Making A Wish Upon Another Year

Making A Wish Upon Another Year

5 "Wishes" I'm Placing Before The Lord This Year.
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As Taylor Swift would say, "I don't know about you. But, I'm feeling 22!"

After 22 years of life, I've come to realize that when we close our eyes, take a deep breath, and blow out the candles, we all wish for something. Even though we may deny it, we all hope. We hope for the year ahead. We make a wish upon the new year and cross our fingers that it comes true.

We secretly hold onto this dream, this hope, this desire. The cake may disappear and the candles are thrown in the trash, but that wish still lingers in the forefront of our minds. It sits there and collects dust; never spoken and never accomplished. We wish and hope, but do nothing to make these dreams come true.

As I say "goodbye" to year 21 and "hello" to year 22, I want to make it a point to dust off some of the years of wishes I've place upon a shelf. I've blown out the candles on 22 birthday cakes, I've made 22 years worth of wishes, and it's time I start placing these dreams, these "wishes" before the Lord.

So, I'm breaking the tradition. I'm telling someone else what I've wished for. I'm not afraid that it won't come true, because I share it with another. But rather, I'm confident that as I blowout the candles on another cake with chocolate frosting, God has my back. He will be listening once again, like every year before, God will take my wish and us it for His good.

5 "wishes" I'm placing before the Lord this year:

1. I Wish For Confidence.

Every year, I wish for confidence. I make a wish and send up a prayer that I'll walk confidently in everything I do. So, this year I want to place this wish before the Lord. I want to place my confidence in His hands.

As I wish upon this new year of life, may God fill me with His confidence and love.

2. I Wish For Clarity Of Purpose.

Sometimes I loose sight of my purpose. I lack clarity. I get caught up in other peoples accomplishments and loose sight of my purpose. But, this year I'm praying that God guides me towards His purpose for me. I pray that he leads me and I have the strength, and the courage to continually follow His plans.

3. I Wish For Love.

When I was a little girl, blowing candles out on her birthday, I would wish for a fairy tale love. I would make a wish and pray that someday God would give me the "perfect" guy, the "perfect" love. But, this year I'm wishing for something a little bit different. This year, I'm NOT wishing for "prince charming." Instead, I'm wishing that I will be able to share God's love with others. I pray and wish that this year God will place opportunities before me where I can radiate His love. Yes, the little girl in me still wishes for the "perfect" guy. But, I've grown up over the years, and I've realized that it's always better to give God the pen. So, I'm letting it go. I'm allowing God to be the time keeper. I will patiently wait this year, and every year after, until the man God has made for me waltzes into my life.

So, I'm making a wish. I'm blowing out the candles, and praying that God allows me to radiate His love this year. Lord, give me opportunities this year and everyday to share the wonder of your Love.

4. I Wish For Peace Of Mind.

I wish for peace of mind. I pray that this year I will be content in the now. I will not run forward, but rather, I will find peace in the quiet and in the chaos. I will be content in the now, and have peace of mind for the future. I pray that God's peace is present in my life and in the chaos as the days continue on.

5. I Wish For Joy.

Every year I've wished for joy. For joy in the everyday, in the adventures and for joy to be present in every situation So, this year it's no different. I'm praying once again that this year would be filled with countless moments of pure joy.

I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and make a wish for the year ahead.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From My Parents That Have Helped Me Survive This Thing Called Life

I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.

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As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve

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My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes

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Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life

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It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise

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My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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