It's that time of the year again. The temperature is dropping and we all have trees in our living rooms and we're mentally preparing ourselves to be asked a million questions by all of our relatives. You know, those questions...
The holidays are different for everyone. For a lot of people, they're the highlight of the year. Their time is spent practicing traditions, singing Christmas music, and celebrating with friends and family. Then, there are the people like me, who only celebrate Christmas on December 25th. My family doesn't have any traditions, nor am I the biggest fan of Christmas music or the whole ugly sweater thing. The holidays look different for me, and for a long time I thought that was a bad thing. In the age of social media, I've found myself getting caught up in a game of comparison, thinking of my holidays season as less-than because I don't have any traditions to look forward to, let alone any Christmas cheer to spread around.
would be lying if I said that I miss high school, but I'd also be lying if I said that I didn't miss some of my teachers. I went to a small(ish) school, so after a while, I knew the names of most of the teachers and eventually, they knew my name too. It would have been easy for me to go through my time at Gulf Shores High School without getting to know any of the teachers or staff members, but thankfully, that didn't happen. Getting to know my teachers, and letting them get to know me, is the best decision I made in high school. Let me tell you why.
I used to be afraid of conflict and would run and hide from it anytime it came around. I feared that if there was conflict, and that conflict was addressed, the relationship would break and/or never be the same. But, I was wrong. The truth is that conflict is normal, healthy, and (depending on what the conflict is over) can be easily dissolved. I've come to a place where I no longer fear conflict, but can welcome it, address it, and move on from it. I'm hoping that through mine and Emma's advice, you'll begin to come to that place too.
In my experience, I've learned that the best solution is to embrace it, because learning from failure and allowing it to teach you is a lot better than letting it knock you down. There are a lot of steps to how this can happen, and they can't be learned all at once, but today, as a person that fails often, I'm going to walk you through them.
In my twenty-one years, I've often struggled with feeling less-than. Whether it was on the soccer field in middle school, in the youth group in high school or even now, in the classroom at MC, it's been really easy for me to believe that I'm not enough for the setting that I'm in. I've learned a lot throughout the years, becoming more confident in my abilities and believing that I am who my Maker says I am.
Today, I'm going to attempt to share some of my wisdom with you, friends. If you're about to come to college, this is for you. In a few weeks, you'll load your cars just like a did all those summers ago and there's a big chance that you'll feel the rush of change upon you, too. It'll be overwhelming at first, and maybe even a little hard, but it's so important that you embrace it.
Hello all! It's Ashton here on this fine Friday afternoon. It's Good Friday and Easter is just three days away. Within the midst of all the Easter baskets and egg hunts and creepy bunny suits, I think that sometimes we forget to look at the power and importance that is represented by this weekend. This weekend is the representation of our Savior's death and resurrection and that's something worth talking about.