it before now. I cannot even express how joy-filled I am at the knowledge of His work in my life this last year! I rejoice at the truth of His faithfulness!

And so the countdown begins...4 days left...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! My sisters and I, with the help of our photographer friend, Marisa, surprised our mom with a photo shoot (thanks M! Your pictures are GORGEOUS!) at the McIntosh Reserve in Whitesburg, Georgia. It was a lovely, sunny day (save Bridezilla and her crew...inside joke...) and we all had a blast together, enjoying the shoot and, later, having dinner and talking. We laughed so much! I love being a part of this family.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Photo credits: Marisa Bishop

Until next time,


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