Below is an extended caption* I published on my Instagram account at the beginning of Advent, a season of waiting for the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. As a Christian Advent means the period of time to anticipate the birth of our much needed Savior, Jesus. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday preceding Christmas and continues through Christmas Eve.

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November 30, 2015

Heading to San Fran for a couple of days! This comes on the heels of PR and Thanksgiving. I’m so blessed and it’s only because I submit my life to the King and fearlessly go wherever He takes me. 👑
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As we enter into this season of advent(ures) my prayer for you double tappers and scrollers is that you would be waiting with expectation for what’s to come! No matter what your day to day looks like now, I pray that you would place your hope in eternity rather than the material things. Sure diamonds are lovely but investing in your relationship with your Creator would be a greater adventure in this season. Let your knowledge of God be multiplied far beyond what you could imagine. He still has a plan despite whatever a fearful world has to say. 🌎🌍🌏
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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end… ” -‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 🎄
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Be adventurous. Be fearless. Carry hope. Fill yourself with faith. Wander. Live. Love. #MondayMotivation #Advent #adventure #Adventures

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Check out a few photos of how I spent the holidays!

Tree Trimming Party Theme
I purchased my first real Christmas tree this year and invited friends over for tree decorating along with snacks & games.
I love my new serving dish. The holiday tree trimming party served as an apartment warming.
I love my new serving dish. The holiday tree trimming party served as an apartment warming.
Austin Trail of Lights 2015 at Zilker Park. Definitely a must-do holiday event in Austin for all ages.
Austin Trail of Lights 2015 at Zilker Park. Definitely a must-do holiday event in Austin for all ages.

As I sit here and reflect on how the holidays were spent in 2015, I’m reminded of the imperfections of those closest to me and even my own flaws. Though we sit in the midst of joy, happiness, and celebration – we still find ways to expound upon our shortcomings. It’s through this that I’m reminded that despite everything I’ve done to “own” the holidays (volunteering, gift buying, cooking, baking, traveling, etc.) I STILL come up short.  No matter how many things I checked off my list in 2015 or my New Year’s Resolutions, or lack thereof, I’m still pretty darn lackluster compared to my King. The only way I’ll ever come close to a reflection is to continue leaning into my Creator and trusting that one day I’ll be like Him. Until then I’m forever in a season of Advent, breezing through, serving, and Netflixin’ in anticipation of the day we’ll all be fully aware of His glory again.

The Single Gal Holiday Card
This easily could’ve been a holiday card, had I not taken this photo on December 11th. Cheers to procrastination? …just kidding, millennials send holiday e-cards via text.

XOXO,

JK

*extended caption = gentle reminder that I need to focus on more personal writing!

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