As I pick-up four more books for my 2019 reading challenge…what better time to talk about YOUR life chapters. There is no better time than the future to turn the page…
Are you living in the moment but find yourself afraid to turn the page? Staring endlessly attempting to figure out the happy ending? Why? What is holding you back? The princess fairytale crystal ball life you have imagined and have programed into your mind is nowhere near to your current situation? Don’t let that hold you back – there is, spoiler alert, no fairytale and no schedule to follow. God has a plan for all of us – and sometimes, it’s not like you have dreamt it your entire teenage years and young adulthood.
Real talk here. A few years ago, I was hesitant to advance to the next chapter. I was so focused on the end goal and my own pre-calculated happy ending that I spent much of my time and energy forcing the final conclusion to the surface instead of allowing the chapters to fall into place. All my friends were dating, engaged, purchasing their first homes, planning their weddings and hoping for children soon after. For me, I was still living my twenty something life – coming home to my dog Lou and living off boxed wine and Ramen noodles…
I felt empty. I felt alone. I felt I was not on the right track.
I had lost my bookmark.
In all of this, I honestly wanted to skim the plot twist (insert dramatic scene here). During this time, it was difficult for me the grasp the idea of what my future had planned for me. Was something hidden in-between the lines of my current chapter that I kept missing? What was my purpose if everyone else was buying houses with their significant other and planning vacations together? I was anxious to turn the page and quite frankly, I was not thinking very highly of myself. It was hard to believe that God did have a wonderful plan for me.
The realization that everyone was dating someone, celebrating their wedding, receiving a surprise engagement or announcing their first child to the world was like a knife twisting in my heart. Not because I wasn’t happy for them, I was over the moon for their milestones – but I was entering my mid-twenties with none of the above. But guess what, you can always paint the grass is greener picture. Your life is just as important and special. Careers, blogs, awards, yada yada – it all means something and you deserve to show it off, even if that means you are on an entirely different chapter than the rest of them.
Two words. Move on.
Move on from what you have dreamed and imagined and design your own chapter. Each new day is a new page in your book, a fresh start, a blank canvas.
There are several paths to take in your story and God has a plan for every single one of us. Be a believer, just as I became. Trust me, I know how difficult it can be to feel stuck in a rut while you see everyone else advancing. Think positive and write down a list of what you are achieving and gloat over that damn list – hell, frame it and put it on your refrigerator, do whatever you have to do to remind yourself of your life creations. Just because your friends are getting married and having babies, doesn’t mean it is your time for that. Instead, spoil yourself over that promotion or congratulate yourself on purchasing your first home, solo! These are your accomplishments and life advances, so be very proud of them.
Now, I have a story worth sharing. The past chapters shaped my experiences that were some of the most difficult times of my life, but in the end, my story makes one hell of a great story.
If you continue to make your life a calming read, we are all guaranteed a happy ending in our own book. It’s your story, so don’t get obsessed with the status quo.
Category: Best Seller!
Love you Muchly,