the reflective series one| life lately

Today is Friday, my “day off”, but today began by meeting with my youth ministry shepherds/coordinators at my new favorite hangout spot in town and since my to-do list is about a million miles long, instead of spending my time under the softest blanket on my couch at home watching Friends, I’m still here.  I’m the girl on the corner couch by the windows with everything all over the place aiming to get things done, and I quickly reminded myself that I made a goal to write a blogpost weekly, sooooo I’m going 3/3.

Someone asked me on instagram today, “How long have you been blogging?” and I quickly realized that’s a complicated question as I tried to answer.  I also was asked earlier this week about how my blogging journey began and in searching for these answers I came to this conclusion:  Writing is therapeutic for me; (this is not new info for those who have been following along) I’ve always enjoyed journaling, releasing my thoughts in a tangible way and blogging specifically served as an outlet for me on my mission trip to Kigali, Rwanda in 2012 before my senior year of college.  It served a dual purpose for also keeping my family and friends informed on how my heart was doing on a trip that truly changed my life.  I am so thankful I did this, because I have something to read and reflect on which transports me to those exact moments that shaped me into the person I am today.  After AfricaReads the desire to continue blogging was there, but quieted for a time and my writing has been sporadic until late fall of last year.  With all that said, this made me mosey over to the blog that started it all nikkacolleyne.blogspot.com and I took some time to read previous posts and I’m absolutely amazed at how far the Lord has brought me thus far.

So today’s posts are a little unconventional.  This all came from trying to transfer all my old blogposts over to this new web space, but in all honesty I don’t have access to the e-mail I used to login to do that and for sure can’t remember the password, soooo I’m bringing to you “The Reflective Series“.  I wrote 37 posts while in Kigali and I most definitely will save you 37 new posts (YES, that’s almost 40) by linking you the start of those posts here if you feel like reading, but on the “Reflective Series” I am bringing you 3 posts from my previous blog that were completely pivotal times of reflection after I graduated from Harding in 2013; I will post the exact links in the title if you’re curious of seeing what a blog looks like for someone who had no idea what they were doing in the blogging world.  Anywho, I’d say this whole series is more for myself, but if you’re here and wanting a little insight on my blast from the past. . . Welcome to “The Reflective Series“!

life lately. | June 2014

hello world.

It’s been an unbelievably long time since my last post and I could write a novel on what has happened since, but I will do my very best to make it as simple and to the point as I can to fill in the time gap.  From 2013 to the fast flying year of 2 0 1 4 I have been challenged with God’s plan for my life and quickly have learned the deep truth of Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”  Those that know me would label me a Type A, gold learner, and ultimate planner and the irony of the continual mishaps in my plans have humbled me and driven me back to the will of my Lord and Savior.

In 2013 I
planned a wedding.
performed for the last time ever with Harding’s Spring Sing Ensemble.
student taught a wonderful group of students at Southwest Middle School.
graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Middle School Math & Science Education.
landed my first teaching job at Sulphur Springs Middle School.
married my best friend, Justin Horschig, and into a wonderful family.
became a football wife or as some would say devoted fan.
chopped off my hair for locks of love.
had my first adult/married, wrap everybody’s presents for Christmas, experience.
   
In 2 0 1 4 I
have been married for almost eight months.
became pregnant with our first child. (more to come in a later blog)
wrapped up my first year of teaching at SSMS.
gained a sister in law, Mackenzie, and niece, Nevaeh.
will be working at my Alma Mater, Rains High School with my husband in August.
fulfilled my first experience as Matron of Honor for my dear friend Kali Bradford Hoover.
7th grade math team AKA my saving grace: Brandi, Pam, Sarabeth, Marsha
 FIRST PERIOD
FIFTH PERIOD
SEVENTH PERIOD
BRIDAL PARTY OF THE #hooverpartyof2 WEDDING.

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