Makenna—a bundle of joy, energy, expression. She was super stoked the entire photoshoot. It was confirmation That I chose the perfect storyteller for this theme and this tank. makenna loves who god is turning her into and it's evident as she lives her life out. she loves nerding out to geology & Spending time with the girls she gets to pour into. it shows that you can be passionate in anything. Read below and be inspired!

~Ben Dulay, Chief Storyteller of 777 Collective


WHAT ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT?

I’m passionate about a lot of things.

One, obviously, God. He is such a huge presence in my life, and who I’ve been, who I’ve become, and what I’ve figured out to be—my passions in life. 

Maybe other things I can say are hobbies. But right now what I’m actually passionate about definitely comes from what God has placed in my heart and one of those things is definitely geology. It may be so nerdy. But it’s seriously what I’m so passionate about. Earth and how it’s still alive and He didn't just place us here to roam the earth. He created an earth that is still alive and is still moving and working. I learn so much about that and how it all keeps shifting and moving. It’s so crazy. Like these sea stacks out here and the cliffs. I love it! I absolutely love it.

Okay there’s one time, it’s super funny. It was two weeks ago in class in geology. Everyone was zoning out. It was like nine in the morning. And my teacher is talking about ice ages and how the continents get bigger in ice ages and how the ocean shrinks because the glaciers soak up all the water. I was thinking, we have continental shelves. Because we have continental shelves over and the ocean covers it. And it goes out and it just drops down, right? And I raised my hand. Everyone was still sleeping. And I’m like, “Wait, does that mean the continental shelves are just completely exposed during an ice age?" She was like, “Yeah!” I'm like, “That’s so cool!” Everyone in the class was busting up. Because like, who is this nerdy about cliffs and continents...That’s who I am.

My girls, leading my girls. I’m so passionate when I get anytime to spend with them and just do life with them. You know, see where they want prayer. If they just need someone to hang out with or like all of it, you know. Life. I’m so passionate about life.

WHAT DOES "LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE" MEAN IN YOUR LIFE?

Just being real to who I am and not comparing myself to anyone else in this world. Really get to know who I am and expressing who I am and coming into that. Everyone can be the next person, but you really got to tune into who you are to have this—not uniqueness—but just self.

It’s just figuring out more and more about who I am and who God wants me to be and just coming into that and finding happiness in my weirdness and nerdiness. That’s it. Just being as close to the person God made me.

And bringing that light out in others and trying to go deep with who they are. Not who people see them to be. But really get to who they are. Dig! Like, "Oh I’m seen as the stupid person in class." "No you’re not stupid. Don’t let those lies come into you. Who are you? What are you passionate about?" I really love art. I’m really artistic." "Let that define you. Whatever God has placed in your heart and who you are. Bring that out of you. Don’t let what other people see, not let out, who you really are come out." So I love finding out what that is in other people and trying to bring that out of them too.

How do you do that in your life?

Not letting my girls let their grades define them. Just believing in them and who they want to be. Not who people may see them or label them to be.


MAKENNA's FAVORITE QUOTE:

"The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil in the spoon."

~Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist

~Ben Dulay, Chief Storyteller of 777 Collective

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