With you each step of the way

I have a thesis update! I completed a rough draft for all five chapters. 😅

If you’ve been following my journey, you know that after I finished the first chapter of my thesis, I celebrated by visiting Disneyland with my husband.

After having a fantastic time, I decided that I should celebrate just as big for chapters two, three, four, and five. I made plans to go to the zoo, a hockey game, and Universal Studios.

But, the writing process proved to be more difficult than I had anticipated. I faced setbacks and missed due dates, which meant that the days I set aside to treat myself quickly evaporated.

But after finishing chapter two, I came home to this.

I’m reminded of Proverbs 12:25, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”

Worry is a heavy burden. This isn’t the end. I still have several rounds of revision to look forward to, but I’m so grateful to those who have supported me during this crazy process.

If you know anyone who is having a hard time right now, I encourage you to leave a post it or send a card. It might just be the very thing they need. 💜

Nobody cares about your dreams…

“Nobody cares about your dreams as much as you do.” – Rachel Hollis

If you’ve read my blog post about podcasts I’m currently listening to, then you know Rachel Hollis is currently an influential figure in my life.

I recently pre-ordered her new book, Girl, Wash Your Face, and I cannot wait for it to arrive this February! Each chapter begins with a lie she once believed such as, “I’ll start tomorrow, I’m a bad mom, or I need a drink.”

Although Rachel and I are at completely different points in our lives, her quote about dreams resonated with me.

Her point is that we cannot depend on people out in the business world, our spouses, significant others, friends, or even our moms to love our dreams as much as we do. Don’t get her wrong, she encourages people to find support in others, but sometimes our dreams will cause us to walk alone.

My dream is to become a published author. I know that as I pursue this goal, there will be several close friends and family members that will have my back, but I’m also growing more and more aware that most of the physical work will be accomplished on my own.

Except, I’m never truly alone. I know my writing ability is a gift from God, and my confidence is in Him. This past summer, I recognized that when I’m prompted to speak, I regularly pull a Moses.

Then Moses said to the LORD, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

How I love God’s response…

“So the LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

If you know the whole story, Moses manages to squeeze in one more “send someone else,” and the Lord directs Aaron to help Moses.

I can definitely relate with Moses’ lack of confidence, but I’m also aware that God empowers and uses the weak.

xoxo

T. Shaw

P.S My posting schedule was supposed to be Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but that lasted a week. I’ll be posting when I can.

 

 

 

Blogmas Day 22: “Goals” for 2018

It’s Blogmas Day 22, and I can’t wait for Blogmas to be over. I genuinely thought posting everyday would be easy… ridiculous.

As 2017 comes to a close, many people are beginning to plan for the new year. This got me thinking about my own goals.

I’ve never been a dreamer. I wasn’t that kid who wanted to be an astronaut, a police officer, or a teacher. I missed that phase.

I remember being in my senior year of high school, sitting in between my two best friends at lunch, and them being worried about me. One wanted to be a doctor, and the other wanted to be a teacher. They knew what discipline they wanted to major in and which school they wanted to attend, but I didn’t know anything.

It’s funny. They told me to major in English, and I said that was the most boring major of all. I don’t even know how they knew that about me. My senior year, all I did was complain about my English class, but they were right.

Since then, I’ve graduated from three colleges. I have three associate degrees and two bachelor degrees. Trust me, that wasn’t planned. I’ve done a lot of wandering, attempting to find that thing worth pursuing, and I’ll have you know I still haven’t found it.

It’s not that I’m not interested in anything, but that I’m interested in everything.

In 2018, my main goal is to graduate with an MA in English. I only have one class left, and I need to write my thesis. Ideally, I will finish in May. Realistically, I will probably finish in August. Then, I’ll officially be done with school (but not with learning).

I’m also planning a stay-cation with my close friend, B. Golden in January. The purpose of this trip will be send out our poetry to several journals. This outing won’t just be about our writing, but about spreadsheets, bios, and cover letters. Ya know, the stuff we’ve been avoiding.

Perhaps, I am finally finding what I love, and all of you are a part of it.

xoxo

Btw, did any of you also see the UFO tonight? 😉