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Goodbye Friends

I’ve been journeying with Little With Great Love for officially 4 years. It all started when our founder Lisa, my aunt, gave me a call asking if I wanted to help start this ministry, and I immediately said yes. She told me later I was the first one on our team to say yes. From the start the Holy Spirit was moving in our team. 

Our first time meeting all together through zoom was a little intimidating to me. I was the youngest team member, and felt I was just “Lisa’s niece” at the time. Nonetheless, I knew what I was capable of bringing and was placed as Little With Great Love’s Social Media Coordinator. 

I had worked closely with Lisa in the beginning to establish our channels, to form a plan, make graphics, and start pushing content out there. It was fun to formulate ideas and create something from nothing, which is a strength I realized later I have. As time went on I found a rhythm. We were consistent, and I was promoted to be Social Media Manager. 

As time continued, we grew, we wanted to do more. We eventually opened a shop, started a podcast, held live talks, hosted an online course, and so much more. It was a fun challenge to be able to create and plan for all these new things. However, at some point it became tiring, not just for me but for the team. We took breaks in between our events which revived us, but for me I felt a lingering pull away.

I continued on, being a hard worker, but it was just to complete my tasks. My heart was starting to feel unrest. My situation in life changed alongside our ministry growing. I had gotten a full time job which made my time for the ministry less. I felt I wasn’t able to give my best self to the work, and I was drained. 

Ministry work has been something I’ve been doing since high school. I have not stopped giving back to my community and peers since then. I’ve given a lot of myself to others, sharing my gifts of creativity and joy, something the Lord has called me to do all this time. However, the Lord is now placing a different call on my heart. 

This year, I will be stepping away from Little With Great Love.

What I Learned

Since I started in this ministry, I have learned so much. I not only learned many new skills and practices, but also learned a lot about myself. Reading back my first introduction blog post, Growing in Confidence Everyday, so much has changed in my life. I got my masters, started a full-time job, am no longer in a relationship, and am at the end of this chapter with Little With Great Love. However, even though much has changed, I find myself relating to my first post in the sense that something new is starting and I am also confident in the path the Lord is setting out for me. 

“…even though much has changed, I find myself relating to my first post in the sense that something new is starting and I am also confident in the path the Lord is setting out for me.”

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I learned the importance of organization and planning, and how important it is for a workaholic like me to take a break. I gave fun tips like makeup hacks to feel more confident and how to get your sleep schedule back on track. And I even recorded a few videos like “What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?” and “10 Places that Bring Me Peace” and one of Little With Great Love’s most watched videos, “Balancing Being and Doing with the Monk Manual”.

Most of my early 20s were spent with Little With Great Love. I wrote a lot about my journey at this stage in my life, and gave a lot of advice for others walking alongside me. I opened up about “What it’s Really Like Balancing Life in Your 20s” and “Navigating Being Yourself in Your 20s.” I shared a few secrets about adulthood I learned in “7 Things Nobody Told You About Your 20s.” And I got personal, sharing how I was “Gaining Independence While Living with Parents”. I learned much about what it means to be in my 20s.

I made new friends with the Saints! During our Saints for Slackers podcasting seasons, there were saints who really made themselves present in my life. My friends include St. Padre Pio, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Genevieve, and St. Gertrude the Great. All of them have made a lasting impact on my life. I learned how to turn to the saints for extra prayers and guidance, and how their lives can relate to my own, that the saints understand our struggles and will intercede for us to the Lord.

Vulnerability was something I learned as I wrote many blogs on my struggle with anxiety, acedia, and exhaustion. I learned how to combat worry with Padre Pio, and how to say yes to God when you can’t see the next step. Opening up, I talked through my exhaustion with you all, figuring out what is attack from the enemy or simply exhaustion. Acedia was a term I learned, and I shared how I came to understand and overcome it. 

I reflected on my mental health journey already in a previous blog, but reflecting on it now amongst my other writings, I realize how much I’ve truly learned about myself. I shared a lot of myself with you all throughout these years in hopes of someone being able to relate and know I am walking alongside them.

Goodbye Friend

It’s with a sad yet joyful heart that I say goodbye to all of you. I will truly miss you, whoever you are reading this (yes you!). I’ve loved speaking with you, sharing my heart with you, and being here for you. I love you! And will always, always be praying for you. May God bring you peace, love and joy in your lives.

About Author

Alyssa is a 23-year-old master’s student studying communications. She lives at home in sunny Florida, enjoys watching movies and binging tv shows, hoping to one day produce films of her own in which to act. Creatively she enjoys writing in any medium, fashion, doing makeup and dressing up in costumes. She loves to travel by plane, train, car and especially cruises, and hopes to see the world. Caring, kind and loving, she tends to see the good in all people. Alyssa’s calling is to make people smile through her creativity, sharing God’s message of love through how she lives. Her motto is to live every day with a spirit of gratitude.

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