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3 Things 2016 Taught Me: #2 – Leap! Leap! And Leap Again!

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2016 NIGP Young Professional Scholarship Recipients

2016 was a year full of lessons for me. Every time I looked around I was learning something new or having something re-iterated to me in a different way. I would even say that I possibly just wanted to pay closer attention to what was happening in my life. Thus, the lessons just meant that much more.

So, let me give you a little background on the 2nd lesson 2016 taught me. I am an undergraduate and graduate school alumni. And like most Americans I paid for it on my own. Unfortunately, I never applied for scholarships to assist me. I should have, but I did not. I have a laundry list long of reasons that I never did, but to keep it short, I know that I should have. Fast forward to 2015, I ran across a scholarship for young professionals in the field of procurement. The qualifications were simple. Candidates were to be under 40! That was me. Or they had to have less than 3 years experience in the field of government procurement. That was not me, but I met the first criteria, so I closed my eyes and leaped. Applying for a scholarship was unchartered waters for me, but I leaped anyway. I submitted my application and with much anticipation, my application was declined. The scholarship would have been so helpful. It would have afforded me the opportunity to attend one of the largest national government procurement conferences. Without the scholarship, my chances in attending were slim to none since my company’s budget is not always plush enough for such expenditures. I read the rejection letter with disappointment, but I was convinced I would try again the next year.

March of 2016, I saw the enrollment period online for the scholarship. I again completed the application, submitted, and waited for the response. I took another leap. Not much changed from 2015 to 2016, but clearly it was my time and I was awarded the all expense paid scholarship. Talk about elated! I was much more than elated. I was grateful. Thankful. I was also aware of the lesson that came from it.

Life will ALWAYS have some moments of let down or disappointment. Things will not go your way 100% of the time. The key is our reactions to those moments. When I did not get the scholarship in 2015, I did not get pissed off and damn the entire scholarship agency to Pluto. I regrouped and thought about what I needed to do differently. In this instance, I needed to just be patient and get ready to take the next leap. In 2017, know that there will be areas that may not be favorable in your eyes, but the bigger picture is that you must continue to leap. It’s the unchartered territory that we are sometimes required to travel in order to see our goals come to fruition. You must continue to take strides towards whatever the goals are that you set forth. I leaped from 2015 right into 2016 right into my scholarship! I will continue to leap and I encourage you to do the same!

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Faith Walking

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Following your passion; doing what makes your heart smile the biggest can be a scary experience. Whether you are trying to follow your passion full-time or just want to incorporate it within your daily living, the bumps and toils that may appear or try to keep you from doing so can be more than daunting. Even more so, because following your passion does not come with the perfect map, taking that 1st, 2nd or even 20th step can come with its own form of disorientation or outright discouragement. However, you have the greatest power within yourself. What’s that? It is your faith. It’s knowing that you are more than capable of accomplishing and seeing your passion through to fruition. Sometimes the only thing you have left is to close your eyes and take a leap or step of faith knowing that whatever the road ahead looks like, your faith will guide you almost perfectly. Close your eyes. Tighten them as much as you can. Ensure you can see nothing before, around or behind you. Keep them closed. Without taking a breath or even giving anything a second thought, now take a step. Take another step. Another step. And another. Don’t stop walking. That’s what faith looks like – it’s moving forward even when you don’t know how your footing will be placed, but knowing that your footing grounded in your belief of success. Now keep walking. Keep stepping. Keep those eyes closed. The tighter they are; the more steps you take; the stronger your faith becomes. Your passion was not given to you to shy away from it or allow doubt or unclear paths to keep you from reaping all the happiness that it affords you. When faith is all you have, you’ll keep walking without knowing the road ahead.

It’s My Authorversary

authorversaryI’ll celebrate this day every year for the rest of my life!

Dreams really do come true. This day 4 years ago, I accomplished a major milestone in my life. I became Author Christin Webb. I self-published my first fiction novel, Enough Time. This book began the platform for my Passion Living Out Loud movement because I know without my passion and faith, it never would’ve been printed. It has been purchased by many readers nationwide and hopefully it’s message permeated the thoughts of all whose eyes it reached.

The same little girl that has been writing since she was seven saw one of her greatest desires come to life. Since the book’s release, I’ve learned so much, have had other work published in several literary mediums, transitioned to writing for film, and simply continued to follow my literary dream. There is so much more for me to do as an author and I promise myself that I won’t let this God given talent and passion go to waste.

The best is yet to come for those that do not sleep on their passion. Be inspired to follow your dreams, dismiss the perceived downfalls or slow movement, knowing that in perfect timing God works it all out.

To everyone that was a part of this dream; the journey, whether it was purchasing a book, writing a review, being apart of the book trailer, sharing info about the book, etc THANK YOU.

Faith – The Driver of Your Future

faith“Hello. My name is Christin Webb and I am a recovering worrier.”

These are the words that I said to myself as I prepared for bed last night. The evening hours is usually when I spend my time reflecting. I reflect on the day I just ended and begin reviewing what tomorrow may present. Sometimes that reflection becomes moments of worrying about things that I often have no control over. When I realize I’m starting to worry, I immediately stop and begin praying. I begin praying over the things that I am concerned about and promise not to think any further about them; accepting the fact that my prayer will be answered and things will work out as they should. In other words, I’ve learned to be more faithful about the ways of my life. I say I’m a recovering worrier because it’s an ongoing task to remind myself not to be worried, but be encouraged in knowing that God is merciful and extends grace all the time; therefore moments of worry are merely rejections of my faith. I’m clearly not in the business of rejecting faith, so I must be cognitive of not worrying. It’s a process, but when done with intent, works.

As relates to your passion; how can one be successful at living their passion out loud if they are in constant worry? Following your passion, like anything else in life, can come with some moments of concern, but the same requirement exists – having faith that all that should work out will do just that.

For all the recovering worriers, you are not alone. The goal is to remember that worrying must be a practice of our past and that having faith becomes our habit because it is the only driver that makes our future truly successful.

The Unexpected Angel

Nikki RodgersLife can be so miraculous. Have you ever decided to be apart of something with the sole purpose to gain one thing, but you end up gaining so much more? Well, that’s what my experience at “The Source for Single Moms” at Bellevue Baptist Church was this past weekend. The event is three hours of worship, fellowship, and good eating! 😉 I always like to attend the event because it’s an opportunity to meet other single mothers, share our stories, gain some inspirational and motivational words from speaker Suzan Watson, and get some ‘me’ time because the kids have their own play time away from the moms during the event. I didn’t think this event would be any different. I was expecting to hear the word from Mrs. Watson, eat, hug a few familiar and new faces and head home feeling renewed. I happened upon a very unexpected conversation with a woman by the name of Nikki, I’ll call her ‘The Angel’.

I first saw ‘The Angel’ as I entered the main hall at a table where she sat alone in the front of the room. There was a comfort that drove me to sit with her. We immediately sparked up conversation and before I knew it, she was sharing her testimony with me. She pointed to the visible, recent scar on her neck and told me her journey and battle with throat cancer. She talked about how she discovered it, how it’s affected her life to date, how it’s affected her family, and how she was not dismayed by the challenges that had/are presented by it. She was adamant about sharing her story with all that would listen. She felt her scar was the proof that faith in God was the ultimate gift in life. I was in awe at the fact that her illness would mentally cripple most (heck I don’t think I could be as strong as she), yet it empowered her to keep pushing. Her spirit was so amazing. Her story even more so. At that moment she became one of the strongest people I’d met in my life. She’d also become the unexpected angel God positioned for me to meet to help realize Him more.

For those who know me, one of my areas to continue working on is being a worrier. I’m always worried about something. Don’t mistake my worry for lack of faith, but it’s definitely an area I’m continuing to work on. It’s like first I worry, then I pray, then I try to fix whatever is worrying me. The order of my reactions is so wrong. First I should pray and then act on how I’m led to embrace what needs fixing. Worrying shouldn’t even be in my reaction. Angel however, helped me realize that my choice to worry is so selfish and disregarding of the power of faith and belief in God. Her ability to fight cancer and still be the pleasant and gracious woman she came off to be was proof that even in the midst of our storms, we should know that our challenges can be overcome. I’m so glad I met the unexpected angel on Friday. God knew I really needed to.

As relates to this blog, I wanted to share ‘The Angel’s’ story with you to encourage you to continue following your passion regardless of the challenges that may present themselves. Maybe you’ll have to re-adjust, slow down, or put them on hold to work on becoming stronger in the process, but don’t give up. I’m going to continue to be less of a worrier and more of a warrior like ‘The Angel’…

Until the next post people, keep living out loud and live it with all the passion you can muster up!

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