Why She Does It: Anna
Happy Saturday! For our second installment of 'Why She Does It', we're chatting to the lovely Anna. Anna shares what God's been teaching her recently, and explains why she's choosing to life live the way she is. MP Team x
£10 treat: A £10 treat for me is enjoying a GBK burger (in particular The Don £9.95, would 10/10 recommend) with which ever friend I have convinced to come with me. Not only do you get to wolf down some great food, but it also tends to come with some even better company.
Dream Holiday Destination: Sydney, Australia. Always been a dream to travel to Auz and experience their chilled out way of life down.
Coffee order: Working in a coffee shop I can confidently say I have tried all the variations and my all time fave is a vanilla latte. I promise, you have to try it.
Habit I wish I could stop: Snacking on just about everything and anything going.
Tell us what you are up to at the moment? What does a typical day/week look like for you?
Life at the moment is super busy. I’m currently working through the joys of study leave for my AS levels and so my days often entail a fair amount of revision and the odd slightly stressful exam. I try and start each day bright and early, as putting in the hard graft in the morning is normally the key to my revision not becoming daunting or too overwhelming. In the afternoons I try and make more time for myself, to make sure my brain is getting the rest it needs in this jam packed period.
What’s the highlight of your week? Which parts of your everyday life do you love most?
During term time, I love being with friends and snatching glimpses of free time between periods. We especially enjoy reconvening in our school's Costa and drinking coffee. When the weather is beautiful, which admittedly is rare in London, I do enjoy being out in the sunshine and walking around the park with my mum and sister in toe. On the weekends I work in my local cafe, which is really great way for me to get to know members of the community and meet all varying degrees of people.
Why are you doing life in the way you are?
I would hope that I am an approachable and warm person, and I can confidently say that I am always keen to talk to people around school and to get to know others from different year groups. This has helped equip me to lead in my school Christian Union, which we call Exploring Christianity, with two other girls that I am close with, and we have now done this for 3 years. The support and guidance that I have learnt that comes with leading Exploring Christianity has been key in teaching me the best way to talk to those around me.
What is the one big thing that you think God is teaching you at the moment? How is He challenging and encouraging you?
In a school environment and particularly in sixth form, it can feel difficult to stray from the crowd. I am often ashamed to stand strong in my faith and I don't always think its noticeable that I am living for something greater. God challenges me every day to live as a Christian in both thought and deed and to set my sights higher than living for worldly desires. However, God has proved to be a reassurance in these times, by providing me with a close Christian friends that stand by me and get what its like to struggle when it comes to being assured in your faith. Its also so happy and so great that we can turn to the Bible in difficult times and be reassured that God has a plan and he has our back.
Acts 14:22; Strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
When life is busy, how do you make time and space to focus on God? How do you try to keep Him at the centre?
Whether I am being put through the paces of exam season or being distracted by the carefree, super chilled nature of the summer time, often dedicating time for God will just get brushed under the carpet and laid aside until I really need him. A top tip I find super helpful when I am struggling to find time for the big man, is to start my day in the right frame of mind, whether that's just sitting down and reading my bible with my brekkie or going for a walk in the morning and thinking about God’s plan for me. I know that sometimes the Bible can feel big and very overwhelming, so often daily guides can be great or just asking a youth leader or a friend from church to read with you is also a top tip.
Looking back at the last year, what encourages you about how God’s been at work in your life?
This past year has been really great and I have loved starting sixth form. Focusing on the subjects that you enjoy and the independence that comes with wearing your own clothes and having free periods, is just the all time best. I have been really encouraged by the support that comes from being part of a youth group and have particularly appreciated midweek bible study as I have been able to look into the Bible further and gain a greater understanding of God’s plan.