• Eighty and Never Married: A Single Woman's Advice for the Next Generation | Singleness Quotes | Never Married | Advice for Singles | Being Single | The Single Life | Single Christian | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Eighty and never married: A single woman’s advice for the next generation

    Many of you may not know this, but long before Beautifully Honest, I had another blog, my first blog, called The Swing Set (swingsetproject.com).   The mission of the blog was to interview elderly members of our community and inspire others with their wisdom and life stories. The first person I ever interviewed for that blog was a woman named Beverly. Beverly was never married, and although she had the opportunity several times, she said she just never found anyone she felt was the right fit. I haven’t seen Miss Beverly since I wrote her post four years ago, but today at church I recognized her instantly, sitting in the…

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    “This would be better with a boyfriend”: Learning to enjoy the moment single

    Well friends, I’ve had a revelation.   I recently took a work trip to Seattle, and while many say they never see anything outside of the meeting room and their hotel while on business travel, I refuse to take a six hour plane ride to see nothing but four walls in a different zip code. So every chance that I could get away, I took it to go explore. One evening I rushed out of a meeting to get to the space needle before dinner. I arrived at sunset and road the elevator to the observation deck with a few friendly couples.     It was honestly the most romantic…

  • Single Girl This is Your Year | New Years Resolutions | Singleness Quotes | Being Single | Single and Thriving | Following God | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Single girl, this is your year

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “This is your year.”   That phrase is one of the most reassuring things someone can say to me. To hear that THIS year, THIS YEAR is going to be MY year, and that they believe it to be so. They believe that no matter what I’m leaving behind in the year before, something good is coming in the next. But while that phrase can be applied to all sorts of aspects of life, historically I only cared if someone said it to me in relation to finding a man. “Girl, this is your year. This…

  • Dear Single Girl, You've Got This | Encouragement for the single girl doing life on her own | Independent Woman | Making it on my own | Single Christian | Singleness Quotes
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    Dear single girl, you’ve got this

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   Dear Fellow Single Girl,   Whew, girl. I’ve been feeling it lately. That overwhelming feeling I sometimes get when I just wish I had a partner to do this life with. Do you know that feeling I mean? It comes and goes but man, lately it has come in with a vengeance. From car trouble, to unexpected bills, to all that comes with moving, and starting a new job. It’s felt like a lot, one thing after another, and sometimes all I want is someone to just take out the gosh darn trash while I deal…

  • Real Talk: Singleness and Finances | Encouragement for the single girl making it on her own | Independent Woman | Making it on my Own | Single Christian | Singleness Quotes | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Real talk: Singleness and finances

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I’ve been thinking about the best way to approach this post for a while.   I wanted to have all of the answers to the financial challenges of being a single girl making it on her own. But the reality is, that I just don’t. I don’t have it all figured out. In fact, not even close. I haven’t figured out how to magically materialize more money for myself. I’m completely and utterly terrified that I’ll never be able to retire. Every time that I look at buying a house I crumble at the impossiblity. When…

  • Why Singleness Is Not A Season Of Waiting | Christian Dating | Christian Single | Dating Advice | Single and Waiting | Season of Waiting | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Why singleness is not a “season of waiting”

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I recently (ok, recently as in 2 months ago, I’m a bit late with this post), put up a Valentine’s Day post on my Instagram.   Did you see it? It gives some context for this blog, so I’ll give you a few minutes to go check it out… Dum dee dum dee dum…la la la… Oh, you’re back! Did you find it? Oh, no? Hmm. Were you looking for a picture of a couple? Or a picture of flowers and chocolate? (or let’s be honest, if someone were dating me…lattes and sour gummy worms?) We…

  • Why We Should Be Fighting For Most Improved | Self-Improvement | Self-Growth | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Why we should be fighting for “most-improved”

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “And the most-improved award goes to…” It’s fifth grade and we are sitting at the general assembly watching the year-end awards be handed out. The teacher arrives at the “most-improved” award, and everyone holds their breath, hoping that it isn’t them.   You see as kids, no one wanted to be labeled as the kid who made the most improvement.   If you were winning that award then, well, yikes…you must have really started way below everyone else. And the hard work and progress you  made were overshadowed by the fact that you weren’t good enough…

  • When There Seems to be no Reason for This Never-Ending Season | Encouragement for this Season of Life | Encouragement for Difficult Seasons | Life Changes | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    When there seems to be no reason for this never-ending season

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “I can’t. I just can’t anymore. This just won’t end. My life is emptying out, with nothing to fill it up again. I’m going to be old. And alone. With no friends. And nowhere to go on Friday night for the rest of my life.” This has been the dialogue in my head for at least two years now. Two long years of broken friendships, ever-changing social circles, career-frustrations, and feeling like I lost the pieces of myself that I had finally found.   Let me go back to the beginning.   Six years ago I…

  • You Don't Need to Feel Brave to do Brave Things | Advice for Being Brave | Be Brave Quotes | Be Brave | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    You don’t need to feel brave to do brave things

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “You’re so brave!”   I’ve heard this time and time again over the last several years as I’ve pushed to explore the world beyond my comfort zone. I spent a large part of my twenties making a list of a few brave things I wanted to achieve each year, mostly to make up for the years that I spent being too shy, timid or scared to do much of anything. Skydiving, hang gliding, the Tough Mudder, running a marathon, these are just a few of the things on the list. And thrown in there have been…

  • Three Things to Remember When You're Feeling Behind in Life | Twenty Something | Thirty Something | Own Your Journey | Life Advice | Love Your Life | Own Your Story | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Three things to remember when you’re feeling behind in life

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I was hanging out with some friends recently, eating pizza on the floor (you know, the usual), and commiserating over the ways that our lives haven’t turned out as planned.   To give you a picture of what I mean, in this particular group, none of us are married, we don’t have kids, and many of us still don’t know where our careers are going. That isn’t where any of us planned to end up. And we all, with spirited yet regretful enthusiasm, agreed that night that we feel behind because of it.   Despite the…