Sunday, January 12, 2014

On My Own Now

So the big day finally came when I arrive on a college campus for the first time. Yes, a quiet, inexperienced young lady of 24 years like myself leaving the nest to venture out on her own. What was the transition like? How did I feel during the drive to University of North Carolina Greensboro? How did I feel when I first got a naked-eye glance of the large campus? How do I feel now?

To be completely honest, the full reality hasn't set in just yet. I believe it will when I start my classes tomorrow! The reality kicked in partially when I moved into my dorm (no roommate by the way!). I was thinking "Yes, I'm finally here!"


The drive up here started off normal. Meaning that it was a mere 30-minute drive from my hometown Winston-Salem, NC to Greensboro. On the way I just remember thinking, "Thank you God! Thank you for bringing me this far!!" Mom and I were conversing and she and I (especially she) were trying not to get too emotional. As we entered Greensboro and as we were getting closer and closer to our destination, that's when my heart started pounding. I had mixed emotions of course: excitement, sadness, nervousness, eagerness, accomplishment.


We finally arrived on college grounds. I was looking around at the buildings and taking in the moment. The campus is huge (a friend told me later that the more I got around, the smaller it will get). Mom and I met my stepdad, Fred, and we all moved my things into my dorm. It's a lot bigger than the photos made it seem. Here's what it looked like on my very first day:




As the days and weeks go by, I feel that it's going to be more "lived in" and look a little more like home. It's starting to look that way now. 


I feel like I have my own apartment!


I know my family had a difficult time with me leaving home and of course I felt bad about leaving them so soon. My mother had the most butterflies. The good thing is, though, when she saw the college environment and how friendly most of the people are, she felt more relived and relaxed. She told me, "You're going to be just fine. You're going to have a wonderful time." I must say that I'm very proud of her. I told her before I left that this experience is going to make us both stronger people. And God is already giving us strength during this time. It's just going to get better from here.


One of my biggest concerns, especially being that I don't have a roomie (I'm enjoying it by the way [living with a total stranger can be nerve wracking]) was being lonely. As I mentioned earlier I'm such a quiet girl, so making a lot of friends was always difficult for me. I'd make plenty eventually, but not exactly on the first day like most people did. But in this case it was different. To my astonishment, I made two friends on my very first day moving in and we had dinner together! And most of the people living in my dorm are very friendly. I met a few more people a couple of days later. :) So with that being said, I don't think loneliness will be an issue (I can always call or text friends or family members).


So within the next few days I had orientation and got my financial situation taken care of, walked around campus to familiarize myself so I don't look like a lost goose on the first day, saw some student groups I wanted to join (not right away, but a little later during the semester), and got to know some people. Yep, I can tell I'm going to have an amazing time here. I already am. :)


Another great thing that's happened this week is finding a church to go to. Thanks to one of my best friends, Toshia (pronounced "Tasha"), who happens to live in Greensboro. We went just this morning and I can tell that I'm going to like it! BUT, you know, I will always have my church at home.


Well, my first day of class is tomorrow. I'm so excited! I think the full reality is going to kick in now. I'm ready for the week ahead!


I just keep my family in my prayers (they're over protective when it comes to me, understandable!).


Thanks for reading! God bless all of you! xoxo

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Good Morning From God

From this morning:

I enjoy waking up early in my bed with the sun shining in my face. It's like getting a kiss—a good morning kiss—from God. It's a if He's saying:

         "I have blessed you with another day of life. I love you and I am here for you every step of the way. Enjoy your day!"

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Things Unseen Are Eternal...

On the night of January 2nd:

All I can say today is, relax and have faith. Lately I've been so preoccupied with my current situation regarding school. I prayed and asked God to reveal to me whether I should do anything about it or just sit back and let Him take care of me. Minutes later, I found myself with a posted note and this is what I wrote:


And there it was! God revealed it to me! I read it over a few times until my anxiety subsided.

Have faith! It is written in the Good Book that faith is being certain of things that are unseen. I believe!! I believe in the good things that are unseen.

If you look at only what is in front of you, you know, things that you actually can see, it's easy to get thrown off and discouraged. So it's important to trust God's will and believe in things that are unseen. Let's not become driven or distracted by what we do see. For it is also written (and this verse just popped in my head):


**This verse really puts me at ease.**

God bless you all!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Welcome!

Welcome all to my blog "Living A Beautiful Life." I somehow lost access to my old blog so I had to start a whole new one and this one is here to stay! I really don't know what to write right now...I guess I'll just begin with me :)

My name is Brittany Orie. 24-year-old college student majoring in English and minoring in psychology. I'm actually very shy in person but given a pen and paper, I have a lot to say. I'm an aspiring writer. I hope to inspire and encourage people through my writing and also through spiritual counseling (in the future!). I have a desire to help others, as well as a desire to travel the world. One day!

How did I come about writing?? It's a latent talent, actually. I discovered it almost 4 years ago when I was in community college. This may sound insane, but I was riding the city bus home one day just daydreaming as usual. It hit me that express myself through writing. I was like "Wow! This is what I should do!" I've done a lot of writing in the past for school and when I looked back on it, I noticed that my voice is very active through writing and it is in writing where I can release my imagination. I remember telling this story to a good friend of mine, Reynita, and she just told me that God spoke to me. And He did! On a city bus! But, hey, God speaks to us anywhere we go.

I don't want to ramble right now, but you'll learn more about me through my blog posts. I will be posting very often (especially now that I'm going to be all on my own at a university) so stay with me here! 

Love you all!!