Thursday, May 22, 2014

Internship: Day 4

Today. Was. Amazing.
It was long, tiring, and crazy.
But it was awesome. And I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

We all know how much I loved day 1 of my internship, right? Well today's day 4, and everything about it was above and beyond perfection.

It started with a 6AM history walk. We walked all over the city and got to see some amazing parts of our church's history. We saw our very first campus (we're currently at ten!), our second, and our third. And it was only 6.4 miles! The only reason it felt like it went so fast is because we set timers for 8 minutes to try and talk to every single intern in the group. I got so many life stories about how people got saved, and just what exactly this church meant to them.

Straight after this, we changed out of our stinky clothes, and went to our first weekly staff rally. Which was the most amazing experience I've ever had in a workplace. We basically just worshipped God so hard. They had the full band and read personal testimonies of what Elevation has done for their lives. It's so great to be reminded that we are having a HUGE impact on this city.

From there, I got to do some designing, eat lunch and meet even more new people!

Then 4:15 rolls around.
If you're not from Charlotte, One7 is a great outreach partner that we had the honor of serving. They bring in refugees and make a safe and loving environment for the children. They all came from a life of hurt and suffering, but through One7, most have been brought to life in Christ.

And this is where I'm going to start getting emotional.

Of course the first week they bring us, they just happen to be baptizing fifteen children. It was beautiful and heartwarming. They each had a story to tell, and I sobbed at like 90% of them. Some were raped, beaten, disowned for their newfound faith, but the love stretched out to them has restored their faith.

After baptisms, we had the most energetic worship that I've probably had since middle school. It was exhausting, but at the same time, it was really hard to stop. Now, I'm finally crawling into bed and am planning on staying there as long as I possibly can. :)

So while it might have been a 15 hour "workday" on 4 hours of sleep, every single second was worth it. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

Good morning friends! As most of you know, I'm currently back in North Carolina for the summer and am so stoked to finally be here. I started my internship this Monday, and was rocking my orange. But my favorite thing about this outfit was the necklace. It's the Charlotte skyline, and I thought it was perfect for my first real day back into Charlotte. Since the rest of the outfit is kinda hard to see, I added a Polyvore set below to give you a full idea.
(And really quickly, I wanted to give you the link where I bought this necklace. It's not a paid review or anything like that, just me trying to give some love to the amazing artist! She was so very helpful, and even helped me out with a custom order. You can save 20% at her shop if you use the code KP20OFF.)


Have a safe and blessed rest of the week. I'm linking up (finally) with The Pleated Poppy!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Internship: Day 1

I feel like it's been forever since I've written a post of actual content on here. And mainly because, it's a shameful truth that I haven't posted anything real for 3 weeks. Mainly because I was busy packing and moving 7 hours away! I know you've heard of my internship by now. (If you haven't, it's amazing and perfect, and I'm beyond honored to be doing what God's called me to do.) Today was our first day, and it was a really great time to meet new people who were all in the same boat as me. We each had our own stories how God had brought us there, and it was a really great environment to be in. It's always been a struggle to talk about religion in the workplace, but now it's all we talk about. You can't even imagine the love and support in this group. Before we started the day, a few of us met up at Starbucks to go in with the right encouragement, and calm our nerves a little.

We read out of 1 Timothy together which was so ironic, because it's what I read the night beforehand.

Then we actually got to the church and took a super group selfie:

Seriously, these guys are amazing.

Just one more quick note, I wanted to talk about how awesome it is to have a supervisor directly over you who can see your goal and continuously encourage you throughout it. He and I got to talk for an hour today about what I'll be doing design-wise, and it completely blew me away. He understands my heart for this church and kept reminding me that this is something God chose me for. It wasn't random, it wasn't an accident. I am here for His glory.

Anyways, I'll try to keep this blog a little more updated over the summer. Have a safe week!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Polyvore Files: Last Week

Hi bloggers! Welcome to our very last installment of The Polyvore Files. I know it's kinda sudden, but Joni and I just really weren't feeling it anymore. We've loved the few loyal followers who have stuck with us on this, but I just have to laugh, because these are the only posts I've put up in the past 2-3 weeks. It's become a bit of an obligation over enjoyment. If you want to link up, today is the very last time!

All that being said, I wanted to try something a little more new and fun this time around. I've seen a couple of these on facebook this week, and decided to give it a try. I'll give a few quick hints, and you can comment below what you think it might be!

1. Tom Hanks
2. Tall. Decaf. Cappucino.
3. My favorite movie ever

If those aren't the best hints ever, there's nothing more I can do. ;)

Guess That Movie

Come link up here for the last time!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Polyvore Files

Welcome to The Polyvore Files link up! Joni and I have been running this awesome link up for a few months now, and it is still just my favorite. No rules here in the slightest, just link up your Polyvore sets below. :)
Yall know about my Vera Bradley obsession right? And of course, by obsession I mean I own like two things, but a girl can dream, right? Anyways my favorite pattern lately is the Blue Bayou, and with my move to North Carolina this thursday, the Duke blue only seemed perfect.

Comfy Roadtripping

Also, you know you're a bad blogger when your only post this week is the link up you host. It's just been so busy packing up everything! BUT speaking of Vera Bradley, I won an agenda at work for selling the most this week, and I plan on using it to bring my blogging some organization. You should be hearing lots from me this summer!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Polyvore Files

Welcome back to The Polyvore Files link up! We've loved the ones who have stuck with us through it all! For anyone who wants to join along, create ANY set on Polyvore and come link it back either below or at my co-host Joni's blog! Unfortunately, I know absolutely nothing about sports. I pretend I do. I can get into football, but I don't have super favorite players, I don't track stats. I just know that I like LSU and HATE Bama. When it comes to horse racing, I know FAR less. I don't understand the training, the appeal, or pretty much any of it. BUT I do understand cute dresses and floppy hats. When else do you have an excuse to block everyone's vision with your hats?
Kentucky Derby Style

I couldn't bring myself to pick a huge floppy hat, but I fell in love with this straw fedora the second I saw it! You can understand, right?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thankful Thursdays!

I feel like it's been forever since I've linked up with Sarah for Thankful Thursdays. I'm just thankful for so many things this week, I knew I had to come link up!

One thing I'm most thankful for is old friends. You've heard about my internship right? It's only all I ever talk about on here anymore. ;) Anyways, I'll be staying with the sweet Melissa and her family while I'm there. At any given time they have at least three dogs, and then foster many more, so it seemed like a perfect situation for Colston and I.

IF you haven't for some reason heard about my internship, this essentially describes it so perfectly:

I'll be worshipping at my home church, making a global impact through their main websites. It is honestly something I've been thanking God for every single day.

Come link up with Sarah too!