Summer is officially here, which is absolutely crazy because I still clearly remember New Year’s Eve.

Time’s not waiting for any of us! Just this past weekend someone reminded me that I’m knocking on 30, and I was like…

I originally got that memo in May, when my Facebook memories told me that I’ve been out of college for 7 years. SEVEN YEARS. It’s a few drops in a bucket in the grand scheme of things, but to be honest, when I thought about it, I was thrown for a loop.

I’ll say this though: I’m very grateful for the position that I’m in now.

No, things aren’t the way I imagined them. As a matter of fact, fresh-out-of-Hampton University Andrea thought that she’d be running her media empire by now, all while being married… and owning a home.

Present day Andrea has not quite met any of those goals.

I’m good though, truly.

What I’ve come to understand is that there is a purpose and a process for everything. I understand it, but, in full disclosure, I’m still working on the acceptance and enjoyment part of this scenario. Just saying.

When I think about what I’ve experienced, and how I’ve grown in the last 7 years, I thank God. I’ve been in the process of becoming who I am supposed to be. I’ve learned about who I am, and who I am not. I’ve learned exactly what I like, what I don’t like, and I’ve become more comfortable with expressing those things. There have been highs and lows, but all of these experiences have made me better.

In the last 7 years I’ve:

  • Traveled internationally
  • Attended award shows as credentialed press
  • Quit my blog.
  • Worked jobs I hated
  • Started Teaching
  • Been broke
  • Had money
  • Got my feelings hurt
  • Been extremely happy
  • Left the church I grew up in
  • Started attending & serving at a church I love
  • Lost Friends
  • Made friends

And so much more.

It’s truly been a testament to God’s grace. Even when I fought what was happening, when I didn’t understand why things were happening the way they were, God was weaving things together, to make the most beautiful tapestry… even if I didn’t appreciate it at the time. That’s the cool thing about life – if you believe – that there’s a divine order & plan that will always come to pass.

Graduation season always causes me to reflect. There’s absolutely nothing like that feeling of accomplishing a goal, whether it’s as big as earning a degree, or as small as making it to the gym 3 times in a week. The level up is a great feeling, but no one ever talks about what happens after all the pomp and circumstance quiets down. When you know that you’ve graduated from one place in your life, but you don’t know what’s next… it’s a scary, and sometimes lonely feeling. Like you’re out there, alone. The best advice that I could ever give, would be to ask for guidance. For me, before I go to any other person, I talk to God. We can get caught up in seeking new things all the time, but, if they aren’t the right things, even things that look good can mess us up. The best thing could be the worst thing for you if it comes at the wrong time.

Matthew 6:33 (ESV) says this:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

It’s a familiar passage, but in this season it’s taken on new life for me. Instead of getting caught up in what’s next to come – I’ve tried to make a point to seek God, and do what I know I’m supposed to do right now; not just to get what I desire, but because that’s what I should be doing. There’s a blessing in every season, and we can’t skip them. Shouldn’t we just make the most of them? There’s a certain protection that we can find ourselves in when we’re seeking after the things of God, and even when we don’t know what’s coming next, we can be assured that there’s a great plan for us.

The truth is, there is a gift inside of you that’s waiting to be unleashed. Someone else needs what you’ve been holding on to… so be the amazing person you are and bless someone with what you’ve been holding back?

This month, what are you doing to really get after what you’re supposed to be doing? Comment below, tweet, or Facebook me, and let’s see if we can support each other!

xo – Andrea