“…with God ALL things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV
Venturing out to an unknown country; saying goodbye to my family and friends, this was no easy task—in fact I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I knew I had to go though; I needed to come out of my comfort zone, and do something different. So I decided to voluntarily deploy overseas for 6 months. Around the time I was offered the opportunity to go, the vision to create the Thrifty Threads Blog was birthed, and I didn’t want to put off launching the site until after my return. Therefore, TeamTT and I decided we would formulate a game plan and proactively set up an agenda for when we would launch. We had to figure out how many times we’d publish a post while I was over here and how many shoots I would have to take before leaving. I went ahead and did 10 photo shoots in the span of a month before departing home. (Thanks to Ambreia) I thought I had it all figured out, until I realized I ran out of photos and I needed one more thrifted look for my last post while overseas. At first, I thought… “Well it’s no big deal; I don’t have to post anything for this date.” However, after speaking to one of my co-workers about my dilemma, she suggested I do a photo shoot here in the dessert. My initial response was—“Girl no way, it’s too hot out here, it’s dusty and dirty, and then I don’t have any fly thrifted clothes with me that I would want to post on the blog site!” (Soooo negative right?!) Before she got out the truck, she encouraged me to be positive and consider her suggestion. On my way back to work (5 min drive)—I took her advice and did just that! By the time I made it back to the office, I had styled a thrifted fit in my mind, came up with a vision for the post, figured out a few places I could shoot, and remembered that my friend A’keta was into photography (and she had her camera here)! All I needed was a little encouragement… it was a wrap after that!
My top, pants, and belt are thrifted; the cardi is from 4Ever 21, and my shoes are from Kohl’s.
This journey has been so rewarding; it was tough the first couple of months, but going through the difficulties of being away from home allowed me to draw near to my omnipresent Father (He continually reminded me that I was not alone). I’m so thankful for the lessons learned (how to love, forgive, be a good steward and let go of my past), the wonderful men and women I met, all the knowledge I was able to acquire, the growth in my faith and relationship with God, and the best dessert worship experience of a life time!
Romans 8:28 NIV “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”