things i’ve learned as an “adult”

i had a dear, dear friend (and cousin) mention to me how much she’s seen me grow and change in the past year or so.

this past year has been big. i have been stretched further than i ever imagined possible only to shrink smaller than ever before. it’s incredible how that changes your attitude, your heart, your mind, & your soul.

21 seems to be the age where you’re considered an adult anywhere – it seems fairly adult-like. and i just celebrated my 22nd birthday. (which is young, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also old and now i need to take a few things seriously but not too seriously. you know? there’s something about being past 21 and being in law school that means people expect certain things from you, like responsibility and whatnot.)

i feel stirrings like never before and a desire that was previously only flickering – a barely lit candle fading fast.

today i just want to share some of the things that have touched me to the core in the past year (and a half. ish.) ~

i can’t remember if anyone ever told me how MESSY growing up is. that life is hard and it hardens you up, and struggles beat you down into submission until you finally crack. but underneath that rough exterior is fresh, new skin waiting to be reborn and it leaves you softer than ever. fragility is a blessing and feeling is a gift and so much has changed, both good and bad, but i wouldn’t have it any other way.

because at the end of the day, if i can say this in a very small voice, i like who i am. i like who God has made me, and the good days make the bad ones worthwhile. 


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