Welcome to Nashville: New City, New Goals

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I have lived in Nashville for a total of 2 and a half days, which means I’m  basically a local at this point, right?

Actually, I’m in mega-tourist mode where I still get excited when I see a building that I recognize and every time I open my front door and see the downtown skyline. I think I’m going to love it here.

We got me moved into my awesome little house which is super close to downtown on Thursday, and since then, I’ve just been enjoying getting settled while my mom and girlfriend’s family have been hanging.  Now everyone has gone home, and I’ve put the finishing touches on my house and am doing some exploring in between.  I start work at Lifeway with the camps and events team first thing tomorrow morning (I’m not working with the bookstore–I’m working with CentriKid Camps and the events and conferences put on by Lifeway Kids, BTW), and I could not be more excited.

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I am incredibly overwhelmed with excitement about this new chapter in my life.  I have always wanted to live in a bigger city, and I’m finally here. I have always wanted to live close to downtown, and I’m finally here.  I have always (well…for the past four years) wanted to work for CentriKid Camps and Lifeway Kids full time, and it’s finally here.  While I’m nervous about new beginnings, I could not be more content in knowing that God has put me exactly where he wants me, and He’s about to teach me a whole lot of new things in Nashville.

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As I sit here sipping on a latte at The Frothy Monkey on 8th Avenue (isn’t that a cool name for a coffee shop?), I have been thinking about what new goals I want to accomplish now that I am in a new place with new opportunities, and new chances for adventure.  Here are a few of those goals:

1.) Grow spiritually.

College was an incredible time of growth for my spiritual life, and I want that to grow even more now that I’m out of college.  I want to quickly find and get plugged into a local church here in Nashville. I’ve also got a lot to pray about in the next year.

2.)  Do more “grown up” things.

Make my bed everyday. Wake up earlier. Be asleep before Late Night with Seth Meyers comes on.  Eat healthier.  Exercise before I go to work.  You know…things that make adults more put together.  I’ll work on those.

3.)  Get back into photography, journaling, and blogging. 

The past two years have been the busiest in my entire life as they were filled with meeting after meeting and event after event in college.  Unfortunately, I did not have time to do some of the things I enjoy most.  I’m still going to be busy, but I’ll be able to establish more of a routine, and have more time to sharpen my photography and writing skills for fun.

4.) Be a great employee.

I start my first real-life job tomorrow, and my goal is to be able to adapt quickly and well from a college student to a full-time professional, while staying focused on the spiritual aspect of my job.  Can you tell I’m so excited about my job?!

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These definitely aren’t the only things that I want to see happen during the next year (or more) that I am in Nashville.  But growing in these areas and more excited me as I get to see what God does in my life here in Nashville.  Prayers are appreciated, and please keep up with me on here and on social media!

-Micheal

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Opportunity: KMC 2012

The past week has easily been one of the most rewarding and fun weeks of my life.  A few months ago, I was invited by CentriKid to come and work at KMC, Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference, with five other CentriKid staffers. So Sunday morning, I packed up the Jeep and drove nine hours to one of my favorite places in the world: Ridgecrest Conference Center!

Being at KMC was a true blessing and privilege for me. While I was there representing CentriKid, I was also there working for Lifeway by setting things up, welcoming children’s pastors, and helping the speakers during their breakout sessions.  I got to rub elbows and gain knowledge from the Lifeway Kids staff and leaders such as former-Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden, worship leader Travis Cottrell, comedian Jake Gulledge, Tony Merida, and most of the 400 attendees of the conference.

Not only did I have a blast serving along with Lifeway Kids and seeing all the behind-the-scenes fun that goes into the conference, but I was very lucky that the CentriKid team took advantage of the chance to have us there. They used this week to pour into us and let us ask questions and chat about leadership.  Whether it be leadership at camp, at school, or life in general, the chance to listen and pick the brains of people that I highly respect was such an amazing opportunity. From hearing advice on how to be a leader yet maintain relationships to hearing children’s pastors encourage each other in their ministry, the conversations I was apart of have changed my way of approaching leadership.

So people of my life, get ready to here about the amazing time I had about KMC for the next few weeks.

Opportunity: FBC Clinton WMU Meeting

I love CentriKid, and I love talking about it!  That’s no secret. My friends at school get an earful about camp almost every day. God has given me such a passion for this camp and I don’t think I will ever get tired of talking about it.

Last Tuesday, I was invited by a sweet lady to speak at First Baptist Clinton’s WMU meeting…to speak about CentriKid!  I was so excited about this opportunity that I could barely stand it.   I had an absolute blast sharing with these ladies about what camp is all about and how God changes lives through CentriKid. Thank you, FBC Clinton, for giving me the opportunity to come be apart of your meeting and share about something very important in my life!