A time for reflection.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today, I was able to appreciate a good cup of tea and a good blog post. A good blog post always ignites something in me. I'm so fortunate to be surrounded by constant sources of inspiration and to know and admire so many people who fuel my spirit and uplift me to such great heights. Speaking of heights, I really appreciate this Healthy Alpha Chi Challenge. I've been wanting to get into shape and this might actually give me the motivation to do it. It was such a great idea by Stephany. (above picture inspired by Beep... and by inspired I mean I went to my kitchen to get the same thing because her picture made me want it too. Gluttony; bad Kelsey.)

Today, I also sit back and appreciate the commonalities I'm able to share with people. From the desires of our hearts, to thinking the same things at the same time, similar music preferences, or even  a laugh. I also take a moment to appreciate my friendship circles. I am so excited about our female Bible study this semester in particular. I know my heart is something that needs softening, that yearns and flinches at the the thought of vulnerability, which is precisely what I'm focusing on working on this year. Throwing myself into those uncomfortable situations, being open inwardly, instead of outward (which I may be a little too comfortable with).

I'm also very excited about the new relationships which are currently forming in my life. I've met and am getting to know so so so so many wonderful people on a more personal level in such a short period of time. In the past week, my heart really has been filled with so much joy just from connecting with new friends. I'm so appreciative that I've gotten the chance to make new relationships, even if I don't have much time left here... this semester really might be all I have left in town. I'm not sure. It's sad, slightly scary, and thrilling. My biggest fear isn't what I'll be doing, it's really that I'll just end up staying here and not pursuing any dreams. One of the biggest desires of my heart is to travel, but I feel restricted and alone in the sense that if I were to travel, it'd be on my own. And honestly, I don't know how ready I am for that. But aside from these fears, I think God has big things in store for 2013. He knows the desires of my heart and I just need to trust in Him. I absolutely have no clue what's going to happen. This year has already been a big shock for me, but I'm trying to live in faith instead of fear (of disappointment, really). I've been doing pretty well, but I think we all have those moments when it comes creeping in.

Another thing I've been very thankful for are devotionals. They really help to keep my mind on the right track and help me to stay in tune with God throughout the day. The maker of the Youversion Bible App... genius.

In addition, the kindness of people. I have a thing for messaging strangers I don't know but that have inspired me in some way, just to let them know that I think they're awesome and time and time again they return words of encouragement back to me! It's so beautiful :') Though I do sometimes not receive any response, the ones I do are so rewarding that it really doesn't bother me at all. I feel like I've achieved small victories each time one of my self proclaimed "celebrities" gets back in contact with me.

I'm overall pretty content with life right now. Though I do have my moments where I'm impatient and wish for this or that, I like the feeling of sitting at the steps with limitless possibilities. I feel like my heart is really on the line here, ready to be molded and transformed. I'm looking at everything as an opportunity; to grow, to learn, to love. I leave you with this picture of me, because why not? It's my blog.

 Have a great weekend everyone!

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