Palm Coast, FL

  Hey everyone! I was really excited to take a short weekend trip down to Palm Coast, Florida this past weekend. The weather is absolutely beautiful here, and it makes me not want to go back to the chill of Massachusetts. I am writing this as I wait for my flight home, seeing that I missed my original flight (whoops). Well thankfully there was another flight for tonight, and a shorter one so it worked out pretty well. So I figured I would take a few moments and share some of the highlights!

  One of my favorite things was being able to see some of my family again. It is amazing to see how much they have all grown up. Not only that but they have also been very successful in their fields. Whether it is starting businesses or performance in school, they have really invested themselves into being excellent in everything they do. It was also great to meet new and future members of the family! This family is a great example of encouraging and challenging one another. We had great conversations on civil rights, God’s calling on each of our lives, and more. There are so many challenges in today’s world, and it’s great to have friends and family who are open to sharing their opinions and challenging one anther.

  Another great thing I got to see was Lifecoast Church. I got to spend time with several leaders in the church as well as several members of the worship team. The service was excellent with passionate worship leaders including my own cousin Cassidy who has a great voice! She led one of my favorite worship songs, "Love on the Line" by Hillsong Worship, and it was such a blessing to see her using her talents to serve the Lord. The church meets in a local high school with around 500+ seats as a mobile church.

  The final thing that really stood out to me was the growth of Trades of Hope. Trades of Hope is an organization founded by four women who wanted to give woman around the world a way to provide for their families. In many countries there is very little opportunity for jobs and therefore women find themselves in prostitution, sex slavery and more. Through Trades of Hope these woman have the opportunity to create jewelry, accessories, etc, which is then sold by Trades of Hope. This gives woman from all over the world, 10,000 and counting an opportunity to provide for their family and to escape the horrible work situations they have been stuck in their entire lives. So far trades of hope has reached the Philippines, Kenya, India, Haiti, Jordan, and the United States just to name a few. Check out their website and support them as they continue to provide new opportunities for woman to provide for their family. I'm loving my new TOH wallet! (as seen below) Check them out at TradesofHope.com

  These last couple days have been a great time to relax, worship, and enjoy the company of family that I haven’t seen in years! It has been a great opportunity to continue to pray for what God has in the next chapter of my life. The answer could even come this week .... but I guess that's for my next post.

  Alright now I need to get back to my next project, watching "The Force Awakens" while I wait for my plane! #Priorities