The "Perfect" Timeline

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Romper: Choosy (wearing a size 6) // Shoes: Qupid

Earlier today one of my favorite bloggers Olivia Rink shared that she was on the "Twirl Talk" Podcast. In the podcast she shared how she started her career in the bridal industry and how that job lead her on the path she is on today and in her current career. One thing that really stood out to me in the podcast was when she talked about how 

"When your timeline is different than other peoples, that's no reason to be sad, it's an opportunity to be thankful and focus your time and energy on the things that you do have!

This really stood out to me because it got me thinking about how we all have this "perfect" timeline that we've created in our heads that we feel we have to follow in order to be happy and successful and that's just not true. 

Society already puts out this sense of urgency that you have to know exactly what you're doing with your life and if you haven't hit those "milestones" then you're behind. Things like, you HAVE to graduate college in four years, you need to be settled down in your twenties either married or seriously dating someone with the intention of marriage. Starting a family and being in a career that you'll stay in for the next forty-fifty years then retire. I am the first to admit that I had my own timeline for myself and whenever I think about it, I seriously have to laugh at what I thought my like would be like versus how it is today. I had to be ok with the idea that I wasn't going to graduate college in four years, which was hard for me but was something I had to accept. I had to accept that I wasn't married by 25 with a family or planning to start a family. We look at other peoples lives, envious of what they appear to have and how they look like their life is perfect, when in all honesty you have no idea what they're dealing with behind closed doors. I'm currently 27 (28 in October) with the cutest dog, a great family, amazing friends and new job that I really enjoy. This is my timeline. I had to ignore and push aside the pressure I was putting on myself to have everything in my life figured out and just enjoy the now. 

My best friend Molly and I talk about this topic quite often;  how what we thought we wanted at certain parts in our life, God laughed and showed us what we truly NEEDED!! Having a friend who is strong in her faith and pushes you to be a better Christian is necessary when you're on this walk. I encourage you to push that "perfect" timeline out of your head and be thankful for the things you have going on in your life. Things like being able to wake up today, having a strong healthy body and even something as small as enjoying catching up with a friend. Olivia mentioned that she writes in her gratitude journal everyday and I love that. I want to challenge all of you to write down three things you're thankful for, big or small, in the morning or at the end of your day for one week. At the end of that week I want you to look back and look at all of the things you're thankful and see how great you truly have it. 

I hope I encouraged some of you and look forward to see what things you come up with that you're thankful for. I would love for you to share the three things, share them in your story and tag me so I can see them!


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