I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a blog post you guys. This series has been a long-time coming, let me tell you. In the midst of a post-grad year that includes so much change, big decisions, new jobs, new cities, new friends, etc etc… our Facebook feed is saturated in article after article about “How to survive your twenties.” Or something insinuating we’re all just floundering around and trying and get through it. That we’re in a weird “in-between” season.
But I’m not. I’m not poor and directionless. I have goals and dreams that I’m actively pursuing and this season is exciting and fun and one I don’t want to dismiss away. And I don’t want any other twenty-something girls to be suffocated thinking their life is now all about paying bills, being boring, and wandering until you somehow-someway find something purposeful to do.
So I stopped reading those depressing articles, and decided to seek out some twenty-something girls who I admire for what their pursuing in their lives. These are the ones I want to be like. Chasing dreams, living out passions, and taking on the world. So each week I want to highlight a girl who is TWENTY-SOMETHING AND THRIVING! They get it. They’re thriving like we all should be. In their own way, in their own talents and passions.
We’re twenty-something yes, and in a lot of ways just starting to live this life… but that is our strength not our crutch. And I’m going to preach that truth over my life until it takes root. “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. (Instead) Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
SO. Without further ado, I wanted to kick off this whole series with a friend who is brave, godly, beautiful in every sense of the word, and LOL kind of funny. We interned together at Proverbs 31 Ministries one summer, and along with a having a closet of cute headbands I’ve always known her to be pursuing her dreams. I wish you all could know her like I do, so hopefully through this interview you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to have a friend that is totally twenty-something and thriving.
MEET KAITLIN WERNET
Name: Kaitlin Wernet Age: 23 City: Nashville, TN Occupation: Community Coordinator at She Reads Truth Hobby: Storytelling
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do!A mini bio: Hi, friends! I’m beyond thrilled to be here today. Camryn is one of my all-time favorite people and I stalk her blog like it’s my second job. (See, we already all have something in common!) I have the ridiculous joy of being the community coordinator for She Reads Truth, which means I get to excitedly celebrate grace each day with thousands of women in our online community. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Public Relations, and I’m now living in Nashville, embracing a new kind of Southern culture.
How did you come about working at She Reads Truth? I always joke that I fangirl-ed my way into this job. I started as a follower of SRT and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of as much as I could. I never thought I’d get to combine my love for words, people and The Gospel in a full-time job, but man, I’m so grateful.
What was the transition like for you coming right out of college, making a move to a new city and a new job? I wish you could hear how this question made me laugh out loud! Within a matter of days, I made the decision to move to Nashville, accepted a job offer, moved out of my parents’ house, then found a roommate and a place to live. It was a city full of strangers, but something about that was oddly appealing. Everyone thought I was insane, but it was the first boldly independent decision I’ve ever made, and I can’t tell you how exhilarating that still feels.
Tell us about Nashville so far! This city, you guys. I’m so smitten. How could you not love a place where “taco culture” is a real thing? I think most people assume Nashville is full of honky-tonks and cowboy boots, but locals leave those things up to tourists. I've traveled to a lot of cities, and I'd say Nashville wins the award for most enthusiastic. It’s full of creatives and people with a unique dedication to their ambitions. Not to mention, everyone's also crazy about sipping coffee soda, hanging strings of lights across patios and wearing lots and lots of denim. And no, I have not seen Taylor Swift, but sometimes I camp out at Whole Foods hoping she’ll show up.
Who are a few women you admire/look up to? Everyone I get to work with at She Reads Truth. Starting my job was more like gaining a bunch of older sisters who I want to be just like. The example of grace, leadership and kindness they sustain is such a gift. My mom, of course. She pursues joy in every circumstance and teaches me how to love people well. Last summer, she spent weeks making me an Anthropologie-inspired quilt with all my favorite fabrics. She’s the BEST. Okay, moving on because I’m gushing!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I had a mentor in college who encouraged us to come up with a mission statement for our lives. Mine was to creatively uncover joy and encourage others through words and relationships. When I’m presented with new opportunities, I want to compare them to my mission before saying yes. Even though I don’t know what my life will look like in 5 years, I’m confident I’ll still be working to uncover joy and encourage others, and there’s nothing that excites me more!
What's the biggest goal/dream you're working towards right now? Writing a book! Not anytime soon, though. Right now, I’m more than content to write in a few corners of the internet!
What's your go-to tv show?Friends and Gilmore Girls forever.
Pet peeve? It physically pains me when people accidentally leave their turn signal on when driving on the interstate. How do they not know?!
What are you reading? The spring issue of Darling magazine is always a must. I’ve been told to read Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird so many times, but I just recently picked it up and am loving it. It’s a perfect book for anyone who loves or wants to write.
What's your advice to those coming up behind you, maybe in a season right before you? Your hopes aren’t an accident. Listen to what stirs your soul, pay attention to the ideas that energize you and invest in them. Your calling is a safe place created for you and only you. People will try to poke holes in it, miscalculate your steps, underestimate your potential and cheapen your vision. But girl, you were created for it, and, at times, must fight for it. You are cherished, worthy, forgiven and loved, so pep talk the heck out of yourself and take that next brave step. Oh, and fear? He’s like a cheating, lying boyfriend who likes to hang around, so do me a favor and break up with him, stat.
What's one skill you secretly/or not so secretly you wish you had and were good at? I’ve shamelessly always wanted to be on Broadway. Shamefully, I’d like to be a music video backup dancer. I can’t even TYPE that with a straight face!! Also, I've always wanted to have a Podcast!
#XOXO ((Inspired? I know, sames. Already can't wait for you to read next week's!)).