Jets Camp and More

IMG_3081Yesterday a friend and I traveled to Florham Park, NJ to attend the New York Jets training camp. It was a great experience and Jets fans are entertaining, lively and passionate (minus one notoriously annoying fan). But I still think us Cowboys fans do it better (#WeDemBoyz). Now this isn’t a sports blog, so this isn’t a recap of training camp or will I be dishing any analysis. However, for all the Baylor fans reading this, we did see QB Bryce Petty in action and he looked pretty comfortable in the pocket and made a couple of good throws, so that’s a good sign. Now don’t get too excited, because the Jets starting QB Geno Smith (yes, the QB of the WVU team who scored 70 points against us in 2012) looked good as well, but I digress.

The city we arrived in was a bit far from the Jets practice facility, so we had to hitchhike up these great hills with the sun directly hitting us to reach our destination (Jk, we didn’t hitchhike nor did we walk up any hills, but it was still a long 30 minute walk in the sun – thank God we’re both from Texas). Once we got there, we were told we couldn’t bring in our bags (forgot about the dumb NFL rule) so we threw them in a ditch with thorny plants. Fortunately, I’m a beast and was able to retrieve both bags from the thorny plants without a scratch. Overall, it was enjoyable and definitely one of those “bucket-list” items I can scratch off my list.

IMG_3071Anyway, apart from Jets camp, it was nice to escape the city for a while without having to spend much money; it was a relatively cheap ride out of Penn Station. Plus the town we were in was gorgeous. It had a Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girl reference) type feel to it. There were little shops, restaurants and on our way back we saw a Jazz performance as people relaxed and watched.

Honestly, I didn’t really care about visiting the actual city, I just wanted to watch some free football. However, it’s the little surprises like walking through a city like this that makes life worth living. The unexpected always tends to surprise us and make the experience truly great.

Cheers,
– The Real Swaggy P

More football pics below: 
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CB Darrelle Revis AKA face of the franchise

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Testing of Your Faith

B-DVCZUCQAIo0dJLast night I read James 1 and it resonated with me because everyone goes through slumps and trials. Two weeks ago, I questioned every decision I made: should I do Tech PR? Should I go back to school? Should I leave New York? (the answer is a definite no to the last one). But through it, all I realized that I was burned out and lacked that fire I had when I first moved here. The Honeymoon phase was over so to speak, so I wanted something new.

Unlike many people I know, I welcome change and sometime initiate it myself to try something new. Once something becomes routine, it goes down hill from there.

Now what does this have to do with James 1? Before I connect the dots, I wanted to highlight the verses (2-5) that resonated with me:

 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

We all face trials of different kinds, some more difficult than others, but in the end we have to remember to persevere. Since the end of May, I had lost my fire and was going through the motions. My life was definitely not being lived to its fullest. I started questioning my reason for existence with the fear that I’m wasting my life without doing anything meaningful. As much as I love my job, I started to wonder if Tech PR is really what I wanted to do/what God wanted me to do. In prayer, I asked God two things: to light that fire in my heart and to show me where I needed to be in life.

The thing with prayer is that it’s not always answered over night. It took a month for God to give me a clear answer – not because God wants to see us suffer, but because he wants to strengthen us and develop our character.

This week I realized how faithful our God is even though we don’t deserve. It may not seem like it in this broken world, but he truly does love us and answers us (and sometimes tells us things we don’t want to hear). During my “funk” phase I consulted with several people and they basically told me what I didn’t want to hear (at first), but as I started praying, I began to realize it’s because I am where God wants me to be. I began going to work with a new attitude and started to love it again. The biggest lesson learned is that joy only comes from the Lord and nothing else. **One thing to note: joy and happiness are different. Things/moments can make one happy, but true joy is from the Lord.

Cheers,
– The Real Swaggy P

Adventure

IMG_2620Since WovenHearts won’t be launched for a while, I figured I’d use this blog as a platform to build up to its launch/write about some of my New York adventures.

NYC is great in that there’s always something new to be explored – a new present waiting to be opened. Just walking around the city evokes a passion that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. There’s a euphoric rush that flows deep down and inspires me (that feeling intensifies when you have Band of Horses playing in the background).

Moving to New York has opened my eyes to a new world I didn’t know existed. The hustle and bustle, showtime, the variety of cultures, the arts etc. when blended together makes for a unique spark – otherwise referred to as the NY magic (which I now understand). There’s really no better place to learn about yourself than exploring the streets of New York. 

Having the ability to take random trains to random parts of town and explore random places has given me the ability to live life to the fullest. There’s a bit of FOMO, but at the same time, I’m always doing something, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I’m doing what I want to do and it’s pretty darn liberating (that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but as someone who hasn’t experienced much, this is freedom).

On the sIMG_2675ports side of things (because duh…how am I going to discuss NY and not mention sports), I’ve always hated baseball. I’ve gone to games, but I never actively kept up with it. However, going to a Yankees game was something else. The atmosphere was rowdy and energetic – which made the other baseball games I went to seem like a joke.

As for football, we’ll have to see. I’m kind of sad that I won’t get the Cowboys on TV anymore, but having to watch the Jets (aka the team that gave birth to the butt fumble) has me considering buying a league pass so I can watch my Ravens…Jk I’m too broke for that. I would if I could. At this point I’m not even going to talk about the Knicks, but Kristaps Porzingis showed promise in the Summer League so we’ll see. #InPhilWeTrust

Until next time folks – Peace,
– The Real Swaggy P

Here’s to the Future


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It’s the unexpected surprises that lead to the greatest moments in life, for example moving to NYC was crazy, unexpected and definitely in God’s plan. The journey to get here was a roller coaster, but in the end it was worth it. Not only am I in love with this city, but I found an amazing church where I’m able to grow in the Lord. The best part is I was able to find myself and embrace who I am (a flower child/hippie – minus the drugs – artsy idealist with hopes of being the next Mother Theresa/future Senior Vice President/CEO). So…that may seen crazy, but I’m an idealist (aka INFJs represent!). While I may be those things, I’m also the daughter of a Lord who loves me.

And that’s enough!

My heart is filled with joy for the first time in my life because I have everything I need – and I’m not talking about material things, even though he has provided immensely. God’s love for us is so deep and raw and faithful yet we don’t deserve any of it. I guess my goal is to portray that love through my actions. To encourage, to help, to provide, etc. We love because he first loved us. That’s where WovenHearts comes in. I want this to be a ministry for women to know that there is a God who loves them and that they are beautiful inside and out. How this will happen? I’m still planning, but hopefully by next year, at least a few people will have been affected by this ministry. So here’s to the future. May it be filled with joy and hope despite living in a broken world.

Cheers,
-The Real Swaggy P

Hello Friends – Welcome to WovenHearts

This was previously a PR blog, but I decided to turn this into something else since I didn’t want to create a new blog.

The new blog will be called WovenHearts and it’s still in the early stages. I’m not sure how it’s going to shape up, since it’s still in the developing stages, but it’s going to be awesome. I’m so excited to see it come to fruition. More info coming soon.