• 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
    Becoming You,  Everyday Inspiration

    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
    Becoming You,  Being Brave,  Everyday Inspiration

    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…

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

    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…

  • Why I Refuse to be Anything but Happy About Turning 30
    Everyday Inspiration

    Why I refuse to be anything but happy about turning 30 (or getting older at all)

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   Well, here we are folks.   The eve of my 30th birthday. The day that seemed so far off for so long. The age that kids say is “old” when you ask them. And the year that everyone makes sure you’re aware that you’re saying “bye bye” to your youth (insert eyeroll here). And I get it, to a degree. Turning 30 does in fact seem to be the first year that I FEEL older. And while I’m pretty confident that my spider veins and wrinkles started showing up long before now, this is the first…

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

    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…

  • Everyday Inspiration,  What I'm Looking Forward To

    November: What I’m looking forward to

    Over the past several years I’ve had some amazing, on-a-high, joy-filled moments.   But I’ve also had others that were dark, where I wondered how I would even keep going, sprinkled in amongst many that were just average, and kind of “meh”. And I’ve learned that on these more difficult or average, no-spark, feeling like I’m trapped in this feeling kind of days, there’s one thing that really keeps me going: Having something to look forward to.   Having something to look forward to keeps me, well, looking forward!   It keeps me from getting stuck in the moment that I’m in, thinking that it’s the only feeling or circumstance…

  • 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
    Becoming You,  Everyday Inspiration

    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…

  • Three encouraging lessons i've learned from doing more by myself | Finding Yourself | Things to Do Alone | Date Yourself | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Becoming You,  Everyday Inspiration,  Independence

    When your friends aren’t available: Three encouraging lessons I’ve learned from doing more by myself

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I’ve historically been the type who would rather miss out on something altogether than show up by myself.   Anyone out there feel me? I always felt I needed someone there to depend on, to have the experience with, and I especially needed someone there to ensure I didn’t look lonely to other people. God forbid. This was especially true of situations where people are typically participating together, like going to the movies, concerts or eating in restaurants. But as I’ve gotten older, having someone else around whenever I want to do something has become an…

  • 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 dates, no commitment,…

  • My Married Isnt Need Yet
    Christian Dating,  Dating and Relationships,  Here's to the Single Ladies

    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…