Waiting on God’s Timing

49729bbb322042cc547a9d6878e82f87Lets face it – we all want to be in complete control of our lives. We think we know what’s best for us, what we want, what we like, etc., when in all honestly we can even decide what kind of sandwich we want half the time.

It’s been almost 6.5 half months since I’ve moved to New York and on my way home last week I started thinking about all the little things: the pain, the waiting, blind faith, etc., so get to where I am. Life isn’t perfect, and as always I’m still in the constant state of “waiting,” but I have peace that the dude upstairs knows what he’s doing.

My journey wasn’t always easy. When I applied for my first PR internship, I was rejected (seven times to be exact). Slowly anger started to fill my heart and I didn’t understand why I couldn’t land an internship. I even called random companies and offered free help. Nothing happened. Shortly after I took summer classes and started applying for fall internships. Same thing – still couldn’t land an internship. Doubt started to creep into my mind. Should I be doing PR? Is this really what God wants me to do? After seeking the Lord, I knew this is what he wanted for me. Would I stick with him and trust his plan or would I quit?

I continued fcfe10c0b76ea4cf407c6ea856e04b6ato persevere and apply. All I needed was one ‘yes’. However, during the “waiting” period, I made it my goal to learn as much as I could on my own. I had informational interviews with professionals in the area, watched webinars via PRSA (thank you PRSSA membership) and started a PR blog. Once I had an opportunity (I thought to myself), I would work hard,  and make all of those people regret passing me up. While I was able to find a semi-internship during the summer after calling West Oaks Urgent Care (which was great because the doctor worked with my school schedule), I started thinking about fall 2013.

After four more rejections, I put my trust in the Lord. I gave up control and gave it to him. One day I received an email from the Baylor journalism department about an internship opportunity with InterviewStream. Not only was it paid, but it was a semi-startup (which is rare in Waco). I decided to apply because at this point what did I have left to lose?

A couplee37606047de1042e0f749c64b228208e of weeks after I received an offer. Thinking back this was the best thing because it cemented my love for Tech PR. It also helped me land an internship with Walker Sands which then led me on the path to Weber Shandwick Dallas and then NY in their global technology practice. Additionally, if I hadn’t taken those summer classed that summer, I wouldn’t have graduated on time.

It’s been a long journey and it’s obviously not over, but it’s amazing to see how far God can take us when we trust him. The best things do come to those who wait, but what are we doing during our waiting period? Are we sitting on a couch eating/drinking our sorrows or are we taking the time to draw near to God and trying to become the best version of ourselves? God sometimes tests us to see how badly we want things and if we’re going to stick with him during the trials.

No one likes to wait, especially if you’re as impatient as me, but like Proverbs 3:5-6 says:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Give God control over your life because he knows what he’s doing Also know your waiting isn’t in vain.

Cheers,
– The Real Swaggy P

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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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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