“This is my winter song to you.  The storm is coming soon; it rolls in from the sea.  My voice a beacon in the night; my words will be your light to carry you to me.  Is love alive?” -Winter Song by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

No matter how many years have passed, I still remember the cold January afternoon in 2010.  I was working on writing an essay for a scholarship, and I had “Winter Song” playing on repeat in the background.  Dianne was washing up dishes, and we ended up talking about what I would like to study at AU.  I still had aspirations for the music program….the thought of teaching hadn’t truly crossed my mind yet.  Dad was in his room watching “The Sound of Music.”

Fast forward 8 years, and I am now sitting in my dining room/living room/kitchen.  Have I told you about my apartment?  Probably not.  I quite love it, even though it is extremely small and I have no washer or dryer.  It helps me keep my pack rack tendencies to a minimum; I have to consider where I will put everything.  I have even cut down on the amount of movies and books that I buy.  For reals, crazy!  There may be hope that I won’t turn into a cat lady who has melted doll heads collecting dust in the attic.

The last four years since graduating AU have been a whirlwind.  I have fallen in love with teaching.  However, I have learned that my passion is not in full-time classroom teaching; in fact, my passion is tutoring.  I love it when I can focus my attention on one or two people and really help them understand.  That is when I feel so alive and when I feel happiest. So this year is going to be a year of transition.  I won’t go fully into what that looks like yet because I am still trying to figure it out.  However, I would appreciate your prayers.  For my coworkers reading this, you guys know I love you so much.

My friends have a tradition in which they choose a word to represent the new year.  I have never done that before and so I did not have a word when they had asked at first.  However, I began to ponder what word I would want to represent my year.   What were the things that I wanted to work on and improve?  I want to improve my relationship with God.  I definitely want to improve my health, this whole emotional eating needs to stop.  I want to be intentional with my relationships.  So, the word I chose is “be.”  I want to be.  I want to be present.  I want to be active.  I want to be intentional.  I want to be love.


So there you go, this is going to be a year of transition.  I’m excited, and I am scared.  However, I am ready to be.  Thank you for your love.