I've been thinking a lot about change lately.
The truth is, I used to really hate it. While I'm still not its biggest fan, I've come to rely and even appreciate what change can bring. When I sat down to write this post I took a peek at the beginning of this blog—my first post from four years ago. I was fresh out of college, starting a new job in a new city with no real clue what to expect. And the first year really sucked. But, it pushed me to grow. As have the three years since then.
Over the last four years God has brought me through places and seasons I would never have chosen for myself, but that ended up being unimaginably sweet. I've been given an amazing community, learned the basics of cooking, had the opportunity to travel the world, and confirmed that serving people in poverty is something I want to do the rest of my life. With that confirmation has come the realization that it's time for another change...grad school.
While I know I'm called to serve people in poverty, I've fumbled around trying to find my niche. After four years in marketing, I've realized my desire is to be more on the development side of things. My hope is that receiving a masters will allow me the ability to better analyze the quality of programs and projects in majority world countries in order to replicate those that work well into various cultures. If you zoned out or fell asleep in that last sentence, here's the big news:
I'm moving to Scotland! (Visa pending.)
The University of Edinburgh has a great program in International Development, and by some miracle they let me in! So in September I'll be hopping the pond for 12 months. I'm trusting that this new season God is bringing me into will be just as sweet as the last.
Sooooo, can you come visit? I mean seriously, I want you to visit! We'll explore the streets of Harry Potter, learn the art of bag piping (bag pipery?) , drink way too much tea, and mourn the lack of sun. Think about it.
Before I head out I have a busy summer in and out of the States leading college teams to the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Zimbabwe. I'll be recording all the adventures here, so stay tuned!
(PS- For those of you wondering, I will continue to work at VisionTrust part-time while I’m away, but will be transitioning from the Marketing Department to the International Development Department. VisionTrust is so supportive of this next step and I couldn't be more thankful to work for an organization that puts the Kingdom first in everything they do.)