Karli has been the closest thing I've had to a sister since we first met in 5th grade. We both had just moved into the neighborhood, and our moms decided we should be friends. From there, we have laughed and cried and vacationed and grown more and more into the women God created us to be. Karli is one of the most beautiful girls I know, and I am so blessed by our sisterhood-like-friendship.
|Karli with her husband Nick.|
What is your greatest passion in life? How do you live it out?
My greatest passions in life are building relationships and encouraging others to develop their own strengths and gifts. I believe that every relationship we enter, whether it's for 30 seconds or for 30 years, is an opportunity to show God to someone. In Shawna Niequist's book, "Cold Tangerines," she says something that really sums about how I feel about relationships. She points out that, through relationships, we are able to "act on behalf of God in the lives of the people we're close to, reminding each other who God is." It's an amazing and huge responsibility!What woman inspires you?
My mom is absolutely my inspiration. She is the most giving, loving, positive and hilarious woman I know. She seems to radiate God's love wherever she goes. She just got back from her fourth trip to Kenya where she ministered to and loved on people in the town of Nakuru. I hope to be as cool as she is someday.
How does what you do for a living fit in with your passions and what you feel is your calling?
I've been blessed to find a career, occupational therapy, in which I can daily live out both of my passions: building relationships and developing others. I'm so excited that God has given me the opportunity to change lives in this way. It's amazing to see how He has orchestrated so many experiences in my life to lead to this place where I feel so at peace about what He is calling me to do. He is truly shaping all of us everyday!
When do you feel most alive?
I feel most alive when I'm traveling. There's something about being in an entirely new place with no agenda that makes me feel so free. If I wasn't pursuing occupational therapy, I'd want to be a Professional Traveler. If you know anyone who'd be willing to pay me for that, let me know. :)
What do you think is the most challenging thing about following Jesus as a 20-something girl?
As a 20-something girl myself, I find that there are so many distractions from pursuing Jesus. We're at a time in our lives where we're finding out what we want to do with our lives, we're building lasting relationships and really establishing ourselves. All of these are great things, but they can become distracting and consuming. It's awesome, though, how much more fulfilling each of these experiences are when you invite Jesus to enter the picture.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about following Jesus as a 20-something girl?
The most rewarding thing about following Jesus as a 20-something girl (or even as a 40-something girl!) is the knowledge that there is a purpose behind everything in our lives. Every great experience and every challenge is for a greater purpose: shaping us into who God wants us to become. I find a lot of peace in that.