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To win a trip to a better story.

So, I'm going to do it.  I'm going to enter a contest to win a trip to Portland, Oregon, for a conference that talks about living a better story. To enter, I just have to write a post in my blog, explaining why I want to go, and share a little of how I want to live a better story. I could speak for days of the kind of life I want to live.. but then really, living a better story can be as simple as lending a helping hand. That is my heart's desire.

In just a few days, I will be making the move, yet again, to Lynchburg, Virginia to finish up my masters degree in Counseling. In the last few years, I have learned so much about stepping out.. making decisions that are kinda scary, ones that may require you to stretch yourself.. challenge yourself to live your dreams, and use the gifts you have been given. This has not always come easy for me, with fears screaming at me from the sidelines, which were the biggest conflicts getting in my way, but I am so glad that I have learned to step out, and do some scary things. This move is one of those steps.. one I'm excited to take, no matter the hurdles that pop up along the way.

In the past three years, I have been to many a country, with the desire to learn about different cultures and to love on the people, and in that time, I have explored the many possibilities of how to use my counseling degree. I have been thinking about the possiblities for as long as I can remember. So many of those possibilities always revolved around a great love for children. One thing I hope to gain from the conference in Portland, are tools to help narrow things down a bit.. or perhaps.. to awaken even more in myself a clearer vision of specific things I can do in this life to build up the lives of the young ones deprived of the love and care they have needed, but have not been given, or that has been taken from them.

Geting back into school is the first step I am now taking to acomplish this goal. I will also get out there and serve my community in Lynchburg, volunteering at a learning center downtown for kids, helping at a food pantry at a local church, and prayerfully, geting a part time job at a group home for teens. I am also thinking about volunteering at a home for pregnant teens. One thing I do know is, that getting out there and loving and serving those around you is always the best place to start. This may not be specific enough.. but i can see this as a movie trailer, telling the story of a girl wanting to get over herself, and be the hands of Christ to those she crosses paths with. It's also the story of a girl who has to decide where her treasure lies.. and where her heart belongs.

Once again, what I hope to gain from this conference are tools that give me a bit more insight.. and I would even love an epiphany of some kind! No pressure... I'll just come to the conference with an excitement to see what I can learn about myself.. and see where that may lead. One decison can lead to so many things.. and places.. I love that about a good story.

To learn more about the conference, you can go here.  You can also learn more by watching this video.


ps. I highly recommend reading A Million Miles in Thousand Years. I was really encouraged by it.. and was reminded of the fact that, by the grace of God.. we really can live a story that impacts so many lives.. or maybe just a few.. and you know, those are our favorite stories. :)


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Aug. 19th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
I think it goes without saying that I wish you the very best of luck in winning your trip to Portland.

if/when you make it out, please don't hesitate to ask for anything: Directions, recommendations, place to stay, etc. We'd be thrilled to help! :)
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank you, Jason! I REALLY appreciate it. Even if I don't win, I'm working on still be able to come. It seems that things often come together last minute.. at least for me now days. It will be good for me to get out there.. I do know that. Will keep you posted!
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