Sitting down and writing this blog post has not been easy. I keep starting and restarting because I didn't know where to begin. I feel like I need to apologize for not getting a chance to tell most of you in person, but I honestly had no idea that this was going to happen.
June 1st, I’ll be packing up my things and moving out of Jacksonville.
It’s so crazy to me how quickly things changed, but they did. As I look over my path I kept saying “I don’t know” because I really didn’t. Nothing seemed to be sticking, 2016 started out in a struggle and I was forced to decide. So I began to pray.
When nothing seems secure, I remembered Christ was.
So slowly I began letting go, I realized that life was pushing me and I needed to jump. It feels crazy to me to finally be leaving, and everyday has been so bittersweet. Jacksonville has been such a home to me the last 9 years. I’ve meet so many people that have shaped me into who I am today, I had to grow up here, I learned what church community looks like and built a business here.
So I want to say thank you.
Thank you to The District Church for teaching me what a church should look like. For challenging me. For trusting me as a 21 year old to help you start. For speaking life into me. This church is what kept me in Jacksonville, because it became my home. Despite not having family here every time I considered moving I couldn’t bring myself to do it. This community was so strong and I couldn’t have asked for better people to help me grow up. You were there for some of the most difficult times of my life. You will be the why I will always have ties to Jacksonville.
Thank you to everyone that has helped me through my business here. As a crazy 22 year old I started my company. There are so many different people that have helped me along that journey, so many amazing clients I have had the chance to become friends with. I will always remember Jacksonville as were I started something both challenging and incredible.
Thank you to all my friends. whether you’re still in my life or not there has been some amazing women that I’ve been honored to have pour into me.
So what’s next?
The next few months will be spent with family. It’s been seven years since I’ve spent more then a few weeks with my brother, my mom or dad. So for the summer, DC will be a temporary home. Then I’m throwing my ties to the wind and I don’t know where I’ll land. I will always continue to come back to Jacksonville, for work, for friends, for church. I don’t want people to think this is a “goodbye”, but a “see you later.”
So as I start packing up my things, I holdfast to what the gospel promises me, that God has a plan far greater then what I could come up with myself.
Through everything I will praise Him, that's what I'm consistently reminding myself of this season.
Christ gets the praise.