If you know me, you know my long time love for Anthropologie. It all started freshman year where I can specifically remember sitting in FA 200 (A Fine Arts classes at AU) seeing photos of visual displays at various Anthropologie stores around the country. Being completely in awe, I knew that someday I wanted to do just that. Consequently, I spent the next three years managing to turn every opportunity given to me in Design school into an Anthro project or a project that had something to do with the fashion industry. Fast forward to the end of those three years, after being supported by teachers, classmates, friends, and family and I find myself applying for the 2016 Anthropolgie Visual Display internship. What a dream just in its self. In order to complete the interview process I was given a sample project with these guidelines, "create a spring time inspired garland utilizing book paper as your core material that embodies the Anthropologie aesthetic." I cannot tell you how fun it was for me to create this garland.
But before I get carried away with the details of the project I want to share with you something that was so much more special to me during it all. I saw just how much the Lord has blessed me by who He has surrounded me with. People who supported me and believed in me from the beginning. I would not be here without teachers who pushed me, friends and family who encouraged me, and classmates who challenged me. To be given this opportunity was not of my own doing. I saw this the most to be true in the days I waited to hear back after submitting the photos. To be honest with you, as soon as I sent these photos in, I felt anxiety hit me and hit me hard. "What would they think? I'm not qualified for this position." Insecurities hit me from left and right. We seem to do this don't we? To be approved by man. I wanted nothing more than to be accepted and told that I had done a job well done. I let myself believe the lie that my worth was found in a 4 feet garland. Silly to say now, but as silly as it was the Lord used this garland to remind me that my acceptance does not come from man but from Him alone. No amount of instagram likes, or "jobs well done" will completely satisfy my soul.
Friend, the only satisfaction you will find is in Jesus and His word. After hearing the Lord whisper this to my soul I found myself saying, "Lord, you cause all things to work together for my good and to receive this internship or not to is in your hands and for my good." His ways are much higher than our ways and His plans better than ours. After I spoke with a friend about what the Lord was showing me, a few hours after I had let go of what I was trying to plan, I received a phone call. I had gotten the internship. Glory be to God. As I approach this internship my prayer is Colossians 3:17 "Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
So here's some photos of the garland, which would not be possible without the help of my gracious friend Jessi Nichols and her cute house (Yes, it's as dreamy as it looks).