STORY TIME: How 2016 Changed My Life

 

 

This is a story all about how my life got twist-turned upside down…

Something magical happened in 2016.

I can’t exactly put my finger on it. And I can’t exactly give you the krabby patty secret formula as to how it happened. Just know it happened.

I lost myself somewhere in my early 20s. I don’t know how. Maybe it was because of the university I went to. Or maybe it was because I was living to make everyone happy.

Do marry a pastor”

Don’t listen to secular music”

Do lead a Bible study”

And the only way to enter the holy of holies.

DO NOT EVER, [EVER] own a 2 piece bathing suit”

And of course- I followed those rules, the 10 commandments, and some.

I closed my innocent ears to Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album, I said no to dates if they had no intention on going to seminary – and the cherry on top – my very, effortlessly brown skin began turning pale because Christian girls didn’t go to the beach.

This left me with taboo vices, some Almond Joys, and a Plenty of Fish account.

I would get into those vices but 1) I’d probably lose subscribers 2) they were really weird.

But then 2016 happened.

Blogging. Laughing. Travel. More blogging. And lots of Jesus time.

It took a while for me to realize that God’s plan for my life wasn’t for me to live underneath a rainy cloud of do’s and don’ts that drove me absolutely insane. His plans for my life consisted of cool things – really cool things per Jeremiah 29:11.

So when legalism told me I wasn’t not allowed to swim or longboard or watch How To Get Away with Murder or just be happy – God’s love told me I had it all wrong.

Grant it – you will probably never see me posting pictures in a bikini or drinking mimosas out of a gallon –  but what you will see a prime example of what the joy of the Lord looks like.

And I hope this gives you hope.

There are beautiful days ahead, my friends.

 

 

 

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