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Birthday Post: Up Close And Personal

Today, of all of the 365 days of the year, marks the day I was born more than a few decades ago. Yes, in other words, today is my birthday. 

I look back fondly over the birthdays I’ve had through the years. And yet, I’ve noticed that over time, feeling excitement over turning older has turned into apprehension. We are in uncharted territory here.

I don’t want to write an essay—just a hello, and perhaps a reminder to those in a state of transition that it’s okay to be scared, but God didn’t make you to be scared. He made you to charge onward with confidence and grace.

I’ve made the decision this year to work towards applying to medical school. 

It took a lot of thought, a lot of prayer, and ultimately, realizing where my talents could be best used for God’s kingdom. I’m beyond excited, and I’m not sure I’ve smiled this much over a long-term career goal in years. I know it’s because Jesus is smiling; He’s been leading me here. In case you were wondering what motivated posts such as praying for signs or surrendering to Christ—this is it.

That being said, it’s a long and daunting road of rigorous study ahead. 

But you know who I think of? Elle Woods preparing for the LSAT. Purpose-driven, determined, and super capable. Elle was a natural-born leader and lawyer, with her own bit of sparkle and pink accessories. She may have felt discouraged along the way, but she knew her value. And so did her friends, who reminded her whenever she needed support. So, truly: thank you to my family and friends who prop me up when I need it and inspire me to keep going.

Elle Woods never backed away from a challenge, and neither will I. I’m going to get there. And I’m going to do it in style, with Jesus; a little bit of pink never hurt anyone. Here’s to being 26.

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