Trendy Meets South Africa: Sisterhood of the Traveling Sickness

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. Romans 12:10

When you step out in faith to serve God, whether that be in a small way or large, we can be certain that Satan doesn’t like it. He will do everything in his power to dismay you from following Christ, a little something we like to call spiritual warfare. That can come in internal form like doubts and fear, or external like sickness and other tangible roadblocks. A month in South Africa with Christ-centered ministering to kids? There was no way Satan was going to let that go completely smooth.

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Falling in Love with the City of Love

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So yes, my time in South Africa is done. I really hope you guys enjoyed my #TrendyMeetsSouthAfrica series, because I really enjoyed sharing it with you guys! God did amazing things this past month and I’m forever grateful for the things I’ve experienced and learned.However, my traveling is not done! Strap up your hiking boots up folks because I’m headed on el Camino de Santiago!

El Camino is a pilgrimage that goes through Spain, extending 500 miles! My friend Lizzie and I decided to hike it after ZA since we have a layover in Europe. If generally takes about 40 days to do, but we’re challenging ourselves to finish it in 35 before school starts. Say prayers for us, I beg of you. Before we started on our voyage, we went to Paris for a day to leave luggage with a friend and explore the city. 

I’m sorry did you get that? I went to PARIS. The 16 year old me would be so proud, flabbergasted, and breathless all at the same time. It honestly was a dream come true to visit this city and see the gorgeous architecture, immense history and Eiffel Tower with my own two eyes. I’m still screaming inside. Also, can we talk about the accents on those French guys?

Here are some photos from our exploration! Enjoy! 

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Trendy Meets South Africa: One in Christ Jesus

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28

While here in South Africa, I’ve had the privilege of visiting different churches in the community around Pretoria and Mamelodi. It’s been an absolute pleasure to see different congregations and experience different services. Each church has been remarkably different from each other, and that’s given us a really cool perspective on the church culture here.

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Trendy Meets South Africa: Hakuna Matata

If I’m totally honest and vulnerable with you guys, there have been some challenging things about being here in South Africa. While I knew that internet connectivity would be slim coming into this project, I can honestly say it has been a challenge for me.

As someone who is trying to build her career off the internet, being unplugged is less than easy. I like to update you guys and remain consistent on the web. As I said in my previous post, I do believe God has given me a passion for content creation and blogging. With that comes some requirements. For example, consistency is key for growing an internet following. It’s necessary to post frequently and with a similar format so that readers and followers know what to expect. In addition, I am by nature about 50% perfectionist and 50% idealist, so when I do something I like to do it exactly how I envision it in my head. That can take time, a strong wifi connection, and lot’s of patience. As you can guess, that not always as easy here.

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Trendy Meets South Africa: Finding Purpose in a Broken World

Since arriving here, I’ve seen and heard a lot of things. All it took was a couple of weeks in another community until I was forced to grapple with the reality of poverty, brokenness and the never ending need for a savior. And why should I be surprised? We live in a broken hurting world, and while there is a lot of beauty in it, there is also a lot of hurt.

Coupled with this reality, a team leader of mine lead a talk before we left that has got the little wheels in my brain turning. He touched on how our generation is the most narcissistic to date, and as a generality, we’re more concerned with creating our own small story rather than contributing to a larger story beyond ourselves. That got me thinking,

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Trendy Meets South Africa: Getting Culturally Acquainted

A 10 hour plane ride, multiple trips to the mall for free wifi, and caravanning everywhere on the left side of the road… the first week in South Africa is officially complete.

It’s feels like an eternity that we’ve been here, and at the same time it has absolutely flown by. I’m amazed by how much you can learn about a different culture, a whole new group of people, and God’s unwavering grace in such a short period of time.

Just a few details about why I’m here and what I’m doing for those of you who don’t know… I’m currently in Pretoria, South Africa on a Cru Summer Mission! Cru has partnered with a non-profit called Mamelodi Initiative to put on a winter program for the high schoolers of Mamelodi.

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Trendy Meets South Africa: Long Layovers and German Lattés

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Can I just start by saying, 84 hours with out a shower makes for some very stinky college students!

So as some of you might already know, and the rest of you are about to find out, I’m in South Africa! I’m here for one month with an organization called Cru to build relationships with the students and volunteers of a non profit called Mamelodi Initiative, as well as team up with the volunteers to teach English and Math. I’m very excited for what God is going to do this month, and I know I am going to be stretched and growing throughout.

This is a huge step of faith for me because I have never left US soil before! Yes, I’m 20 years old and traveling internationally for the first time. I won’t even apologize for turning my passport into a photoshoot prop or getting giddy on the plane.

We have a 7 hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany on our adventure to South Africa, so we were able to go out and explore the city. Check out the photos from our time!

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VS PINK’S FIRST EVER #CampPINK!

YOU GUYS.

This past weekend I had the AMAZING opportunity to attend VS PNK’s first ever Camp Pink! This was Pink’s first year ever to do this, and let me tell you, I sincerely hope they’ll make it annual. I was super fortunate to attend, all thanks to CollegeFashionista and my #RAD internship.

Despite only being on camping grounds for less than 48 hours, I can honestly say that I have made lifelong friends, tried new things, and gained about enough Pink swag to last me the rest of my life. For my first ever travel post, I wanted to show you a glimpse of my upstate NY weekend getaway, so without further-ado, take a peek!

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Laced up for Summer

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There are a few trends I’m absolutely obsessed with this summer, and one of them happens to be gladiator sandals that lace up all the way to the knee. These got pretty popular last summer, but I was never willing to fork out $50-$60 for them. #collegestudentproblems

The beginning of this summer I made the commitment and ordered a pair off of shoedazzle.com, and not surprisingly, I’m obsessed!

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