This week with the Not Alone Series, we are getting to know one another a little bit! It’s one of the funny things about blogging like this.
We know so much of each other’s hearts, our joys and fears and longings and hopes, and yet we don’t know stuff like… how old are you anyway? Or where do you live? Or what do you even do when you’re not awesomely blogging with other NAS girls? Good questions, right!?
So here goes me…
I’m twenty-four! (I also like writing numbers out, it’s my small rebellion against efficiency.)
Area of country:
I live in Sydney, Australia the most absurdly beautiful city in the world. But seriously, I walk down the road and I take a pic like this…
Are you working? If so, what do you do? Or, are you in school?
I’m studying theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia, and I am about to begin my master’s thesis on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I absolutely love the Sacred Heart, my refuge and my joy, my peace and my protector. So I’m pretty excited!!!
Family (let’s see some pics!):
All in all, I’m pretty nutty about my family. I genuinely believe they are the greatest people on the plane. (You think I’m joking… I’m not.) I’m blessed to have two fantastically wonderful parents, and one younger brother who is amazing, hilarious, and very different from me.
Here’s us four at my graduation a few months ago. (Incidentally, I blame my (very) high expectations of men on the two standing on either side of me. Also, isn’t my mum just gorgeous!? The nicest compliment I get these days is when people say I’m becoming more like her every day. Not going to lie, it’s kind of my goal in life.)
How did your parents meet?
Ooooh, good question! Well, my mum’s eldest brother and one of my dad’s friends were flatmates and they met at a party/thing there when my mum was only 19. According to my dad, as soon as he walked into the room and saw my mum, he thought, “I could marry that girl.” They started going out out about a month later, and four-ish years after that, got married!
But far more romantic than any story of how my parents met is how they stayed together. Last year, they celebrated thirty years of marriage! Wooo!!! These guys are teaching me what love is.
When I was twelve, I chose St Catherine of Alexandria because she is the patron saint of girls, librarians, and winning arguments. And that pretty much sums out my entire life!
The first one! Seriously, you can’t go past Matthew’s gospel. (Well, technically you can…) I love it all from the genealogy in the first chapter to the Great Commission in the twenty-eight.
# of previous relationships (ya know, that required a FB status change!)
Zero. Yeah, I’ve never been in a relationship. I’ve never been on a date either. (This means if I ever give you relationship advice, or start pontificating about marriage, take it with a pinch of salt… and then some.) I’m not majorly excited about that fact, but at the same time I can see how God got me out of a lot of situations which just would have gotten nasty. Mostly, I give Him begrudging thanks. ;)
Top 3 qualities you are looking for in your hubby (b/c, hey, maybe we can help each other out! Cousin? Coworker?)
Hmm, well the first things that come to mind are:
- Loves me
Although not necessarily in that order… Ok, but seriously, that’s a hard question. I suppose I’d like to be with someone who has:
- A passionate love for God.
- Strength of character and a willingness to lead our family in the Faith.
- And a lot of nerdiness. (Seriously, the thought of being married to someone who didn’t at least understand how I could get so excited about the Trinity, Neo-Medievalism, or flags is a horrible, horrible thought.)
But honestly, I don’t really know! Like, I think I like certain quality or a certain type and then the next year, I’ve changed my mind! (Cf. my extensive dating experience above.) I’m just kind of flying blind here, praying my heart out and hoping for the best.
Also, just because it’s the feast day of St Monica!
What is your fave thing to do outside of blogging and work/school?
Mass!!! Seriously, Mass but in terms of hobbies (and not, you know, the source and summit of the Christian life), probably reading theology, drinking tea from commemorative royal mugs, watching whatever my flatmate is watching on Netflix, pinning pretty quotes and dresses I’ll never wear on Pinterest, listening to the waves on the Harbour, experimenting with how much stuff in my fridge I can cook with garlic and onions, and perhaps most of all, getting together with friends for a drink (tea, chai or beer, I’m flexible), a debrief, and a lot of giggling.
Because that’s probs my favourite thing to do: giggle inappropriately!
Advice for a single lady (in tweet-like fashion, 140 characters or less)
[yeah, I’m really bad at twitter so I wrote more of a letter…]
My darling single sister,
You might think you have a goal – marriage – and that because you are single, you are somehow failing it. You’re not. Still, I wish there was a short-cut. And I wish I could give you that short-cut so bad because I know how much it can hurt. (That, and if it worked I’d be a gazillionaire!)
But there is no shortcut. Why? Because ultimately, your goal isn’t marriage, and as much as I hate it sometimes, my goal in life isn’t finding a loving, strong, nerdy Catholic man who a) exists and b) is willing to indulge my enthusiasm for flags and old books. The goal is brain-breaking, heart-stopping, limb-jellying joy through perfect union with the Most Blessed Trinity.
So I have only one piece of advice: entrust your heart to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and your longings for marriage to the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. And know this: You are loved, now and always by an Almighty Servant-King.
Everything else is just detail.
I love you, sis.
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