My Latest Move

Since I’ve traveled around so much the last 6 months or so, I figured it was time for an update! I’m currently living in Charlotte, NC and I could not be more excited to live here! I fell in love with the Queen City while I was in college and have always wanted to come back. I’m excited to spend time here and be a part of the community. I can’t wait for what’s in store for me here! If it’s anything like the last 3 years, well, it will be quite the adventure.

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[More posts coming soon.]

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My Latest Move

Anchors Away

I’ve really been into the imagery and meaning behind anchors lately. It also reminds me of home, so that’s always nice. It’s also crossed my mind that this image may be a great tattoo (yeah, mom and dad, I said it). Check out this passage in Psalm:

My Soul Waits for God Alone

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1  For God alone my soul waits in silence;

from him comes my salvation.

2  He alone is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

3  How long will all of you attack a man

to batter him,

like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?

4  They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.

They take pleasure in falsehood.

They bless with their mouths,

but inwardly they curse. Selah

5  For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,

for my hope is from him.

6  He only is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

7  On God rests my salvation and my glory;

my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

8  Trust in him at all times, O people;

pour out your heart before him;

God is a refuge for us. Selah

9  Those of low estate are but a breath;

those of high estate are a delusion;

in the balances they go up;

they are together lighter than a breath.

10  Put no trust in extortion;

set no vain hopes on robbery;

if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

11  Once God has spoken;

twice have I heard this:

that power belongs to God,

12  and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.

For you will render to a man

according to his work.

I like this passage because it gives this beautiful imagery that describes an anchor (at least in my mind). David is speaking about the confidence he has in Christ. He speaks boldly mentioning that even with movement all around him, the constant pushes and pulls of the world, that Christ is a solid anchor to his soul. Just as an anchor provides stability and rest, David is showing his trust in God for rest and strength in verse 2 when he says, “I will not be shaken.”

Verse 8 is quite lovely and says “Trust in him at all times, O people, our out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us.”

What do you think? What imagery comes to your mind when you read this passage?

Anchors Away

Touristy Things in the PNW

This post is long overdue. My dad has reminded me about it for the past several weeks (well, may months). So Dad, here it is!!

When my parents came up to the PNW in March to visit, we packed in a ton of traveling around the area. We did all the good stuff in Seattle: Pike Place, first Starbucks, ate lots of Seafood, went up the Space Needle, had mac-n-cheese from Beechers (life-changing!), shopping, harbor cruise, and eve a Mariners’ game. We spent a few days on the charming San Juan Islands and went whale watching, and drove around that little island looking at all the magnificent views from every angle. We also happened to catch the Tulip festival in Mt. Vernon.

Here are some pictures from the trip. Enjoy the slide show!

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Touristy Things in the PNW

What you should be listening to right now.

Y’all. Some amazing music has come out the past few weeks. I don’t even know where to start. I’m only going to list three (for now), so that you’re not too overwhelmed. Here we go…

1. Born and Raised – John Mayer

Even with all the good tunes floating out there right now, this album has definitely been played the music. At first I thought it was a little too country, but it grew on me and I can’t stop listening. It is a soothing album full of remarkably sweet notes. Favorites from the album are Queen of California, Something Like Olivia, and Walt Grace’s Submarine Test.

2. Loveblood – King Charles

I’m not sure how to describe this guy. He is so fun. I first heard him live when he opened for Mumford & Sons in Vancouver. He was wearing a ridiclous outift and his hair was insanely tall. And his music was just as good as his stage appearence. Favorites fromthe album are The Brightest Lights (with Mumford) and Love Lust. Enjoy!

3. Here – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

This massive band is eclectic to the max. I think there are like 15 members in the band and somehow they don’t overpower your ears…it al comes together for a somewhat simple and lovely sound. They have an old-soul sound that I’m really liking right now. Favorites from the album are Man on Fire and Dear Believer.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back soon with some pictures from my parent’s visit a month or so ago!

What you should be listening to right now.

New Tunes

I’ve been trying to make a solid playlist of songs that make you want to roll down the window while you’re on the way to the beach (if you have any suggestions, let me know!). As I’ve been searching for those, I’ve come across some new bands (new for me, at least). Here are a few I’ve been listening to lately…

Songs of Water: I actually listened to these guys awhile back and picked them up again. I’m pretty sure I listened to ‘Willow’ ten times in a row one morning. Most of their songs don’t have words but do include some fascinating instrumental stories. You will not be disappointed.

Zerbin: Quirky little artist. ‘New Earth’ is my favorite of his…the chorus is so fun.

MIchael Bernard Fitzgerald: He’s a pop-y blues artist, kind of new sound. ‘Reach You’ is probably my favorite from him.

The Lighthouse & the Whaler: The funky little guys have a bit of a Strokes sound. Favorite from them is ‘White Days.’

Enjoy!!

New Tunes

St. Patty’s

The past 5 St. Patrick’s days have been crazy. I’ve been all over the world, with all different people, doing different things. Here’s a recap:

March 17, 2008
New Orleans, LA

St. Patty’s was always during spring break in college and this year I just happened to be in New Orleans on a mission trip with 400 college kids from Clemson and Winthrop. It was a pretty incredible trip (which you can read about here, here, and here). I’m not sure what I did during the day, all I remember is briefly walking/cramming down Bourbon Street. It was so crowded that we all just walked a block and then cut out.

March 17, 2009
London, England

This was my first trip to England with one of the besties, Jennifer. I remember seeing parades and bands wander the streets of London all day. That night, we went to a pub and celebrated the day with a green beer.

March 17, 2010
Cork, Ireland

You read it right. I spent St. Patrick’s day in Ireland with three of my best friends. What we quickly learned is that the Irish celebrate quite hard the night before because everyone has St. Patrick’s day off as a holiday. We tried to smash ourselves in a few pubs St. Patrick’s day eve and managed to all get a Guinness to celebrate. We spent the next day, actual St. Patrick’s day, in Blarney. We went in the castle and kissed the Blarney stone. The rest if the day was sent watching a parade and meeting. Few new Irish friends in a pub or two.

March 17, 2011
Seattle, WA

I was now living in Bellingham, WA and anxiously awaiting my friend Aimee’s visit! She flew into Seattle on St. Patrick’s day so we spent the night in Seattle and saw what the city had to offer on this holiday. It was no Savannah celebration, but for an American city, there was a lot going on. We decided to go into the Blarney Stone pub (only appropriate because of where we were the year before). We hung out there and enjoyed this traveling Irish bagpipe band that stopped in for 10 minutes or so. We trekked on, witnessed a car accident, and then went in another pub, that from the outside looked just like a British pub.

March 17, 2012
Seattle, WA

I spent St. Patty’s night in Seattle once again, this time at a concert of one of my favorite bands: needtobreathe. Not a bad way to spend the holiday.

St. Patty’s

2.7.12

Happy 24th birthday to me! Last week I celebrated my 2nd birthday here on the west coast. I had a nice laid-back birthday this year! I feel like I celebrated many times throughout the week and I’m pretty sure I had several birthday cakes. Here’s a card all of my fellow marketers at work gave me. I love them.

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