the shadow proves the sunshine // redefining23

 

I’ve recently been listening to a lot of Switchfoot. I really love their lyrics and recently put on a Spotify playlist that was a mix of all of their albums. “The Shadow Proves the Sunshine” really stuck out to me when I listened to it for the first time. When life isn’t going so great, those dark times make the good ones stand out and feel good. I’m trying to look at life this way.

In the past two weeks of being 23, I’ve had a lot of curveballs thrown my way. Highs and lows, as I’m sure many of us have experienced. I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty details, but at the current moment, I am no longer employed full time. It was very unfortunate timing, and I was (am) bummin’ for sure. As of now, I have a couple part time opportunities that will keep me busy and the creative juices flowing, but if I’m being brutally honest, I am extremely anxious. I know many people don’t have jobs, but to put things into perspective, I have never not had a job since I was 16. And since I’ve graduated college, student loans will be starting up soon (on top of all the other bills). I don’t get anxious very easily, but this is something that has been weighing on my mind consistently.

But I guess that’s adulting for ya. I’m thinking these curveballs are because God wanted to give me some good blog content for #redefing23 ūüėČ

So…where does this leave me? As I am trying to redefine the year of 23, I am focusing on the positive outcomes of these situations and what I can take away from them.

I just had a really fun weekend visiting friends and my little brother at his college, I’ve had some free time to visit family, work on freelance content, and work on strengthening my portfolio and self promotion.

I don’t want this to come off as a pity party. Yeah life sucks sometimes, but there have been some really great things happening these past two weeks too. For now, I’ll just keep¬†reminding myself of my favorite verse, Joshua 1:9.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;¬†do not be discouraged,¬†for the¬†Lord¬†your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

intro // redefining23

Today, I turn 23.

I don’t know how I feel about this to be completely honest. On one hand, I’m excited because I can call myself an adult all while still being considered young. But on the other hand, I feel so OLD. I am an adult doing somewhat adult things…it’s a very strange feeling.

As we all know, no one likes turning¬†23. In case you were unaware of this little known fact,¬†check out this buzzfeed article. Maybe look up that Blink 182 song…

Side note: That buzzfeed article though. Every. Single. One. They all apply to how I am feeling!!

So this got me thinking. I reflected back on what life has thrown my way in the past 5 years or so:

  • Going off to college far away from home
  • Working through college
  • Transferring schools (at the time reluctantly)
  • Taking a semester off
  • Commuting from home
  • My family’s adoption process coming to a close when Rosie came home
  • Making new friends
  • Starting a freelance business
  • Leaving my first job that I had for 5.5 years
  • Graduating college

The list could go on, but these were some of the big ones. These past few years have¬†challenged, taught, blessed and shaped me to who I am today. And all throughout, I’ve strived to have a positive attitude. I definitely didn’t always succeed at that, but that’s always been the goal. Every year has it’s own challenges and victories.

So then what about 23? What will this year hold for me? Only God knows that. But this year, I want to prove¬†that being 23 doesn’t have to suck. I am determined to make this my best year yet.

How you ask? By starting #redefining23

I want this year to be a year of firsts, progress and a time¬†to look back on and remember as a good, successful year – whatever that may entail. I’ll be sharing throughout the next 365 days¬†what #redefining23¬†means to me – traveling, freelance endeavors, my faith journey, learning, etc. I want to break the stigma that surrounds us 23 year olds by recording all the exciting moments and lessons that life has to offer during this transitional phase. Think of it as a process journal – keeping track of year 23!

I look forward to finding out what #redefining23 holds for me! If this is something that you’d be interested in¬†– join me! Did something awesome happen? Land that dream job? Start a business? Move to a new city? Whatever it may be, post about it and use #redefining23 and tag me in it so I can follow along with you!

Now time to celebrate being a one year older!