Ok, I'm going to try to get this thing going again. Sorry for the hiatus, and thanks for still taking an interest in my life!
Anyone who knows me knows that it takes me 2 hours to write a very basic email, so the idea of trying to write a post that captures everything that has happened in the past month is a little overwhelming to me. So in lieu of a novel, I've decided to break these up into the main aspects of my life right now: work, dance, and NYC exploration.
So thank you so much for your prayers during my unemployment period! Despite the challenges, I'm excited to finally have a job, and like I was hoping for, it's one with flexible hours- so I can still enjoy exploring this new city, spend time with visiting friends, and when necessary pick up more shifts at times when I need a little extra cash. Now I just ask for prayers that I can balance all of these work hours without it taking away from the quality of my dance education. It's been really hard to leave a lunch shift where I'm going non-stop for 6 straight hours, and then still having the motivation to walk into a dance class right after and give it my all for 3 more hours. But I have to remember that I moved to New York to dance, not to wait tables, so I have to find a way to make sure that is a priority every day. I'm also asking for prayers that this NY experience will teach me the art of financial self-control and discipline-- a huge weakness of mine.
So as I am sure you are gathering, this whole job/money situation is basically my beautiful rose with its painful thorns. It's easy to pick out things to complain about, but I know that this is all part of my journey. Throughout this month I've been holding on to this passage for encouragement:
Romans 5:2b-4 "And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."