It's Time I Chase My Dreams

It's Time I Chase My Dreams

It's time I did something for me.
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Since the day I graduated high school I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I knew why I was going to college, I knew where I was headed after school, and nothing was going to stop me. And now here I am, my sophomore year, and still know that I want to get to the same place. But something has changed. I've been thinking about chasing a dream that I've had since I was a sophomore in high school, and that dream looks really, really nice.

It's no secret that I have a driving passion for sharing the love of Jesus Christ. It's also no secret that I have fallen in love with the United Methodist Church, and that I seek to do it's work each and every day. That I've been so focused on being able to be in vocational ministry in the United Methodist Church that often I don't allow myself the opportunity to do things that usual college students do. Things like parties and dances and staying up late on a Saturday night. (Who am I kidding, I'm usually in bed by 8:30.)

But, what is the secret, is my passion for writing. And if you've known me for a while this wouldn't be a secret. But if you've met me in the last few years, you may not even have a clue. For me, writing is not only something in which I can express myself, but also it's a healing process. It's a healing process for different feelings, different thoughts, and sometimes it just lets my brain relax after a long day at school.

What I'm trying to say is this. It's time I started to follow my heart. It's time I quit thinking practically (to a certain extent) and I take the time to see where my passions, my loves, my heart can take me. What I'm saying.....what I'm saying is I won't be pursuing a Master's of Divinity in the Fall of 2019, but a Master's of Arts in Literary Studies.

In no way has this decision been made lightly. In no way am I saying that my time in the United Methodist Church is over, because we all know that I couldn't stop even if I tried. But what I am saying, what I am doing, is taking the time to see where my writing career could take me. I'm stepping back from all the craziness that is a vocational ministry career path, and doing something that I haven't done often. I'm doing something for me.

I'll still be at Annual Conference; I'll still be in the workshops and extra laity classes. And soon enough I will be walking the scary path of candidacy. Who knows where this could take me. Who knows the doors this could open for me, and for my future. I know that everything will work out in it's own time. That I will end up where I need to be.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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I Used To Think Height Didn't Matter, But Maybe It Really Does

I've come to a conclusion

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I've had my fair share of boyfriends in the past. A common theme in my past choices of boys is that they were all an inch or two taller than me or the same height. Now, I am a little on the taller side considering that the average height for a woman in the US is 5 feet 4 inches tall. I'm not saying all the tall boys belong to all the tall girls and the shorter guys should stick with shorter girls, but I do think there might be something behind all this madness.

My reasoning for this is simple: I've been in an amazing relationship with someone who is fairly taller than me. Is this reason totally irrational and have no sort of concrete evidence for this argument? Yes, totally, but hear me out. All my other relationships haven't been this good or even had the potential to be this good. Is it a coincidence that they were all shorter? I think not!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with boys who are under 5'9''. There are some nice ones who probably don't talk to 5 other girls while you're dating, I just never happened to come across one back when I was in the game. I just find it interesting that I've been in a really healthy relationship for awhile now with someone who is over 6 feet tall.

Many amazing relationships have happened between all different types of people, no matter the height. It's just if you are having problems with boys who are under 6 feet, you may have some thinking to do.


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