Wow! It has been almost a year since I have written a blog post. I have missed using this space for sharing some tidbits of my life and all that I am learning in the process. I have been using Instagram for doing most of this, but in my opinion, there is something special about a longer blog post and the writing of it. Also sometimes my captions get a little too long for the Instagram platform — whoops. guilty 🙂
This was also my starting place– a blog to share some lessons I find so powerful that I can’t help but share. It wasn’t until I wanted more blog traffic that I began to post and use my Instagram as a “daily life/about me/things I love” platform.
Over the years, I found this blog became more serious writings with the need to edit and perfect each post. Instagram became more spontaneous as the stories only show for about 24 hrs. However, the perfection process always made my posts so delayed or became a sitting draft that was never published.
Over the last year or so, as a nurse practitioner grad student, I did not have the time or the luxury of “perfecting” and editing everything I wrote, so here we are – having been radio silent on here! Nowadays, I am still in grad school, but I also never intended for this page to become so “cookie cutter” anyways.
So, I am simply writing and posting without trying to make it perfect, and I hope the authenticity of this platform is still enjoyable and more prevalent in posts as I share some of the lessons I am learning throughout life as a lover and follower of Jesus as well as a Nashville native still in Nashville, a critical care nurse, and a doctorate of nursing practice student.
And doesn’t that translate to life as well?! We can’t waste time trying to make everything perfect (something I’ve been guilty of my whole life)! Things won’t ever be perfect, but be authentically you knowing you are loved dramatically by the only One whose opinion matters.
I think there is something so powerful about the authentic story and journey that we get to live out. Not because this life is ever about us, but because of the Grand Weaver of the story in which we are living. It is God that intertwines all aspects of life, and though it may not look or be as you had envisioned– whether right now or in the past– doesn’t mean there is not purpose for it.
For me, there are times when circumstances may not be what I envision. However, that can’t be the focus as this life isn’t about me but about serving and being used by God. The Lord may be teaching me something in those times that I don’t see yet.
There is still purpose — that is how you can still love the life you are living and the story you can tell.
If you are in moments where you do not love the life you are living and do not see God’s purpose in it, I suggest 2 things:
- In the instances that are controllable, change the narrative. Take as much action as you can to strive to be like Jesus and align your life with the dreams and passions you do have. Loving Jesus, others, and your life.
- In the instances that aren’t controllable, change the perspective. Look for ways in which the Lord may be using or teaching you something in the midst of hard times in your story that you may not be able to change.
Your story is only yours, and it is purposeful and powerful to someone. Believe that and love the life you live, not just because it is perfect or what you envision, but because of the Designer giving your life meaning and purpose. The Lord is working for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Join me in finding purpose in the mundane, and leaning into God amongst the good and bad of your story.
Thats all for now friends! I hope to write more and more on here, and I am excited for what’s to come!
Here are some photos from life lately in my story as well! Family Vacay to Telluride, CO post coming soon!
Love always friends! Thanks for being here and thanks for reading,
P.S. Sorry that was a long one folks! Hey — its been a whole year of silence! Haha!