A Girl Without a Plan

There comes a time in one’s college career when Senior year hits and the questions begin to arise as to just what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. Try as I might, I can’t seem to answer this question at the moment.
I’ve talked on here so many times about how we need to trust in God’s plan for our lives and believe that he has good intentions for us. But right now I think there’s more than just lack of trust that’s hampering my view of my future.
I have this innate desire to excel. I am driven to find my niche and be the best that I can in that area. But what exactly does that look like for me? I have so many passions from A to Z that it seems impossible to melt down into one dream career.
Thankfully, I have parents that have spoken destiny into me since i’ve been a little girl. Even when I’m feeling unsure and uncertain about what my future is going to look like, they have complete confidence in me. 
My dad, being the quote king that he is, emailed me a list of goodness to help me through my mid-week breakdown. This one in particular spoke to me in profound ways:

“People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.” Norman Cousins

Instead of focusing on my fears and uncertainty, I need to dream. I may not know the exact path I’ll be taking, but I believe that I serve a God who opens doors when they need to be opened. There are endless opportunities in this world, and so many things to go and do and see. So if you ask me what I’ll be doing after graduation next December I may list off 50 things, and I’m perfectly okay with that. 

Water Baby

Recognize that surfing baby? Ella girl and her family made their annual trip to the Carlson cabin this weekend. We were in the water nonstop and had plenty of laughs from this little spit-fire of a girl and her brothers. If you see an Amber Alert for a blonde, blue-eyed baby girl… my mom and I may have followed through on our kidnapping threats. 

A Trip to the Big Apple

I figured once summer rolled around, I’d have lazy days to fill with blogging, but that definitely hasn’t been the case! Life has been crazy busy– and it’s not going to slow down anytime soon! When my dad announced he would be out-of-town last weekend, my mom and I planned a spur-of-the-moment trip to our favorite city. I’ve been to the Big Apple twice before, and each time brings new adventures and findings. You can’t see everything Manhattan has to offer in one trip…that’s the beauty of it. There’s always new things to explore!
One staple of our NYC trips has been Café Habana. This cuban restaurant couldn’t be any tinier, but the food is to die for. I dream about their grilled corn and  Cuban sandwich! Yummm.
We’re also big fans of the Double-decker tour busses. We hopped on and off as we pleased, and learned lots of facts about the great city! 
My favorite part of the trip was spent galavanting through SoHo. It was far less crowded in the streets, and the shops were incredible. Not to mention the cupcake bakeries on every corner!
There’s no doubt that my mom and I could go anywhere and have fun. No matter where life takes us, I know that she will always be my side. The older I get, the more grateful I am for our relationship. I’m so blessed by her generous heart and her joyous attitude toward life. She’s my best friend and the best traveling partner a girl could ask for ♥
Until next time NYC!

Down by the River

My parents are in the process of designing their dream home on the Mississippi river. The house we live in now is all i’ve ever known. 20 wonderful years of running in the pine trees and going on adventures on our little piece of heaven. But all good things must come to an end and I will always cherish the memories that we have created here. Growing up in the country was as good as it gets, and I hope that I can give my kids the same opportunity to spread their wings someday. 
If everything falls through, the building process should be starting very soon! I’m so excited to see my parent’s dream become a reality. They’ve worked so hard to be able to do this and thankfully they’re not kicking me to the curb– they want to keep me around ;) What they don’t know is that I don’t plan on moving out anytime soon… I’ll probably be living in the basement untill I’m 46. 
Soon enough we’ll be toasting marshmallows around the fire and watching the lazy river roll by.
So many more wonderful memories to come!