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What is it about travel that makes us introspective?

Maybe there’s something in the act of physically moving from point A to point B, or maybe I am just always a solo traveler and have nothing better to do than sit quietly with thoughts rattling inside my head.

Today I’m in the middle of a non-metaphorical journey. I woke up at 4:42 a.m., left St. Joseph and boarded a plane in Kansas City. As I type, I’m sitting in Chicago’s Midway airport, waiting on a second plane to Philadelphia. There, I’m going to hop into a rental car and drive about two hours south to the D.C. suburbs.

The point of this journey? I’m heading to President Obama’s inauguration. And I’m pretty stinking excited about it. I went in 2009, but was unable to actually see the event in person (there was a bit of a ticket fiasco), so I’m excited for a new chance to come back this year.

It was a pretty impulsive, spontaneous trip (I bought tickets Tuesday after being spurred on by my coworkers/a friend), and a bit of a splurge for a weekend getaway, but it’s a good thing. I’ll get to reconnect with a college friend and another Kansas friend who happened to be in Northern Virginia is going to meet with me tomorrow.

I realized earlier just how little travel I did last year. The only times I boarded a plane in 2012 were for a job interview and my sister’s wedding, both flights between MDW and KCI. I need to plan a new trip for the end of this year, when I finally get some time off and all my friends’ weddings are over (they’re taking up my first three vacation days).

Anywho. I’ll update as this inauguration weekend adventure unfolds…and include some pictures, too. 🙂


Written by Jessica

January 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

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Plugging in.

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I’ve been in St. Joe for a month now. It’s pretty wild to think that I’ve wrapped up four full weeks on the new job already and things are a little less new now.

I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to find a church already here. I didn’t really find a church in Illinois (partially me just feeling blah on church in general/me not being a morning person, at all/just being lazy), so I’m really glad to be able to jump in again here.

My first week here, I was driving down a new street and happened to pass by the church, Wellspring Community Church. It’s in a gorgeous old building — as a lot of St. Joe churches are — but I was drawn to the sign outside that said it had a 6 p.m. Sunday service. That is pretty awesome if you’d rather sleep in on a Sunday morning than go to church. Which, to be really honest, has been me a lot in the past. The other thing is that my whole schedule has shifted for this job — I wake up around noon and stay up until about 2 a.m. ish. I’m that much less likely to go now.

But the week of New Year’s, I went and immediately liked the people and the pastor and the night service and came back this past weekend. I also was immediately plugged into (/aggressively recruited into) a small group, which I went to Monday for the first time.

It’s funny how things come together sometimes — God knew I needed this place, and these people. The group is one of all single girls in my age group, 20s-30s, lead by a woman who’s 60. It was really nice to connect with them — I’m already looking forward to next week.

I’m hoping that after a long time of not really actively seeking God, I can come back and really grow in my faith this year. I’ve been reading She Read’s Truth‘s Fresh Start study so far, and poking around other parts of my Bible.

I have been so challenged by the promises in James 4: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you,” and in Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Stay tuned for more here, I guess. 🙂


Written by Jessica

January 9, 2013 at 4:22 am

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