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There is no two ways about it. I’ve always been more of a “get things done” rather than “go with the flow” kind of person. I have a tendency to overfill my plate and stretch myself too thin. But I’m currently in a season where I feel like God is telling me cut the excess, slow down, and just really dig in to intentional living. And you know what? I actually feel like I can breathe.
It is my desire for Grace that she know God has something for her to do, plans for her to accomplish from a very young age. Honestly, we speak that into her every night. But, I don’t ever want to take for granted the fact that God also makes that promise in His word.
I am one of those people who have been a number of different shapes and sizes. As a very young child, I would describe myself as somewhat average, but it wasn’t long before that all changed…
In my primary years, I didn’t have a very good understanding of food, nutrition, or exercise. When we’d sit down to the table as a family, I remember always being encouraged to finish my plate, but what I really loved was the “treat” that came after that plate was cleared. I have always enjoyed sweets – cake, ice cream, ICING…I loved it all and never really developed that concept of moderation for food and definitely not for sweets.
As you can imagine, my lack of restraint pretty quickly caught up with me, and I began gaining weight. Through all of my childhood years, I was heavy, not just heavy, I was overweight. While I never experienced any bullying or direct mistreatment because of my size, I always felt different. I knew my weight was an issue, and I knew I was bigger than all of the other kids my age. But, I didn’t know what I could do about it.
Once I hit middle school and entered that phase of adolescent transition, it sparked in me the idea that I needed to do something. I had to do something about my weight. This was also around the same time that I began dancing – a passion that I had always wanted to pursue. But, like any other dance studio, mine was filled with thin girls who had been dancing since before they could even walk. Still feeling like I just really didn’t “fit in,” I began making changes to my eating and exercise habits. I drastically reduced the amount I ate each day, and I first began walking and then running each day. Continue reading
It’s no secret (although you might not have known), yesterday was my birthday! Honestly, birthdays are among my favorite “holidays” as I like to remind anyone celebrating a birthday, “If it wasn’t for this day, you wouldn’t be here.” Personally, I also like to take my birthday as a time to relax and reflect on all the previous year held. The difference this year is that I wanted to share that reflection with you. So, please join me in celebrating another year of life and aiming to make this next year the best yet!
I’m at that point in my life where I still get the comments, “Oh wow! I would have guessed you were younger than that…” I generally take that as a compliment and remind myself that one day I’ll be really glad I look younger than I am, am I right? 😉 I also feel like I’m at that point where I am making decisions that really impact the direction my life is taking – purchasing our first home, making a slight career change, and starting on new endeavors (like this blog).
In a single phrase, life is exciting! Looking back on the last year, the mister and I have made a lot of changes and moved in exciting new directions. In the year 2014, we moved twice, purchased our first home, experienced career moves, and started putting down “roots.” The year has been stressful, but most of all, it’s been great and we are all the happier and more content for it. Continue reading