On the plane last week to Detroit and then to Wisconsin, I had a chance to do some thinking.

Up, up and away. The city that seemed so big and daunting to me was a mere smattering of lights out of my plane window. Music City faded from my sight, leaving me only my memories.

Where do I begin?

I came to Nashville with a uHaul full of things and about a truck’s worth of dreams, fears, and questions.

I left Nashville with a duffle bag and a about a truck’s worth of dreams, confidence, and revelations.

Coming to Belmont has probably been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me {one of the best is a post that’s coming up soon, I promise!} In just one semester, I have learned so much from this city and more importantly, the people around me. I’ve met people who have made me laugh. I’ve met people who have made me cry. I’ve met famous people and more importantly people I think should be famous. I’ve met people who have inspired me to dream more, do more, and become more.

I’ve also learned a ton more about myself. My first night of college, I cried {gasp! confession?} and was terrified that I had picked the wrong school and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Although my path isn’t clear, I’ve realized that I’m a lot stronger than I thought. I’ve also learned through some pretty stupid decisions {the Monday that nobody wants to remember…} the kind of person I want to be. I have to thank my friends and God for helping me through this.

And of course, Nashville. I mean, really? People get to go to the CMAs and Grammy Nominations and meet famous people and be in movies and TV shows? That’s not just a dream? I’ve once again been reminded that nothing is impossible and the people who we wish we could be started out just like we are—dreamers. I’ve also learned to never limit the things that God can do. He can create indescribable beauty and rescue you from it at the same time. He can forgive even when you don’t feel like you deserve forgiveness. He can take you from a time in your life when you never thought you’d get out of the darkness and give you a future so bright that you want to pull out your hipster sunglasses.

The sun is setting on this first incredible chapter. I can’t wait to see what God has in store next.



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