Monday, May 7, 2012

List 10 people that have influenced you. (pt. 2)

Part 2: List 10 people that have influenced you.

I have so much to say about the people that influenced me that I had to break it down into 2 part blogs.  I don't get to see these people everyday and some of them have come and gone in my life but they have left a big footprint in the person I am today. Soo let's continue....

Me and Kim at a hairshow.
6.) Kim Carriagan.  As the big sis of one of my best friends, I always looked up to Kim.  She was so funny, pretty and just plain fun to be around.  Also, she did my hair pretty much my whole young adult life so I got to know her really well.  I always looked forward to it when it was appointment day to get my hair done, but it wasn't just because I left feeling confident and pretty it was because I got to spend sometime with an uplifting, sweet, genuine, southern Christian girl!  
Not only is she an amazing hairstylist but she is an awesome Christian, as well.  I've seen her go through a lot of her stages in life and seen how she trusted the Lord and gave difficult situations to him.  And I've seen the Lord bless her for her faithfulness and hardships.  When I look at Kim, I think I want to have that faith and confidence that she has. 
Also, when I was away at college and some doors were closing in the film studies major and I started feeling like God was pulling me into another direction in life.  I confided to Kim one day, while in her chair that I was thinking about quitting school and doing hair, she said "now that is the only thing, I can really see you doing."  Quitting school was very difficult for me because I think education is very important but because of financial reasons I had to quit. But to hear her, a great hairstylist, say that I could be really good at it, gave me the confidence I needed to go ahead and pursue my cosmetology career.  And I am soo glad I did!  Not only did she influence me in pursuing my career but she also told me about William Henry Salon (where I work now) and told me, I should try and get a job there.  If it wasn't for her, I would have never found my job that I love so much!  
Being a hair stylist now, I look back and remember how Kim was as MY hairstylist and try to mimic a lot of professionalism and techniques so I can do better at my own job.  So a lot of what I do as a stylist has been influenced by her and that is why she is on this list!!

7.) Somer and Preston Wilson.  Everything I say on these blogs are from the heart so I am not trying to brown nose here, and if you know me, you know I do not brown nose, but I have to give a lot of credit to my bosses as big influences in my life.  They own and operate the salon I work in and they are a part of why I love my job so much!  I could not ask for better bosses!  I could not do what they do, thats for sure!  For one they don't exactly act like my boss which is awesome because I work better when I'm not under pressure. But if I do have a concern or need I feel like they are interested in what is best for all of us that work for them.  They are always keeping the salon up to date and keeping it trendy, just last week they did some remodeling in the reception area and I am really grateful for that.
I get to work with Somer and she is a very talented stylist.  I watch her sometimes and she is a very meticulous and precise stylist. I  have definitely learned a lot about hair just from watching her. Also, I have never heard her say one bad thing about anybody.  I can't say the same for myself but I look at that as a person I would like to be.
Not only are they hard workers but they are great Christian examples.  Someone once told me that Preston had came in and prayed over every chair in the salon before and I thought that was the sweetest thing I ever heard.  They have a love for the Lord that they incorporate that in all of their business endeavors.  If I ever owned my own business, which I probably wont, but if I did I would model it on their business and professionalism.  You can see more of their inspiring story on this link:

Jenna and Julianna on my wedding day.
Carol and her husband Jon.
8. Jenna, Carol and Julianna.   (I'm cheating on the 10 ppl rule again!) These are some of my college buddies I met at UNCW.  My college diploma may have gone in vain but my years spent there did not.  I got to make wonderful friends while there.  I mentioned briefly from a previous blog that my college friends helped me through my hardest time but I have to give them some more credit.
When I first met Jenna, I really did not know what to think of her.  This petite girl with blonde hair and a high pitched voice, who told me the first night she met me that she didn't like my outfit when I asked her opinion (I ignored it and wore it anyways).  I didn't know if we would be friends.  But then once I got to know her more I realized what a sweet, honest, and devoted friend she could be. We all need friends that will tell you their opinion whether you want it or not. I think Jenna and I met each other at just the right times in our lives because I was still trying to define my relationship with God and Jenna was trying to get hers more on track with Him, so we got to grow up together in our Faiths.  It was awesome to see her grow into such an awesome Christian woman. I'm glad I met Jenna though because she was the one that introduced me to all my other college friends and she is from Lincolnton, where she lives now, so I get to see her all the time! And I think she is probably grateful she met me because I introduced her to her husband, Josh!
I met Carol soon after I met Jenna.  Carol was the "momma" of the group and I definitely needed one while I was at college.  She would throw all the parties for us and would cook and make all the yummy drinks for us.  She was the life of the party and she was as goofy as I was.  She would do all the things with me that others would be too embarrassed to do.  We even tried to be in the college talent show by making up our own dance routine to Spice Girls. Needless to say we didn't make it. :(  We also would have deep discussions about our Faith and it was refreshing for me to see someone from such a different denomination than me (she grew up Catholic) love the Lord the way I did.
Julianna is my girly, giggly friend.  She is always smiling and always looking to have fun.  Probably one of the sweetest and most organized people I have ever met. She let me live with her even though it was for just a short time, in her apt. She gets her sweetness from her family because she has a ton of adopted brothers and sisters from like different countries.  Her parents are saints.  I got the privilege of meeting them at Juls wedding. When I look at how I want my family to be like I look at theirs.  They pray together and put God first in everything.  They have had storms but they work through it together.  I don't get to see Juls a lot but I know her house is always open if I ever wanna come visit, and hopefully I will get to see her this summer!

9.) Donald Miller.  I know a lot of my facebook friends have seen me post quite a few links for the movie "Blue Like Jazz" in promoting it because it is such a good movie that hits very close to home for me.  I read the book "Blue Like Jazz" when I was in college.  I seen it on a shelve that Carol had and asked her if I could borrow it.  I don't even know why I picked the book up, but I started reading it and it changed my life! With a subtitle of "Non-religious thoughts on Christian Spirituality"on the book, the author Donald Miller, tells his own life story (with beautiful imagery and word flow) about his own growing understanding of the nature of God and Jesus and in a very personable way.  At the time I was reading that book, my own relationship with Jesus was converging from a religious standpoint to a more intimate one where rules didn't matter, I just wanted to know more about God and a personal relationship with him.
My education was causing me to outgrow my Faith in God at the time. If he was the God from what I was taught when growing up that he was keeping a list of wrongs and I had to do this, this and this to measure up then I didn't want it.  Thinking pretty much everyone was going to hell or at least in danger of it is very pessimistic and oppressing not to mention very draining thinking.  And I was tired of it.

There had to be more to it then following the rules.  When I read BLJ, it was like someone was going through the same questions and search and was finding answers to their questions in Grace and the Word.  It was a revelation to me! I had heard of Grace before but I never truly understood it till I started searching for it.  Christian's put God's power in a box but his Grace can not be contained.  I use to think it wasn't powerful enough to cover all my sins and then some.  I thought I could never get to the next level in God if I kept sinning, but learning about how Grace works and how God understands my struggle was eye opening! Even though I wasn't where I was suppose to be, God loved me just like I was and still wanted to use me, and that thought alone makes me want to do better.  I learned that if you are a Christian, no sin, no power in hell can keep you from God's Love and his promises.  I use to think that if I sinned I had better repent then because if the Lord comes back or if I die, without repentance I would go to hell.  Now, I don't have to live in that fear anymore. Now I am secure in knowing that just because I love my God and accept Jesus as my Savior I am saved forever.  I do believe in once saved, always saved because if you really do love God and search for Him and get a taste of His Love, you will never leave him.  There is nothing out there better than that feeling. So Donald Miller helped me get to my next level in my relationship with God and for that influence, I am forever grateful.  Go see the movie or read the book, you will not be disappointed unless you are religious, then you better not because you will probably be offended.

10.)Which leads me to my last one, Jesus.  Here I go again but I can't help it, I have to share it.  It is in my core, my soul and that is the most influence anyone could ever have on me.  It is literally like the scripture Jeremiah 20:9 "But if I say 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, shut up in my bones.  I am weary of holding it in, indeed I cannot. "  That is how I feel when it comes to Jesus.
I just finished the book "The Vow" in it a couple tell their story of misfortune when they get into a wreck soon after they are married and the wife suffers from a severe head injury and doesn't remember her husband.  She has to spend half a year rediscovering who she is and relearn how to do everyday task like walking (even though she was a prized gymnist.)  In the story a couple of weeks after the accident she feels that something is missing in her life and gets a prayer journal.  It was just so neat because she was so in love with Jesus before the accident that she had forgotten nothing of her strong Faith in Him, it was in her innermost being and soul that even a severe head injury could not make her forget.
That is how I hope I am.  I will admit that I don't read my bible everyday but I am in a continuance prayer with my Father.  I don't get on my knees but I will talk and pray while I do other stuff.
Jesus is just the coolest person I have ever heard about if that sounds cheesy, oh well, I guess I'm cheesy, but I love how he changed the world in just 3 years of his ministry.  He is the only one of the 3 major religions that says "I am God."  Buddha just searched for god,  Muhammad just claimed to be a prophet.  That is why Christ is the most controversial because he claimed he was God.  There are over 400 prophecies that he fulfilled in the Old Testament, thousands of years before he came (look them up yourself). When I think of God, I want him to be personable.  I want him to understand my heart and what I'm going through.  I am so thankful that God himself, came down to my level with the same temptations and struggles that I have.  He not only walked where I walk but he has been there and worse.  If you want to believe there are other religions just the same, you do that, but I chose to follow Truth and Love.   Because Jesus died for my sins, I have hope everyday that I can make it.  I have a personal relationship to the God of the Universe and he listens to me, because Jesus made a way with his perfect blood that was shed for me.  The people from the old testament had to follow rules and rituals to communicate to God and so do other religions, but with Jesus, it is way past that!  That kind of thinking is soo 2000 years ago! Because of the sacrifice there is not one person holier than the rest.  God is no respecter of persons, there are people with more Faith, but we all have that potential and I am learning more Faith with each day.  So yea, I think Jesus has had the most influence in my life!

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