Let's just say that twenty-fourteen is already flying by. There are things that I'm learning and dealing with daily, but I think that there are just a few bigger things that I'm gradually absorbing this year. An easy one first - I've been learning that (1) social media is overrated sometimes. I'm taking a break from instagram right now and I've taken almost every form of social media off of my phone, and it's been really nice. I love posting pictures and saying funny things as much as the next person, but keeping a safe distance from the constant need to insta/tweet/etc has almost given me more room to breathe.
I've also been learning (2) about health, and about what kind of expectations I put on myself in terms of what health means.
It's been drilled into me more and more recently that health is equally as spiritual and mental as is is physical, and I've been trying to let my definitions of a healthy day not be so...defined. I try and make a trip to the grocery store on Sunday to buy good, whole foods before the week starts, and I try to do something active every day...but I've also tried to let go of the mentality that one slice of pizza ruins a whole day of good eating, or that a workout/walk/run isn't quite good enough to "count." There are enough expectations out there already , so I'm working on not putting extra, unnecessary expectations on myself. But enough of that for now - this could easily be a whole post on it's own.
A third and fourth thing? I've been learning to (3) savor, and (4) share. This season of engagement is going by absurdly fast - granted, we're going to end up with about a 6 month engagement so it's a little short to begin with. This speed, though, has forced me to slow down - I want to really enjoy this time with Steve as we transition into the next chapter of our lives, and I certainly don't want to blink and miss the whole thing. I didn't start out this year with a one-word resolution, but I really think that my word of 2014 might be savor.
Sharing, though? The thing is - and this is a little deeper, y'all - that the whole world tells you that when you're about to get married, your time is your time. You're told from every direction that the bride should be the center of attention and that the wedding is all about you, but Steve and I have been deeply - and surprisingly - blessed in this season to be reminded that it's not. We have precious friends in several walks of life that are also engaged, and by sharing this season with them, I am gently reminded that our marriage will be deeper than the wedding day, and deeper than this brief moment of attention. In this season and for the rest of our lives, our prayer is for God to be glorified in our marriage and for our love for each other to reflect the love that Jesus has for us. Sharing this season can be tough - and it's filling up our weekends for sure! - but it has been an honor and a blessing to walk into this new chapter with friends by our side.
And plus...who can complain about extra nights of celebrating with friends and dancing till we drop? Not this girl ;)
That's all for me right now - what have you guys been learning this year?
Love y'all. That's all.