That Moment You Realize Your "Home" is No Longer Home

That Moment You Realize Your "Home" is No Longer Home

Where you came from does not have to mean home.

Home is where my heart is... but what happens when you make your new home your actual home?

Home is where family is, where hometown friends are and where memories never fade. That sounds very sweet, sure. But when you realize your "home" is no longer home? When you come back to your hometown, and EVERYTHING has changed. New roads, new shopping centers, and all your favorite coffee shops and deli marts closed down?! Or when you've been away and your old friends don't miss you enough to hit you up when you're back in town? And in my case, my family has moved from my hometown while I was away at college.

It's funny though. I realized that "home" is where you make it a home. Where you came from does not have to mean home. Where you came from is where you grew up, to grow out of and into something new. Life is all about growing mentally, physically, and spiritually.

I realized that "home" isn't my home anymore once I felt super eager to go back to my apartment. I've learned all the roads in my new area, and I've become friends with the local bars and grocery stores. In addition, making friends with new people who are all out on their own as well, who want just as much company. More company than the hometown friends to care enough to check in on you, see how you're doing, and want to see you.

It's not a bad thing that the place you used to call home doesn't feel like home anymore. It's a good thing, because those attachments will keep you from holding yourself back. If anything, it makes you stronger and brave because you practice on letting go. Letting go is one of the hardest tasks in life, whether it be with relationships, bad habits, and drama. It opens new doors for you, because you aren't settling for what you're used to.

Home will always be where you came from. You obviously don't want to forget that. But you don't want it to define you, because again, life is about growing. You won't be the same person you were a few years ago, let alone a year ago. Don't forget your precious memories from your hometown. Just realize that home is where you make it home, where you genuinely feel happy enough to accept your new surroundings as home :).

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.


In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

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In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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