10 Months of Change

Change isn’t easy. I have been leaning into this change and thus been on a blogging hiatus. Now, I will catch everyone up on the past 10 months of life.

That one time I had two weeks to pack up my life and convinced my brother to dive my U-Haul to Austin.
That one time I had two weeks to pack up my life and convinced my brother to dive my U-Haul to Austin.

10 Months ago I moved to Austin with only two weeks notice to pack up my belongings and say goodbye to the people who have loved me so well. I had no expectations for moving or what would come my way. I just said “YES”. This “yes” has quite simply changed my life.

While in Austin, I’ve done everything I have never done before.

  1. I moved in with strangers and lived with them for two months. Thankfully they are not strangers anymore, they are friends and I am forever grateful for their kindness.
  2. I moved into an apartment with a friend of a friend who I met once. She turned out to be a wonderful roommate and person to live with.
  3. I only know one family here in Austin. No other friends.
  4. New job. New co-workers. New foster families.

I would love to say that following Jesus’ plan for me to move here was easy, but it wasn’t. I wasn’t prepared to be the one of the few black faces in a white place (Austin is 8% African-American, yep-you read right), I wasn’t prepared for the homesickness, the longing for my friends, missing my family, hard work days, and tearful nights wondering if I made the right decision. Stepping out to do something new is not easy. I have had to fight through the lonely moments because I know I’m supposed to be here. Trust me, I have tried to bail out and hightail it to Houston in anyway possible. One main thing I have learned here is consistency and trust.

Let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy but Jesus has blessed me with an amazing community of women and friends. They have loved me so well and I have such an amazing small group.

Pictures are worth a thousand words and these few images represent how good life has been over the past few months. There are so many people who have made Austin home and I only have a fraction of the pictures to represent who they are. The bible studies, small groups, BTB group, dinners, birthdays, and much more have made Austin so inviting. I have the best church, filled with the most loving and genuine people on earth. The joy I have today, trumps every hard tear-filled day since I have moved here. God bless my saint of a mother who listened to me cry and want to give up and encouraged me to stay put and push through, because life is hard sometimes (also, I am dramatic…) but God is good.

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ANC youth. Hands down, some of the coolest students in Austin.
ANC youth. Hands down, some of the coolest students in Austin.
Thanks to our small group, we met and now we are going to be roommates :)
Thanks to our small group, we met and now we are going to be roommates 🙂
Jada. My little love.
Jada. My little love.
This woman has been a strength and joy to me. Tasha, thanks for believing in me.
This woman has been a strength and joy to me. Tasha, thanks for believing in me.
When your Houston friends come and finish up filming for the HHope Documentary- life gets a little sweeter.
When your Houston friends come and finish up filming for the HHope Documentary- life gets a little sweeter.
Random road trips to thrift, get Steel City Pops, and Melt ice cream in Ft. Worth are necessary in the summer.
Random road trips to thrift, get Steel City Pops, and Melt ice cream in Ft. Worth are necessary in the summer.
Hair time with Remy. We both survived which gives me hope for doing my own child's hair one day.
Hair time with Remy. We both survived which gives me hope for doing my own child’s hair one day.
It's fun to dance at the Easter church service in downtown Austin.
It’s fun to dance at the Easter church service in downtown Austin.
Alison and Angie would try to convince me to run a marathon if they could but I am thankful they stuck with a 10k. Ha
Alison and Angie would try to convince me to run a marathon if they could but I am thankful they stuck with a 10k. Ha
Steel City with my road trip buddy.
Steel City with my road trip buddy.
Inner/Middle
Inner/Middle
The most precious teen mom and friend.
The most precious teen mom and friend I get to help through HHope (my non-profit for teen moms).
The United Nations.  We bring the diversity.
The United Nations.
We bring the diversity.
Katie moved to ATX and life here got better.
Katie moved to ATX and life here got better.

These people

Some of the best people in ATX
Some of the best people in ATX

Thank you Austin- Morriss family, for loving me so well.

Although life in Austin has been good, I was concerned about leaving my high school life group behind, as well as, many special friendships. What happens to the friends you leave behind? Your people, your best friends. Well, you just keep up with them. The past 10 months these people and more have stayed in my life. We made time for each other.

My small group girls in Houston
My life group group girls in Houston
These two. Rooftop talks about life and love. The have visited me 3 times or more since I moved and helped me on the hard days.
These two. Rooftop talks about life and love. The have visited me 3 times or more since I moved and helped me on the hard days.
I mean this guy. My dad has supported this ATX adventure 100%. He has come to visit and check in on me several times. Gotta love this guy.
I mean this guy. My dad has supported this ATX adventure 100%. He has come to visit and check in on me several times. Gotta love this guy.
My best friend and mother. She is a beautiful soul.
My best friend and mother. She is a beautiful soul.
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Juneteenth with my sis Mandy.
My music soul sister and laughing buddy. Holland, MI is too far but seeing you twice a year has been a great gift.
My music soul sister and laughing buddy. Holland, MI is too far but seeing you twice a year has been a great gift.
And of course, this guy- my delayed twin by two and a half years, has been the best supporter of me doing something new.  {Brother Myron and Sister Faitth. He gets my humor and laughs at all my jokes.}
And of course, this guy- my delayed twin by two and a half years, has been the best supporter of me doing something new.
{Brother Myron and Sister Faitth. He gets my humor and laughs at all my jokes.}
My college roommate. Our theme song is " I cant go for that" by Hall and Oats And "Work out" by J.Cole. This should tell you something about our friendship.
My college roommate and best. Just when she moved to Houston, I moved to Austin-tragedy. Our theme songs are ” I cant go for that” by Hall and Oats
And “Work out” by J.Cole. This should tell you something about our friendship.
My boo. Thankful that I have gotten to see her face several times this year. There's nothing like life-long friendships.
My boo. Thankful that I have gotten to see her face several times this year. There’s nothing like life-long friendships.
Because when you pass through Columbus, TX heading to Houston, its always necessary to stop and see your best friend.
Because when you pass through Columbus, TX heading to Houston, its always necessary to stop and see your best friend.

What have you always wanted to do? What’s holding you back from doing that thing? What’s holding you back from moving to that new city or state? Whats holding you back from applying for that school? Whats keeping you from doing something different?

LEAP PEOPLE, LEAP. Then LEAN INTO IT and KEEP LEAPING.

It only gets better.

xoxo

One Comment Add yours

  1. Jennifer says:

    Love you, Faith! So proud of you. Brave. Brave. Brave. ❤

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