It’s officially a whole month into the new year heyooooo! How many of us have stuck to our New Year resolutions? I’m so proud of you! Anddddd how many of us have already messed up our New Year resolutions? That would be me 🙋🏻 hahah. Thankfully God gives us grace and we can keep working towards it, so give yourself some credit for stepping out. To give myself a little credit, I didn’t have “normal” resolutions this year because I was moving to another country. I had no idea what was ahead of me so I wasn’t sure how I would actually reach my goals. Just making it to London with no break downs would have been great!!!! It’s easy to accomplish goals and remain confident while everything goes the way we expect it to. However, that’s not realistic… for anyone! Life happens, people make mistakes, and God has plans we weren’t expecting.
I’m one of those people that always sees the big picture and pretty much has NO idea how to get there. I’ve always heard that we see our life plans in two ways:
1. We see the overall big picture OR 2. We can only see the next few steps
If you’re anything like me than you’re also one of those people that will finish the task by any means necessary. Put the 2 together and you feel unstoppable! Unfortunately, that’s far from the truth. The moment something gets in my way, I’m pushing that much harder to move it. It would be so much easier to just find a different path to take, but I guess I’m a little stubborn.. HEY! I know I’m not alone in that struggle. The moment we get tired of trying to move the things in front of us and admit our frustration, we have the opportunity to acknowledge that we’ve tried to reach the plan that God has for us without Him. Sounds crazy but we do it all the time.
If anyone has moved to another country or even just taken a trip out of your home country, you understand how much planning is involved. I have been planning my move to London for months & monthssss. I was ready to pull my hair out sometimes if we’re honest here. Some people are just too slow at their jobs in my opinion (pray for me).
I planned to only have a student visa while I’m here because I squared things away with my job in the States so that I’d be able to work for them while I was in England. To my surprise, they informed me that they were letting me go as soon as I got here. They decided to hire someone in-house instead, so I was left with no work visa and no form of income.
WHAT THE HECK DO YOU DO AFTER THAT!?
I have been planning this for so long and now I was facing the idea of having to move back home..
I took a few days to pray about my situation and face my disappointment while looking into any options I could find. I have been working since the age of 16 and have never been let go from a workplace. This was the absolute worst timing for this “new” experience!!! I eventually came up with an option that would allow me to stay for the rest of my time here, and I actually wouldn’t be working. This opened up time for me to travel, enjoy my studies, work on the things in my heart, and serve at my church without having to rush through all of it.
Having so much free time is extremely weird for me, but I’m learning that each season of life is different. God remains constant and consistent while we are constantly changing. It’s best to embrace the good, bad, and ugly of the season that God has placed you in from the very beginning, rather than fight through the uncomfortably of something new.
Proverbs 3:1 says “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth.” It goes on to say “a right time to embrace and a right time to part”. In my case, it was the right time to part with my job and the right time to embrace this very special season God has me in. I’m getting to do all of the things I’ve been waiting to do without the extra burden of finances. (P.S. I’m not saying it’s okay to not have a work ethic & to be irresponsible).
Whatever season God has you in right now, whether it’s the best or worst that you’ve ever had, I encourage you to fully embrace it! Even the seemingly worst & most disappointing seasons can open up new doors that you have never even thought existed. Take a leap of faith by choosing to embrace the newness of your season, and I promise it will be worth it because He promises it will!
As a side note.. Since I have more free time, I get to explore and spend more time doing things that I love 😍 I’ll post again really soon about some good places to visit in London as well as my experience at London fashion week next month (I CAN’T WAIT!)