Growing up in the 90s, 2020 seemed distant and futuristic. In many ways, it was and is. At the same time, it seems to have arrived so quickly. The start of a new year is always an exciting time for me as I reflect on the many events of the previous year. It brings anticipation for new experiences and opportunities.
A decade ago, I was preparing to fly to Anchorage, Alaska to spend time with my dad, aunt, and cousin snowboarding on Mount Alyeska. I survived those runs down the mountain and later completed my first year of college at UNC-Chapel Hill. I ventured to New Orleans to serve as a camp counselor at Baptist Friendship House and did not board my flight back to Raleigh. The direction of my life took an intense pivot that brought peace in the midst of uncertainty.
10 years later, I am still a student. I still serve at Baptist Friendship House. I still love New Orleans with the same intensity as the day I moved there. But the personal growth and change in my life has been nothing short of extraordinary.
Over the last 10 years, God has strengthened me, stretched me, molded me, and directed me in ways I never imagined.
2020 will begin with a drive back to New Orleans after finally recovering enough from the flu to make it back safely.
Full time ministry and counseling will resume.
I will start my second semester of the PhD program at NOBTS.
I will continue to grow my blog with more tangible information for readers on how to advocate for victims of sexual abuse.
I look forward to more opportunities to speak/train on topics like human trafficking, childhood sexual abuse, and advocacy for crime victims.
In 2020, I want to be more present for the “everyday-ness” of life- the little moments.
Thank you for reading and supporting me in so many endeavors over this last decade.
Happy New Year!