I do humbly apologize for the lack of posts on my page 😦 I’ve been caught up with family, looking for work, and really just trying to spend time with friends that I don’t see often during the school year.
So what’s the update?!
Well, I’ve successfully completed my second year of university, a full year of a “service-learning experience” working one-on-one with a child with learning disabilities, worked as a Learning Strategist Assistant, too. Throughout the year, I’ve definitely grown in ways I never thought would be possible. (Unfortunately I’m still 5’2″ :P)
Nearly 7 years ago, my first university experience happened in Lacombe, AB. I had graduated in June, celebrated my ‘debut’ (in the Filipino culture, once a girl turns 18 and a huge party is thrown to celebrate the ‘debut’ into womanhood), and I knew once September rolled along, that I’d be in for a new life – a life I’d been waiting for: away from home, new opportunities, and new beginnings everyday. That’s what I thought I was in for, but it barely turned out that way.
Within the first week, I had been so homesick, that I rarely ate, couldn’t sleep, but managed to make new friends. I still remember attending a freshmen orientation and having a blast! But, what happened? Why did it fail to be everything I thought it could be?
One word: Worry.
You think everything’s meant to be one way, but when it doesn’t turn out as you’ve “planned” your worry, which then makes you worry that you’re worrying! – recipe for a worrisome life.
So, as the second year of my new university experience had come to a close, I reflected a lot on how far I’ve come:
Completing second year, living away from home for nearly 2 years, camped with my friends in September where it nearly POURED the entire weekend, singing in the praise team for the first ‘Church on Campus’ program in London, ON, survived driving a 1997 Honda CR-V for only 4 months when I really needed to use it (it wouldn’t start when I was getting ready to drive back to my student home for the Winter semester, did organic facials with some gals for a ‘Spa Day’ (which I highly advise you try out!). I’ve found more purpose in ministry: being part of the pioneering of a new Christian Club at school (which will launch in September, by God’s grace), Some more personal things like: letting go of my first love, moving out of my 2-year home, started writing songs and poems again, and even tried Booster Juice! (Chunky Monkey is the way to go!) LOL!
Honestly, one year and that’s just a glimpse of everything I’ve been able to experience while in University. Can you imagine how much I could’ve missed out on if I had backed out of this opportunity again? As I had, 7 years ago?
As you read this, maybe you, too, are going through a decision-making process and are unsure of which direction to take. Friend, let me tell you: just make a decision. Don’t plateau or just wait for everything to fall into place. If you could take anything from this post, let it be this — if you want something, go for it; if you don’t like it, at least you can say you tried.
Life is a process. You’ve heard, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”
(Read that line over.)
(Read it one more time.)
(Now say it without looking, and close your eyes.)
Now live it.