2015, in a lot of ways, felt like one big goodbye. Goodbye to Texas, and the friends I made there. Goodbye to DTS, and the nerdy pleasure of reading textbooks and writing essays. Goodbye to Peoria, and the friends who helped me accomplish my goal of moving to Athens.
It was a year of goodbyes, and I’m definitely still sad about many of them. But the goodbyes are all in anticipation of one massive HELLO – to Athens, Greece, and the life that awaits me there.
As I look forward to my life in Athens, here are some of the things I’m most excited about:
riding public transportation (more time to read!)
helping organize, plan, and implement a new business
working with my HD teammates
meeting the women who will come to HD
traveling around Greece (and hopefully more of Europe)
learning a new city and calling it my own
stretching myself beyond what I think I can do
2015 was amazing. I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store!
What is coming up for you in 2016 that you’re most excited about? Leave a comment and let me know!
In the midst of the stress of moving and fundraising, I fell back on my comfort standby: books!
I read and reviewed 85 books this year (I read a few more than that, but I decided they were a bit more academic and too boring for a review). You can check them out on my review page called Title Archive.
I also updated my Recommended page with better lists of books and some new categories!
Favorite Books of 2015 (I read them in 2015, they were not necessarily published in 2015) Continue reading →
2015 was a big year, though it was largely one of transition.
I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Biblical Counseling, bringing to conclusion three awesome years in Texas. Moving from Dallas meant saying goodbye to my friends at DTS, at Trinity Fellow Church, and at the Saranac House. I never felt more fully myself than when I lived in Dallas, and I will miss the security of having so many amazing friends.
I moved back to my hometown of Peoria in July, where I reconnected with family and my home church. I had a bit of an existential crisis, which always happens when I return home. It’s hard to leave and change and bring that change back to somewhere familiar. But in the midst of my own confusion, I reconnected with friends from my old church and my old high school. And I got to relive old jobs, first as a church secretary, and later as a public librarian. Continue reading →