Girls Night In

the blog for single, over-40 women

Changes, Endings and Beginnings

on November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving is two days away!

For me this rush forward into the holiday season, this time of remembering all I am thankful for, is more poignant than usual.

I find myself turning inward this year to process the rush forward into the next holy season of my life. There is doctoral work to do, which means downsizing, packing, moving across the Atlantic to a new country, entering a new educational system and a new culture, and trying to form a new community in which to authentically belong. All the while managing to read, study and produce quality writing.

There is also the ordination process, which means interviews, finding my place in the global church and being taught by the Spirit to preach and to teach and to serve God’s people and the world. Finally, there is the real need to develop personally, which means nourishing all the different parts of me— the thinker, the minister, the woman with a heart, a body and a spirit – so I cannot just do what God is calling me to do, but so I can flourish into being the person God created me to be.

As the holidays signal the end of the year, I am finding that these holy days I have been experiencing bring a lot of endings. There are lots of last times.

This blog post, dear readers, is my last time posting here at Girl’s Night In as a regular blogger. We’ve shared together the angst of my school days, the excitement of my trip to Cape Town, the disappointments of ill-fitting love, recipes, haircuts and random joys of life after 40. It has all been grand!

Counting my blessings, Girl’s Night In is one thing I truly have been blessed by. I am thankful we have shared this season of life together, friends.

I will be around. Alease A. Brown is but a Google search away.

Let the next things, for all of us, begin and be great! Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year!


photo by Ken Branson/MasterMIND productions


2 responses to “Changes, Endings and Beginnings

  1. Carole says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you the best in the future. Love the pic, btw.

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