California will always be my home.You can take the girl out of Cali, but you'll never take Cali out of the girl.
When I first moved to Atlanta, I had an extremely difficult time adapting to the city. Culture shock, to say the least - I had just gotten married, I moved across the world (since I had been living in Korea for nearly a year) and I got to see my friends briefly during my wedding and peaced out to start my life with Joules.
11 months later though, I can confidently say that I've found a home in Atlanta.
"Um, what's there to do in Atlanta?" Um, what's there to do anywhere? You eat great food with awesome people and it's all good in the hood.
Facebook is an enigma. I love it because I get to catch up with my friends by viewing photos of hangouts as if I were there, but the truth is I wasn't there and they had loads of fun without me. </sad>
I also have to remember that I'm in Atlanta now with a bunch of new relationships and sceneries having loads of fun without them. </truth>
It's not that our joys come from being without one another, but we are experiencing the life in front of us that God has presented. We are called to rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. - Philippians 4:4
While living in Atlanta, I've learned more about how much I fall short in so many ways of having a servant heart and how much I lack in loving through grace. Here's to name a few wonderful thangs that have happened to me in the A (tlanta)
- I am married to a kind husband who truly loves the Lord and as a result is able to love me.
- I gained a new family; mother in law, sister in law, brother in law, nephews, etc. etc.
- I am a mother for the first time to a freakishly adorable pup who is as obedient as a 9 month old can be.
- I am a team member of a company that pushes individuals to pursue their visions and dreams.
- I have met and made many new friends with spectacular people that have touched my life, and I pray that I may be affecting their lives positively as well.
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. - 1 Timothy 6:12
It's a dream for me to go back to California one day and be closer to my mom, brother, and friends. I do know, however, that if my heart isn't surrendered and content in God that my heart would still feel half empty and insufficient.
But godliness with contentment is great gain - 1 Timothy 6:6
For those of you who are far away from your loved ones and feel like they're moving on to greater things without you, take heart in knowing that those who are true would rather not be without you. They may be moving onto greater things, but it doesn't mean that you aren't either.
Carpe diem - here or there.
Thank you to my loves that have continued to randomly check up on me, letting me know I'm in your thoughts. Every text, message, or call really brightens my heart.