rachel_westcott Two years ago, I was gearing up to take the trip of a lifetime to Europe. I bought a bottle of tanning oil in Greece and it's lasted me so long! (I love it because the fine print is written in Greek.) I pulled it out again yesterday for a day by the pool and it made me itch to travel again. Thankfully I have some flexibility this summer to find moments of paradise here and there. I'm feeling a lake day in my future...
Here's to open windows and plants and tropical music to make your Monday feel less like a Monday.
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rachel_westcott It's been a particularly difficult week with particularly beautiful moments woven within it. I'm learning a lot about what it means to give yourself grace, and how good Jesus's grace is for me. Post-grad arrangements are tricky. But it will make sense soon.
Also, I'm really counting down the hours until I'm back in Florida.
But until then, I have a great weekend ahead, and lots of reasons to smile.
Happy Friday, friends!
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  •   giovanamelo2 I'm going back to Florida real soon too!! 4d

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rachel_westcott Thank you for caring for my heart when my life feels topsy-turvy. Your patience and grace are more than I could ever deserve, and you show me more of Jesus every day.
God only knows what I'd be without you.
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rachel_westcott "Love binds people, in matrimony's sacred bonds where chaste lovers are met, and friends cement their trust and friendship. How happy is mankind, if the love that orders the stars above rules, too, in your hearts.” — Boethius //
Beautiful mountain wedding ceremony yesterday. Beautiful couple, beautiful story, beautiful love.
May we all love with the same love as the One who owns the skies.
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rachel_westcott Hey, friends! Happy Saturday!
I haven't had a lot of time to be on social media lately, because getting things together for my post-grad life has proved to be very time-consuming.
This past week and month have been absolutely insane. I started a new PR freelance job, I graduated college, I registered as a Tennessee resident, I moved all my stuff to a new room, I got a business license, I'm getting new roommates, and I got engaged — so add a little wedding planning to that mix.
Many happy, exciting things — but I've needed a LOT of coffee.
I'm also thankful to announce that I begin work as a writer for Social Joey on Monday.
Life is beautiful and Jesus is good.
1w
  •   kaitnoel Yay! So many blessings all at once! So cool to hear all God is doing in your life. Congratulations!1w
  •   rachel_westcott @kaitnoel Thank you! 1w

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rachel_westcott I never thought I would ever like a cat. I am a dog person, through and through.
But Hannah moved in and brought this little one and she's already won me over. Guys, she has been cuddling with me and purring all day, laying on my bed while I work. Do cats do that? Is that normal? Could she possibly be a dog in disguise?
@hannahemorgan_ , I think I'm gonna like this.
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rachel_westcott Goodbyes are never easy.
I had the most magical weekend with my sister, with my family, with Taylor and his family, with my roommates and their families — all celebrating the past four years, and the joy of changing seasons.
Magical weekends don't last forever, though. I took a lot of mental snapshots and I'm pulling them out today. Like this one: the light hitting my beautiful sister just right. Or grabbing dinner with my family and fiancé and future in-laws. Or sitting on the couches with my roommates reminiscing about freshman year. Or planning a wedding with all the ones I love.
So today I'm saying some hard goodbyes, embracing change, and anticipating the future. My college chapter is over... but there are bright, beautiful things just around the corner.
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rachel_westcott It is finished. 2w

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rachel_westcott Gia told me one day that even though she was moving out in a month, she was still decorating her room. Just because she was anticipating the end, didn't mean she couldn't keep creating a beautiful life here in the meantime.
Friendship is like that too. I think we all tend to close off our hearts in anticipation of the end — to protect ourselves from hard goodbyes. We oftentimes check out early.
But with these two, I can joyfully say we are building friendship until the very end. I am so thankful that I met these two last semester, and while I wish I had met them WAY sooner, the richness of their love has made up for time we never had.
When faced with the choice to check out early, or keep building — always keep building. You may meet two of the sweetest friends you never thought you'd have.
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rachel_westcott Spent all night last night addressing announcements and watching a movie with friends.
I graduate in 3 days and it's getting all too real.
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rachel_westcott To my two best friends, my sisters, the two that have walked with me since day one of college:
No amount of words in an Instagram caption could express to you what you have come to mean to me. I'm sorry if I was a little quiet today on our excursion to Knoxville - I was trying not to think about the fact that this was our last adventure as roommates.
The thought that our days of living together are coming to an end breaks my heart. But I am so proud of you both — and so lucky to know that distance will not lessen our love for one another.
Thank you for an amazing four years of memories. I'm praying for a lifetime more.
3w

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rachel_westcott There is nothing quite like camping out in the corner of a coffee shop for 7 hours.
That's all that's on the agenda for the day and I'm quite alright with it.
3w

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rachel_westcott I think it's safe to say that our faces have only been making these expressions for the past 38 hours.
Thank you everyone for your kind wishes and support, and for my sweet friends tagged in this who helped make Friday happen. I'm blown away by your love.
And Taylor, you went above my wildest dreams. I never knew it was possible to feel this much happiness.
We're getting married!!!
*exclamation points and heart eyes for days*
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rachel_westcott It's a warm, bright day today. There's a slight breeze and the birds have not stopped singing since the sun came up. It helps soften the blow of hard goodbyes.
If you see me with a glazed-over expression in the next nine days, just know it's because I'm full of feelings.
Thank God for the sun.
4w

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rachel_westcott I just walked out of my last college class. Ever.
My professor caught me off-guard as class was ending when he started talking about calling.
"With God, nothing is wasted," he said. "If God has put a passion in your heart, he will use it in one way or another. It may not all make sense right now, but trust him. Trust that he will provide an opportunity for your deepest gladness and the world's deepest need to meet."
I hope my classmates didn't see the tears rolling down my cheek.
Graduation, here I come.
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  •   hillpaige3 That's awesome!! 4w
  •   missangms That's so simply beautiful. Hold on tight to those words girl. 4w

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rachel_westcott Two years ago today, we got coffee for the first time. I planned on staying for an hour. We stayed for three.
He caught me by surprise that day — I never saw it coming, and nothing was ever the same again.
I'm glad things don't always turn out the way you expect. A lot of times, they turn out way better.
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rachel_westcott We love weddings. And matching. And each other.
#CarolineAndMarshall
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rachel_westcott "Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great... These all look to You, to give them their food in due season. When You give it to them, they gather it up; when You open your hand, they are filled with good things."
// Psalm 104:25-28
I love that my Father is so creative and good, that he gave us such a beautiful earth to protect and enjoy. What an awesome responsibility.
Happy Earth Day, friends.
1mon

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rachel_westcott Today I'm an 11 on the sentimental scale.
Things came full circle as we honored all the freshmen moving up and falling into their roles at Lee. I was able to hear all my freshman friends tell me about what they've done this year, and their dreams for the future. I can't be more proud.
As I was walking around campus with emotion in my eyes, reflecting on my time here, and realizing I hardly recognize anyone anymore (senior probs) I ran into @kendallelane, my brother since the beginning. He helped me snap out of it. And then I remembered I still have so many beautiful things ahead. Like living with this girl right here in 2 months.
Processing graduation is a weird, weird thing, my friends. Thanks for putting up with my sappy posts.
#leeuniversity #sentimentalsenior #16days
1mon

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