Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Life's Just Black and White Without You"

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Without you, I wouldn't know that stovetop popcorn beats the microwave stuff every time.

Without you, I wouldn't know that hanging your clothes to dry keeps them in WAY better shape.

Without you, I wouldn't know how to bargain shop.

Without you, I wouldn't know that going to Target almost every day is 100% acceptable.

Without you, I wouldn't know what it means to love selflessly and whole-heartedly.

Without you, I wouldn't know that walking really is the best form of exercise.

Without you, I wouldn't know that a human being is capable of drinking a whole pot of coffee in the morning.

Without you, I wouldn't have the strength that you show me every day.

Without you, life has no color.
Because the truth is, life's just black and white without you.

Sometimes it's hard to put in words how thankful and grateful we are to have special people in our lives. I can honestly say that without my mom, I wouldn't be where I am today. My doubt and insecurity... my belief that I'll never quite be good or perfect enough would most definitely overwhelm me. Somehow I convince myself that if I look a certain way or if I can achieve something exceptional at school that I'll be happy. And when I fail to meet my own high expectations (don't we all), I'm convinced that we are striving for something impossible.

My mom turns 'impossible' into unrealistic. She continually shows me that despite how I look or what grades I get, that I am worthy, beautiful and capable of love. She cares for me so deeply, that when I look at her I can't help but think... wow, my kids are truly going to be the luckiest and happiest grandchildren alive. I only hope that I can teach them to love life as much as she's shown me.

She not only shows me the beauty and exciting nature of love, but she convinces me that it's okay to let my heart go. I do tend to hold on pretty tightly and close myself off, but as I start to re-evaluate what I come home to every day... I'm starting to learn that letting myself love should and will be the most important thing in my life.

So to the most incredible mother and woman I've ever known—
I say thank you for making the first 19 years of my life absolutely perfect.
You're my shining star.
You're my role model.
You're the best friend anyone could ask for.
You're the reason I've learned so much.
You're the one who saved me.

Take ten minutes to share with a special woman in your life why you love them so much. They deserve it.


Friday, May 4, 2012

A Case of Blessings AND Lessons

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So I have these two girls in my life...
They may not know it all the time...
But I owe so much of my ability to love life to them.

They teach me things everyday.
How to laugh.
How to be yourself without caring a dime what anyone else thinks.
How to feel beautiful in your own skin.
How to open your heart to possibility.
How to forge your own path.
How to be brave.
And most of all, how to be confident.

I think it's easy to see that they are wise beyond their years.

Some may say we look like triplets. And in some cases, I'd agree. But if you take a closer look... we're all so different. We all have our own quirks, our own outlooks on life, our own priorities. And yet, there is something so special about spending time with them. Ever since I went away to school, I have to admit that I miss them more than just a little while I'm away. I'd consider myself somewhat serious and reserved compared to both of them, and in a 'well someone must have planned that' kind-of-way, they convince me that there's more to life than grades and academics and success.

From them, I have learned the importance of being happy.

This one's special. She's a free-spirit. She's not afraid to tell you what's on her mind. She's confident in herself. She never looks back. She's smart (although she definitely won't rub it in your face). She makes me believe in the beauty of myself.

This one's one-of-a-kind. She laughs without fear or holding back. She'll tell it to you straight. She's passionate and care-free. She's willing to let anyone in. She's got millions of friends. She convinces me that it's okay to open my heart.

I don't think there's ever a way to say thank you enough to some of the most special girls in my life. I envision us holding hands at our weddings. I can see us having impromptu 'play dates' with our kids at Starbucks. I can see us laughing over memories on family vacations. I hope they know that I'll hold on to them forever. No matter where we all end up, they'll always be there.... convincing me that life truly is beautiful. And that I am so blessed.

With the best sisters I could ever ask for.

"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."
1 Timothy 4:12

Meaghan Taylor

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ready To Be Your Ambassador: Philippians 4:13

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I'm just like anyone else.
I doubt whether I'm really capable of what I set my sights on.
I question whether I'm worth all the effort.
I wonder if I'll ever find what I'm looking for.
I worry that I won't understand what's really important.
I convince myself that life is stronger than I am.

These past few weeks, now that I have the time to pause and think about my life and what lies ahead, I have to be honest in saying that I'm scared out of my mind. What if I FAIL? What if I make a huge move and fall face first without anyone there to catch me? In a few short weeks I'll make a move to NYC. I'll leave the comfort of home, the love of friends and family and the support system that has kept me sane the past few years and instead I'll jump right into the hustle and bustle of a HUGE city.

Some may say...
Others may say...
You're crazy.

I hope more than anything that I can find my footing. Sure, I know the first few weeks may be rough. But isn't that the same with anything new? We stumble and we're awkward for a while until we learn that the only reason we're being awkward is that we're refusing to feel comfortable. In other words, I think all the insecurity is in our head (well, most of the time).

Because here's the truth... or what I hope is near the truth. God ensures that we are truly capable of anything we desire. We can truly do ANYTHING that's within his will for our lives. He makes this promise to us, and yet so many of us doubt him. We get uncomfortable, we shy away from new experiences because we're too scared to accept the challenge. We're too afraid to fall face first.

So here I am Lord... I'm scared. I'm nervous that I may only have one more year of college left to figure out what's next. But I trust you. I know in my heart that you have given me strength and courage and talent and determination and passion for life.

And I'm ready to use it.
I'm ready to be your ambassador.

PS- Sorry I've been on a bit of a vacation. ;)

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
Philippians 4:13

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