Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Change: A New Start

Life is always filled with many changes. In the last few years my life has changed in so many ways. Some have been the worst times in my life and some have been the best times in my life. No matter how hard I try I will never figure life out, but it is nice when you have moments where one of those life changing questions get worked out (or at least the process begins for it getting worked out).

Originally, I had planned on my first blog post to be about our (Chris & me) new apartment. That entry will have to wait, because  between then and now Bimini happened. I went on a trip to Bimini  (in the Bahamas, if you're wondering) about two weeks ago. Every year our youth group takes the graduating Seniors to Bimini. This was our (Chris & me) first trip with the Church, because Chris has only been the youth minister for a little over a year now.

We packed everything up and drove down to Fort Lauderdale, FL from Wilmington, NC. Once we arrived there we took a catamaran from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini. From there we spent a week on a boat in the Bahamas. With all of the driving and time on the boat we were gone for 10 days. Almost 10 whole days without cell phones and computers!!! Now days this is a hard task for people to do, especially high school kids. For me, it was something I needed.

Every year I go on a camping trip to Kerr Lake in Henderson, NC.  What I felt in Bimini is what I feel when I'm at the lake. I would say I felt this way even more so in Bimini, because we could not use our cell phones and there was no Walmart type stores nearby. I was able to talk to real people, be active, enjoy a new place, relax, read, and think.

I finished reading a book called "Follow Me to Freedom." This book has two authors, John Perkins and Shane Claiborne. I have not read any other John Perkins books, but like most Shane Claiborne books I feel myself wanting to change and grow. It changes me to the point where I don't feel like I can just go back to normal. 

The biggest change in my life, as of last week, is that I decided on a career change. I will save some of that for a later post, because I feel like this one may get too long if I include all of those details. Plus, I still have friends and family that I want to share this with. The timing wasn't quite when I expected it to happen, but maybe that was a good thing. I find myself still trying to figure out what's next, but at least I'm taking steps to that. It's funny what can happen in life without technology. I am ready for my new start.


Melanie said...

Yay to 10 days without technology and distractions!
Good luck on your new venture!

Christi said...

I look forward to reading more! I saw Shane on a downtown street in Portland the other day. Really random.

LIfe & the way it changes said...

Thanks Melanie! It's always nice to take breaks from technologry. It sure helps clear my mind!

Christi, thanks for looking at my blog. You and Kay are one of the few people that actually update your blogs, so I like checking in on yours too :) That is so cool that you saw Shane! He's all over the place! I'd love to go visit and stay at the Simple Way one of these days!

menorarose said...

Change is always good, change is sometimes for the better and to help us grow. Glad for you and hope we can motivate each other in this new future ;)