BY JON NYQUIST AND SAM ELIAS
The phrase "its not what you know, but who you know" plays a big role in whether you get jobs or not, so make sure to network and treat people well.
I have to work to receive God's love… At least in this season I’ve come to believe that.
The thing is, I know how to share the gospel like the back of my hand. But I’ve come to realize that every time I was preaching God’s grace there was a whisper saying, “Yeah but you’re the exception."Read More
WORDS // JESSICA BILLS & KATEY LEE
1. You don’t have to know what you want to do. It’s okay to still be figuring things out.
2. If you think you know what you want to do, try it. And if you don’t like it, change it. Don’t let yourself believe you’re stuck.
3. You no longer have the built-in community of school, so you’re going to have to make your own. Church is a great place to do this.
4. Don’t feel obligated to hang on to your “college friends.” No one wins when you stay friends for nostalgia's sake or out of guilt.
5. Get a cat. (Seriously.)
6. Everybody is overworked and tired. Don’t let that ruin a good thing for you.
7. Watch for fear; it’s around every corner.
8. Now is the time to put into practice the discipline you never learned in college.
9. Stay in touch with professors/mentors. They want to know how you’re doing and you want to hear their insight on your life.
10. Treat yo’self. Don’t spend money on stupid things, but if/when you do treat yo’self, be strategic and invest in quality stuff that you can use and enjoy for years to come.
11. Don’t rely on social media to know how your friends are doing. Ask them, because social media is not reality.
12. Create habits that care for yourself holistically. Your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health are all so closely intertwined and so incredibly important that when you neglect one, you feel it in all other areas of your life.
13. Keep your student email address and ID card and use it to get discounts on stuff.
14. Do things your future self will thank you for, even if your present self doesn’t want to do them.
15. It’s okay to live at home. It’s okay not to have a job or to have a job that you don’t love. Not forever, of course, but this is THE transition time. Whatever life is right now is not how life will be for the rest of your life. Think of this time as a launch pad for the next season of your life and use it to prepare and get your crap together.
16. THERE IS LIFE BEYOND THE POST-GRAD FUNK.
Or so we’ve heard. ;)
PHOTO // JESSICA BILLS
There’s just something about nature, isn’t there? I’m not sure if there is anything I enjoy more than being surrounded by mountains and lakes and rivers and rocks and trees and dirt and moss. I know I’m not alone in this sentiment; vistas and scenic spots are sought and visited by people in all corners of the globe. Just the fact that we have national parks tells us something about how much we value these beautiful places, not only because they’re pretty, but because we want to preserve and enjoy them for generations to come.Read More
WORDS // KATEY LEE
This is one is for the artists.
Have you ever looked at someone else’s art and been so awestruck with inspiration that it kinda almost made you angry? That little voice in the back of your mind that says, “why didn’t I think of that?” or “I could never make something that good.” Well, my fellow artist, I’ve got some news for you. That’s not inspiration. That’s insecurity. It’s jealousy. It might even be bitterness or resentment. There is often a fine line between these, at least for us artists when it comes to our art, and I don’t think it’s something that we talk about very often.
BY JESSICA BILLS
Our LORD created everything in this physical world in six days. Yet the creation story is quantified as seven days. But what did the Creator do on the seventh day if His work was already done?Read More
BY MARISS EANES
I used to be the biggest planner around. I used to enjoy structure and certainty. I used to like knowing specifics of where? What time? How many people will be there?
The worst part is that I would be let down if plans did not play out the way I pictured and I would feel even worse if they fell through.Read More
Here is a dose of encouragement and edification to make your week feel a little bit less weak. There is so much strength the Lord gives us through His Spirit, His Word, and His people. We hope these five quotes for encouragement spark life in you.Read More
BY JESSICA PITZEK
You are hurting yourself more than you know. You might say, I can’t love or accept love unless I know WHO is giving it.
But listen here, that is doing you no good.
For some time, I stayed clear of God. I rejected the notion when people told me that He loves me.Read More
It’s the 21st century’s version of “Fake it till you make it.” Not only should you always take jobs you’re qualified to do (we don’t get to be choosy at this stage of our careers), but also agree to opportunities that are just outside your comfort zone. Then, Google your way through it at home. Of course, I can’t Google my way through your kidney transplant (but thank you for asking me to do it — so thoughtful), but I can certainly spend all evening on industry blogs and YouTube to learn how to assist you while shooting a wedding, for example, even though it’s not quite like my usual assignments within live music.Read More
We hope your art has been inspired and your spiritual growth is perpetually blooming.
We pray your relationships give your opportunities to be stretched and encourage others.
And we ask you to enjoy the quiet beauty of God's creation whether in a bird chirping, a flower reaching for light or the peace of tonight's sunset.
Those days are awesome, aren’t they? Wake up at 6, put the hot water on the stove. Read, pray. Remind yourself who you belong to and what He has given you for the day. Get your butt to the gym. Work hard. Go to work, and handle each task with care. Lunch. Wow, that was really encouraging. More work. Home. Class. Pay attention. Put your freaking phone away. Hurry home so you can see the roomies before everyone goes to bed and you have to go to bed and do it all over again.Read More
BY SAM PALENCIA
Words can be undervalued. Often a greater attention is put towards action. However, for those whose love language is words of affirmation, words hold such importance and are essential.
For me, that means that words stick and I value them above most other things.Read More
BY SARA THOMAS
Bright white lights kick on, the stage curtains sweep off to the sides and the show begins. You’re center stage and the hammering in your chest feels all consuming; you feel it in the shaking of your hands, the pounding in your head, and the pitter-patter of your being. But you breathe out that first line, or take that first pirouette and suddenly it comes back to you. The show goes on, the audience laughs, cries, and sighs and. End scene.Read More
BY SIENNA NAGGAR
My primary love language is Acts of Service. To me, this sounds like the most narcissistic of all the love languages. “Hey, I feel super loved because you just served me. Thanks.”
If this is your love language, it can be a tough pill to swallow. Often times it can be misunderstood as a demanding love language or an ungrateful one. I think I have played to both of those sides. Oops.Read More
BY JESSY BAUGH
Whenever people ask me about myself and what I like to do one of my first answers is that I love the beach. Honestly, I feel like I was made to live by the beach, which is perfect since I grew up in a home that is filled with shell and driftwood art handmade by my parents and myself.Read More
BY JESSICA BILLS
The people I feel closest to are the people I spend the most time with.
I mean, that makes complete sense. No poetry here. That’s just logic. But is there more to loving someone who feels the most loved from quality time?
See, the need for quality time (or any of the other love languages) is something ALL people need at different times.
BY EMILY POULIN & JESSICA BILLS
Be honest with clients and yourself about timelines. Don't over promise or put yourself in a difficult spot. No one wins in that situation.
Say no! There are other designers besides you in the world -- if you're not a good fit or don't have time/ interest it is perfectly okay to bow out. This is really hard at first but gets easier, giving more time for projects you really want.Read More
BY KATEY LEE
Gifts is probably the most misunderstood love language out of the five. It is pretty easy to understand how spending quality time with someone, saying kind words, serving someone, or hugging someone would show them love. But gifts? So what, they just want people to buy them presents all the time? That just sounds selfish and materialistic. At least on the surface it does because people just see the gift without understanding the significance behind it.Read More
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