• Three ways we need to change the conversation about Christian Dating | Christian Dating Advice | Christian Relationships | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Christian Dating,  Here's to the Single Ladies

    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
    Here's to the Single Ladies,  The Single Life

    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…

  • Why We Should Be Fighting For Most Improved | Self-Improvement | Self-Growth | justbeautifullyhonest.com
    Becoming You

    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
    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…