Hey love, its been a while! And I know I start every blog post with that phrase, but it really has been a while since I sat down and wrote my thoughts and uploaded them to this blog. There's lots on my mind lately, since the next year will be crazyy. As in soo many changes, new things and just life in general. Honestly I don't know where to start. So sorry if this post does not make sense. But, if you are interested in knowing what exactly is going on in my life then please, do continue reading :)
Summer is over and Autumn is slowly creeping in. Sad story since Summer is my absolute favourite season! I love the sun on my face, salt in my hair, tan lines and the carefree spirit that comes when summer is here. This summer was CRAZY. Literally. I can say that I grew soo much as a person in just a couple months. At the beginning of the summer I was a leader at a Christian Kids Camp. That was a blast and I got to spend an amazing week with friends of mine (other leaders) and teach the kids about Jesus, their Saviour and do lots of fun activities. After that week I got home and a couple days later we were off on our family holiday to Spain. We drove from Austria (home) to Spain with our car. It's a 16 hour drive. So instead of driving there in one go we stayed in a few cities on the way there and back. On the way there, we stayed in (I don't even know if I remember them all) Montpellier and Strasbourg. And on the way back (which took a little longer) we visited two new countries; Andorra and Monaco and then some other cities; Milan, St. Tropez, Cannes and Nice. We were travelling for 2 weeks straight and as much as I enjoyed the time (at the beach EVERYDAY) I was happy to be home and sleep in my v cozy bed.
In Spain we stayed in an apartment in a beach town called Ampolla. Ampolla is about a 2 hour drive from Barcelona. We had a relaxing week there and I enjoyed speaking a little Spanish, tanning at the beach and eating Paella and Calamari and drinking Sangria. (Although my sis ordered a Mojito and that tasted better than my Sangria..?) Spain is honestly one of my favourite places to be. I dream of having my own apartment there by the beach I can visit during the summer on day!
On a sadder note, one day my sister and I took the train to Barcelona and we had an incredible day there. That city felt a lot like Sydney to me, because of the city and beach feels. I fell in love. This sound all good, but when we were there my bag was stolen with my phone, camera, glasses, books and a ton of other stuff in it. It sucked a lot at the time. Especially because it finished our beautiful day with a disaster. Two underaged girls in a foreign city whose stuff just got stolen. But we got back home safely and I had a Barcelona experience I would never forget haha! Trust me it sucked a lot that my stuff was stolen. No camera = no youtube videos. But I know that with this experience I have learnt a lot. I think God was teaching me a lesson by letting my bag get stolen. I was wasting a lot of my time on my phone on social media. The way I used social media was becoming more and more shallow and I never wanted to be like that. There is this verse that says: ”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.” Romans 8:28
This verse is so comforting in a sense that no matter what we are going through, God has his hand over it all and is watching us go through this journey of life till we can live with him one day. Now that I don’t have a good phone and camera I have realised how important it is to live in the moment by taking life in with my own eyes and giving to others what I can and just being present. It is so sad how addicted we are to our screens and the Barcelona experience helped me see that. So tip for you, next time you go to Barcelona, keep care of your stuff and if you know you are wasting your time and life on social media, don't keep an eye on your things and trust me a pick pocket will steal it!
After that trip my vacation still was not over, I got to spend an insane week in Croatia on a mission trip. Wow, that week was crazy. (I also experiecnced that week without a good phone, so sadly but not sadly I have no pictures from Croatia) We were a team of people from all over the world and we played and sang songs, performed pantomime and talks on the street in Umag and tried to encourage people to think about their lives and Jesus. We were a team of christians there and gave out free coffee, tea and cake to the tourists and locals passing by. The people there, really enjoyed the music we played and performances we did. But most of all it was unbelievable to see how God was working in it all. I had conversations with different people about my faith and how through Jesus my life has a meaning. You could see God at work and in our hearts the whole time. I myself grew so much as a Christian this week and have realised how much I want to spread this good new and make the most of my life and above all honour God.
Currently it is Sunday night, week three of this school year starts tomorrow. I am in my last year — year 12 of high school and am soo ready and sooo not ready for it all. This really is the last year of my school life and afterwards I will be leaving home and studying or travelling or both. I want this school year to be one where my focus is above all on God, and have him in the centre of it all. I know it will be hard because this year is gonna be super stressful. I will be studying a ton, I’ve also kind off started a new job and have church life where I will be playing in the band most weeks. Then I also have this blog and Youtube in between it all. I haven’t even mentioned social things with friends! But this year is also scary because I will be embarking into a new stage of my life with so many new things. I was always looking forward to the day I turn 18 when I’m finally an adult. But boy thats next month and I’m so not ready. Cuz with that age, will soon after come studying overseas and much more. But you know God has a plan and he is in control and he is and forever will be my biggest comfort.
Basically that is me and my life right now. There is a few more stuff I left out, but tbh I don’t think you even got this far in reading. As I said before, its the start of Autumn, a new season and a new journey. I changed this summer in terms of my faith but also got unsure about my next steps in life. Life is crazy (as I’ve said ten times in this post) but hey God’s in control and that’s all I need.
With love, Claudia x