(update from Courtney)
Ok. So. It turns out, figuring out what you want to do with your life and what you’re all about is fairly challenging. Who knew?
When we moved (seven months ago!) we had a very vague idea of what was going to come next and no long-term plans whatsoever. We just knew that grad school was the first step (or giant leap of faith…whatever) that we were supposed to take. Well, we still have no long-term plans whatsoever, but after feeling pretty lost for the last little while, I’m finally beginning to find a direction/discover my vocation/uncover my passion etc.
Now that I’m starting to figure it out, it actually feels incredibly obvious. In fact, I doubt that this direction will surprise anyone who knows me fairly well, but it was still difficult for me to figure out. I like to think that this is simply due to the fact that it is often more difficult to find the vein that runs through your own story than it is to identify it in others. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself…I prefer it to “I lacked enough self-awareness to be able to identify this part of myself earlier”.
I don’t have it all figured out yet and I’m ok with that. You guys can help me figure out the rest of it as we go along.
Here’s what I do know:
- I’m passionate about global gender equality and gender-based issues in general. I believe that women hold the key to ending poverty, oppression, and many other massive global issues.
- Nothing can effectively change these problems except for the work of passionate individuals doing what they can to make difference. Once again, I think women are a key here.
- I am interested in engaging and challenging our cultural acceptance of living for ourselves, or for more stuff, or for the perfect home/life/kids/wardrobe/car/trip/handbag/(insert your personal wishlist here…mine is the trip. And the wardrobe. Ah, hell, let’s be real- I wish I had all those things.) Life is more than stuff, fun and our own self-interest. Life is meant to be meaningful.
- We ALL are called to contribute to something beyond ourselves, whether it is global or local, and it’s meant to cost us something. Giving out of excess isn’t really giving at all.
So what does this look like? I’ve got some projects up my sleeve….Some attempts to use the gifts/skills/networks that God has given me to make a difference in these things to the best of my ability. I would love for you to be a part of these ideas and projects as they unfold!
Your feedback, ideas, connections or criticisms would be appreciated as I process these pretty massive concepts. I need all the help I can get! These ideas aren’t going to go anywhere if I try to do it all myself.
You will be hearing more from me in the future (here on this blog and on our social media accounts). I hope you’ll consider joining me in discovering what we were each put here to do and how our lives can make a difference on behalf of the many oppressed and hurting people in the world, whether they are in our neighborhood or across the globe.