I was blessed to meet Caroline through an Influence Network meet-up. I had been searching and praying to meet more creative women - specifically blogging women - in the area, and ended up being introduced to four at this get-together! Caroline has such a sweet heart and adventurous spirit. I've loved getting to know her more recently, and am so excited for you to meet her as well. (And yes, we totally took pictures at Anthropologie! I told Caroline I wanted to take her pictures in a place she felt most comfortable. I LOVED that her answer was Anthro. Me too, girl.)
Tell us about yourself! My name is Caroline Grace Garza. I mostly grew up outside of San Antonio, and I’ve lived in Dallas for 7 years. I work at the Southwest Airlines headquarters and run my (still new) blog, CompletelyCaroline.com
What inspires you? I am inspired by exploring new cities (especially in foreign countries), rainy, cozy days, kindness, deep conversations with friends that lead to new revelations & realizations, the J.Crew warehouse store near my best friend’s house in Asheville, NC, and giant glasses of red wine.
What are your gifts and talents? I am extremely empathetic and am able to really see people (including people I don’t know) — their hurts and struggles, what’s truly going on with them. I also feel that writing is one of my talents, although I struggle with it sooo much!
How do you use your gifts to serve others? I want my blog to be a place of freedom, and I want to serve others by sharing truth. So many women have twisted beliefs about who they are and who God is, and I try to use my writing to bust up those lies and proclaim truth.
I love party planning and making my home a welcoming and beautiful space. BUT, I’m really terrible about actually inviting people over. I need to do more of that.
What would you do if you had nothing holding you back from your dreams? I would love to work full time from home as a blogger/writer, and maybe lead a small group (meeting at my house, a coffee shop, etc) of women on the path to freedom (does that sound cultish?! ;) ).
Tell us about a season of suffering that lead to good things in your life. Within the first few weeks of my junior year of college, a very serious relationship ended unexpectedly, and then my best friend of 10 years was killed in a cycling accident. I'm an introvert, so I've never had a large group of friends; within weeks I lost the two people in the world I was closest to (outside of my family). I have never felt so alone. An eating disorder I'd put behind me began to rear its ugly head again, and simple, daily tasks like going to class or the grocery store suddenly felt exhausting and incredibly difficult. I felt so terrible all the time that I convinced myself I had mono; I even got out of doing the tour-guide part of my admissions office job for a semester because: mono (I did not have mono).
Experiencing such profound loss and being so totally alone made me run harder than ever toward the Lord and really cemented in my heart the fact that God alone is my source--of life, comfort, love, peace--and everything else is just icing on the cake. As amazing as the people, things, and opportunities in my life may be, He is the only unshakeable, unchanging source of my security. With this complete and all-consuming dependence on the Lord comes tremendous freedom and comfort. He is my safe place.
Share your proudest moment. In college I became part of a ministry for girls called Starlite. My sophomore year we had a conference for the freshman girls on campus, and I was put in charge of the ministry & prayer portion of the conference. Speaking the truth of God’s affection and grace to those girls and then praying over them and holding them in their brokenness was one of the most powerful and fulfilling moments of my life.
The next best moment was when my blog went live last August. I literally laughed, jumped up and down, and clapped. Thank God I was home alone at the time.
I feel my purpose in life is to... open women’s eyes to the truth of the freedom we have as daughters of the King.
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