Coffee is not canceled and thank the Lord for that.
Kindness is not canceled.
Imagination is not canceled.
Going for a walk is not canceled.
Laughter is not canceled.
Family is not canceled.
Above all else, salvation is not canceled.
A lot of things in 2020 have been canceled and we all can feel the weight of life, especially this year. Remember that joy and hope can’t be taken away, no matter the circumstance. Life is too short to worry about things out of our control. Do your best and give every day all you have. Be kind to yourself and your neighbor.
Let’s not aim to be perfect in 2021, but to be available. Be intentional. Really aim to actively hear what those around you are saying rather than being a passive listener. This world can be a dark place, but be the light.
KRP. Kelsey Ryan Phillips. Ball of Energy. Sunshine personified.
I originally met Kelsey our freshman year during sorority recruitment, although that encounter is a bit fuzzy for me. Just ask Kelsey. 😂
After we both rushed Gamma Phi, our paths crossed many times during the fall semester and into the spring. Praise the Lord for His timing!
From then on, we ate almost every meal together at the sorority house. We took pictures together before every function and asked guys to be our dates in the most crazy ways possible. We went to Shag night every Thursday and ate our weight in Cookout trays. We traveled to Carolina away games and made the twelve hour road-trip to see Casey in Baton Rouge. On off weekends, we crashed Mama P’s house in Sea Pines and enjoyed the beautiful SC coast.
Often times, I would get asked where my “other half” was if Kelsey wasn’t somewhere nearby.
Our friendship quickly blossomed into one of my most valued treasures in life. Over the last nine years, Kelsey has been by my side through my highest moments and my darkest valleys. Like momma Phillips’ famous mantra, we have shared so many of life’s highs and lows together.
Kelsey was the Maid of Honor in my wedding. Kelsey is the blond to my brunette.
She pushes me to be spontaneous. She shows me that all people are worthy of love. She inspires me to a better version of myself, even when it’s hard. She has always been a listening ear and a steady shoulder to cry on. She is a firm believer in the Lord and is a testament of His grace in all things.
Thank you, Kelsey, for all you that you are. Your free spirit and unwavering positivity radiates joy and light into every room you step foot in. You have been such a gift to me since day one.
I can’t wait to
P.S. If you are also looking for any kind of art for a birthday, holiday or “just because,” check out Kelsey’s Instagram. She is one of the most insanely talented artists I’ve ever met. She can do acrylic, watercolor, handmade cards, photography and so, so much more. Check her out!
With the COVID-19 “outbreak” in full swing and more time on my hands in between working full time, I came up with the idea to start a spotlight series. Over the course of the next few weeks (or months), this spotlight series will include just a way for me to show appreciation in the best way I can for family, friends and others who have helped to shape me into the woman who I am today.
Be on the lookout for the first official highlight of the series in the near future!