Change isn't easy. I have been leaning into this change and thus been on a blogging hiatus. Now, I will catch everyone up on the past 10 months of life.10 Months ago I moved to Austin with only two weeks notice to pack up my belongings and say goodbye to the people who have loved me so well. I had no expectations for moving or what would come my way. I just said "YES". This "yes" has quite simply changed my life.While in Austin, I've done everything I have never done before.
- I moved in with strangers and lived with them for two months. Thankfully they are not strangers anymore, they are friends and I am forever grateful for their kindness.
- I moved into an apartment with a friend of a friend who I met once. She turned out to be a wonderful roommate and person to live with.
- I only know one family here in Austin. No other friends.
- New job. New co-workers. New foster families.
I would love to say that following Jesus' plan for me to move here was easy, but it wasn't. I wasn't prepared to be the one of the few black faces in a white place (Austin is 8% African-American, yep-you read right), I wasn't prepared for the homesickness, the longing for my friends, missing my family, hard work days, and tearful nights wondering if I made the right decision. Stepping out to do something new is not easy. I have had to fight through the lonely moments because I know I'm supposed to be here. Trust me, I have tried to bail out and hightail it to Houston in anyway possible. One main thing I have learned here is consistency and trust.Let me tell you, it hasn't been easy but Jesus has blessed me with an amazing community of women and friends. They have loved me so well and I have such an amazing small group.Pictures are worth a thousand words and these few images represent how good life has been over the past few months. There are so many people who have made Austin home and I only have a fraction of the pictures to represent who they are. The bible studies, small groups, BTB group, dinners, birthdays, and much more have made Austin so inviting. I have the best church, filled with the most loving and genuine people on earth. The joy I have today, trumps every hard tear-filled day since I have moved here. God bless my saint of a mother who listened to me cry and want to give up and encouraged me to stay put and push through, because life is hard sometimes (also, I am dramatic...) but God is good.Thank you Austin- Morriss family, for loving me so well.Although life in Austin has been good, I was concerned about leaving my high school life group behind, as well as, many special friendships. What happens to the friends you leave behind? Your people, your best friends. Well, you just keep up with them. The past 10 months these people and more have stayed in my life. We made time for each other.What have you always wanted to do? What's holding you back from doing that thing? What's holding you back from moving to that new city or state? Whats holding you back from applying for that school? Whats keeping you from doing something different?LEAP PEOPLE, LEAP. Then LEAN INTO IT and KEEP LEAPING.It only gets better.xoxo