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A time for everything

Ecclesiates 3:1

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

I think if there was a verse that could best describe my life at this moment, it would be this verse. The last year has been full of slow, steady changes but the last month has been one big change after another. I have changed my last name, my marital status, my lifestyle, my address, and now even my career is changing.

Preparing to merge my life with another person has meant a lot of priority changes. My hobbies, goals, and fitness had to take a backseat as I planned a wedding, moved, and prepped for marriage.

As my husband and I left the gym after our first workout in quite some time, I couldn't help but think about all I have learned in this last year.

Before I met my husband in 2017, I had lost about 20 pounds. It was an awesome time and I was so proud...until I gained a good bit back as we started dating and then got busy with work, counseling, moving, and wedding planning.

I thought I had struggled with my self-image before but it got even worse when I was engaged to Crawford. I lost all this weight and felt amazing but the thing about weight is that it comes and goes. Some seasons of life you have it all together and others you are just doing what you can to get by.

I lost all that weight in a time of my life where all I did was work and workout. Adding a whole other human into your life can really disrupt your schedule and priorities apparently. This last year has been a season of learning to love my body even if I've gained some weight and don't have as much time to do what I did in a less stressful season.

As Crawford and I settle in to our new normal, I am excited to see what this new season will look like for us. We have already set some awesome spiritual, marital, emotional, mental, and physical goals. I'm also very thankful. I'm thankful the season of engagement is over but I'm thankful for what it taught me: to have grace and patience with myself and to enjoy the moments. Engagement was full of stress and change but it was also a time of celebration and fun.

If you are in a time where everything seems out of control and your health and fitness seem to have taken a back burner to your current life stage, please remember to have grace with yourself. Change your workouts to best fit your life, not the other way around. Eat your veggies but enjoy your wine and take lots of bubble baths. Even if you don't feel beautiful or worthy or thin, just tell your yourself what my husband tells me when I'm down on myself, "Your feelings are real but they don't dictate your reality".

What your feeling is not your truth, girlfriend. Find your truth in Jesus and don't forget who you really are.




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