what a year it was

Welcome to my world of random Katie thoughts. I am so excited to write, because this year is a very large and fulfilling topic that I think a lot about.

This year has been so changing. I feel really different, in good ways. I feel older and wiser and happier. Throughout this year I’ve thought to myself “How do I do this”. Honestly…sometimes I wonder how I can (and how we all can) push through so much of our schedule. There were moments this year, whether it be from school or other responsibilities, that really tired me out. I’m sure that you can relate. But after all the studying, all the planning, and all the experiences, I’m really glad that I was able to leave this year feeling accomplished. Isn’t it so good to be able to look back at everything you did and feel like you made it. I did it.

Here is a list of things I’ve learned/pictures to show you what I’ve been up to. Some deep, some not. Here we go

  1. I need to do things that make me happy. Saying yes to everything removes me from being able to develop dreams that I truly want to reach. I don’t have time for doing things just to do them. Eventually, I have to realize that some things just don’t stick around forever. And they weren’t really meant to anyways…so it’s okay. For me, this meant no longer pursuing a sport. It also meant spending more time alone with myself to step back and breathe. Before this, I always thought I could do everything with everyone and come out strong and successful. But the hamartia is that I am a human (who needs sleep). By narrowing down what I do every day, I believe it will help me see my passions more clearly.
  2. I have got to take breaks. And not just once a month, or whenever I have time. No. I mean making time to (like I said before) step back and rest. Towards the end of this year, I’ve started to pay more attention to myself and the fact that I need some good ole me time. In 2017, I’m going to keep that up. I’m going to continue to make time for myself to just sit and recharge and think over things.
  3. I need to accept my flaws instead of refusing to have them. And I’m not really talking about my body here, more like my flaws as a person. I have this terrible issue  of misplacing things, forgetting things, or planning things out badly. I know that it’s always been such an inconvenience for other people, not only me, so I always try my hardest to not be so forgetful and scatter-brained. But the other day, I ended up leaving my wallet in Zaxby’s, and I didn’t realize it until I was about to leave and go get dinner with friends. So….after thoroughly searching the house, I had to drive to Zaxby’s, sheepishly ask if they had a gray wallet, and drive back late to dinner with my friends. I know it’s a dumb situation that was fixed, but for some reason I was just so hard on myself. I forgot that I make mistakes, and it’s okay that I make mistakes. Now, I know that whenever things like that happen, I need to forgive myself immediately and realize that it is what it is. This is just a mistake, and I’m going to fix it and keep on moving.
  4. You are most happy when you give your life away. My friend Clark told me that. A few weeks ago, I got to be a part of a weekend work crew that helps put on retreats for YoungLife. I totally love going on trips or retreats with people to hear sermons or experience cool things. But the quote I said at the beginning is so true. By getting up early, serving people their meals, and spending hours setting and cleaning up for them, I got to know a very new perspective of service and fulfillment. I’ve never had to do the dirty, behind-the-scenes stuff. I didn’t earn much recognition. I was never rewarded for doing the things I did. But I felt so happy to be so unnoticed. I felt like through my work, I was able to point directly to God without people looking at me, first. I realized who was really doing the Big Stuff. And that for me was so incredibly fulfilling. I loved each and every kid I served, even though I didn’t know much about them and they didn’t know much about me. Here are some pics from that:
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    My girl Gini and I waiting for the campers so we could serve and get to work.


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    Behind the scenes in the kitchen…BEFORE WE SERVED THE FOOD!!!!!!


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    We were so excited to bring ’em out.

  5. I love feeling like I’ve made someone feel better…like I touched them or changed them somehow. I bet you’ve heard that phrase a million times, and since you have, it’s become an insincere, cliché group of words. But I just want to let you know that I think that about myself now because I’ve seen it happen. I’ve always wanted to help people and love them somehow in my life, and I thought that if I was kind to people and spent time with them, I could begin to do that. After this year, I knew I was right. I’m just really happy to know that I don’t have to take on the whole world and change it. I don’t have to create this huge organization that fixes everything. I do a lot by showing up and living for God. Here are some examples of people I have an impact on:
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    The FCA life


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    Being a co-small group leader for some crazy seventh grade girls…


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    Spending Sundays with my own group 🙂

    All in all, I’ve been lead to be a part of such good things. I hope these pieces of life that I’ve learned will help me as we hit 2017! Bring it on.

Love, Katie

MOM. 

To begin my happy-birthday-mom post, I would like to say a few words about my INCREDIBLE, UNCONDITIONALLY LOVING, BEAUTIFUL, FUNNY, and TALENTED mother. Mom, I love you so so so so so much. You are my best friend, my mentor, the person I laugh with, the person I cry with, and the person I hope to be. You’re relationship with the Lord is amazing, and thank you for helping me grow closer to Him and become a person that is founded on a strong faith. You have some A1 mom skills, if ya know what I mean. (That means you’re really good at being a mom.) Somehow, you know all the teenage language I use, like swag, baller, ball is LYFE, fam, bae, Bruh, etc. You are so good at keeping up with my life and caring about me and Conoly. You help me through all the hard things I’ve delt with in life, and you’ve pushed me to become the best version of myself. Which, I think, is a pretty huge accomplishment and all I hope to be when I am a mother. So, thank you for that. Thank you for being a real, genuine, imperfectly perfect human that doesn’t judge me, but loves me. And without further ado, here comes the collage…

Thank you for being such a comforting, strong mother to me, Conoly, and the hurricane Katrina fam.  

   
Thanks for showing me how to be a great friend… (You’re welcome for uncovering some classic 80’s and 90’s pics of you) 

    
 Thank you for encouraging me to try new things, cheering me on, and telling me how proud you are of me. 

    
   
Thanks for putting up with me, my stitches, and my habit of breaking down crying every time you tried to get a cute pic of me 🙂 (lol) 

    
   
Thanks for being a beautiful person who taught me “the higher the hair, the closer to Jesus” 🙂  


  Thank you for your hugs and kisses, and for fitting into my friend group like you’re one of us hahaha…

 
  

  

  

Thank you for showing me what a healthy, happy, and loving marriage looks like…  

  
And for being a part of our happy, messy, full-of-love family.   
  

So there you have it. Happy birthday, mom. I love you more than words. Thanks for inspiring me.

Love always, KK