The quickest and most affirming YES! I have ever exclaimed was in response to a boy kneeling on one knee, holding a gorgeous diamond ring and asking, “Will you marry me?”
Best decision I’ve ever made. :)
PS – Read more about our engagement story, wedding budget, and any other details you may care to know about our wedding. :)
The first company that I worked for full time had a 401(k) program that matched up to 3%. Actually, I don’t really remember how much the match was it was, all I knew was that if I wanted that “free money” I needed to contribute the same amount. It was a big sacrifice to essentially donate to my future, since every single penny was precious at that time, but I knew in the end it would be beneficial to start young… because, compound interest. The best financial tool to get ahead when you’re young.
In the fall semester of my senior year, I withdrew from college. Instead of taking classes, I worked full-time for five months at Samaritan’s Purse as a community relations intern for Operation Christmas Child, which is headquartered in Boone.
It was the greatest internship ever.
I didn’t need the credit hours, so I was able to make money and avoid going into deeper student loan debt. I got a better education by jumping in the field than I ever did in the classroom, and learned so much about public relations and non-profit organizations. I made some amazing friends, and was given (looking back) an ABSURD amount of responsibility. I led five other interns across the country via email and phone calls, working together to publicize the shoebox drive in the fall. They flew me (by myself) to Denver to help in one of their processing plants to pull off an event.
I am so grateful to those who allowed me the opportunity to grow in this internship. What a rewarding experience.
When our small group started back up this year, some of the girls suggested to meet just girls another time during the week, since our Monday night meetings are co-ed and there isn’t a lot of time to share or get really deep. We threw out some times and days, and (big surprise) our seven schedules didn’t exactly match up. The only time that worked for most of us (not even all of us!) was Fridays at 6:15 am.
I shared yesterday that in general I struggle to keep margin in my life… so I was hesitant to commit to yet another thing. I already had plans Monday nights, every other Tuesday night, am training for a half marathon and had a few weekend plans scheduled for this fall.
But I decided to give it a try and see if it was too much for my schedule.
Well, Friday mornings have become my new favorite time of the week. Even though it forces us (or at least me) to get ready for work and be out of the house by 6am, it’s been so fun to get together each week, treat myself to a latte and talk about life with these ladies. I am learning that decisions that say yes to relationships are normally really good ones.
PS – I posted a picture of these friends yesterday on IG. :)