“Plans”

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Our world is so big. I can’t wait to see more of it.

Tonight, I feel so blessed. I have the best husband. I brag about him a lot. Through all of the crazy things life will throw at us I feel just a bit better knowing I will have him by my side. I read today that “in a marriage you both can’t crumble at the same time…you have to wait your turn.” This made me laugh and cry at the same time. Just thinking about our first 5 months of marriage when I have a bad day Tom takes care of me. When he comes home fighting mad… I try to lift his spirits. Give and Take. There will come a day when I feel like I have nothing to brag about or hardships we will be faced with, but sometimes I need a simple reminder that my life is pretty amazing despite how sometimes even a cloudy day can turn my mood sour.

Here is the reality. I didn’t get the job I had “planned” in my head after college. I didn’t finish college in 4 years like I “planned” when I started it. I haven’t backpacked through Europe like I “planned”, or moved to Africa to live in a hut. I didn’t have a massive wedding in a castle like I “planned” when I was a little girl with 300 guests. I hate cooking most days, I really hate proof reading and editing (which is why I don’t do it on my blog)…and sometimes I forget to floss. My life isn’t completely “planned” and organized.

but if life worked out like I “planned” how boring would it be? I mean, really… if I finished college in 4 years I wouldn’t have been able to study abroad and see the world the way I see it now. If I had a wedding in a castle with 300 people I would have wasted thousands of dollars (and well that was just a dumb idea to start with.) I haven’t backpacked through Europe just yet, but we have way cooler plans now. My plan. See, I just did it again. We humans love to plan. I seriously, think God looks down and just laughs at me and my planning.

My life is pretty great. I love it… and the best part is that every single day no matter how my day is or if I love my life or not: God has loved me all along despite my non existent cooking or my desire and need to try to control and “plan” out my life.

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About Elicia Shepard

I'm unique just like you. I've learned every person has a story which makes us who we are. One minute I am here..then I am gone. Discovering unknown places and people is an addiction I am proud of and will be an endless journey of mine. Smiling is not a pastime it's what I do. I live for moments that take my breath away. Falling in love is the greatest feeling-and the biggest risk. I thrive off of risks.Challenges. Adrenaline rushes. Making others smile. Art is all around and in ourselves. I love taking an unknown path not knowing where it'll lead. Mystery is beautiful. Compassion, kindness, and love- things I will always strive for. Know what you believe in. Stand up for it. Never be afraid to feel. Time waits for no one.Ever. Children inspire me. God fires me. Happiness is being with those you love.I am really blessed. I think God is love and forgiveness and I think he wants us to be good people and love EVERYONE. Figure out who you are and what that means to you-It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself (and you deserve it.) Live frugally on surprise. Breathe. Be who you are. Be an outcast...If you wanna find me I will be where the wind blows...Wherever that may take me.

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