Whew! I am finally catching my breath after this weekend! From the half marathon, to birthday parties, to surprise concert tickets — this weekend was one for the books. And honestly, I am so glad to be back to the normal grind!
One highlight of the weekend was an awesome concert I went to on Monday night! I love live music. And I was so pumped when I got the opportunity to partner with SeatGeek. So I’m thrilled to share that when you use my code: BEAUTYBEYONDBONES at checkout, you get $20 OFF of any concert tickets, sporting event, Broadway tickets, comedy shows – you name it! YAY!
But this weekend was kind of an accurate snapshot of my recent mindset shift. And that is: to say yes to everything.
Invitations, opportunities, new experiences…I am HERE FOR IT!
Granted, it resulted in me running a half marathon on 60 minutes of sleep, but you know what? Life is short. So soak it all up.
During my anorexia, I spent two years completely pushing the world away. I isolated myself, didn’t respond to a text or phone call, shut loved ones and friends out of my life. And so one of the biggest, and most important aspects of my recovery is to say yes! To welcome adventure and spontaneity and togetherness and FUN into my life with open arms!
And sometimes, that results in extra crazy weekends! But I wouldn’t change it for a minute — except for maybe the bags under my eyes that I’m still trying to sleep off! hah
But all that to say, my most recent manifestation of my life-embracing ways, comes in the form of dating. And you know what? I’m having an absolute blast with it.
I’ve taken the pressure off! It’s no longer this high stakes situation where I’m on the quest for my one true love and I have to be able to tell from night one whether or not this is The Man God wants me to marry.
Because, honestly — that was an exhausting mindset. And frankly, the magnitude of that thinking made me have a bit of an approach avoidance with dating entirely.
But now, while I am absolutely still dating with the intention of finding my husband, I’m just going into each date from the approach of potentially meeting a really great person, and having an interesting conversation!
I’ve taken the pressure off, and am treating it as an experiment of sorts, which is honestly – so much more enjoyable! Because here’s the thing: sure, I will always get the butterflies of “will he like me?” but what I’ve come to realize is that it’s a two way street. And the question I really should be asking is…”Will I like him.”
I don’t know, I just figure…now is the time. God has brought me on this (admittedly) tragically beautiful path, only to show me how fulfilling life is when you say yes to opportunities and relationships and people and love. And so now is the time to surrender my dating to Him as well, and allow Him to work. But I’ve got to do my part too, and be open to the opportunities presented to me. I’ve got to get out there, and throw a bunch of darts at the wall, so to speak.
Because one thing is certain: God will absolutely surprise me. He always does. But He will. Because He’s got everything under control. He’s got a plan, and I can rest assured that, no matter what…there’s no way I’m going to miss my future husband. God is orchestrating it all together. And I can take that truth all the way to the bank.
Now is the time. To do something we’ve never done. To jump into the deep end, head first – without water wings – and sink or swim. Because that’s living. That’s the life God has created us for: one of abundance. One of love and joy and freedom that comes from Him. Take it from this former anorexia sufferer — that is what life is all about.
This week, let’s cast our nets into the deep water, and see the abundance that God has for us when we surrender it all to Him.
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