the next adventure.

Friday, July 18, 2014

It's been a while since I've taken some time to write.

Today, I have a day off from work and a lot of free space, so I'm currently writing from a quaint little coffee shop/bakery in what used to be a taco bell. Chai tea in my hand, and plenty to write and update you all on. Friday morning done right.

We've reached the tail end of my internship for the summer, I've finalized housing and move-in dates for my big move to Azusa, I've registered for my first round of graduate school classes, and I'm beginning to see the dream of graduate school finally materialize. Even digging through the messy financial details, looking at my budget for the upcoming year and figuring out where I can cut spending to save money for school, has not been as scary and frustrating as I thought. It looks like financially this first year will be fairly affordable, and with a well-paying job over the summer, my family and I are going to make this work.

A year ago at this point, graduate school wasn't even on my radar, and here I am, getting ready for another new adventure. Azusa Pacific University will be my home for the next two years, and I will be a graduate student in the College Counseling and Student Development M.S. program. It's surreal, yes, but much more real than when I submitted my first request for information, when the idea of graduate school wasn't even an option. One year later, after a lengthy application process, essay questions and interviews, recommendation letters and huge decisions, I decided to go ahead and confirm my acceptance. Confirm another big adventure, another leap of faith, another blessing from God.

Now that I have a place to live, classes to attend, a JOB to start (!!!), I am feeling much better about this new adventure. If you've been reading for a while, you know my nervous anticipation for endings and beginnings, and how I've come to understand that they are the inevitable of life. Things will end, new things will begin, and there's no way to escape that if you are putting your life in the hands of the maker of heaven. His plan is so much greater than anything we can imagine, and with trust, we can come alongside this grad adventure, one step at a time.

I also came to realize this summer that this past May was the 5 year anniversary of my blog, My Life as Leah.

Have I really been writing that long?
It doesn't feel like it.

This sacred space of the web has encapsulated so much of my life, from the last half of high school, through college, across states and countries and countless summers at camp. It holds a lot of the transformation that has taken place in my life over the past five years, and I am so thankful for this space to write, and people who read.

If there's one thing I know will be a constant in my life from now until the day the Lord calls me home, is that I will continue to write. There is a certain peace that comes from written processing, from stringing words together into sentences, taking a thought and putting it into understandable words and phrases, with a warm drink nearby and the tunes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros floating through a cozy coffee shop.

I've given some though to writing a book recently.

I personally think it's too early to begin an autobiography, but I've thought about taking things Iv've written here, and in some other places (journal, etc.) and putting together some of my best stuff into a written book. I've always wanted to write an actual book, but I think I might have some worthwhile stuff people would want to read.

So stay tuned for that, who knows how busy this next adventure of life will be, but that may be something I will be working on in the future.

So as for today, I'm pretty content preparing for my graduate school adventures, saying my final good-byes in Santa Barbara (if you're reading this and in town, I'd love to see you before I leave!), and enjoying life one day at a time. I'm going to be spending about two weeks in Dinuba before I move as well, so Central Valley folk, let's get together at Peeve's and enjoy some time together with some delicious beers!

My prayer for all of you is that you would find reassurance in the faithfulness of our Father, something I have been finding much rest in recently.

Respectfully submitted,


  1. I will be the first to buy your book!! And I will make you sign it with a message along the lines of, "Yes Hannah, I WILL let you poop in my shoes!"