The Journey

” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ “

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

In a Nutshell

Most know me as daughter, sister, wife, mom, friend, or professor. Each role I’ve been assigned or chosen is an integral part of my identity. I’m enjoying “wearing all the hats,” so to speak. Sometimes it looks like taking synchronous, organized turns, other times it’s like juggling jello (as my dissertation chair once put it).

My love for learning began at an early age, and it’s not an avenue I plan to abandon. Ever.

My philosophy? We’re all lifelong learners; whether we embrace the idea of learning from our mistakes and growing into our true selves boils down to a mere matter of choice. Most days, I try to embrace what life hurls at me, but I also chase after what inspires me.

Family. Serving. Teaching. Learning. Traveling. Writing. French. Art. Music. The list goes on and on.

I knew I wanted a career in higher education in my early twenties. My husband and I were planning on starting a family at the time, but continuing on my formal education journey was still very important to me.

When I finished my master’s, all the things I had envisioned would happen afterwards just… didn’t. There was a period of patient (and sometimes not-so-patient) endurance in the few years that followed. As we grew our family, moved a few times, and even traveled to exciting places, I still felt that nudge spurring me on to something more.

Lots of prayer for wisdom and discernment went into my decision to return to my beloved alma mater for my doctoral degree. I can’t say there weren’t any hesitations — because there were a few — but I can say that I was excited to be a student again and to work towards a terminal degree.

I discovered that research was actually — get this — exciting. The collaboration, the ability to affect real and lasting change through human interaction and academic contribution were the niche I finally felt like I fit into.

Now, as a university professor, I feel that excitement I always felt as a student. Like freshly sharpened pencils on the first day of school. And knowing and believing that God is going to do something wonderful when you walk in obedience down the path He’s calling you to follow. So, I’m being mindful and practicing readiness.

Ready for the next new concept.

Looking forward to the future.

Being a part of something bigger than myself.

Seeing what God will lead me to be a part of.

And I can’t wait!