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Mission Trip – Jamaica – 2016

To say that sometimes I get overwhelmed is an understatement. The mundane-‘ness’ life can sometimes bring typically has me complaining about things that are not important. Worse yet, I often complain about things that I have no right complaining about. Something is broke in my house, I’m too busy with work, someone was rude to me, etc.

I knew in October, in the thick of my busy season…working on average of 18 hours a day…where tears were a daily occurrence, that this can’t be all I do.  While being apart of the biggest moments of my couple’s lives, sometimes I just don’t feel like I GIVE enough or DO enough to feel like I’m really living. Why don’t I spend the free time I do have, being productive instead of binge watching Fixer Upper on Netflix? ( I love me some Chip and JoJo) Why do I have this constant yearning to do something BIGGER with this crazy  lifestyle that fell into my lap five years ago.

Right around this time, a couple from North Carolina with ties to the racing world….(which I know nothing about) flew me down to shoot their small and amazing wedding! There I met Lonnie.  Lonnie is a Chaplain for Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) and performed the ceremony for my couple. After sitting next to him at dinner, I was convinced that I was RIGHT where I was supposed to be.

Lonnie had planned a trip for MRO to do a mission trip to Jamaica. I begged him to let me come.

Coming into this, I was terrified, excited and anxious. I’m not one who is outwardly voicing my opinions on religion and I do not share near enough about all of the amazing things God has done in my life or with my business. I realized sitting in the Charlotte, NC airport….in tears, that I’m one of the luckiest people to be doing what I love. I think of everything I wouldn’t have accomplished or the places I wouldn’t have been able to go.

Getting to meet all of these amazing people in this trip was an HONOR. They also have crazy schedules and face many of the same challenges I do. I was challenged, prayed for, and accepted. It meant so much to me that for once I didn’t have to worry about fitting in because everyone was so welcoming and truly pleasant to be around.

I spent these few days learning, being grateful and taking this amazing opportunity in. Overwhelmed, I’m finally sharing this experience because I truly thing EVERYONE should do something like this in their life. I’m already looking forward to next year.

The most sincere thank you to everyone who was on this trip. My life has been forever changed.

NOW THAT MY NOVEL IS OVER. Here is a peek at my trip :)

 

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