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Alex Bartlett is a graphic design resident with The Austin Stone Community Church.

Now To Something New

—Not only am I proud of the work that I contributed to communicating the church's goals and message to the city, but also incredibly thankful for the people who have poured into me during my time there.

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Soon, Something New

—From day one to thirty, I’ve been grinding away trying to put my portfolio website into perfect shape. There’s a lot to consider really. Which projects should I include? What types of skills do I need to emphasize or communicate through the projects that I show?

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With the Time that's Left

—Spiritually, the three months have been a bit difficult and it hasn't been until just recently that I've really become aware of it. It's almost as if I had forgotten that I had been lulled to sleep by the enemy.

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To the Next One

—Strangely enough, that has been an incredible blessing and I think a lot of the reason I signed up to be here in the first place. I wanted to have that junk stripped away so that I could start the next job with confidence that I've been given a solid foundation to continue learning and expanding upon.

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With Lack

—So I don't really like the word "busy" anymore, at least not the word I should reach to first. Too much of my time in Austin has been described as such. Busy month, busy season, busy year. How boring.

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With a Year in Review

—Take a moment to look back with me on an incredible year of hard work and some tough life lessons as a graphic design resident for The Austin Stone Community Church. I look at some favorite recent projects and talk about some favorite experiences, blog posts, and how I have seen the Lord at work here in Austin, Texas.

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With More to Come

—the best part of it all is getting to remind myself that it's all work made so that specific people will come to know Jesus either for the first time or better than they ever have before.

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With a Step on the Gas

—So here I am, a car that has been unassembled down to its basic parts and then built back up again and ready to drive. 3 months out from heading into year two of my residency, I'm ready to start driving down the road, picking up other people along the way and making an impact beyond just sitting in the church lot.

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With a Rust-bucket Redemption

—When I was younger I found myself daydreaming a lot. And right at the cusp of being eligible to get my driver's license, I started dreaming particularly about what car would I own; what beast's engine I would rev up in the mornings and what would get me the most glory and attention for being seen with it. Of course my parents weren't crazy, however, and the sharp pain of reality kindly slapped me across the face...

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With a Stream of Consciousness

—It seems there are always big things to process through and seemingly little attempt to organize and sift through them with direction and logic. So as I sat trying to figure out what and how to write this blog update I came up with the idea to show you instead. Why not visualize my attempts to process and dictate this month in review? So I made something. Literally.

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With the Death of Silence

I'm proposing that silence is a gift that I give away far too often. God has been showing me more about myself and how little silence I allow in my life to give Him space to speak. In and out of days and nights I'm in the car jamming out, at work passing the time, at home dissatisfied the lack of activity or downloading the next fun game; maybe even cycling through my daily feed of new youtube videos. There's noise. There's always noise. Without really meaning to I've choked silence from my life, one device at a time. 

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With a Quick Look Back and a Long Look Forward

—I'm tempted to find some sort of balance in the scales. On one side, I see the reality of my selfishness, lustful desires, and craving for self-gratification and glory. On the other side I see God; specifically, the moments that seem to prove over and over again that He is more knowing, generous, surprising, kind, patient, and merciful than I deserve. But are the scales even real? I don't think so. Not anymore at least.

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With a Merry VLOG!

—This month I thought I would change things up a little bit and make a VLOG to share with you guys what's been going on and what special things you should be looking forward to coming soon!

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With a Jump Off a Cliff

—"Look I hear what you guys are saying but I didn't come here to be convinced out of doing it. I’ve felt like this for two years. There is so much anxiety and anger built up when I walk through the door each night. In my time of thinking and praying about this, I've felt so much relief in deciding to get a divorce from Sarah." And just like that, the air in the room evaporated.

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With a Trip to California

—Through it all one thought has taken hold, and it’s that I need more of God; more encounters, more knowledge, more of His character.  While that might seem obvious, for me I’ve seen that desire grow from an apathetic one to something that’s rested on the front of my mind daily.

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