Do you ever get that feeling.. the astonished feeling as you realize how incredible it is that every moment, good or bad in your life has led you up to this moment, right now. The good ole’ saying “everything happens for reason” is incredibly bittersweet to hear when you’re in a difficult moment but it honestly couldn’t be more accurate.
Life is a beautiful struggle but it there is a plan for it all! I am learning if you focus on the “beautiful parts” compared to the struggles you will constantly be finding yourself in that astonished feeling... life is pretty stinkin’ awesome. I started this month off with an incredible week in Vancouver before I went back to school. I fell in love just a little bit more with the city, the mountains, the ocean and the people. I could write pages of my week of Five Star Experience from hiking the Sea Wall, having countless heart to hearts, from Canucks games, to dinner dates, from pizza.. so much pizza, from spending time in prayer with incredible people, and so much more! The week was so full of life, passion, and love, so when I boarded that plane home I left a part of my heart there.
There were many moments through out that week that I felt “I thank God for all I missed because it led me here to this.” (Yes, that is from a Darius Rucker song for those of you who don’t know I am a huge country music fan!) One of my favourite moments was my last night in the city. We had a dinner full of people that represented YouAreMore on the West Coast. Here we were sitting around a table, joking, laughing, sharing stories, for the first time EVER all together. As someone who’s dream came true because some of these people surrounding me at that table, it brought me to tears. Another incredible moment was when I took a gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. It felt like I was truly on top of the world, the view, the clouds, the gigantic trees, stunning lights, everything left me speechless. However, we realized once we got to the top.. that Grouse Mountain is actually a ski mountain! We were definitely not in weather appropriate attire as we were standing there surrounded by skiers we couldn't help but burst out laughing. So we decided to walk the snowshoe trail as it was lit with Christmas lights. In that moment I realized the beauty in making the best out of everything because not long after we found ourselves making snow angels just like we were kids. My hands were completely frozen not wearing any gloves, my hair was drenched ruining my curls for dinner, and my black suede booties were full of fresh snow. However, I couldn’t have been more happier. There is so much JOY in loving and living life to the fullest whatever your situation may be. I want to always live my life dancing even when I have a choice to sit and that night I was reminded of that.
This past week I started back at school and I absolutely love it. Don’t get me wrong, the early mornings this semester have me finding myself at Starbucks for just shortly after 7:00 am barely able to slur out my order. However, I wake up every morning excited to get to campus.. call me a nerd I know! This year is going to be a good one, I have decided that because it truly is all about your mindset. That doesn’t mean I won't have moments where I want to chuck my calculator against the wall studying for math, where I argue or hurt someone I love, or just have a grumpy day. However, I look forward to the beautiful parts coming up in my life.. like my Valentines Day weekend getaway, what is in store for YAM because let me tell you B.I.G. things are coming, my 23rd birthday, my big sissy’s wedding, the list could go on!
Life is a beautiful struggle, you never know what it is going to happen. Are you getting what I am saying yet?! I guess here is the point of this blog, try to see the beautiful parts in life compared to the struggles. Even though you may not see beauty right away in you getting fired from your job, breaking your leg, getting in a fight with your friend, not stopping at that stop sign, everything has led you up to here. You are breathing, you are alive & you still have a beautiful full life ahead of you!
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”