Sleep Later, Make Memories Now

Sleep Later, Make Memories Now

The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is Dreams.

Imagine it’s a Friday night and your best friend texts you to hang out, chances are you respond with: “I’m too tired.” “I’ll be tired tomorrow.” “I need to sleep.” “I need a nap.” Chances are these sound familiar to you, and you’ve probably said these responses yourself. What happens in the morning when you wake up and see all the fun pictures of you and your friends from the night? You regret it………. right? Was that extra sleep worth it? Chances are you are still tired, and that extra time didn’t help…… that … much.

We live in a world that revolves around sleeping, eating and working. We wake up thinking about eating before work. While at work we think about how nice it will be when we can get back in our beds. Think about it…. How many times a day do you think about how nice it would be to go back to sleep? …… when’s the next meal?..... Do I have to work? Chances are a lot.

Here’s a few things to think about before you choose sleep over something else:

so sky high in work you just can’t stand it… chances are you might have decided to take a nap and maybe the stress will go away. Sleeping doesn’t take away all the work you have to do. It just puts more stress on you to get down to business and work. It’ll be a much better sleep if you get your work done first and then sleep. If you’re tired later that’s ok, you’ll get your time to catch up on sleep.

chose sleeping over your friends?..... Think about it, did you feel left out next time you saw them and they had an inside joke.. I bet you did. Do you remember that extra sleep you got that day… I bet not. Next time you’re tired and your friends ask to hang out… think about it. I wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to hang out with all my friends because one day we won’t all be together anymore. I don’t want to miss out on the pictures ill look back on when I’m old and laugh at. I want to experience these things. These will be the things that I will remember, I won’t remember the nights I got the extra hours of sleep.

Spend that extra time with family. I know long days at work can make you tired and make you want to come home and go right to bed. But, spend that extra hour on the couch with your family. These are the moments that help grow you into a better person and make you happy. You will still be a little tired in the morning, but you’ll be happier because you took that precious time and spent it the right way.

Pain. Heartbreak. These are just a few of the things that you might have tried to sleep away the pain but did that really work? Chances are the pain was still there when you woke back up. All you really did was push off the amount of time until you have to deal with these feelings. Deal with them when they come up. Take ownership of the pain and learn from it. This will allow you a much better sleep and you will be happy when you do wake up.

I would but…. Take this out of your vocabulary. Don’t use that anymore. Instead say I would love to for a little bit. This means you’ll take advantage of these moments and you’ll still get your sleep but these moments will make you way happier than extra sleeping time could ever make you!

I am by no means saying don’t ever sleep. I am simply expressing that sleep doesn’t run our lives. Sometimes we can give up those “8 hour” sleeping patterns for a little bit more fun in our lives. Think about building memories not sleeping patterns.

Live life on the edge, like you're about to fall!

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.

Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.

Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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Poetry on Odyssey: Broken Girl

He held her up


and then one day, she stopped pursuing the things of this world

she picked up God's armor

prepared herself with the spirit's sword

and from then on, God never let go of her

she stumbled often

He held her up

sometimes she doubted

He taught her to trust

she would stress over how to win the battles

He would reassure her that peace would soon be restored

while she was fretting over those small battles,

He'd already won the war

through every hardship he was with her

whenever she felt alone, he reminded her that she was not

whenever she began trusting in herself, He reminded her to surrender

a love as great as the Lord's could never be bought

she deserved no grace at all

but he blessed her beyond compare

He always listened when she called

lifted her burdens when she cast her cares

she does the best she can to devote her life to Him

and though she falls short of his glory

he loves her and sees beauty when all she sees is a girl who's broken

He keeps her going because His mercies are new every morning

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