Graduation and a little advice for 20 somethings

Three weeks ago, I graduated with my Masters.  Some may have questioned my excitement based on my lack of planning.  I had registered for graduation in February in hopes that I would pass my comprehensive exams and officially graduate.  When I had a change of heart (after receiving the good news that I passed) and decided to walk, it came as a surprise and delight to my family.  I may have waited until the day before my ceremony to pick up my gown and had some pre-graduation celebrations with my Aggie girls graduating, but indeed, I did walk and graduate.  I’m still waiting on many things though.

Waiting is a theme in my life right now.

Lots and lots of waiting.

I have a feeling God has some major growth planned for me during this waiting.  It seems that daily my prayers seem to be answered with just wait, be patient, trust in My plan.

Currently, I’m waiting to hear about job applications.  I’ve applied to 32 hospitals, been rejected from 7, received a few emails about the review of my applications, and interviewed with Hospice of South Carolina.  More frustrating than the waiting is following up with HR.  It is so difficult to talk to an actual person.  I am hopeful about the possibilities with the hospice position and awaiting potential interviews with Texas hospitals.

God is already working on my heart this summer.  He has given me this time for a reason.  I get the opportunity to spend quality time with family and hometown friends.  I am finding the things to be grateful for being back in Angleton, TX.  I will continue to develop my skills working with children as I care for 3 little ones this summer.  And I am realizing through it all, I must not rely solely on my abilities.  God is waiting for me.

         

I have had lots of time to reflect, pray, and journal over the past few weeks.  As I read this blog post, I kept agreeing with the author.  For all you 20 somethings, here is an excerpt of the author’s advice as we continue becoming.

Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal.

Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?”

Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe God is good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned.

Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.

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