• I didn't get married this year (again): A single girl's year in review | Singleness Quotes | New Years Inspiration | Following God | Year in Review | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    I didn’t get married this year (again): A single girl’s year in review

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   Well y’all, I didn’t get married this year. Again.   No planning was done, no invitations were sent out. I didn’t walk down an aisle (except at the grocery store, which honestly might be better?). No white dresses were bought, or bouquets tossed. My “One Day” Pinterest board remained unused, only continuing to collect crafty wedding decor that I am utterly unequipped to ever actually execute. In fact, I’m on a solid 31 year streak of not getting married.   Truthfully, getting married, or at least getting a boyfriend, was one of my only goals for…

  • "Next year will be different, right God?": Finding joy in today while hoping for tomorrow | Single at Christmas | Singleness Quotes | Choosing Joy | The Little Things in Life | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    “But next year will be different, right God?”: Finding joy in today while hoping for tomorrow

    In most years past I’ve found myself bargaining with God this time of year.   “Ok God, I was single for the holidays again this year, but next year is the year it’s going to be different, right?”   But over the last several years, I’ve grown weary of waiting to live my life until it starts syncing with my timeline. So this holiday season, I’ve been taking the time to pause and appreciate this stage of life. Truthfully, a younger version of myself would have thought I had lost my ever-loving mind making a statement like that. Doesn’t enjoying where you are mean you’ve given up on what you…

  • A plea to the single girl at Christmas | Single at Christmas | Singleness Quotes | Choosing Joy | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    A plea to the single girl at Christmas

    “But wouldn’t it be better if…”   Those words have come out of my mouth more times than I can count. And just seeing them now is immediately deflating. Wouldn’t it be better if… Those words have robbed me of all joy on countless special occasions. Birthdays, weddings, vacations, and especially, the holidays. The second that I start to feel a smidgen of joy, I snatch it away from myself by fantasizing how it could be better. How it would OBVIOUSLY be better if I just had a boyfriend.   But here’s the thing I’ve learned after many joyless holidays:   I don’t actually KNOW if it would be “better…

  • "What would I do if I knew I would never get married?: A single girl's reflection on waiting| Waiting for the one | Singleness Advice | Don't Wait | Live Life | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    What would I do if I knew I would never get married?: A single girl’s reflection on waiting

    I was chatting with a friend recently and she mentioned she’s started asking herself, “What would I do if I knew I would never get married?”   What dreams would she pursue? Where would she go? How would her choices be different if she weren’t waiting for her relationship status to change? I thought, how often are we as single women guilty of making our life choices based on a man who hasn’t shown up yet?   We so often wonder if we will ever get married, not just because it’s a hope in our hearts, but because we would make different choices if we knew.   And until we…

  • 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…

  • I'm a Single Christian and I'm Not Intentionally Preparing for Marriage: Here's Why | Christian Dating | Preparing for Marriage | Christian Women | Single Christian | Following God | God's Plan | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Christian Dating,  Dating and Relationships,  Here's to the Single Ladies,  The Single Life

    I’m a single Christian, and I’m not intentionally preparing for marriage

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why marriage seems to be such an idol for singles in the Christian community.   Certainly, people outside of the Christian faith desire to get married, but there seems to be almost a need, a desperate desire, and a panic to avoid singleness within the church. If you’ve read anything about my own story, you know that I’ve lived this desperation. I’ve felt the pain of thinking that I had somehow failed, or must not deserve God’s favor because I didn’t get married on what I had grown up…

  • "I followed everyone's advice and I'm still single: Encouragement for when you can't make sense of your single status" | Singleness Quotes | Dating Advice | Christian Dating | Being Single | Single Life | Single Girl | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    “I followed everyone’s advice and I’m still single”: Encouragement for when you can’t make sense of your single status

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “He will come when you stop looking for him” “Pray about it” “Have you tried on-line?” “Have you thought about trying a new church?” “You should meet my friend. You’re both really nice.” “Find yourself first” “You’ll find him when you..[move] [start your new job] [go on a missions trip] [start doing things you’re passionate about]…” “Are you putting yourself out there?” “Have you tried asking him out?” “Don’t ask him out. Just wait..” “What about a new hobby where there are lots of men?”   Sound familiar?   If you’re anything like me, single a…

  • How God Has Shown Me He Cares About My Love Story, Even Though I'm Still Single | Love Story | Singleness Quotes | Christian Dating | Single Christian | Singleness Encouragement | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    How God has shown me He cares about my love story (even though I’m still single)

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   God doesn’t care about our love stories.   This is something that I truly believed for many years, and it was based on nothing other than the fact that I was single. I was disappointed, and I was stubborn. No matter how many verses I read about the character of God, how He cares for us, or that He wants good things for us, not a single part of me was willing to believe that He had any concern at all for my love life.   Because I was single, clearly God did not care.  …

  • 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
    Becoming You,  Christian Dating,  Dating and Relationships,  Here's to the Single Ladies

    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…