You're insecure, don't know what for
I L-O-V-E love this quote. If you’ve ever talked to me (if you haven’t, we should change that), I probably used it in our conversation at least once. Just ask my besties; they will for sure confirm that this is a real thing. It’s just sooo good. But sometimes, this quote doesn’t get lived out in my own life. Too often, they’re just words that I use. So I decided to put Pope Benedict XVI words into action and to get out of my comfort zone.
What’s my comfort zone? People. Most of my friends think I’m an extrovert. I’m not entirely convinced, but I will admit, I do love to build relationships with peeps (I mean that’s what we were created for after all). But because I love it so much, I’m rarely by myself. If I’m not with someone, I’m probably on the phone having a phone date. So I guess you could say being alone is very uncomfortable for me. Strange, I know, but that’s why I decided to take a little road trip by myself to Benedictine College in Atchison, KS (shout out to the Benedictine Alums out there- go Ravens, but really, go Pokes)!
On this roady, I put on a casual, comfortable outfit. I made a playlist for the car (check it out here). I packed my purse with a book, journal, pen, and camera (a few of my favorite things). And I was doing it. By myself…. Eek.
And so the adventures began. First thing on the list was to do what I was dreading most- eating by myself. Kelly, party of one, please. I ordered a latte and a breakfast sammie at a cute, little diner called Snowball. I sat at a table, pulled out my book, and read for awhile (check out what I’m reading here). It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but that’s probably because I was the only person there (maybe I’ll try a busier place next time, so stay tuned for round 2).
I wandered to the campus of Benedictine College. It started to rain, which was actually quite lovely. The rain led me to St. Benedict’s Abbey, where I was inspired by the mural behind the alter of the chapel to spend some time with God the Father. I took my time. Soaked in the moment. Absorbed the beauty.
Then, I found myself at St. Benedict’s Church, where I spent time with my Beloved, Jesus in Adoration (prayed for you here). My heart was full of joy, but was in need of some girl time, so I went to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel to be with Mom.
The only one left was the Holy Spirit. I was sure where to go, but a friend came in clutch and suggested the Lookout behind the Abbey. It was the perfect spot. I sat on a bench under a tree that overlooked the Missouri River and called on the Holy Spirit. And He was with me and I knew that what I once thought was uncomfortable was no longer so.
Well friends, “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness” (told you I bring it up a lot). Put on a comfortable outfit, and go do something that puts you out of your comfort zone. Center it around the Trinity and you will be made great. Share your outfit and adventures in the comment section!
My casual outfit consists of a chambray shirt from express, olive pants from j.crew factory, sandals from target, ray ban aviator sunglasses, and a purse from madewell. Get a similar look below and thank you for reading!