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Crafting the Perfect Beer For You in Kennesaw, Ga.

Brittany Thompson – For the AJC

Two Georgia natives and long time friends from Sequoyah High School followed their dream and passion for brewing great craft beer by opening up their own brewing company.

Trey Sinclair and Jordan Cooper, both Co-Founders of Dry County Brewing Company, share the same love for brewing craft beer. Sinclair, a graduate of UGA and Cooper, a graduate of GSU both cultivated their love for craft beer during their college years.

We both fell in love with craft beer and started home brewing in college when we could get together over the summers,” Cooper said.

Sinclair gives the credit to Athens Local Terrapin Beer Company for his obsessive love of beer, “Someone handed me a Terrapin Rye one night in downtown Athens and I was hooked,” Sinclair said. “I wanted to get as much of it as I could, so I began making my own recipes and brewed inside my college apartment.”  

After graduating from college in 2010 and Cooper in 2011, both long time friends moved back to the Atlanta area, making Kennesaw their home.

“When we graduated and moved back here to Kennesaw, we used home brewing as a way to keep all of our high school friends together,” Cooper said. “The brewery idea came about from us having some solid recipes crafted over the years coupled with us getting bored of the regular 9-5.”

“After much deliberation, we decided to make our run and go all in for the brewery dream,” Cooper said.

History

Founded in 2015, DCBC was in the works for opening up to the public and in September of 2016, the brewery was open up to the public for tours and tasting.

DCBC is a local brewery in Kennesaw, Ga that is partially named after Bullock County.

“Our name, Dry County, partially stems from my attendance at Georgia Southern where Bulloch County is, which is a dry county and then from discovering brewing before we could legally buy a pint,” Cooper said.

Open to Everyone

DCBC is family and pet-friendly. DCBC host’s different events that accommodate different niches and interest allowing people to enjoy each other’s company while sharing a common interest in beer.

Some of the fun events they hold are Poses and Pours, trivia nights, special gatherings for friends and family, and special dates to acknowledge public servants on their acts of service with discounted beer. Also, DCBC hires food trucks that are present every Saturday and for special gatherings.

Crafting Beer

DCBC Brewmaster, Steve Anderson, has been on the team since January of this year, previously working as a head brewer at Red Brick Brewing in Atlanta. “Anderson has improved all of our beer and continues to make the customers well pleased by making good beer,” Sinclair said.

“Coming from Red Brick, Steve brings years of brewing world-class, award-winning beers to Dry County and we couldn’t be happier to have him,” Cooper said.

The four beers that DCBC is known for are: Dry County IPA, Old 41, NoonDay Extra Pale Ale, and Namesake.  

DCBC just added a fourth beer which is in the larger family called, Lechuza.

“Lechuza is a Mexican style lager that will be taking the place of Namesake in our core brand lineup,” Cooper said.

Unique Naming Process

Each beer receives its name based on the local community.

Dry County IPA is their flagship beer, which allows the company to get their name out to the community.

NoonDay beer is named from Noonday Creek and Noonday Trail. “NoonDay XPA is a really refreshing beer to have if you were out at Noonday Creek and Noonday Trail,” Sinclair said.

“Old 41, is named after Highway Old 41 that runs through downtown Kennesaw,” Sinclair said.

Namesake is an old throwback beer that DCBC wanted to pay homage too. “Namesakes were the first beers brewed in America and were named after the brewery that brewed them or the cities in which they were brewed,” Cooper said.

Lechuza in English translates to ‘Owl,’ so it is our tongue-in-cheek nod to our neighbors at Kennesaw State University,” Cooper said.

Different Offerings.

“Cleverly called Dry County IPA, we noticed a trend of ‘How bitter can I make this’ or ‘what crazy flavors can I come up with’ going on throughout the industry,” Cooper said.Putting out a solid, truer to style India pale ale, DCBC IPA has a nice pine and citrus notes with a quick dry finish.”

“Roasty and dark are two great descriptors of Old 41,” Cooper said. “For a dark beer, Old 41 has a nice creamy profile that is lightened up with an oat body.”

“Noonday has the same approachability light color people have come to know from American Pale Ales but with a slightly higher hop profile of all citrus flavor,” Cooper said.

Namesake is a lighter beer. “It’s light enough for normal domestic drinkers and has enough hops and a malt profile for the established craft drinkers,” Cooper said.

“Lechuza is an excellent day drinker sitting at 4.8 percent that is really complimented with a lime on the rim,” Cooper said.

DCBC beer can be commonly found in Kennesaw restaurants that offer a quality craft beer lineup. The beer is currently offered exclusively on draft. Locals can enjoy a Dry County Beer at Taco Mac, World of Beer, The Nest, Marlow’s Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Johnny’s Pizza in Downtown Kennesaw, Trackside and BurgerFi.

“People always like new tap beer, but the hard part is staying on tap,” Sinclair said.


Putting together the best brewery team and the best sells team remains a must. “The people in the brewery are second only to the quality of the beer itself,” Sinclair said.
Dry County Brewing Company: Current hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Located at 1500 Lockhart Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA. Find their page at http://www.drycountybrewco.com/home

Insider Tips:

At Dry County Brewery, anyone that is military or is a student will receive 2 dollars off for the tastings, however, in order to receive 2 dollars off, you must show proof.

DCBC has remained on tap well over a year now at the local restaurants that promote their beer.

 

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A Thump of Atlanta’s Heart

By: Brittany Thompson

ATLANTA – Children laughing, bicycles ringing, barking dogs, cultural languages and the smell of ice cream surrounds you when you visit the Atlanta Beltline. The 22-mile historical trail offers a chance for Atlanta to redefine what it is to be a neighbor, to be a community, to be a region, and to share all that it has to offer. “The Beltline provides many opportunities for different ethnicities to come together to enjoy similar things – eating, drinking, and exercising,” Jennifer Healan said, a local resident that lives in Candler Park.

The Atlanta Beltline is built upon the unused corridors railroad tracks that formerly encircled Atlanta. The Beltline hugs the surrounding in-town neighborhoods and connects a wide range of people throughout the city. “While visiting the Beltline you’ll see interracial couples, LGBTQ+ couples, young professionals of different races, elderly people, students and so much more all in one area – it’s a community,” Kira Demund said, a college student who finds favor in the unique attraction.

“My husband and I love the Atlanta Beltline because it’s a safe place for our kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and also make friendships with the nearby kids,” Healan said.

According to Atlanta Beltline website, the beauty of the Beltline is that it offers not only modern conveyances and exciting new development, but it is a living, breathing part of our community; not simply a means of getting somewhere, but a destination unto itself.

“The Atlanta Beltline provides a platform for people to experience different foods, look at different art and sometimes if you’re lucky, there is usually somebody playing an instrument like a piano or the drums,” Demund said.

As with any city, culture adds a story to the surrounding area. It adds character and gives it a different meaning. According to Atlanta Beltline website, the steadily advancing attraction is in constant route to upgrading to the next level and strives to bring Atlanta together as a whole.

With tangible progress dating back in the year of 1999, the Atlanta Beltline has flourished over the years, surrounding the area with parks, trails, and houses. The new economic development exemplifies this by connecting 45 in-town neighborhoods. “The Beltline is a network of parks, multi-use trails, and transit tied together by a 22-mile trail around the city,” Ryan Gravel said, the creator of the idea for the Atlanta Beltline and a senior urban planner at Perkins+ Will.

By connecting Atlanta’s neighborhoods with the Beltline, Gravel wants to inspire a new wave of development in the city- one that will inspire builders to develop more of Atlanta’s neighborhoods into urban multi-use communities.

According to the Atlanta Beltline website, two organizations – Atlanta Beltline, Inc. and The Atlanta Beltline Partnership are constantly working on the four open trails that coexist now.

The Atlanta Beltline slogan, “Where Atlanta Comes Together.”

 

“There are so many different things the Beltline offers, which, in turn, brings unity to the city,” Demund says.

“The Beltline cultivates by providing a central place for people to gather and enjoy life together,” Healan said. “You can see many different cultures and people coming together in real time.”

Atlanta is diverse. A lot of attraction coexists in Atlanta and a lot of cultures are mixed within the roots of the busy city. It is a city filled with innovators, hustlers, and entrepreneurs.

“The Beltline provides a ‘journey of gathering’ for people of different cultures, different ages, and backgrounds to come together in a democratic way,” Healan said. “It’s a place for everyone. A place to be active, eat great food and come together with friends and family creating special moments of connection.”

“Diversity plays a big role within the area, giving off the big-city feel,” Demund said. “Because of that, the Atlanta Beltline excels in the aspect of bringing more culture into the surrounding area and recreating a new definition of togetherness.”

According to Suburban Stats, the population demographics for Atlanta, Georgia in 2016 and 2017 calculated that the total population is 420,003, which consist of different ethnicities ranging from the melting pot of generations and people from all around the world.

Change is an ever-present phenomenon. “The Beltline is not the reason for the renewal in the city. It’s a tool for managing that change,” Gravel said.

People are moving back to the cities. According to WSB-TV, The Atlanta Regional Commission predicts that the metro area will grow by 2.5 million people by 2040.

The Impact it has on the Community

“The Atlanta Beltline is a gathering place where people can connect with one another and be exposed to different things, which helps breed more culture,” Healan said. “I love what the Atlanta Beltline has done to our neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. There’s always a sense of activity and happiness all the time.”

The Beltline could be a welcoming addition to the already recognizable and historic landmarks such as the Coca-Cola Museum and Georgia Aquarium. The Beltline will be the common thread that connects these landmarks to new and emerging destinations for residents and visitors alike, such as the College Football Hall of Fame and the soon to be opened Mercedes Benz stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team.

“I believe when non-Georgia residents think of Atlanta, they just think of the Coca-Cola factory and the Underground, which are both pretty antiquated, but historical nonetheless, However, the Beltline is a fresh, lively piece of Atlanta that shows how diverse and progressive Atlanta has become,” Demund said.

“What Atlanta has that’s different is the neighborhood planning unit system—a political structure at the grassroots level that allowed the connections of the Beltline and allowed the public to speak,” Gravel said.

Atlanta is the historical mecca of the South and in recent years it has transgressed into a welcoming community for everyone. “People are innovating and changing the way that they live their lives,” Gravel said. “The Beltline is a cultural monument. Things are changing.” (1015)

Contacts & Sources:

 

Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. (n.d.). Retrieved June 19, 2017, from https://beltline.org/(n.d.). Current Population Demographics and Statistics for Georgia by age,

(n.d.). Current Population Demographics and Statistics for Georgia by age, gender, and race. Retrieved June 27, 2017, from https://suburbanstats.org/population/how-many-people-live-in-georgia

Thomas, K. (2016, April 29). Metro Atlanta expected to grow by 2.5 million people. Retrieved June 27, 2017, from http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/metro-atlanta-expected-to-grow-by-25-million-people/249220307

Jennifer Healan: jehealan@coca-cola.com

Kira Demund: kcdemund1@gmail.com

Ryan Gravel: https://ryangravel.com/talks/

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Love

Every girl dreams about “the one.” The one to share laughs, worries, and cries with, one to grow old with. It’s the Prince Charming on the Disney movies that we watched when we were kids… “Still do!” We all want love, right? And maybe some fall in love with the wrong ones and quickly come to terms of knowing what they deserve and maybe, there are some who say they “love” and have somewhat of a desire to be with that person fully however, they are hesitant to put a label on themselves as “one” maybe because they are guarding themselves against past experiences, or simply struggling with the action of “love” and what it all entails. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Love is freely given, it’s not a golden gift or earned! We Love because He first loved us! It all goes back to God’s love for us! That precious love that He had shed on that cross!

Prior to meeting my one, I was working on myself. I was working on myself so I can be whole when I meet the right one. I was working on my relationship with my main man, God. I prayed for my future husband, that he may be strong and faithful in his walk with the Lord and also, that he will be a man who will take my hand and pray with me, who will encourage me when I get discouraged, who is not afraid to speak truth and correct me when I am wrong. ALL IN HIS TIMING, His love is forever faithful!

It’s so easy to feel discouraged when everyone else around you has found love, and yet, you have not. I’ve been there. I know it’s not fun… But in those times, that’s when God is working. Molding and growing you to be that spouse for your “one.”

I finally gave it to God. Laid it in His hands and trusted that His timing is ALWAYS perfect. Not anyone else’s, His alone!

I use to always get,  “You’re way too picky!” You darn right I was picky…. because I knew what I deserved and I was not backing down from that… and I see now why patience is the true virtue.

I sit here now writing this to say, wait for His timing! In His timing, He has blessed me with my one and only and that one and only is truly remarkable and get’s me the way no one else will!

I met Alex back in early September 2016 and we started dating on October 17, 2016. Since then, I fall more in love with him and have learned more about him every day. It’s a pure joy!  His heart, his gentle words, his intelligence, his witty jokes, his corny flirts, and overall his love for the Lord and his enduring love that he constantly shows towards me is something I am so blessed to call MINE!

I knew from the moment I met him that I was going to marry him! No way I was going to let him go.

These sweet eight months have been absolutely fabulous. No, it hasn’t been all glitz and glamor. Every relationship is a work in progress. It takes patience, prayer, and forgiveness. No one is perfect, we all are sinners and we all make mistakes. It’s been fabulous because I see God through our relationship, I see a pure love from my man and it’s not only through the words, it’s the actions. It’s the sweet moments when we connect on a deeper level, it’s the moments when we share laughs and cries and just hold each other in that moment. It’s the feeling of feeling at home in his embrace. It’s the act of knowing “everything is going to be OK.” It’s looking at him and knowing exactly what he is thinking. It’s the feeling of the anticipation to be back in his arms. It’s the look in his eyes when he sees me! It’s the kind of love every girl deserves to have and to feel! It’s the kind of love that was definitely worth the wait.

From the beginning of our relationship, we both have grown together with our walk with the Lord, because if it wasn’t for him, we would all squander. Stronger love for God, stronger love for each other!

Not only is he my one and only, he is my best friend, my person, and my heart.

As of June 10, 2017, I am now a fiance to my man. I am so utterly blessed for him and his constant love he has for me! Gosh, I love being loved by you baby!

I know everyone is different, but why wait when you know you have found the one?? I mean I can marry him tomorrow, that’s how sure I am of knowing he is the perfectly made one for me.

Alex,

Besides of the excitement that comes with the wedding night, I look forward to coming home to you, I look forward to being a home with you, I look forward to hearing your voice every day, I look forward to spending every day with you, I look forward to a “good morning” or a “goodnight” in person, I look forward to praying with you, I look forward to going to church with you and coming back home with you, I look forward to growing with you, I look forward to movie nights, I look forward to sleepless nights, I look forward to acting like little kids with you,  I also look forward to the struggles that we will face with marriage.. that might sound a bit absurd, but I say that because it will only strengthen us as one.

I am so excited to share so many memories with you. I am so excited to laugh with you, to cry with you, to be mad, to explore, and to love you even more than I already do. I am excited to grow as a person and a couple together and to find new ways to be a better wife in your eyes.

With you Alex,

I am at home! I am safe! I can’t wait to make you mine forever!

When I feel my lowest, you bring out the best in me. When I am sad I can look to you and this big smile can suddenly appear on my face. You are the reason my bad days become beautiful.

I love the way I can be myself around you, my crazy, stupid, silly, emotional, hard-headed self. I love that you appreciate everything I have to give and love me for being me. I love that I can look at you and not want to look at any other man.

Thank you for sticking by my side when I freak out over little tiny things and telling me “calm down, it’s Ok.”

Thank you for making me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world and a princess in your eyes.

I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with you and sing horribly to you and know that you will look at me like I am the cutest person in the world. You say, “You can hit some notes..” HAHA! I love you.

I can’t promise you that I will be the perfect wife, but what I can promise you is to love you fully and be with you always through the good and bad. Always encourage, lead, and motivate you to be your better self. I promise to build faith. To trust. To hope and dream the craziest dreams with you.
Thank you for making me feel like your top priority Alex. It’s important to me. 🙂
I love you,
Your Fiance
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The Essence of Traveling: From Natives of South Africa

 

By: Brittany Thompson

CAPE TOWN, South Africa. – The smell of the ocean, the view of a new destination and the anticipation of a new beginning is what most travel seekers may dream about. Charne Eyssell, 23, wakes up every day to a new change, a new sunrise and a new outlook on life. “I love to wake up and embrace the sunset while out on my cabin balcony every morning, sipping my cup of Jo and relaxing to the noise of the waves crashing,” Eyssell said. “In all reality, we love adventure, we love new, and we love the thrill of the excitement.”

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            Eyssell and Dominic Jade Van Vuuren, 25, are from Cape Town, South Africa. Both are full-time travel workers representing a large jewelry manufacturer and designer in the USA called Effy Jewelry on the Carnival Splendor.

What happens when you miss out on a one-chance opportunity to travel the world?

Change and fear are tightly correlated in most cases. The fear of the unknown, the change that continues to take place and the unpredictable future that lays ahead can either blow up in your face or could lead to a great success. “It’s the new things in life we all fear, the future, the sphere of the unknown, it’s all unpredictable and uncontrollable,” Eyssell said. “I travel because I want to learn and as I learn, I find a new meaning of life while letting go of my past problems.

            Eyssell has been working for Effy since July 2015. She left South Africa at the age of 20 to travel the world as an employee of Carnival Cruise Lines. “Travel is what has worked for me and has changed my perspective of the world, and is the common factor allowing me to embrace change,” Eyssell said.

Vuuren has worked on Carnival as a Sales Executive for Effy going on a year now. “When we travel, we grow,” Vuuren said. Excitement and pure joy flushed upon here face when explaining her love of travel while keeping home close to heart. “Although I love to travel and venture out, I still miss my home and will return back in three months.”

Both Eyssell and Vuuren work on a six-month contract with Carnival and receive a 60-day leave holiday vacation. In addition to receiving a salary, they receive commission while working for Effy. According to Carnival’s website, when working for Carnival one will receive benefits such as a retirement plan, a medical and dental care and recognition for a life-long career commitment.

The key to traveling is to never let doubt get in the way. “With anything in life, don’t let the notion of success keep you from starting something you’ve been thinking about,” Eyssell said. Travel is far and wide. “May many seek wanderlust in different areas.”

Cindy Wegner, 28, has been traveling the US since 2010. After living in Cape Town for more than 21 years, she decided that traveling the world was her life’s calling.

She travels by serving at a golf course called Metropolis Country Club. “I currently work seasonally at golf clubs between Florida and New York,” Wegner said.

At her job, Wegner hosts different events such as weddings and birthdays to regular dinner services. “I work with different country clubs that cater to the higher income social group, which is more formal and fine dining,” Wegner said. “I always enjoy meeting new faces and hearing new job titles.”

Wegner currently works through an agency called Petrinagroup. The agency recruits people from Ireland, Romania, and South Africa to work seasonally at the country clubs. “Social media and word of mouth are how the agencies generally advertise and pull people,” Wegner said.

The agency constantly switches up locations and organizes workers accommodations. “I never stay in one spot longer than six or seven months, which makes the transition from season to season a lot easier,” Wegner said.

Adventure Seeking

Wegner enjoys the adventures of new places and experiencing the different ways of life in each city. “When having the niche to travel, be ready for a roller coaster ride,” Wegner said. “It’s an amazing experience and I wouldn’t want to have not traveled.

Although Wegner has been home numerous of times throughout her seven years of traveling, it’s still hard to accommodate the bond between friends and family being on the other side of the world. “It’s not easy being so far from home,” Wegner said.

Culture Shock

With an English household and a second language in Afrikaans, coming to America was no problem for Wegner. “American English is not that different except for the slang words that I was not familiar with at first but it’s not difficult for most of us with English as our first language,” Wegner said.

Likewise, for Eyssell, the language barrier was second-hand nature. “Upon arriving in America, I was already fluently speaking English with a twist of an accent,” she said. Like Wegner, who speaks Afrikaans as a second language, Eyssell also speaks fluent Italian.

“The culture shock did not take too long to get used to, although South Africa is considered a developing nation country it’s much more built up than the first town I stayed in Florida, which was Vero Beach,” Wegner said.

“Many people harp on one’s country and in that case, they ask ‘How is it different from America?’ Simple, ‘It’s the same as if you were questioned about your own hometown.’ Although we are norm to different cultures and practices, we still live in the same world,” Vuuren said.

“As far as the people go, the people here in the States can be challenging but then people all over the world can be too,” Wegner said. Everything in life is a challenge, it’s how we react to the challenge that is at hand and use it for our ability.

Travel is meaningful; it’s meant to change us. Take advantage of a new opportunity, a new destination, and a new beginning. “The world is a classroom. Learn a new definition to the meaning of life and enjoy every risk that a comfort zone does not offer,” Eyssell said.

 

References: (n.d.). Retrieved June 04, 2017, from http://carnivalentertainment.com/life-onboard

 

 

 

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Dear Younger Me

Matthew 8:26

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Psalms 139: 14

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

As I look back on the previous years, I just sit back and laugh and also cry.

As I am getting older. Growing out of my worn out shell. Learning and molding into the Godly young lady I am today. I take a minute to reflect back on the younger days of my life. As a child. As a teen. As a wanna be adult.

A thought that came to mind is, what would I tell my younger self now? Looking back, I had a great childhood. Parents who loved me. Great friends. Always involved in something. However,  worry also was present. Worrying about the future, what about college, what about learning and living on my own, doing things for myself, finding the right man – someone who will love me crazy, balancing life and the temptations, etc. You name it. We all worry about something.

So here it goes, to you

I know you must have some role model, right? I know I loved Hannah Montana and Hillary Duff. I mean… at that time who wouldn’t want to be them. It felt as if they had life figured out… wrong. They are humans and so are you. Although, it’s OK to have role models just be careful when is consumes you to wanting to become someone you are not.

Also, embrace your love for imagination, it’ll go along way. Make that tent outside. Maybe sleep on the trampoline. Grab your dads hand and have a daddy-daughter date. Those are the best. Trust me! ((Daddy’s girl))

Be creative. The playdo that you play with, be creative. The princess castle, go beyond your imagination. The spirit of creativity will serve you well my child. Never loose your creative touch.

That bird, dog, cat, etc that you are trying to draw. Don’t get frustrated. Don’t just walk away from it. You got it. You never know what your hidden talents are until you work at it.

OK, so sports. For me, I was a cheerleader and a gymnast. Whichever it is, go at it with all that you got. Remember, practice always triumphs over failure. That backhand spring. Yeah you might fall on your knees multiple times until the one out of ten times you land on your feet. YAY. Keep at it. Soon you’ll be landing perfectly ten out of ten times.

You want to be a lawyer? You’ve must have seen Legally Blonde 🙂 “Harvard Law School” That was the dream job back then. You change your mind multiple times regarding what you want to be when you grow up. We all do.

To those who condemn you on your choice of career path or any life decision, smile at them. It’s not their life, it’s yours. Just pray about the choices before you make them.

When it comes to pleasing people. Don’t you dare bother. Be polite and nice, of course. Never be a doormat. You cannot please everybody. Focus on you first. Make sure you are the one that is happy. You are not living for them, you are living for God.

Please God.

When you stay up to 2 a.m. in the morning because of studying, close your eyes. You need some rest. Pray.

When it comes to comparing yourself.

How uncool it is that you think you are ugly. God made you perfectly in His image.

How you wish you didn’t have freckles or the gap between your teeth. How you wish you were skinnier.

Those who pick at you for your glasses, short hair, teeth, looks, etc. how dare them. Don’t you dare let that interfere with knowing who you are in Christ and who you are as a person. You are beautiful and perfectly flawed.

You will learn to be gentle with yourself. You’ll also learn how to love the body that you are in.

And later down the road, the right guy is going to love you and think you are beautiful the way that you are.

There will be people who you won’t always agree with and that’s OK.

Let go of the need to control and manipulate–you’ll never change anything that way.

Pray instead, let God fight for His own children.

It’s not your job, it’ll never be your job. SO give it up.

Be thankful that you have a mom and dad who love you and adore you. You are their daughter.  Thank your mom and dad for their unconditional support that they continue to show. Never take it for granite. They do a lot for you.

I know your parents drive you crazy sometimes. You drive them crazy too. Recognize that you’re all so different and all stubborn, and it’s usually worth just saying OK.

You’ll be on your own in time, and then you can load your dishwasher, fold your clothes, make your bead, eat when you want too, and go when you want to as infrequently as you want–for now, be respectful.

Speaking of your parents, all of their different and weird quirks? Yeah, you’ll inherit them. Embrace it sister. It will come.

I know at some point in your life you’ll experience all sorts of emotions.. all at once too, maybe. Hormones, dear lord, a lot of feelings and life itself is all too overwhelming for you to soak in sometimes. When you experience those overwhelming times and when things fell out of hand find your peace in the Lord, your joy in Him, find your strength, your purpose, your identity in Him, and you’ll make it. I promise.

Time goes by fast. Look how far you have come and be thankful for another day of His goodness. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you. Don’t stop dreaming. Do want you want to do. One life, Live it well.

In closing, I want to appreciate my younger self and also congratulate her. She is strong. She is mighty. She is a lover of life.

I am thankful for the hardships because it has led me to be the stronger woman I am today.

I am thankful for the wrongs I’ve done, the mistakes I have made, because it’s taught me wisdom.

In the end, the things we worry about before seem so small to us now.

In time,

God will provide and answer your prayers. Be patient.

Xoxo,

Brittany

 

 

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Molding Myself to Be More Like Him {Spiritual Rawness}

Valuable (Real Talk)

Isaiah 1:17

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

How do you spend your time in the word? 

Do you receive the spiritual high from a bible study and feel as if that’s enough?
Do you spend time here and there in the word when things are crazy in life?
Do you spend time whenever you feel like it? Whenever it’s convenient?
Do you spend time at all?
The sad part is… most of us have all the intentions to spend quality time in His word, and some of us create habit to do just that but some never do. We set aside time out of our schedule to purposely dig into the word. That high may last weeks or months. It’s like a spiritual high. You are on fire to learn more.

For some, the “digging in His word” becomes an involuntary thing, your priority is set to uphold the readings of His word. However, for others, it may be a struggle to find that time. If that is so, we are basically saying, “God, we have no time for you.”

However, relaying back to “having all the intentions to spend quality time with Him,” some never do. Is it because we are too lazy or do we put other matters before Him? I know for me, I can say both. Life gets in the way and the more and more I put it off it becomes easier to do. Sad!

How can we be a better advocate for Christ and not put our own time into studying His word? In order for us to grow in His footsteps we must take action in learning more about Him and His love.

Hypocrite, that’s what we are. We say we are infatuated with his Love

We say “I love you Lord”

We say “Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins”

We say “Amen”

We say all these things, but yet, how can we grow as Christian’s when we aren’t doing anything in order for us to grow?

Most of us are at a standstill in our relationship with Him. Some are struggling with trusting. Actually,  a majority of us are. That’s where control comes into play. Control is the thief of allowing our burdens, cares, and worries at His feet.

We have our own self desires that come into play with our: Relationships, Work, School, Play, Etc. but what if our desires allow a Godly take on what we say and what we do within those desires.

For Us

His love is rich

His love is strong

His love is free

His love is never-ending

Why is it we shield away from what we know is good for us? Is it a voluntary action that we do or do we allow Satan and other worldly matters stand in the way of what truly matters?

Spiritually naked, that’s how God sees us.

Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

He sees everything:

He sees our heart and the reasons why we do what we do.

He sees our worry

He sees our wadded up insecurities

He knows when we second guess our actions

What are the opportunities that we have in front of us that we constantly look away from?

To be a strong Christian, we must live wisely

As christians, are we constantly surrounded by non believers? YES. Constantly we come in contact.

Do we tell them the good news about Jesus, the news that allowed us to be forgiven and redeemed?

Seeking God and Speak Faithfully

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” – Genesis 2:18

I want to grow stronger to be the woman of God that I need to be.

For my boyfriend, future husband, better half. 

Grow stronger in:

Praying for him. Praying with him. Grow and prosper with him. Learn with him. Be a leader. Be a listener. Be understanding. Pray for Godly words. Be a team. Love. Be a Woman after Gods own heart.

For my Family.

Grow stronger in:

Faith. Choosing words wisely. Words that inspire. Praying for them. Encourage them. Grow. Being a stronger Christian daughter. Understanding.

We should all aim to be that strong advocate that displays Christ.

Be Christ-Centered
Be confident in Christ
Showing strength in standing up for what’s right and wrong
Be encouraging
Be nice
Be independent
Invest in that which last. Invest in those who you love.

Out of love rebuke those who are wrong. Encourage. Stay humble. Be aware of when pride sneaks in.  “Don’t think less of yourself but thank of yourself less.”

“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These arc the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2

Live to please Him only. Serve the Lord and the works of His goodness.

Love God first and foremost!

His love is greater – our love for Him needs to be greater too.

Xoxo,

Brittany

 

 

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Monday Blues // Learning Day

It’s the Monday after Spring Break.

Back to school and only three weeks left of this semester.

Making sure assignment are in line for the due dates.

Making sure you get to campus early so you can get that perfect parking spot.

Preparing ourselves for that “mental” breakdown because…. finals are approaching.

But why is it before Spring Break none of this stuff really seemed to matter.

Checking those school emails,

“Summer payments due soon”

or maybe you receive that email from the professor about that upcoming research paper or a reminder about that in front of the class presentation – better yet, a lightening bolt went off in your head, Wait… “we have a quiz this week?”

oh but wait, finally, a “good” news email, which brings some hope, “Don’t forget to petition to graduate.” What a breath of fresh air that brings after seeing “payment deadline” or “test this Thursday.”

You made it thru the stressful Monday, now go grab yourself that Starbucks coffee because you deserve it.. and so does the inconsiderate person behind you that is laying down their horn at you because you are passionately waiting for the barista to hand over your coffee – maybe they need it more than me. It really makes me think how people can be so inconsiderate and rude and not feel any time of remorse for their actions. As my mom would say, “they need Jesus.” Yes, that they do.

My reaction, I waved.

I find it crazy how one “bad” thing can lead to a whole showcase of bad news or make you feel as if the world is crashing down on you and nothing is going right. You just want to crawl in your bed and shut off from the world the rest of the day.  Why? Why do we let one thing determine the rest of our day or mood? Maybe it’s because that one bad thing or bad news automatically puts you in a foul mood, so anything you touch, say and do will never be good enough for you that day?

Self-check… what I may stress about may be the littlest specks of what one may be stressing about. How foolish of me to think “paying for school,” “I’ve gotta do good on this upcoming test,” “I haven’t even studied yet for this final,” “man the jerk behind is really irking my nerves,” is the cause of my whole “bad” mood kind of day when someone may be just as stressed or if not more about paying for the house payment or saving every bit of money so they won’t be evicted from their apartment.

Here I am complaining about these little things when I can just sit back and breathe and know this stressing isn’t going to do me a bit of good. I’m not helping myself by doing this, I am hindering myself.

So I am not going to say it was a “bad” day, I will say it was a “learning” day.

Learning to cope with the bad and turn it around to see what I can do to fix the issue.

Pray about the “issue” and move on. Don’t dwell on it.

Smile

Keep the chin up. It’s just a “learning” day.

If you read my past blog regarding sunsets and sunrises, yes, I am spending my quite time embrassing this captivating scenery.

Brittany