• "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…

  • "This isn't what I expected"" Encouragement for when life isn't what it "should" be | Giving Yourself Permission } Unmet Expectations | Daily Encouragement | justbeautifullyhonest.com
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    “This isn’t what I expected”: Encouragement for when life isn’t what it “should” be

    Last Saturday night I had a revelation.   I was in the bathroom cleaning, scrubbing a mascara smudge off the sink and trying to scoot the ever-curious kitty cat off the counter, and I realized…   …it’s ‪Saturday night‬, and I’m at home scrubbing the bathroom, and I’m…happy?   Now this is where some people would say that I’m old, but honestly, if learning to love a clean house and a night in my jammies is old, then I’m totally here for it. But more than being “old” (which personally I think I’m not, thank you very much), there’s something else that I realized in this moment.   I realized…