October Writing Challenge: Day 20

The word of the day is

Family

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen a flurry of photos in which I’m smiling widely and posing it UP. This past Saturday, the S.O. and I held our much-anticipated engagement party. It was an intimate gathering, but with about 30 of our closest family and friends in attendance, it felt more like a wedding reception.

I love, love, love my family. Even when we fight or disagree, we always come back to a place of love and support. The S.O. and I were so touched by the number of people who not only attended the party, but genuinely expressed their best wishes and words of wisdom.

Thank God for family!

October Writing Challenge: Day 17

The word of the day is

Progress

I’m one of those people who hate being stagnant. Though I maintain a stable existence, I feel stifled if I’m not learning SOMETHING. Unfortunately, this need to progress comes with consequences. I am at my most uncomfortable and awkward when I’m growing. I’m super awkward, and as an introvert, I feel it inside out. The good news? I’m used to it. I’ve been this way my whole life.

With that being said, this current phase of my life is FULL of growth. I’m hella uncomfortable so much so that I’m starting to get comfortable in it! I thank God for progress. Never one to refrain from change, I have to remind myself to cherish it all. Take a moment and be proud of my progress before planning my next move. One day at a time. Starting with today, my favorite day of all, Friday!

Have a great weekend!

October Writing Challenge: Day 16

The word of the day is

Steward

A steward is someone who supervises or manages the possessions of others. As Christians, we must be good stewards of God’s word. As women, we are stewards for our families, supervising and managing everything from potty trainings to checkbooks. There are plenty ways to approach the idea of stewardship, but what stood out most to me was the idea that a steward is someone who looks out for others.

I believe that as HUMAN BEINGS of moral compass, we should all play the role of steward when we can. Looking out for someone can be as simple as picking up something they’ve dropped, holding a door or elevator, offering a compliment, etc. Safe ways to look out for others that really go a long way. Are you a good steward? How could you be a better one?

October Writing Challenge: Day 15

The word of the day is

Priority

There’s a Maya Angelou quote that I always see plastered on Facebook walls, Instagram timelines and Pinterest boards that says, “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” This quote used to remind me of past romantic relationships, but it also brings to mind past friendships. People make time for what or who they really want to. Sorry, not sorry. It stings, right? I’m sure we can all think of one person who has done this to us, and it felt terrible!

Now that I’ve cleared my life of debris, this quote forces me into introspection. What do I make time for? What am I sacrificing for the sake of something else? After asking myself these questions, the answers were surprising, and slightly unsettling. Some of the most important people in my life aren’t a priority. How did that happen!? I have no idea, and so my goal moving forward is to improve my priorities. How about you? Are your priorities in order?

October Writing Challenge: Day 14

The word of the day is

Overdue

I know, I know. I skipped a few days. This writing challenge is…challenging! My post is overdue, like a lot of things in my life lately.

I consider myself a conundrum; I maintain a reasonable self image, but I’m also aloof to a fault. I’m constantly working on that, but recently I’ve been failing where it counts most. What are obvious emotional cues to most people, I sometimes miss completely. The great thing is, because I’m actively aware of this flaw, I am more open to admitting I was wrong, and having a genuine conversation about how I can improve, which happened yesterday. It wasn’t too many years ago that this would’ve been impossible for me.

So in case there is anyone out there like me (fellow Aquarians?), don’t let those important conversations become overdue. Check in with the people you love, just in case. Approach them with open hearts and humble spirits. It won’t be easy, but I promise it will be worth it. All hail maturity!