An ending, a beginning, and a blessing

I started this blog my junior year at Hood College as a part of my Online Journalism class. 48 posts and over 3,000 views later, I am finally putting an end to this blog. Running this was so good for me. I wrote about stuff I was dealing with, as well topics my friends were working through. I hope that my words touched at least one person during my time running this blog. As of today, I have had people from 30 countries visit my site. I think that is just really cool.

So although I will no longer be adding posts to this blog, I am starting a new one! No, it will not be called postcollegechristiangirl. As many people know, I am moving to Hawaii next week. It is going to be an insane adventure and a leap of faith, but I am trusting in God each step of the way. My new blog will be called The Suite Life of Kellie, inspired by my very good friend Elaheh. I am going to post photos and stories about my Hawaii adventures, cruise life, and my walk with God while I am away from my family and church family.

Now on to the blessing part. Everyone knows I am impatient, and if you didn’t know that about me, you can read my last post I made back in March about being impatient and ready for the future. You can read it here. I talked a lot about being so restless to go and take my next step in life. Once I got offered the job with Norwegian back in June, I continued to be restless.

They told me that the process was very long, usually 4-6 weeks, to get all the certifications. But I was ready to go NOW. I couldn’t start a job here, because I had no clue when they would call me up saying they were ready for me. I spent my summer like every other summer, hanging with friends, going on short trips, and binge watching Netflix shows.

Throughout it all, I kept complaining about how I was ready to leave and start. But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that my new friend Amber explained that maybe God was making me wait to leave so that I could enjoy my last summer at home. Once she explained that to me, my eyes were totally opened. I got to see my twin sister receive her LPN certification and get her first nursing job. I got to spend a week with my younger cousin who is dealing with cancer. I helped a lot of friends move in and see them start new chapters in their lives. I got to be a leader for the middle school group at church and go camping with them. I got to cat sit for three weeks, which has turned me into a cat person now. I made new friends and strengthened old ones. Looking back, if I had missed all of this, I would have been really bummed out.

Today at church in the middle school service, the verse of the day was Psalm 46:10, which says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

God had me wait to leave till the end of summer so that I could spend this precious time with my family and friends. I needed this time to build up memories and fellowship, so that when I am gone for six months, I will be able to stay strong when I feel lonely and homesick. I know that God is going to use me while I am away, and he will be exalted in the earth.

Thank you all for making this blog a success, and I hope you check out my new blog from time to time:

This is Kellie signing off. Ke akua pu a hui hou. (God bless you, until we meet again.)



New beginnings

At Hood College, we just completed our first week of classes for the new school year. Many friends are also starting school soon or beginning new jobs.

Fall always brings about new beginnings for many of us, especially as students. Now I may be over-thinking a metaphor, but I find it interesting how fall is the beginning of the leaves falling and many things starting to die. So at the same time, there is an ending and a beginning.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.

Who knows, maybe I am just being a romantic. But the point of this post is that we have to face new beginnings. And when new beginnings occur, we have to let go of the past in order to move forward.