A Year From Now

A Year From Now

Don’t be afraid to change! Sometimes you have to lose something good to find something better!

Where are you going to be ….. one year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes from now. All this time will change things. Think about where you were last year. We’re you in high school? Jobless? Dating that loser of an ex? Think about how different your life will be from now.

A year from now your life will be something totally different….

You will be a better person

You will grow over the next year. Everything that you experience will make you stronger. Each opportunity you encounter is to change and mold you into the person you are meant to be. In a year you will know way more than you know now, things you never thought you’d know. In 12 months you’ll be handling situations very differently than you’ll handle them today. 52 weeks will mold and shape you into a wonderful, beautiful new person.

You’ll have different people in your life

In 365 days, your friend group and the people in your life will change. Your friend group may disband, it may grow. Some of you may go your own way and some of them may come back. In 8,760 hours you’ll meet new people who will rock your world, and change your life for the better. You’ll meet new people at work, in your classes, and in every aspect of life. Every person you cross on this crazy adventure called life crosses your path for a reason. You’ll teach them things, and they’ll teach you things! People might not be around forever so, enjoy every little moment you have with each person.

You’ll be at a different stage in your life

525,600 seconds from now, you’ll be at a new stage in your life. You’ll be a year old. You might not be in high school or college anymore. You might be living on your own, or finally driving. You might have a new job. No matter what, you’ll be at a new stage in your life. You want to make sure to enjoy the seconds you have now. Things won't ever be the same as they are today.

Live in the moment.

Absorb every single second, of the time you have. You will never be at this point in time, in your life again. You will never be the person you are right now. Each and every day you begin to grow and change into a better person. Life changes us! Especially a year from now.

On new years write a note to yourself in a year and on new years read that note. This will let you see how much you’ve grown and changed of the year. You can always write sticky notes of good things that have happened you over the year, so you can open them and look back on your year. Do something for yourself so you know how great the year has been and how much its changed you.

Since life will be such a different adventure a year from now, we want to make sure to soak up the time we have.Soak up every second, minute day, week, month and the year. Live it all up for what it is NOW. The year will change you no matter what.

Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete!

Cover Image Credit: Kendall Gatewood

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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