Life lessons about following instructions

If you refer to my “about me” page, you will read that I am not writer, nor an english major. I am actually a business marketing major at UGA. Six years ago if you were to tell me that was going to be a business major at the University of Georgia I would have laughed in your face. Thats because school has never been “my thing”. I made, and continue to make, decent grades but with those grades comes a decent amount of anxiety. Several times a week I will wake up in the middle of the night, fearful that I have forgotten to submit something correctly, or submit something at all. Usually I log onto my ELC, squint to see the screen without my glasses, realize everything is fine, and go back to sleep. Not tonight!

Pause. Have you ever found a recipe online that just looks too good not to try immediately? Now I am not a cook… but I am the queen of pinterest so theres that. Have you ever gotten half way through the recipe and realize you were supposed to mix the wet ingredients separate from the dry ingredients but you didn’t know that until it was to late because you didn’t read the instructions from start to finish at the beginning? Me either….

Anyway, back to what I was saying… To my surprise, I severely messed up… and with my very first assignment! My social Media Marketing class was asked to begin a blog. Easy, done. We were to submit our first post and comment on another existing post. Easier, submit! What I failed to realized until this very moment was our posts had to be about social media marketing…. (who woulda guessed it?) So now it is 12am and I am sitting in my bed thinking about HOW I am going to relate my previous “Christmas Cruise” post in a post about social media marketing before 3:30pm….. I guess we will find out tomorrow considering this post was supposed to turn into an idea…

Note to self: read the instructions all the way through…. ALL THE TIME.

PS. even in moments like this, moments of stress and “I don’t know how to make this happen”. Remember that it is just school, just an assignment, just game, just a break up. Life goes on and I know I will get it done. That is why I am choosing to set my alarm extra early and go to sleep in peace. That is why I am choosing to Thank God for today, for his grace, and for that tiny reminder. 

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Christmas Cruise

Have you ever seen the movie Christmas with the Kranks? If you haven’t, check it out. Its no “Christmas Vacation” but its one of the funniest Christmas movies out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riM5fByDteY. Anyway, this was my life… My family tried to SKIP Christmas!! Now this was a very unexpected decision. The Bitzer’s have strict Christmas traditions that we usually take very seriously. If I sound like i had an ungrateful attitude, I did… and it gets worse.  My parents decision to go on this Christmas adventure was based on my grandparents love to travel and diminishing health. My mom’s mother has Alzheimers and her father is physically struggling severely. We arent given tomorrow and my parents decided it was important to make this Christmas extra special for my grandparents. So while I was not “excited” for the cruise, I agreed with them and did my best to change my attitude. In the movie, the Kranks didn’t quite succeed in skipping Christmas, and the Bitzer’s didnt either (more on that below)! However, we did go on the cruise…

As you can tell… We had a great time. There were stressful moments, but that’s part of being a family. This cruise reminded me of something very important. Christmas is not about the traditions, or the  gifts, or the parties. Its about the birth of Jesus Christ our savior and his unspeakable grace. And that in itself can be celebrated at anytime in any place! Christmas is about giving yourself to others, in any way, shape, or form. So no, we did not skip Christmas. If anything, we were able to recognize the Lords sovereignty more easily through the quality time we spent with each other in some of the most beautiful places on earth.  Don’t get me wrong, the Christmas season is one of my very favorites, and I did miss pieces of it! However, we don’t always realize how it can affect us negatively. Away from wifi, E news, and the Christmas morning comparison trap of Instagram, I felt incredibly full. Full of truth, encouragement, and of course frozen yogurt each and everyday. While we may not opt to travel over the holiday again, I am forever grateful for the seven days we spent celebrating each other and more importantly our Lord Jesus.