Wowie wow! July has truly flown by in the blink of an eye—Please excuse my horrible rhyming, I thought of this intro at 6:45 this morning and decided it was hilarious in the midst of my sleep induced haze.
This is a new segment of my blog I am excited to finally be introducing: a recap on the past month and also a look at the month ahead. Think of it as a news and to-dos feature. I know, I am on a roll with rhyming and have no intention of ceasing now.
What can I say about July? It has been filled with an immense amount of happy celebrations (can you say Wedding?!), reunions, transitions, and discernment for what's to come next. I don't think I could have crammed any more joyful memories and new discoveries into thirty-one days.
So what's on tap for August?
FAITH—Beginning with the utmost importance, Faith, I am settling into a new nine week scripture study and focusing on re-centering and strengthening my relationship with Christ. In the short three weeks I have been back in Kansas City, I have come to learn a great deal about what it means to give total trust and control over to God. While I have come to learn how hard and testing it can be to give over one's natural desire to control and plan each passing moment, I still have much to learn in this regard.
I do not want to keep my newfound joy to myself, therefor I am also discovering ways I might be able to share and revel in it with others. My cousin Bart, who is also very much an older brother to me, and subsequently a role model, has introduced me to City on a Hill; a Catholic ministry that holds events throughout the month to bring together young adults through scripture study, sports leagues, Masses, service projects, and social events all centered around Faith in the community.
CAREER & WORK—On the work and career front, I am settling on making a few key transitions and decisions in terms of my education and professional career. I am still hard at work discerning the new essence of the blog—I want it to be just right and capture what I'm all about, to in turn, let you, my readers, experience and be inspired by what I have to share.
In the realm of education I have decided to take a step back this fall semester to put a focus on adjusting and executing a new routine here in Kansas City. After that my hope is to begin an online study to obtain my Bachelor's degree in Marketing which will offer me chance to continue to work with graphics and design while also gaining further knowledge of the effects it has on a business standpoint.
I am also excited to report that I am (FINALLY) beginning my studies to obtain my personal training and nutritional certifications, so I may share with others in my community my passion for a healthy, active, and engaging lifestyle.
I'm always deeply inspired by Pip, my dear friend and fellow blogger of Cherries & Chisme, who is so open in sharing her fitness and wellness journeys, that it has prompted me to put a greater focus on not only obtaining GAINZ in the gym but also learning to listen to my body and do what is right for it instead of comparing it to the strength and abilities of others who are at a different point in their journey. I have since been introduced to the idea of combining my passion for fitness with my love and devotion for Christ. In the coming months I aim to focus on my nutrition and physical fitness while also focusing on cultivating a healthy and balanced life with Christ. Knowing that God is omnipresent in every aspect of my life, I want to make a conscious effort to make sure I am actively including Him in each of those aspects.
There is quite a bit more taking shape but I feel these are the prominent goings-on for August. More news and updates will follow in the coming months. This next month will be all about taking those crucial small steps in order to make it to the big parts. We cannot climb a mountain in one large leap, it's the series of small and trusting steps that get us to the top. It's a journey I can't wait to begin.
*If you ever find yourself in London, and are a bit of a CrossFit nut, pop in for a session with the boys at Momentum, they'll whip you into shape and have a vast amount of knowledge they are always itching to share.