I love changing the posts up, going from getting my body fat tested straight to talking about different seasons of life. One of the reasons I’m so passionate about this blog is because I want to inspire others to live a balanced life, and along the way I need reminders myself. I was talking to one of my good friend Lisa on Friday and we had a really awesome, and honest conversation.
She has been super supportive of the blog and has been reading along since the beginning. We have had so many deep talks before about God and how to make decisions for him, our relationships, our friendship, you name it…and the conversation Friday turned back to a familiar topic: seasons of life. It all started a few years back when we were on a girl’s trip to Florida.
We were all reflecting on different phases on our life, that we love to talk about as “seasons”. There are going to be times when your life is going really well, you are on the upswing or just cruising along (metaphorically a spring/summer season), times where you are experience a lot of change (fall), and times that are just downright no fun + incredibly challenging and you have to plug through (winter). At any minute, God could catch us with a curveball that we weren’t expecting. Additionally, as I talked about in the Flawed blog…we’re all going to be on our own journey at our own pace.
Her and I talked about how it is easy to get envious of another person.
Example: As a mom, she just doesn’t have the time to run up to Devil’s Lake on every off day. Being a mom, she technically doesn’t have “off days”. Sometimes she reads the blog, and starts to feel a little sad that she doesn’t have as much time to spend with girlfriends or on activities. She quickly reminds herself how lucky she is to have her family and she can readjust her thinking.
From Lisa herself: “It could be easy for me to read your blog and feel envious. You have so much time, energy and focus! But, it’s all about where you are at and perspective. I absolutely love my life and my little family and realize that my new “normal” cannot be compared. I appreciate you, and our differences, and love that both our similarities and differences are what make our friendship so wonderful”.
Example: Lisa and her husband were one of those couples that just knew they wanted to take the plunge and get married soon after meeting. Mark proposed after a few months of dating. I was SO happy for them, but truthfully I cried (that’s embarrassing to tell you guys, but true and honest) + Drew got a little heat for still not proposing after years of happily dating (sorry babe!) 😉 Looking back, it was just a human reaction. I was truly happy for her, but it made me question why Drew was taking his time moving to the next chapter in our relationship.
It takes a while to teach yourself how to flip your perspective. Lisa then went on to get pregnant and have a gorgeous little daughter. I was over the moon for her. I do want to be a mom “someday”, but I have improved on celebrating the exciting things happening to my friends and taking life at my own pace + Drew’s pace.
Celebrate other people’s success, exciting life events, and when they get to do awesome things! I’m telling you, I HAD to learn how to do this because my friends + family are movin and shakin. Just this year I’ve had a sister start a business, a bunch of friends were promoted, friends traveled to Australia + St. Barths + Germany, friends planning trips to Greece (it’s fine, that’s my DREAM) + island hoping in the Caribbean, countless friends starting a family, a friend casually hanging out at Gunnar Peterson’s gym, etc, etc. How awesome for everyone!
Thanks for the words Lisa! I cannot wait to do a full interview with you 🙂
Have a great Monday friends! On Wednesday you’ll meet a super fit personal trainer Erin that will share her own successful transformation and on Friday I’m going to give you a follow up from my second session with Nick and let you know where my training is headed.