Now, before you get upset, I must also add in that I'm also quite grateful that we got back together. But I'm grateful that our first relationship ended in February of 2013, because it opened up room in my heart for me to move far, far away to a distant land known as South Florida. (Which ultimately opened the door to us getting back together, but that is a different blog post altogether.) Florida was a good move for me because I met wonderful people, got a fresh start, and started a job more difficult than I could have possibly dreamed.
I'm grateful for my difficult job. It was hard because it pulled me in multiple directions, many of which I had never tackled before (including being a boss!), and I had to learn a LOT very quickly. I failed a lot. I grew. I broke down. I grew some more. And, as one of my many tasks in this difficult job required, I discovered the exciting, elusive, curious, predictably unpredictable task that is coordinating social media.
I'm grateful for social media. Sure, it's messy and distracting and has made my love for books and my attention span duke it out on a daily basis. And figuring out how to do it for an organization was a tough learning curve, with my sole teacher being (ironically) a book. But learning to do corporate social media made a way for me to have a reason to turn my face to the sun today as I stood on top of a hill with the wind in my hair, shouting THANK YOU with all of my heart.
Because I'm grateful for my church. I was out in the pavilion reading a book assigned to our Creative Team, and as I closed the cover and stood to walk back toward the building, I was suddenly overwhelmed (as I find I often am) by the fact that I get to work here. Here, where my life was transformed four years ago. Here, where Heaven gets bigger and people encounter hope every single day. Here, where brilliant, inspired people that I love, that I get to call my team, laugh and make great art at stations nearby and next to mine. Here, where my precious Luke works right downstairs. So yeah. I'm glad we broke up. And I'm grateful for the stuff in between. The in-betweens lead to the face-to-the-sun moments. Don't despise the in-betweens.