Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Little About Me....

Hey CIRCLE peeps!

Sorry it has taken me a while to post a blog. To be honest with you being consistent in updating a blog is going to be a challenge for me. But I am up for the challenge. With that being said here is a little about myself...

My name is Adrienne Monje and I am 24 years old. I have lived in Orange County my whole life, (but don’t worry I am not your typical “OC” person). I actually hate the term OC. Growing up I loved playing sports and being outdoors. My favorite sport is soccer. Growing up I lived and breathed this sport. I stopped playing when I went to college and now I have the opportunity to coach a team. I am a very active person that loves meeting new people and trying new things. I have 1 sister and 1 brother. Family is the most important thing to me! I love being an aunt to my 2 nieces and nephew. I couldn’t ask for more amazing parents, they have truly made me the person I am today. I hope to one day live up to be half the people they are. I admire them so much.

I grew up in a pastor’s home, so leaving up to the “PK” standard was very difficult and at times hindered my relationship with Christ. I saw my relationship with Christ as something that I needed to have in order to please the expectations of the people in the church. It wasn’t until high school that I truly began to see my relationship with Christ as an intimate relationship versus another religious duty. In the last ten years I have seen my relationship with Christ grow in amazing ways that I could never imagine. He has taken me on a journey that has broken me and formed me into the woman that He has designed me to be.

I am very passionate about children and community outreach. I graduated from Vanguard University in 2008 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and minor in Cultural Anthropology and Religion. I went back to school and got my teaching credential and start on my master’s degree in 2009. I took a break from school, which was a huge stretch for me because I love school, but I knew that I needed to really focus on what God wanted for my life without being consumed with school. Last year I was blessed with teaching 2nd grade. It was truly a blessing because there weren’t a lot of openings in the public schools in Orange County. I learned so much from my 2nd graders and couldn’t have imagined a better first year of teaching. Due to the education budget cuts there was not an opportunity for me to come back into that district. This past summer was tough because I didn’t know what I was going to do for work. But once again God provided in incredible ways. I currently work for a non-profit called THINK Together as a Director of Shalimar Learning Center. I absolutely love my job because I have the opportunity to work in a community that consists of immigrant families of very low-socio economic status. I have the great privilege of working with their children after school. I have 120 students that come through the center everyday for homework help. I thank God everyday for this job because not only am I able to help these student’s with their school work, but I get to be invested in a community of people that I am passionate about.

I love to travel! When I look back on my life all I can do is thank God for all the experiences he has blessed me with and the places I have been to. My most recent trip was this summer to Haiti with 4 of my friends, where we got to put on a VBS for over 400 kids. I am itching to go back and continuing to build the relationships that were established. But we will see what God has in store, right not I am learning to live in the now and present.

I am really excited for the community of CIRCLES and can’t wait to see how God is going to work in the midst of our relationships. I have been attending Rock Harbor for 7 years and have been longing for a community like CIRCLES. I love the idea of being so raw with each other and knowing that we will always have each other’s back. I can’t wait to grow with each one of you!

Much Love,


  1. Woah! Our backgrounds and the way we were raised are ridiculously similar! Everything from being a PK, sports, amazing parents, etc. I am looking forward to chatting with you and hearing some of your stories =)

  2. I went to Haiti last summer too! Where did you go and when? I went in May for 10 days and taught VBS to kids in Jacmel.

  3. So glad you are a part of this group! Thanks for sharing and we will conquer this blog thing together.

  4. Adrienne,

    Great job with this first post. So glad that you're part of the CIRCLE.

  5. It's so wonderful to learn a little bit about you!  It's wonderful that God provided you with a teaching opportunity that you love!  And it sounds like a very unique and beneficial way to use your teaching skills.  Also I love that you minored in cultural anthropology and religion!  Anthropology is currently my major and religious studies is my minor and I have no idea what I want to do with it!  I'm glad we have that common interest, I would love to hear about the program at Vanguard!

  6. your job sounds fantastic. :) nice to meet ya.

  7. My mom is a second grade teacher as well! I know how you feel about uncertainty when it comes to work, and how God provides exactly what you are needing each and every time