“So here’s what you missed on Glee!” by Cat

Here we are, a month since the last time we talked. A lot has happened, hold on tight while I catch you up on this crazy journey I call my life! So here’s what you missed on Glee…

The first big thing that’s happened this month was my 22 birthday! Leading up to my birthday, I was feeling a myriad of emotions. I knew my 22nd birthday was going to be very different from my 21st, and I didn’t really have anything planned. I knew I had to work in the morning, and then I was going to go to my parents house for dinner with my boyfriend. When I showed up, my mom surprised me by having my brother, grandmother, and best friend come over to celebrate with me! I told my mom the next day, that it was one of my favorite birthdays because almost all of my favorite people were in the same room. It was in saying this that I knew, whether I liked it or not, I was becoming an adult…

That being said, “adulting” is hard. I literally had a breakdown the other day while grocery shopping. I was standing there in the grocery store without a list (my first mistake) and I felt instantly overwhelmed. I started thinking about how my mom almost never made the same meal in a month. I barely know 10 recipes, let alone 31! Luckily I’m not alone in this “learning how to adult.” I have two amazing women by my side going through it all with me!

My first experience of living intentional community was in the summer of 2018 when I did LeaderworX. Having had these two months of experience under my belt, I felt more prepared for living in community this time around. Q and Karalyn have also had experience living in community before, and I think that’s why things have been so easy for us. We’re all really good about telling each other what we need to feel supported. I’ve always been a fan of the saying “you get out what you put in.” However, this experience of living in community while transitioning into adulthood, has made me realize its truth even more. There have been days where I’ve thought about coming home from work and locking myself away in my room, but I’ve come to realize the whole point of living in intentional community is to have each other to lean on when things get tough.  

There’s nothing better than coming home from a tiring day at work, and sitting down and talking about life, and adulting, and our transition into the next stage of our lives. Q and I have this idea that we just need to carry around a camera on a tripod with us everywhere we go to capture our deep conversations and our abundance of laughs. (stay tuned for some possible “vlogs” instead of our typical blogs!) I’m so incredibly thankful that CFJ has brought these two amazing, funny, bold, and passionate women into my life, I really don’t think I’d be able to get through it without them!

The last thing I wanted to catch you up on is work! I mentioned last time, that I am working at CFJ as a NeXt Level Coordinator. I’ve been working closely with two of our pilot parishes, and watching them blossom has been amazing! I am constantly watching them put their faith into action through their passion projects while growing as leaders and young people of faith. How cool is my job?!? Because I’m working for CFJ, and we all wear many hats around the office, I recently had the opportunity to do some recruiting for LeaderworX and the Fellowship! Karalyn and I spent a few days in Boston going to post grad service fairs and talking to students about our programs. It reminded me of why I chose to do both LeaderworX and the Fellowship, and gave me so much joy to share my experience with others! In a week I’ll be hitting the road again, but this time to Indianapolis. Steph and I will be attending a conference with the Lilly Endowment and the other organizations that received the same grant that we did. I am super excited to be able to get the experience to learn from these other organizations and share our findings as well! To be totally honest, I’m kind of freaking out because its my first ever professional conference and I have no idea what to expect, but I’m excited to find out!

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