• Three Myths About Being Single And Happy | Single and Happy | Singleness Advice | Single Quotes | Single Christian } justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Three myths about being single and happy, and one important truth

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I’m not going to lie to you (the name of the blog would be pretty useless if I did, huh?).   I never wanted to be single and happy.   In fact, being single and happy sounded like just about the worst thing that could happen to my single self. In my opinion, the only positive outcome for my singleness was to find a man. If that wasn’t going to happen, I was voluntarily going to be an eternal guest at my own pity party.   I distinctly remember when I began to notice women who…

  • Single longer than expected: 10 tips to thrive not just survive | Single girl inspiration | Single Quotes | Singleness advice | How to be single | Single and Thriving | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Single longer than expected? 10 tips to thrive, not just survive, in this season

      Click the link above to hear this post straight from me!   Hey girl, Have you been single longer than expected? Me too. I think about that sweet little naive 20 year old girl who thought she’d be married by 22. Were you one of those too? Precious, isn’t it? Sometimes I think, “If only I could have told her our plans were about to change.” But actually, I’m glad that I couldn’t have told her what was coming, because I’m not sure that she could have handled it. I’m picturing a level-ten hissy fit and a full blown toddler-style meltdown.   Fast forward ten years and it would…

  • Three ways we need to change the conversation about Christian Dating | Christian Dating Advice | Christian Relationships | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Three ways we need to change the conversation about Christian dating (for the sake of our sanity)

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “Why can’t you just relax and have fun?”   That’s what people always used to say when I went on a date and came home tangled in anxious knots. Which was always. “What do you mean? How am I supposed to relax and just have fun?” I’d reply. People acted like it was so obvious that dating is supposed to be fun, and that I shouldn’t take it so seriously to the point where one date would put me on edge. But that made no sense to me. I had always been told by the church…

  • The Worst Happened: I Turned 30 and Was Still Single | Hope in singleness | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    The worst happened: I turned 30 and was still single

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “Mom, if I turn thirty and am still single, can we try on wedding dresses for my birthday, because clearly I’m never going to get to otherwise?”   I distinctly remember saying that to my mom in my early twenties. It may sound a bit dramatic but…ok, it was dramatic. Let’s call a spade a spade. But the reality was that at that time, I thought that turning 30 would be the end of all my marriage hopes and dreams, and set me on a path of an empty life. So God forbid that I wouldn’t…

  • Searching for a husband: Some days I want to settle, here's why I won't | Dating Advice | Finding a Husband | Singleness Advice | Never Settle | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Searching for a husband: Some days I want to settle, here’s why I won’t

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “I will literally take ANYONE”   That’s what I say whenever I get tired of waiting for “the one”. Just give me a warm body. If he can walk and talk and has a job, I’m in. Just give me SOMEONE.   Some days I’m just fed. up. with waiting. Why? Well, sometimes it’s “If someone could just help me pick up the slack…” kind of stuff. Like…   – I don’t want to sound like a gold digger here, but, another income would be fab… – If someone could just make dinner every now and…

  • Hey Ladies! It's ok for you to ask a man out, and here's why | Love life advice | Empowering women | Ask a man out | justbeautifullyhonest.comHey Ladies! It's ok for you to ask a man out, and here's why | Love life advice | Empowering women | Ask a man out | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Hey ladies! It’s ok for you to ask a man out, and here’s why

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   Ok ladies. It’s time we talk about something that seems to still be taboo in our culture, and I just can not stay silent about it anymore. It’s time to take this idea that women have to stand idly by, waiting for men to ask them out, and make it a thing of the past.   I have had too many friends anxiously hoping, fretting and downright stressing about whether or not a guy they like is going to ask them out.   They feel limited, like they have no control of the situation, and that…

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

    Three purposes of dating no one ever told me

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   Let me add a quick disclaimer to this post: I hate dating a solid 70% of the time.   Some days, its 100%. So if you’re reading this and thinking the same thing, I’m with you, and I’m not here to change your mind. I know how fruitless dating can seem, and how often it feels you’re wasting your time. But I do believe we’re gaining more than we realize with each date we go on, even when it produces no positive results.   I’m not talking “dating” like a committed relationship.   I’m talking first…

  • My Married Isnt Need Yet
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    My marriage isn’t needed yet

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “God’s still getting him ready for you”   I’ve heard this, or some variation, time and time again as a single person. Sometimes it’s that God is still getting my husband ready for me, other times, its that I’m not ready, or we aren’t ready for each other. And I can understand the intention. There is a certain degree of finding and knowing yourself that’s important ahead of a relationship, and a level of being prepared for the commitment. But while I understand, my gut reaction to those comments is always one of feeling like somehow…

  • Finding yourself when supposed to happen, didn't happen | Finding Yourself | Singleness | Growing Up | Change of Plans | God's Plan | Life Advice
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    Finding yourself when supposed to happen, didn’t happen

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “Are you just looking at pictures of yourself on Facebook again?”   That’s what my roommate would say whenever she caught me in the act. Just flipping through photos of myself. Sheepish and red-cheeked, I would put my phone down. How vain could you be? Just ticking away moments looking at yourself. But what my roommate didn’t realize is that often when I do that, it’s because I can’t believe those photos are me. The places I’ve been, the things I’ve done, the friends I’ve made.   I often wonder what my reaction would have been…

  • Four Life Lessons That Make Dating a Little Less Awful | Dating Advice | Singleness | Dating Tips | Dating Quotes | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    Four life lessons that make dating a little less awful

    Dating is hard.   It just is. For most of us, its a means to a more committed end, and so we endure it, but sometimes dating is just the worst. I’m not talking “dating” like a relationship. I’m talking guy meets girl, guy asks girl on date, both spend the evening nervously trying not to throw up, guy says he’ll call girl, girl spends next week making list of reasons that he hasn’t. Repeat.   For someone like me who is so commitment focused, the entire dating process can seem unbearable.   You’ll often find me with my arms crossed, pouty face on (its super cute, you should see…