Friday, April 18, 2014

25 things in 25 years

today is my 25th birthday. i can't believe how time has passed. i haven't wanted this 'milestone' birthday to come, but like all days, it does, and so i must accept it. i'm practicing radical acceptance and breathing in each moment, trusting that all will be well.

i have learned so much in my 25 years on earth.

1 - god loves me. he knows me. he has a plan for me. this plan has been very different than the seemingly perfect plan i had set out for myself when i was 16, but i am beginning to see how wise his plan is.

2 - i can do hard things. 

3 - i will carry on the legacy of love mamaw showed me in my own way in my life. i feel her influence every day and i love her very much.

4 - i have treasured friendships that will last a lifetime.

5 - my emotions fit the facts of situations i am faced with. this has been valuable and validating.

6 - i am a good student.

7 - i am a creative decorator who likes her space put together and organized.

8 - i can endure a lot of nausea and vomiting. something i never thought i'd learn about myself.

9 - i feel loss deeply.

10 - i am a dedicated servant of god and want to honor him in my life.

11 - i love having my hair colored, my back rubbed, and my arms tickled :)

12 - my mental health matters and it will be something i work on for the rest of my life.

13 - every experience in my life has been to build me up, not tear me down.

14 - i have a supportive family.

15 - i. love. dark. chocolate. the darker, the better.

16 - music speaks to my soul and i enjoy bustin' a move alone in my room.

17 - timing is everything, and when the times is right for the next experience in my life, god brings me to it.

18 - lavender vanilla febreeze is one of my favorite scents.

19 - i am a willing person.

20 - i am a good, competent, kind therapist.

21 - i listen with a compassionate and empathetic ear to what others have to say.

22 - i love to drive my car!

23 - sleep is really important to me and i love naps.

24 - i enjoy writing (especially on my blog :)

25 - i am a steady, constant, skillful person who can be counted on.

these are some of the truths i have come to know about myself over the years. i am grateful for the life i am living. maybe not the one i expected to be living at this age, it's still a good one, filled with purpose and hope. hope that there is a bright future ahead filled with joy. i know my suffering and pain now is not over looked by god - and the truth is he is blessing me despite the hardships. not always in the way i want or expect but blessings are blessings and i'll take them!

look to the future with faith and hope - it is bright.

"look to me in every thought. doubt not, fear not"

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