My Life Be Like: Half-way through 2016
2016 thus far, has been a whirlwind! MsYencko.com is beginning to grow into it's own, with podcasts now available, and more regular posts! In addition, I've been working on a very special project that I cannot wait to share!
Personally speaking, I've definitely already rode a few rollercoasters and had to dodge a few bats thrown my way, but nonetheless I figured I'd share what I've been up to over the first 6 months of sweet sixteen.
As some of you may or may not know, I am a Dallas/Ft. Worth based blogger. I don't think I've actually ever titled myself as this, until recently. I loathe being put into a box-- it's the creative in me that can not stand being limited.
I challenged myself to simply LIVE this year. Be out of the box, and be unapologetic. Like celebrating my birthday by whitening my teeth and go-kart racing.
I mostly explore Dallas via food. If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you know I LOVE trying out new resturants and discovering all the amazing hole-in-the-wall places across the city. More recently, my SO pushed me to explore in other ways.
I've spent a majority of my life just doing what I am told, and I'm over it-- it's time to be what I am called to be. Young, free, and enjoying the grace Christ gives me daily. So when I discovered an amazing opportunity to attend a fashion show and hit the town with my girl/stylist friend Elizabeth, I jumped right on it-- hence the "you are what you wear dress".
Amidst of all the fun of discovering my city, I decided to re-start my fitness/wellness journey. I pretty much took an "L" in 2015 in regards to fitness. So I joined a new gym, financially committed to a few training sessions and haven't looked back since. I try to stay away from scale (even though I can't help it some days), instead I focus on how I feel, how well my clothes fit and do whatever I need to do to keep my body healthy.
I've also stepped foot in Atlanta, D.C. (I'm sorry to my DC fam, it was a short trip!), Denver and San Antonio. I challenged myself to travel every other month this year, I am blessed that my girls are getting married, so it's easier to accomplish this goal! ha!
I also made a MAJOR and risky decision sometime in April that was completely Spirit-led, the outcome is amazing-- I'll be sure to shed light on that when I feel ready to! Trust me-- IT'S GOOD.
So far, I've learned that you get out of life what you expect, pray for and demand. I often spent my time dreaming, pinning and desiring. These steps are valid, and help you to at least visualize the life you want to live, BUT without action, specific prayers and merited expectations, you can fantasize all day without any result. So far, 2016 has been a year of challenges, growth and freedom. I've been challenged to make hard decisions, defend those decisions and also learned to guard the real reasons behind the decisions I've made. The truth is, not everyone is going to agree with you when God is asking you to do something or make a certain move. In fact, when God is leading you in a certain direction, it often won't be clear and people may not really agree with it. It is important to have a clear line of communication with God and embrace living a life of Faith. I know how hard it is to say "yes" when you are not sure what that "yes" will entail, but obeying the voice of God with a "yes" is much better than living beneath your potential because "no" is what is expected.
I'll lastly highlight on the most monumental part of 2016 yet. It actually happened last Sunday! I was nervous about sharing this, but figured I should own what happened. My father approached myself and another young adult in my church about preaching on father's day about 2 weeks prior to that day. I definitely wanted to fall through the ground and melt away-- lol. I was so nervous! I still have knots in my stomach thinking about it. Yet in life, If something seems too big for you, it's probably perfect for you.
Thus began 2 weeks of prayer and going with the "holy spirit flow". I was opportune to preach in front of my home congregation. The very congregation I was raised in, and in front of the people that were responsible for some painful scars and joy over the years. As a preacher's kid, the weight of the position is a hefty one, which often makes many run away from ministry. In a way, I've always felt called to serving God, and at this point in my life, even if my parents were not pastors, I believe this who I would still be.
Enjoy this 15 minute sermon titled "the Sins of Our Fathers"
Start the video at 1:11- 1:27.
I look forward to the rest of the year! How has 2016 been for you all thus far?