Introducing Photo Archive-ology

 

 

At the end of each week, I would love to give yall a little glimpse into some highlights of my week. Before I dive in, let me just get caught up quickly on life in the big city. Or I guess I should say life in “a” big city…I’m not in New York or anything.

Two weeks ago I began working again. It has been a slight adjustment simply because each store does things differently. The people are friendly and have welcomed me…but let’s be honest, this isn’t the south where there seems to be no lack of friendliness. None the less, I am slowly but surely transitioning from the “new girl” which I like…I’m no Zooey Deschanel.

I am now 1/3 of Apt. 212 and it feels nice to have a full apartment. My roomies are lovely and I believe it will be a great year on that end.

I feel like I have the metro down which is a relief but the bus system? Now thats a different beast. On my first public transport venture, I chose to move by bus alone which took me a nice hour and a half to travel 6 miles. I felt surely to God that wasn’t normal. Unfortunately I’m learning the buses aren’t the most time efficient way for travel. But they’re handy when in transport to a metro stop. It’s still kind of embarrassing looking like a TOTAL ALIEN when waiting for a bus, squinting at a map, trying to figure if just maybe that bus will take me anywhere near where I need to be. Fortunately there are bus drivers, like the one I had today, who will scream really loud when it’s my turn to get off.

The last 2 days have been Orientation extravaganza. I’m getting incredibly excited about school. At this point, I’m just suppressing the nerves. It has been made clear that this first semester is the most challenging and difficult which is scary yet relieving for semesters to come, although I know those will hold new and different challenges.

Exciting things that are coming up this year: a trip to Cuba (yes to the please..hoping I can do this; it is both for credit and a photographers dream), free entrance to this amazing National Geographic symposium with some of their best photographers, studying photojournalism in our Nation’s capitol during AN ELECTION, and so much more.

Things are exciting and new and scary and wonderful all at the same time. Looking forward to so much. I ordered 10 books today for classes and I am THRILLED that the books I am required to read are so fascinating. Lots of prayers needed for balance and stress and workload.

Now, for a run through of my photo archive of the week..starting in the top right corner:

1. The perfect garnish to our front door…mom, you’re the BEST!!

2. I love finding beauty everywhere I go and this caught me out the corner of my eye (as I was walking to return keys to our leasing office. What keys you ask? Ones to let me in my apt. Why you ask? Because though I left this morning with 2 roommates who had keys, I didn’t anticipate returning with neither roommate and sans keys. Yep, that happened.)

3. I have wanted this candle for so long and finally bit the bullet and said, “My nostrils deserve to be full of magic!!” And now my room smells like Anthropologie. It IS magic.

4. I feel like I’m in Batman while I’m waiting for the metro.

5. This is how I replenished my body after a 30 minute walk from the metro to school…up hill.

6. This is Marcel. My helpful pen owl. Isn’t he adorable?

7. I officially fail at keeping things alive. Perhaps that is God’s way of saying “No but for real Jordan, you can’t handle a dog.” This recent fatality didn’t hinder me from purchasing a new basil plant today so I shall try again.

8. Sunset in Georgetown. Lovely.

9. This was my verse for the day. Isn’t God awesome like that?

 

Be blessed my friends. Have an amazing weekend!

Reflecting…

I have been blessed with an incredible, full life in my short 25 years. The Lord has blessed me with more love and laughter and experience than most enjoy in a lifetime. And I simply don’t have words for my gratitude. Tomorrow, I have orientation for my program. I am so excited. It hasn’t been that I have forgotten that I have classes starting soon but in the pst 2 weeks I have been getting adjusting to a full work schedule and just trying to get into the daily vibe of living in these parts. But tomorrow I am starting something new. Something exciting. Yet again, another adventure.

I look back over past adventures and just remember the feelings of nerves and excitement, not knowing what would be before me…only hoping for good things..and here I am again, at the start of something new, praying and hoping for whats to come. On that note, I have some things I’d love to ask specific prayer requests for:

1. Vision-this is specifically for my artwork. That the Lord give me direction and creativity and a clear vision to bring glory to Him as I pursue a passion I know He gave.

2. Community-this is already slowly starting to grow…I am already so blessed with roommates that are amazing and I think I even found a church! (more on that another time) But please pray for community amongst my fellow classmates and within my work environment as well.

3. Energy-already feeling the potential of being very thinly spread, but I know the Lord can equip me with strength.

Those are just three specifics on my heart lately.

I’d love to close with a digital version of a book I made last year. During 2011, I challenged myself to take 1 photo every day. Earlier this year, I finally compiled them all into a book and when I look through it, I just feel as though I’m holding treasure. That’s something I love about photography…I can view an image and have my mind triggered with so many memories, stories and thoughts. I have a feeling the season I’m entering into now will produce a collection of equally as amazing memories…that is what I choose.

Be blessed my friends. Thank you for being the reason my life is so full:

And just like that, He reminds me….

As I got into my car tonight, I just had to sit for a minute. I needed a moment to not be standing. To close my eyes and just take some deep breaths before I got on the road and had to use my brain.

So I sat there. And in His perfect timing, I heard the lyrics to the Matthew West song that came on the radio. And even though the chorus was familiar, it was like I was listening for the first time:

You must think I’m strong
To give me what I’m going through

Well, forgive me
Forgive me if I’m wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I’m not strong enough to be
everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not stong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us”

And just like that, He reminded me He was there. He always has been. Amen.

Breakfast of Champions

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Just wanted to share a small snippet of my day. Updates on everyday life to come so soon. But for now, just wanted to show how I started my day! Apparently brunch is a big thing here is DC…seems like such a fancy concept…there is nothing fancy about this meal but since I ate it at 10 am before I left for work, we’re gonna call it brunch…look at me being all DC-esque

My Digs

Walking into my bedroom from the hallway

I hope I get to show many of you my new place in person. Someday I’ll tell you more about some of the gems in my room that make waking up in it everyday such a joy. This is my little haven, away from the crazy, away from the people, away from everything except what I permit to enter. My safe place : )

 

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Come on in…get comfy

Hello lovely friends and family…

I finally did it. I started a blog. Well, its not my first attempt actually. In the past couple of years it’s something I’ve wanted to do and actually commit to* but never really felt like life was exciting enough to share on the interwebs. But here I am, starting a new, crazy and exciting time in life and I figure, now is as good a time as ever. 

Actually, something I’ve come to realize in the past year or so is that life is as exciting as you make it. And upon reflection, my life is incredibly full. Full of amazing people. Full of every day adventure. Full of more love than most people experience in a lifetime. Just full of awesome. 

In my first post, I shared an image I created with the quote that inspired the title of this blog: Delicious Ambiguity. I love everything it says. If my life is any record, plans never go according. You would think after years of crossing my fingers and praying with my eyes closed real tight that I would learn: God’s ways aren’t always my ways. And thank God for that. So as I enter into life full of traffic, back into academia, with a full time job, I am working on change. Changing my desire to want the completed puzzle and accepting each mix-matched jig as it comes. 

In this place, I will try as often as possible to keep y’all updated with photos and posts on each new adventure, as well as share things that are currently inspiring me. I invite you to come in, pull up a seat and make yourself comfortable. Come by as often as you can and please keep me in your prayers when you are away. 

It’s a big world out there. And what a blessing it is to play a small part. 

~Jordan

*while freshman year of college and beginning my life as a post-grad adult provided some interesting thoughts to share with the world, I regret that neither of them stuck. Let’s just say my ability to follow through has changed over the years…