Category Archives: Personal Updates

It’s all part of the ride.

Alternately titled: Oh right, I still have a blog.

I got an email from the domain host saying, “Hey, you still want your blog name, right?” And that’s when I realized I haven’t written on my blog for 6 months. My apologies to the thousands of you who check daily to see what fascinating new content I’ve posted here. (If that’s you, I say this with love: get a life.)

Anyway, since I last wrote a blog post, I completed a semester of graduate school. It was fantastic, and very challenging. I pulled a lot of all-nighters… those come with the package.

Other things that have happened since I last wrote a blog post: I turned twenty-one, traveled to Atlanta on a mission trip, won a swing dancing competition (it wasn’t as big of a deal as it sounds), listened to a lot of mind-rotting pop music, went to a Broadway play, had a boyfriend, broke up with aforementioned boyfriend, bought a Crock Pot, read a lot of books, and dressed up like a Christmas elf at least 5 times. Oh, and 40 students called me Miss Johnson this semester.

This life is an adventure, y’all. (Oh, and I say “y’all” now.) Learning is exciting (most especially when you’re learning about subjects you care about), people are fascinating, and stuff gets challenging. You mess up, you receive grace, you show grace, and you keep on loving people.  It’s all a part of the ride.

So, that’s where I’m at. Holding on for dear life, pretending I’m having a blast at all times (and actually having a blast most of the time). My blog is still here (though I can’t promise any more frequent posts), and I’m still having adventures. Onward and upward.

Love from Carissa.

Choosing joy.

[I began writing this post in February and left it in my drafts. But I’m revisiting it and sharing it with you now! Lucky you.]

This year — 2014 — was supposed to be an amazing year. I know because I decided last year in December. 2013 ended rather poorly, but I was filled with motivation as we rolled over into the next year. I was convinced that every moment of my final semester of college was going to be flawless and thrilling, and that nothing was going to hold me back from living my life to the fullest!

Boom. Then life kicked in.

Continue reading Choosing joy.

10 Good Things on January 10.

(What in the world, how is it January 10th already?! The new year just started!)

1. I have the opportunity to work in a brand-new, history-making library during the week that it opens. I work for and work with some of the most caring, brilliant people on Liberty’s campus.

2. I have friends who inspire me and encourage me and pray for me.

3. Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “Love Take Me Over.” It’s been my jam this week.

4. Dinner leftovers.

5. I am doing what I love this semester – learning about literature, working in customer service, editing a book, fighting for the lives of the unborn, and enjoying fellowship and Jesus.

6. I was given the chance to live by my mother, so now I can fight to give other people that right.

7. My bicycle gets me where I need to be fast and efficiently – even in the rain!

8. The joy of the Lord is my strength – even when I’m tired.

9. I will be a college graduate in a few months. (Lord willing.)

10. The freedom of growing up and learning more about myself.

Thank you, Jesus.

18 Good Things on Dec. 18

1. My idea to put my candle next to the heater vent in my room… Double-duty as a candle warmer!

2. Sugar snap peas, because I could eat these beautiful little vegetables forever.

3. Doctor Who (even when it’s not good at all, as I just watched Angels take Manhattan today).

4. The fact that I can make whole accessories with just some yarn and a hook.

5. Sleeping in a clean room.

6. Not having to pull my hair back when I drink from a water fountain, and shedding 2 inches of hair at maximum.

7. When literary classics are short enough to read them quickly and check them off my list.

8. A job and an internship and a school, all of which I love.

9. Being an elf sometimes (like tomorrow, my dad and I have a gig at my mom’s adult special education class’s Christmas party).

10. The thrift store that gave my dad and me hundreds of dollars worth of coats and warm items – which we were ready to pay for – to bring to the homeless shelter on Friday.

11. Legs that can help me run 4.5 miles after essentially not exercising all semester.

12. Forgetting my phone when I leave the house and not worrying about missing anyone.

13. Free fudge coupons. Because free fudge.

14. Listening to songs that remind me of him and making it all the way through them without turning them off.

15. Adoptions of babies that were almost aborted.

16. Best friends who get baptized and make me want to live more like Jesus.

17. Noticing how much I’m growing up.

18. A whole new year that’s about to start!

Let’s go.

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” -Coco Chanel

I’m 20 years old. I have a fresh haircut, a fresh single status, and a fresh year to take control of my life. I have no ring on my finger and nobody telling me what I should do. This opportunity may never come around again, so I’m going for it.

In 2014, I’m going to graduate college. (Assuming it doesn’t kill me.) Then I’m going to go conquer the world. Because who’s stopping me?

I’m going to start with the little things – exercise, daily quiet time, eating only one bowl of ice cream a day – and do it all with my eyes more focused on Jesus and less focused on myself every day. He will fill me to overflowing so that I can love others like He loves me. I’m going to be successful and productive not to my own credit, but for His kingdom. I’m going to let Him use me in His timing and for His glory. This is gonna be good. Buckle your seatbelts.

Let’s go.

On November.

In three weeks, the fall semester will be over. In five weeks, the year 2013 will be over, and we will embark on another semester and another calendar year. Looking back, I can only pray that if this next year is filled with as much pain as this past month has had, it also comes with the abundance of joys.

You see, as suddenly as I fell deeply in love with a man ten months ago, I tumbled headlong out of it this month, lost and confused and really, really hurt from the fall. My sense of purpose was gone and with it, my motivation and my joy.

Continue reading On November.

College 2013. (The sappy post amidst the calm before the storm.)

I understand that anyone who happens to subscribe via email to my blog or who simply stumbles across my posts does not use this blog as a main method of keeping up with my life. However, I am going to make a post that is not a rant or a deep, elaborate thought. I just want to detail some of the biggest blessings that have come so far with returning to Liberty University for my senior year of college – because I am truly blessed. I do not intend to brag or show off the great opportunities I have been given – because they are not because of me, about me, or for the purpose of glorifying me. I am an undeserving wretch who has been not only redeemed, but given the opportunity to live an abundant, full life serving my Redeemer. This is how I am living a full, joyful, and impacting life in the year 2013.

Continue reading College 2013. (The sappy post amidst the calm before the storm.)