Hey guys, happy Monday! First off, let me start by saying that the blog post on my sister’s wedding, which I am SO excited about, is coming. I felt it necessary that the beautiful pictures that Chelsey Loren Photography captured of that day be included to complement my sappy reflections of my sister getting married, so that post will be coming soon! But you want a sneak peak, you say? FINE:
In the meantime, I had the most beautiful weekend that I really wanted to share with you all. It was one of those weekends that was filled with just enough busy, just enough cozy, just enough everything to prepare you for the week ahead. It included visiting my alma mater (which anyone who reads this blog knows, makes my heart soar) and spending time with really good friends, followed by a Sunday where I boldly decided it was time to start listening to Christmas music (on Oct. 29. I know. It’s a problem.), baked an apple pie, and cracked open a book my mom has sworn by: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
This time of year always reignites this desire inside of me to be better in community: to love other people well, to confide in friends to hear my weaknesses and push me forward, to shake off the stress and the obsession with my to-do list and to truly be a part of life’s joys. Any of us that have been an adult for longer than 5 minutes are fully aware that the goal is lofty, and never quite reached, but I’m sure many of you can also resonate with that soul-level desire.
When I’m curled up under a blanket reading a good book and thinking about life theoretically, the mountain doesn’t seem that hard to climb. But when my alarm goes off when it’s still dark outside and my email is filling up before I take my first sip of coffee? Different story. Today was a very “Monday” Monday, and to be honest I didn’t want to sit down and write this post because it’s so. tempting. to catch 30 minutes of my favorite show on Netflix before I cook dinner than to look at another computer screen and use my brain. But by God’s grace and strength alone, I’m here. And I’m here to tell you with the little energy I have left this evening that in this “present over perfect” motto (which I LOVE, by the way), being present is still work. It still requires sanctification and resolve. And perspective. And determination.
But you know what? We can do it. On the Monday-est Mondays, in the midst of the earliest mornings and the coldest days, God is working as we seek Him. He is building us, refining us, and equipping us to love one another in a way that serves Him. So I want to use this little platform of mine to encourage you: be present.
I’m planning to share more about how this notion is a challenge and a blessing to me as I continue to tackle it in the coming weeks / months / years (?), and I hope you’ll share your stories with me too! We’re better for it, y’all.
Leaving you with a few more of my favorite pictures from this past weekend, including a shot I’m so proud of because 1) I still dream of Merritt’s Store BLT’s from my time on campus and I finally got one this weekend and 2) @foodintheair liked my Instagram! (small victories, friends.) Have a good week!