Oh hey. Yeah, remember me?
I do apologize for the brief stint of absence over the past few months. And, man they've been a wild ride...a few "life defining" moments, you could say. So big, in fact, I've sat down at my computer on multiple occasions and have yet to find the words. But believe me, I will share as He gives me the words. His timing, of course. So...stay tuned!!
On another note, I am thrilled to share that this month marks the 3rd anniversary of me being southern AND thankful. It is really crazy thinking back to that night 3 years ago when I woke from a dream with this strong urge to start a blog about giving thanks. Such a God moment. I remember that night as being one of the first times I felt God speaking straight to my heart. I really enjoy looking back at how Southern and Thankful has grown, and God willing, will continue to grow. I don't remember if I have shared this before, but during my Sophomore year in college, and honestly a little into Junior year, i had a major identity crisis. I feel like this is a very normal thing, especially during these years of my life. But, as it turned out, this "crisis" led me to a few conclusions:
1. I realized a lot about about myself
2. At first, I didn't understand the feelings I was having, but over a year later He is showing me how it all connects
3. Most importantly, I was reminded why I am Southern and Thankful
Being at TCU, I have met an insane amount of incredible people, and at times...it was very hard for me to personally feel incredible as me, Cade. A lot of people knew me as "southern and thankful" , which was totally cool. But, at the same time I became very disappointed that Cade wasn't really shinning. I don't really expect you to understand because you are probably thinking, "Cade is Southern and Thankful", but the issue was that I wanted to be known as more than Southern and Thankful. I've spent so much time trying to figure out how to do that. In the end, or up until this point atleast, I've come to the realization that I am both... I'm sure you've noticed that while trying to figure all of this out, I took a step back from writing, and designing. But, just as God is working in me, and hopefully making me better, He is helping me to see how I can reach people thru my brand and continually make it better, too. So with all that said, and in honor of this 3rd anniversary, I am happy to share some news with you:
NEW NEW NEW COMING SOON SOON SOON!!!
I honestly cannot tell you how much joy these new items bring me. I cannot wait for you to see them!!! Throughout my little step back I had so many people ask when was I going to do something new and I always said I would know when it felt like it was the right time. I knew God would place it on my heart for me to share and y'all.... he has sure done that. Keep up with me this summer to see the new stuff and hear a little of my story. I have never been through anything as hard as this last semester, but at the same time it has opened my eyes to a whole new view of life...mountains and valleys, and growth, right??!!
I am constantly in awe of God's plan for me! I cannot wait to see what else he has planned for me, and this brand. Especially after the mountain I just climbed. Do not be fooled...He has got you and he has a perfect plan for you... hold on and wait for it. I can promise you with my entire heart, it is worth every tear, disappointment, doubt, and worry. His view on our lives is absolutely stunning. We may not see it at the same time he does, but it is still just as beautiful once it is made known to us. Wait for the beauty... you'll be thankful you did.
I have been Southern and Thankful for 3 whole years at this point and no matter what happens in my life- the good / bad - the up's / down's I will always be William Cade Bethea, Southern and Thankful. I hope you will celebrate this new phase of my life with me. You are going to flip out when you see this new stuff... well at least I hope ;)
Get excited! Stay Tuned! Stay Thankful!
Southern and Thankful