For those of you who do not know, at the beginning of the year I created a bucket list of things to achieve in 2017. I don't care about going in any specific order, so I decided to jump down to #29- Get Another Tattoo.
This tattoo is one that I have been thinking about for a long time now, but I wasn't sure how to really do it. My Aunt Nevie passed away from colon cancer a couple of years ago, and I always wanted my first tattoo be represent her or something about her. I've mentally created multiple tattoos but I never could stick to them until I just decided to get one thing to just be a symbol. But what does a moon have to do with my Aunt?
Once when I was in high school my mother was talking to my Uncle. She handed the phone off to me, and then I somehow got to talk with my Aunt. Her cancer had come back and it was in full force. She hadn't been in the mood to really talk with people at the time, but this day she wanted to talk with me. I honestly have no idea what our conversation even consisted of or how long it was, but I can vividly remember the end of our conversation. I was telling her I loved her and she told me, "I love you to the moon and back". Afterwards I remember just bawling my eyes out because it felt like she was saying goodbye and I wasn't ready. Little did I know she would have gotten worse, and soon the family was called in. On August 24, 2013 Aunt Nevie went to heaven and I've never cherished words more in my life. I got the opportunity to say goodbye, and she gave it to me.
So, this one's for you Aunt Nevie.
Photo by the amazing Myranda Randle
The few weeks ago I was out shopping with my mother when I noticed something I liked and showed it to her. We both agreed it was really cute with my mom adding that it wasn't my style. Naturally I asked her, "what is my style?" and she replied, "ya know- plain."
At first I was taken off guard; plain is not the descriptive word I imagined for myself. No, I have always tried to think of bigger/better words like "amiable" & "empathetic". But I cannot deny the truth of my plainness. I am the first to tell you that I am your every day 'Plain Jane' after all.
Growing up I would to attach negative aspects to this simple adjective. The moment it was used in my direction I went on defense mode- for I was determined to stand out. In some ways, I did. But it was never in the ways that in envisioned for myself.
Taking a step back, I can see it for the beauty that it is. I am plain and I love that about myself. Because I know that it is how God created me to be. In most ways I am far from societies standards of beauty and character. I may not be turning heads everywhere I walk, and I may not have a social media fan club, but I am me. Plain 'ole Moe.
That's the key behind accepting who God created you to be is to see it the way He sees you. It's about changing the way you've been seeing things. So I no longer see 'plain' as negative, instead I see it as a way for God to shine through me. Plain means simplicity in my book and according to the definition simplicity is, "a thing that is plain, natural, or easy to understand."
Is there something you haven't been liking within yourself? Something that you have always thought negatively about? Is it something within your personality, or maybe it's something about the way you look. It could even be something other's have made you feel looked down upon for, or possibly something you thought has always made you an outcast.
No matter what it is I want you to hear me loud and clear- there is nothing wrong with you. I do not care your age or your gender, I am telling you that you are perfect.
One of my favorite scriptures of all time is Songs of Songs 4:7 (like the only one I have memorized besides John 3:16- because Sunday school) and it says this:
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you
You see the world tells me that my plainness equals out to me never accomplishing anything, that no one will really love me, and that I have nothing to offer.
The world is wrong.
And I can say this with true confidence because I know that the creator of the universe tells me that there is no flaw in me. The world sees me as plain, but God sees me as simple. The world sees me as boring, but God sees me as natural & unique.
I am without flaw.
I know my saying that can make some people uncomfortable because saying there is no flaw in me tends to have negative attachments. But I am here to tell you to embrace it. That sentence is too bold to ignore. Would you dare to say it about yourself?
Friends, it's time we take the things that have such a negative stronghold in our lives and dig deep within our hearts to see them the way God sees them. It's time to see the things we see as a mess, take it all in, and love it for what it is.
I am a literal messy person, with a boring wardrobe, and my mind really only obtains useless facts about the strangest things. But I God has been showing me to love that about myself.
Take it from me, it's worth it.
Plain 'ole Moe
haven't shared with you all yet. Although, even if I have before you'll just have to see them again I suppose. *Disclaimer: this photo was not from when I had the flu. I mean, lol. Who sits at home with makeup on when they are sick?*
work. He woke up feeling so confused. It was truly priceless. I wish I got a photo of the face he made.
My sister took these one photos on my birthday weekend. Her and mom had a mother-daughter date and decided to take advantage of the strangely warm January weather and go hiking. Mom took Ellie along with her and the four of them had an absolute blast. By then end of the day Ellie Belly was pooped, and I am sure she enjoyed getting to see Hattie Bear again. Those two are like sisters- they annoy one another but they hate to be apart. Aren't they absolutely adorable?
I started to add more photos but then I realized that those are the ones I share like literally all the time. On repeat.
Ya know, I really should be better at capturing life moments, but I get so caught up in living in those moments that stopping to take a photo never crosses my mind until afterwards. This my friends is when my dream to be a photo journalist was hit with reality. I think I may just stick to blogging where I can make grammatical errors and write whatever comes to mind no matter how boring or insignificant it may be to most people. Pretty freeing, really. I suppose that is why so many people have blogs? Okay, I am going to stop rambling now. Hope these photos and their descriptions help pass the time until you're off of work or out of school or something. Happy Friday!
At the beginning of 2017 I created a bucket list that I am trying to accomplish by the end of the year. One of them was to take Polaroids of all the people I adore. I've started getting quite a few so I was thinking, why not share them with you all!
These two ladies have been beside me through so much. Their hearts for the people of YA are what makes the group the way it is. I call Lauren our YA Momma, because of this huge love she has for every single person that has walked into her home. Kaitlin has such a gift for being organized and that ability really helps the YA group stay on task and involved in outreaches. These ladies are simply amazing in a multitude of things.
Each and every single one of these people are an answered prayer in not only my life but the lives of others. If you happen to see them around, give them a high-five and tell them how much you love & appreciate them. Next week I'll have even more lovely people in my life to share with you all.
I am so glad you stopped by. I cannot wait to hear from you!