Monday, December 8, 2014

A Little Quiet.

Something you should know about me is that when you find me laughing, which is often, it is usually at myself.  I have said it many times before - and undoubtedly will for years - but I am a mess, and living in that state means constantly laughing at the ridiculous things I say and do.  Because they happen.  A lot.

So I find it comical that about a month ago I made an announcement about "revamping" this  blog (hardly the right word, but let's go with it) only to be promptly followed by something resembling radio silence.  Cool.  Insert me laughing at myself here.

Something that I have sought for this blog to be from the beginning - which, what-the-what, was almost five years ago - is authentic.  Real.  Genuine.  Straight up.  So in an attempt to be just that, I am going to go against the grain that is my natural response and not apologize for being so quiet.  This is hard for me to do because I've wanted to have material to share, stories to tell, and pictures to show, but anything I tried to come up with just felt a little hollow.  I even prayed for fresh revelation in my attempt to be in-tune with the Spirit, but I just haven't had much of anything to pour out these last few weeks, and I truthfully don't think that I will for a few more.

I have grand visions for my future and the future of this space, and I want so desperately to be "there" and be able to share more with you all, but the hard truth, which I am certain we all know and don't-so-much-love, is that in order to get "there" I must walk it out and be patient through the process.  And patience is not my middle name (neither is "grace," but that's another story for another day).

So it's been a little quiet here, and it's been a little quiet in my real life, too, but I think that's one of the most beautiful aspects of the season of Advent.  It is a time to pause and to wait in quiet expectation.  So I am going to enjoy the quiet and enjoy the waiting, and maybe even learn to enjoy the patience the process requires.

I look forward to seeing you all in 2015.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In With The New.

Notice anything new or different around here?  I have been dabbling with the idea of changing and updating my blog for a quite a while now, but it wasn't until yesterday that I finally made a decision.  Loved, not Lost was the title of my blog for over four (!!!) years, and while that concept will never change in my life personally, I have been ready for something new.  Something fresh.  Something a little more mature and a little more more me.  The content will remain the same, as I seek to always bring glory first and foremost to my King, but you can expect to see a few new additions, concepts, and series as time goes on.

Please pardon any mess over the next bit of time as I continue to make tweaks here and there.  I am so looking forward to watching this journey continue, and to have you along for the ride.

So here it is, plain and simple: a blog by Gennean.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Travel: Great Smoky Mountains.

Last Saturday, my roommate and I set off on a fun adventure in an attempt to cross an item off of my bucket list: visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in the fall.  You know, when all of the leaves have changed to vibrant hues of orange, yellow, and red, but have not yet fallen from their branches?  That was what I was dying to see in real life.  And they did not disappoint.

We woke up early on Saturday morning, hit up our second favorite coffee shop (our first one wasn't open yet), and made the 4 hour journey toward the Clingman's Dome Observation Tower, the highest point you can get to in the Smokies, sitting pretty at 6,643 ft.  It also serves as the highest point in all of Tennessee.


Seeing as it was a gorgeous Saturday and there were a lot of people who had a similar idea, we ultimately had to park about a mile down the mountain.  Our hike ended being a 3 mile journey up steep hills with changing climates (seriously, it was REAL cold at the top), but it was completely worth it to be surrounded by some amazing views.  I'll let the pictures do the talking...

This trip was the first time in a long time that I actually pulled out my "real" camera, instead of just using my iPhone, and I am pretty sure that I fell in love all over again with photography.  In college I shot a few senior portrait sessions, engagements, and weddings, and while I don't think I will be dabbling in any of that anytime soon, it was refreshing to get out and shoot just for fun.

I grew up visiting and camping in the California mountains regularly throughout the year, so this trip greatly reignited one of my first great loves: being in the mountains.  Talk about something being majestic, dangerous, stunning, full of unknown, and so incredibly breathtaking (literally and figuratively) all at the same time.  Y'all can take the beach, and the city.  Given the choice, you will find me in the mountains every time.

If you ever get the chance to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, don't even think about it.  DO it.  Also, I have to give a  huge shout out to the cutest roomie in the world right there!  She's a gem and I am grateful for her willingness to make spontaneous trips with me.  After this adventure we have even started a list of places to visit in this season of living together, including New Orleans, LA, Brooklyn + NYC, Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, just to name a few.  If you have any other suggestions for fun places to travel to, don't hesitate to holla at ya girl!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wild + Free.

Y'all, I cannot believe that it was one year ago today that I arrived in Tennessee.  For those of you who have been following along since then (or even before then, which if that's the case, you're so amazing for sticking around), you know that the struggle was very real in that season.  Lots of excitement, and doubt, and questions, and pride-issues.  It was a legitimate hot mess.  But the last twelve months have seriously been so fruitful.  I have grown and changed and learned so much more than one post can possibly contain, but I thought I would share just a few of the ways that I have grown since that day a year ago, all by God's grace  So, here goes:

Newfound confidence.  I have had to learn how to get out of my comfort zone over and over again.  From exploring an entirely new part of the country, to attending concerts alone (kind of weird and also kind of awesome), to joining a gym where I knew no one, and meeting new people everywhere in between, I have come to realize that God has so intentionally moved me into places of being more outgoing - more willing and excited to meet new people - than ever before.  I am still an introvert at heart, but I find so much new joy in making friends everywhere a door opens up. 

Dependence on the Lord.  Seriously, this has been huge.  God has shown me multiple times just how desperate I need to be for His presence and for Him to provide, and He has shown up each and every time in crazy, unimaginable ways.  This section could be a book all in itself, so I will just leave it at this: God so desires our wholehearted dependence on Him, so that He can bless us from His abundance in ways we could never even dream of.  PTL that I am incapable of doing much without Him coming through.

Abundant life in the Holy Spirit.  Well, this one is more recent and a little crazy.  All I can say is that I have had a willing and ready heart for a while, and now God is taking me into new places where He is revealing more of His character, particularly Holy Spirit.  It is overwhelming and amazing and so, so worth looking like an absolute fool.  There is so much freedom in living by the Spirit.

All of these thoughts culminated in my morning time with Jesus yesterday as I was reflecting on the last year, which included turning 25 last week, and thinking about what this next season may hold.  I wrote down the following:

Twenty-five: the year of being wild and free.

Set free by Holy Sprit to explore new territories.  To see more and more of the power and authority of the name of Jesus Christ.  To witness healing and miracles.  To pray in new ways and encounter the Father more intimately.  Wild and free to more fully be who He made me to be by pressing in to more of who He promises that He is.  

Guys, I am so excited.  So expectant.  This new season is going to a rich one, and I am believing God to do some incredible things, particularly over the next seven months (a time frame that was spoken over me by my pastor last week).  I hope that you will choose to hang around to see what God has in store!

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