Fun fact. Sophomore year of college was my least favorite collegiate year. It wasn’t that it was zero fun, but the newness of college had worn off, and when it left, so did some of the enchantment. We’ll just say that there’s a reason the phrase “sophomore slump” was coined.
That being said, I look back on that year fondly. It was Sophomore year when I declared a major, became involved in organizations that shaped my college experience, and developed deep and lasting friendships.
Today I celebrate my 2 year anniversary in Dallas.
In ways, my 2nd year in Dallas can relate to that sophomore year of college. Year one in Dallas was just wild. It was fun and unexpected and so, so sweet. And this year? Well, it was one where the dust settled a bit and suddenly I had the time and space to think. What did I want my life to look like in Dallas? Who did I want to spend time with? Where did I want to serve and grow?
It was a year where I learned a lot.
- I learned the joys of contentment
- I learned that it’s OK to make new “10 year dreams” (and not to feel like less-than because my former “10 year dreams” didn’t happen)
- I learned that assertiveness and kindness are not mutually exclusive
- I learned the beauty of carrying burdens + keeping confidences for my friends
- I learned better how to be a good friend to guys
- I learned how to love other people’s children
- I learned that there’s nothing wrong with living in the moment…but there’s also nothing wrong with knowing when it’s time to go home + go to bed
The Lord has been so faithful throughout my Dallas journey. I can’t help but think of King David’s words in 2 Samuel 7: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?” My sentiments exactly.
So to carry on the tradition from last year, here are some of my favorite places and moments from this 2nd year in Dallas:
Favorite coffee shop: Royal Blue.
Favorite drive: White Rock on a dark night with a bright moon. Windows down. Radio up.
Favorite take-out: Thai Thai.
Favorite “my friend is in town and I want to take her someplace cool” spot: Bishop Arts.
Favorite “group dinner” spot: Canne Rosso
Favorite moment in Dallas this year: Without a doubt, being a member of my church is my favorite thing about Dallas. What’s funny is that my favorite moment closely reflects my answer to this question from last year. I still love walking through my church and seeing people of all ages who have shown me glimpses of my Heavenly Father.
Favorite song during year 2 of Dallas: I have two. One is “God’s Highway” by Sandra McCracken; the other is “Angela” by The Lumineers.
Currently listening to “God’s Highway” by Sandra McCracken