Dear friends, new and old,

My name is Katie and it is actually not short for Katherine at all. I love Jesus with everything in me. Every day He is teaching me what love really is, and when I was 14 years old He saved me from everything that was destroying me before I knew Him – including myself.

Today, I am 20 years old and am experiencing an intense amount of  change and growth as I continue in my junior year of college at Louisiana State University. I have four incredible older brothers and an actual super hero mom that all make it hard to be away from them and out on my own. But I also have two insanely beautiful and fun roommates that have created a second family for me in our tiny apartment. I am also fortunate enough to be part of a mobile church called Anchor Chapel, and lead a life group for freshman girls with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries.  If there is one thing that moving out has taught me, it’s that being part of a life-giving community is essential to finding joy amidst all the change. But I’ve also learned that it takes an active choice throughout all the fun to remember that I’m also a college student! My major is Communication Disorders, which is in the field of speech therapy/pathology and audiology, and I am working towards a minor in Spanish. I also have a real passion for traveling, and have gotten some truly incredible opportunities to see the world while I’ve been here!

It’s so weird to describe myself because I’ve never had this one talent or passion that defined me. But I guess if I had to I would try to answer that odd question, “So what’s your thing?” Well my dear curious reader, today is the day you get way more of an answer than you ever could have wanted. My thing is jamming to my favorite Spotify playlists and eating fresh avocados in the four seconds I have before they turn all brown. My thing is also coffee, and not letting whether or not we have milk decide if I’m going to have a cup. I do have a thing about being too “wordy” so for that I sincerely apologize. A thing of mine that has been there for me for most of my life is writing, and I much prefer a pen and paper. On nice days my thing is “hammocking” (even though I only did it maybe twice so far), and recently my thing has become spending obscene amounts of time with the girls in my life group. I’ve also developed a thing of saying “yeet” too much and I realized, after my mom’s inquiry, that the fact that it has no true definition cannot stop me from overusing it. My unbelievably amazing boyfriend has recently become my fiancé and I still can’t believe this is real life! He is 100% my favorite thing, and I could literally write a book explaining why. Mornings and being on time have never, EVER, been my things, but I’m trying to work on them. I also have this thing where I love dogs but don’t want to pet them if they haven’t had a bath recently enough to still smell good.

If you couldn’t care less about any of those things, that’s perfectly fine. They might be fun, but they don’t define me – and neither do your “things”.  But I would like to say that a huge thing that has inspired me recently in life is looking for adventure in everything I do and doing my part to find joy in the journey. So if you’re inspired, great. If you really just want to steal that for a lit caption on your next post, also great. Either way, you are welcomed here and you are loved, so stay if you want to.


The Clay