My Money, My Choices

My Money, My Choices

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Money. It doesn’t grow on trees, and it’s the most difficult thing in the world to keep. It takes forever to accumulate, and once you do, make sure you aren’t going crazy and losing it. Money makes people make stupid decisions, but there are the people that use it to make some good come out in the world. Those are the people that one might applaud and challenge to take on a mission to help the individuals that use money for bad.

But what about the people who just live? The people who use their money to get, say, a nose piercing, or a movie ticket, and then come into fire. Are those people that we are supposed to judge and ridicule because of what they decided to spend their money on? Or do they just get to live their life?

Well, to be honest, I think you can do whatever the hell you want with your money. You pay your bills, and then want to go and treat yourself? Do it. You want to get a nose piercing because it’s something you have always wanted to do? Do it. You want to buy a McChicken because you are ridiculously hungry and want something fast and easy? Do it. You want to go with a friend and watch a movie because it’s tradition? Do it.

I can’t say enough how many times I have come across posts and tweets, and had people tell me to my face, how one should be careful with their money. And while I agree with that, what’s the harm in choosing to get a tattoo because I have worked hard and saved extra money to treat myself with this simple gift? What’s the harm in doing something that impacts NO ONE other than myself?

I work my ass off, and at the end of the day, it all comes down to my money, and my choices. I should be aloud to do what I want too. Have I struggled in the past with money? You betcha. But I have learned to appreciate the value of a dollar, and to know when an expense crosses a line, or that it just is not in the budget. I have learned that people are going to judge me anyways, whether I buy fruit loops, or something healthy, or pay the light bill before the rent. So why not prioritize myself and then do whatever the hell I want?

It’s my money. It’s my choices. It’s my mistakes. It’s my life.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Finding Your Worth In The Rest Instead Of The Productive

Genesis 1 has more behind in than we thought...

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"And there was evening, and there was morning" (Genesis 1 NIV)

Have you ever looked at Genesis like a poem? Have you ever considered the creation story to be a beautiful love poem to us? I did not until I listened to this amazing podcast that rocked my world. I started listening to the BEMA podcast while on a mission trip with my host family. They played us this podcast and my whole perspective on the meaning of Genesis 1 changed forever. I am not going to give a word by wordplay on what the podcast said, but wanted to dive into one part that made me look at the idea of "resting" differently.

In the podcast, they discuss how it starts with "evening" and not "morning." We say our days start in the morning with productivity, but the podcast said the Lord wanted us to start our days with "rest." That is why it says "evening" instead of "morning." This part is listed after each day and then on the seventh day, God said it was holy and did not start a new day as an invitation to us to start our days with rest. It also discussed the importance of Sabbath and that holy day.

I am not going to get biblical, but I wanted this message about not finding our worth in productivity to be talked about a little this morning. I also planned my days the night before… I would wake up, workout, cook, go to work, homework, walk the dog, etc. then come back to some nice Netflix and a bubble bath. "Was it a successful day?" I would ask myself based on all the things I did that day instead of all the quiet time I had in rest with the Lord that day.

What a crazy concept. Looking at Genesis 1 like a poem to me stating, "child don't find your worth in productivity" means so much because we as humans tend to do that. We want to be the best of the best at everything we do and to do that we work, and work, and never stop working. God wants us to know since we are created in His image, we are "very good." Notice after every other creation he says "it was good" but after the creation of us, he says "it was very good." We are not "perfect" human beings regardless of how hard we try to be. We strive to be the busiest by comparing schedules, we want to be the best at what we do so we put in the hours, but when can we allow ourselves to be the best at just being us? When is it socially okay for us to rest and spend time in quiet to renew our minds?

I am currently a full-time missionary with not much responsibility besides ministry. Back in the states, I was busy all day and would find fun things to do at night. Out here when I am not doing ministry, I end up finding things for myself to do just to be busy. I won't get home until December 1st and I am already car and job searching. I want to learn how to REST and BE. Who is with me?

I encourage you to go back and read Genesis 1 sweet friends, look closely at what it is trying to tell us. Find your worth in the heavenly father, not in your earthly desires. You were created and you were "very good" to God. You are loved for who you are and not what you do.

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