I was informed this morning that, according to my birthday, I should surround myself with the color rose-tan and that I should write. And what better day to start writing again than today. Today started easily, which, for any of you who know me personally, is a phenomenal improvement over the sluggish dragging of myself out of bed that generally occurs. We'll call this my big victory for the day.
Today is also the first day of the rest of my life, or it could be. I started my new job. And I think I'm going to love it. The more they talked, the more they thought they would scare me away. But I was soaking it all in quietly while my heart wanted to gush with excitement. So.. details. My caseload? 18 families, give or take. Salary? You could argue it's low, but compared w/ what I've had in the past, I'll be living in extravagance! What will I be doing? Good question. I'm still figuring that out, but basically it looks like I get to help people learn how to help themselves out of life stresses and challenges that make parenting difficult. It's flexible, and I get to use who I am to help them reach their goals! Plus, the girls in the office seem great upon first meeting and I'm looking forward to getting to know some of them better.
I come home from the excitement of the day, only to find in my mailbox a long-awaited package from one of my dearest friends in the world. And not only was there new book to read, but the most perfect letter. Don't you love when someone knows exactly who you are and still thinks you're great? It was such an encouragement. And it helped me to see that even as I struggle, God has been using me for good. We can all be exactly who we are, right now, no matter our shortcomings. Because we were created exactly as we are for the things that surround us this very moment.