Friends, Sophia is a gem. She is silly, sassy and full of joy. We bonded over our mutual love of breakfast foods, our fear of large bugs and our past as ballet dancers. She is such a genuine and interesting soul. She loves to laugh, to share her love of other cultures and to show kindness to anyone she comes across!
"I was born and raised here in Albuquerque. I lived in New Zealand for about a year when I was two, although I don’t remember much of it except for being terrified of kangaroos! We also lived for a short time in Colorado, but I’ve lived here in New Mexico since I was four. I’m a little upset that we left New Zealand because I could have grown up with a Kiwi accent which would have been amazing!
Growing up, we traveled quite a bit around the United States as well as to Canada and Mexico. I sort of thought everyone traveled that much when I was a kid and I now see how rare that is and how cool it is that I got to experience that. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to get an appetite for travel at such a young age. My family has always been really close, but we grew a lot closer when my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer right after I graduated high school. My parents had to travel for my dad’s treatment the summer before I started college and it was really hard, but I really saw God move in that time. It transformed my relationship with my dad in a lot of ways, and thankfully my dad is cancer free now! My brother lives in Maryland with his wife and works on the Air Force Base out there. His wife and I get along really well and that is such a blessing because it’s like I have a sister!"
"As a kid, I was the only girl on my block. There were a lot of boys and they all were friends with my brother, but I didn’t really have a lot of friends. Anytime I felt like I found a best friend in school, they would end up moving away! I think that happened a total of four times during my childhood, which is such a weird coincidence. I was homeschooled for part of elementary school and for middle school. My mom got sick and couldn’t work anymore at that point, so she decided to homeschool me. I liked it a lot, but by the time I got to high school I was ready to go to school. I went to a private Christian school for high school and I really enjoyed it. I felt like I learned a lot and had a good experience overall.
I went to the University of New Mexico, originally as a nursing major. I did that for a few years and worked in the Chemistry department, but the doors just kept closing on getting in to the nursing program. They changed the entire program while I was trying to apply, which set things back a bit. I had the opportunity to go to India for the summer, but had I gotten accepted into nursing school, I would have had to stay and finish two classes during the summer. The fact that I really felt called to go to India ended up being the deciding factor in some ways. I felt like God was calling me to be obedient and wanted me to go to India and so I made the decision not to apply. I tried out paramedic school for about a year and then spent the summer overseas in Thailand. While I was in Thailand, I just felt like being a paramedic wasn’t right for me either. I thought a lot about it and decided that it wasn’t something that I could see myself doing long term. So I decided to go into family studies and psychology, to maybe one day be a counselor or work with adopting families. I worked with a play therapist and it was such a rewarding experience. I think that I’m called to work with people in a long term capacity, rather than a short term experience like the medical professions I had been pursuing. Now, I work on campus at the Baptist Student Union. I work with college aged girls just sort of helping them through the experience of college and I really love it. It is seriously my dream job, getting to support these young women through a really overwhelming part of their life. "
"My health has been a really big struggle for me for quite a while now. I have been working to find out what exactly is going on with me for what feels like forever. It’s just really hard when you don’t feel good and you don’t know why, and doctors can’t tell you why either. I am sick every single day. I keep seeing doctors and they either tell me that I am fine when clearly I am not, or they diagnose something and I do treatment and it doesn’t help me. It’s frustrating to be twenty four years old and feel like your body just doesn’t work how it is supposed to and to consider the possibility that this could last forever, and I may never get better. This illness has seeped into every facet of my life, whether it’s having to leave school because I can’t stand up or being exhausted but not being able to sleep. Another challenge has been learning how to kindly deal with people who have good intentions and want to help, but maybe don’t realize that they aren’t being helpful by assuming this can be fixed easily. Giving them grace has been a really humbling lesson when I have tried basically everything to feel better and nothing helps. People genuinely care and they want so badly to help and that is honestly such a blessing. I’ve been learning to be patient, and still honest about my struggles. It has also opened my eyes to how I empathize with others and being more intentional with how I listen and react when people share suffering with me. I know that I can trust God in this situation. I know that I may not be promised perfect health or restoration in this instance, but I find comfort in knowing that God knows my pain and is with me. Even if I don’t get the outcome I want, God is still good."
"People are always asking what my plan is and what I want to do, and I honestly just want to live a somewhat simple life. I’m getting married in September, and my fiance, Logan, and I both just want to work in ministry and love people. That’s our plan! I would love to live overseas someday, I would love to continue helping college girls and just people in general, and I would love to be a mom one day. I’m not stressed about the timeline.
One of the biggest things that I think girls struggle with is where their value is. Going into college, I placed really low value on myself. I didn’t think I was good enough, strong enough or pretty enough. A lot of that maybe had to do with dancing ballet. Being a dancer, you are trained to critique every part of your body on a regular basis. I often compared myself to others and had a hard time with my body image, starting in middle school. I thought that I wasn’t valuable. I see that a lot in college aged girls - they place their value on what pop culture decides makes them valuable. They turn to magazines to tell them how to look and what to wear or even what to care about to be valuable. Amazingly, there have been a lot of really strong and wonderful women in my life to show me that I AM valuable and it doesn’t depend on me being skinny or strong or wearing my hair a certain way. My value is in Christ and that is something that gives me a lot of confidence. If you base your value on something that is ever-changing, that doesn’t give you confidence. Placing your worth in something solid and unchanging gives you freedom to be yourself. It reminds you that you should be treated with dignity and respect and treat others with dignity and respect."
Five things I want the Simply Sisterhood community to know about me:
1) I have a pipe dream of one day having my own food blog/recipe book.
2) Up until a few weeks ago, I had never owned a car with a CD player. Can you say upgrade?!
3) If I could eat breakfast food for every meal of the day, I would.
4) I collect thimbles from any country or state I visit. I'm almost at 50!
5) I have an irrational fear of mail. I don't know what's inside that envelope, it could be a cute card ,or it could be anthrax!
Sophia is the real deal. She doesn't just SAY that she loves people, she genuinely goes out of her way to make others feel cared for. She is a creative , soulful young woman who has so much to offer the world and I am honored to have her as a member of the tribe. Welcome to the Sisterhood, Sophia!
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