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Facing the Issue 

Comparing reality to your expectations is a real doozy at times. Any hands raised for those who may feel frustrated, angry, stressed and confused when doing so?  Or maybe get stressed out when nothing is going your way?

It’s crazy how one little mishap can cause so much misunderstanding and how one little annoyance can overshadow all the awesome things in life. We let the ugly stuff in life pile up and before we know it we are blinded to see the goodness. 

The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

It’s easy to get teared down by the weight of the world around us. It’s a constant battle between putting our faith in God vs placing emphasis on just what is at hand.

We expect more out of ourselves. We expect more out of others. (And that we should!)  but we shouldn’t allow it to stress us out completely. 

However – the underline problem is – we want this and we want that. Are we ever happy with what we have while working hard at what we want? Is it all just a rush? Our we true to ourselves? Are we true to others around us?

Self Check!!

Our frustration is almost always due to unmet expectations. Unmet expectation that we placed on ourselves and onto others. 

It’s crazy how the enemy can take a tiny sliver of frustration and turn it into a much bigger issue than needed be. Allowing the tearing down of our happiness and leaving us in a puddle of “frustration.” Frustration that is costing our special moments of being content and happy with what the Lord has blessed us with.

I love this life with my whole heart and while I believe we are called to shine for the glory of God, I’d rather be an honest example of His love and exemplify a truer testimony to others. 

We’re all a work in progress – we are NOT perfect and never will be. We need to realize that rather than acting like we are ‘perfect.’ People need to be more ‘real’ More real to themselves and more real to others around them, because being ‘real’ displays a true soul, a honest soul.

“synonyms of the word ‘SOUL’: embodiment, personification, incarnation, epitome, quintessence, essence; model, exemplification, exemplar, image, manifestation” 

Twisting it up a bit – Being a exemplar, to exemplify.  It’s sad being around people who enjoy tearing down loved ones and claim to rejoice in God’s word. I believe that’s a ‘soul’ issue.  How is that OK? It’s displays a nasty character who puts on the fake facade but it’s screams ‘hypocrite’ to the ones around them regarding their character. 

At times, it’s hard doing right. And yes! Being a Christian is hard! Yes I said it, it’s hard. Being obedient. Loving yourself for the way God has molded you to become. Doing right to others. Standing up for what you know is right. And being honest and loyal to those behind their back. 

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

We aren’t always strong and we aren’t always going to do right, and sometimes we may find our self in a hole where we seem like we can’t crawl out of dwelling in frustration and often times find us in a situation where we know is wrong, such as judging, slander, pride, ect, all in which dishonering God. 

Maybe before sizing up your life or tearing down others, you ought to fix your eyes on your own love and life and pour all that energy you’re wasting into building it to be its own kind of beautiful. 

Messes – messages

Imperfections – improvements

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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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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

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News and Social Media

Social media remains an important part of a Millennial world in the sense of a connection to the online world.

Although social media is a way to connect about personal matters – it also remains as a network to school millennials’ about news and important information.

I recently read a blog post “How Millennials use and control social media.” The blog goes into great detail “why” millennials spend most of their time on social media.

A survey was conducted to measure the use of seven different social networks and it’s pathways to easily receive current news and information.

The seven social networks are Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Reddit, Tumbler, YouTube, and Instagram.

Fully 88 percent of those surveyed get news from Facebook at least occasionally, 83 percent from YouTube, and 50 percent from Instagram.

Clearly, Facebook remains the dominant social network that millennials use to receive news sources and information

Fully 57 percent of Millennials who get news from Facebook do so at least once a day (including 44 percent who say at least several times a day).

Below is the data on a regular daily basis to get news and other information

YouTube: 29 percent

Instagram: 26 percent

Pinterest: 10 percent

Twitter: 13 percent

Reddit: 8 percent

Tumbler: 7 percent

 

The average 18-to-21-year-old uses 3.7 social networks out of seven platforms asked about in the survey. For the average older Millennial age 30-34, that decreases to 2.9.

Within the 91 percent, millennials that report saying they use Facebook – 7 in ten reported that they click on the news articles or links on a regular basis and read the information that is provided or is actively engaged into news outlets that has been posted by others.

Six in ten say they engage into these news outlets by “liking” a certain blog, link, or article.

Nearly half, 42 percent, say they regularly post or share news content to Facebook themselves, and 34 percent say they regularly comment on news stories, headlines, or links. Only 11 percent of Facebook users say they do not do any of these things.

I don’t find this data shocking at all.

Facebook in itself is a brilliant web networking platform amongst millennials. It’s a smart marketing, advertising, and publication website for anyone to receive notice.

Below is the “data” and “chart” from the blog. It’s a questionnaire in regards to “why” people go on Facebook and Twitter. It’s no surprise what remains the constant reason. However, if it were me to answer this questionnaire pole I would list (

  1. To see my friends post and updates
  2. To share my thoughts and blogs
  3.  To read news and other bloggers blogs
  1. DATA
  2. CHART

“News” does not remain a primary reason that Millennials use Twitter.

About one-third say they go to Twitter mainly to look for interesting articles or links their followed friends or organizations post, to share their own content, or to get more information on something they heard either on social media or in the news.

Millennials say social media exposes them to different opinions and views. 

You are either insulted by others opinions and thoughts or your motivated to add in on their opinion.

It all stems from ones’ social perspectives such as political views and different rising opinionated post.

70 percent of Millennials say that their social media feeds are composed of a relatively even mix of similar and different opinions to their own. Just 12 percent say the opinions they see in social media are mostly similar to their own. A slightly larger number, 16 percent, say, interestingly, that the opinions and viewpoints they see are mostly different than their own.

 

The ever-growing social media platform, Facebook is the obvious news powerhouse among the other social media sites.

Since 2013, the number of people in the US who say they get their news from social media has doubled—46 percent now use social media for news!! Do you find this shocking?

The stats continue to grow.

Do you think eventually social media outlets will overrule TV as the main news source?

XoXo,

Brittany