Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just Haven't Met You Yet

Engagement photo I took for my sister and brother-in-law
A friend of mine is struggling with the fact that she is 25 and newly single. The pressures of today's society and the thought of her friends and family all getting married around her has begun to worry her of her future. I do have the reputation as the "go-to girl" for a bunch of my friends when seeking advice. I'm not sure why, but I take this role on as if it were as important as anything else. I reassured her that at her young age there is nothing to worry about. We have all been there and felt the same way and the feeling passes. She, however, has been feeling this way for a few months and is very agitated about it. I gave her a section out of a book one of my cousins introduced me to a while back. There is a letter excerpt that a girl writes to her future love and it is a pretty cool way to look at the situation. Some may think it's cheesy, but I gave this quote to my friend and it made her smile instantly. She asked if I could post this on my blog, so here I am! I think single guys and girls both can kind of relate to the situation and should always have this kind of outlook on their lives. You are never too old to accomplish things. And at this day and age, the pressure can get tough but everything happens for a reason and in its own time. No need to rush or feel less than adequate at what you are doing. Things happen when you least expect if you really want to find that person...quit looking! Quit expecting it! Trust me, it works. It has happened to me..and I know many others who agree =) The excerpt from that letter in the book is posted below. Enjoy! Hope you all have a great day.
"I'm already in love with you, I can already smell your cologne and know your sweet heart, I know your the man I have been praying for and the man God has single handedly picked out for me. You don't know me yet, I don't know u either but I know the second we meet it will be the start of forever. So wait for me as I'm waiting for you because I'm coming."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What's new with 22?

My neighbors (Hunter and Garrett) and I

One of my friends from high school commented on how I hadn't written a blog in about a month, so I decided to take time out of my busy school schedule to do so! 

In just a few days I will be turning 22. To me this has no great significance. In fact, it is just another year closer to 30. Not that it is a bad thing, I would just rather stay 21 forever! Being 21 brought me many memories, good and bad. But mostly good! I cannot imagine being in a happier place in my life at the moment. I've learned a lot about myself and met some pretty amazing people along the way. 

Since I turned 21:
I got to go to the beach for the first time.
I got to go to Vegas! (not for the first time, but it was my first time going as a LEGAL adult)
I got to finally buy my first bottle of wine!
I became extremely close with my neighbors who turned out to be extraordinary guys and great friends. 
I got to be the girl standing closest to my sister as I watched her marry the man of her dreams. 
I will soon be an Aunt to my first nephew that will be joining my two adorable nieces. 
I filed my intent to graduate.
I figured out that going home is the perfect escape to the busy school life (even though I couldn't wait to leave when I was 18)
I reconnected with old friends, and made a lot of new along the way.
I lost 35 pounds...and counting!
I figured out its okay to go with the flow and quit trying to plan every detail of my life out.
I managed to do even better in all my classes than ever before.
I started my photography passion into a personal non-professional business and love it very much.
I got to watch my brother's very last basketball game ever after watching him for 13 years. 
I got to camp out in Raiderville. 
I laughed a lot.
I cried a lot.
I smiled a lot. 
But most importantly...I learned a lot. About myself, about life, and about my friends.

This year has brought many milestones that I consider to be huge impacts in my life. People I will never forget, and moments I will always cherish. For that, I thank all those people for bringing that light in my life. I may not know where I'm going..but I know where I've been. And I know that no matter what, each day is a blessing and I will continually enjoy them. I want to laugh more than ever before, and can't wait to see what the next year will bring my friends and family. Everything happens so quickly. I know that now because of hindsight, but will be more careful now to enjoy every great moment I live in. 

So what is new with 22? Right now, I feel like it will just be another day in the life of this girl. But after seeing all the great things that come in one year...I have big plans for 22. I just don't know what they are yet. I have a feeling they will be amazing though :) 

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” -- Abraham Lincoln