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.)



When you are feeling restless…….

So today marks the 50 day countdown until I graduate from college. I have no idea how four years flew by, it feels like just yesterday I began my first year at Carroll Community College and met some amazing people in the Hill Scholars Program. Now I am about to graduate from the beautiful school that is Hood College.

You always hear the term senioritis, and man is it true. Every day that passes I feel like I am becoming more and more restless. Tonight at my women’s study I was talking to my good friend Naeisha about the mixed feeling about being ready to graduate and be done, but at the same time not ready to move into the real world.

But all I really want to do is leave. My current dream is to work on a cruise ship for a year or two, and I have pretty much applied to every position available. And I sit in my dorm and pray for God to take me away from here and make these days fly by. And anyone who knows me knows that I am a very impatient person.


My internship journey and lesson on trusting God

If you know me well, you know that I am stubborn, impatient, I hate asking for help, and have even more unflattering traits. But the trait I deal with the most is my constant struggle with trusting God about my future.

At Hood, Communication Arts majors are required to have a practicum or internship to graduate. So like a good student, I started hunting in early October. I got letters of recommendation from teachers, went to the career center for cover letter advice, and did plenty of research on possible internships. I applied to over half a dozen locations.

I never heard back from some, and for the rest I was turned down. I had family and friends reaching out to contacts to try and find me an internship for the Spring. But every door I tried was slammed in my face.


When life is tough

Let’s be honest, sometimes it feels like life is too hard to handle. Whether it is financial issues, family problems, health issues, relationships, losing a loved one, career problems, or anything else you can imagine, life always seems to pile up on us.

When life gets tough, sometimes we struggle to blindly trust God. But we cannot lose hope, because will never leave us or forsake us. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:17-18.

Currently, you may feel like you have been given the short stick in life, and that God has decided to pick on you. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” James 1:2-3.