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September 21, 2010

To Live Beautiful…

The past several months have been life changing to say the least.

Time passes, whether we choose to enjoy the days we’re given or wallow in the self pity and sorrow that we can choose to make for ourselves. Being without my husband, being without a home of my own, being a single parent-all make for some stressful and mentally challenging and exhausting days.

There are moments I want to scream. Moments where I want to cry. Moments where I really just want to tell everyone, including my son [bless his innocent little heart] to just leave me alone. No one does anything intentionally to make me feel this way, but that’s life. And sometimes we can’t always help it.

Or can we?

One of hubby's former classmates-a young girl, not even 25 I don’t think-was killed in a car wreck the day she graduated from A-School. Gone. Instantly. No warning. No chance to say goodbye. Nothing. Just taken by God without any notice. And that shook me up. Shook my husband up. Shook up my entire mentality about life.

We say things like, “Live every moment..” and “Time is of the essence” {ok. So I don’t know anyone who actually says Time is of the essence except my high school English teacher) but do we ever really mean it? Do we ever stop to embrace it? To truly and completely acknowledge that this moment, this one we are in right now, could be the last we are given?

And that’s what Live Beautiful is about. My mentality on life and on marriage and parenting has changed. God has given me this sense of really living. Really doing. Really being in a moment. He has convicted my heart of this. Pointing out to me that I spend too much of my time thinking about the past and planning for the unknown future to really live in the right now.

I have a sweet little boy who is already growing faster than I can keep track of. His second birthday party is in a few short weeks. And I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that he’s grown up so quickly. I have a husband that I adore more than words could ever describe, and I find myself sometimes wishing there were things about him that I could change. Tiny things that I wish he would do differently [like organize his closet…hint hint] rather than just loving him for who he is and all of the little annoying things he does.

God has shown me, for whatever reason, that Life is too short. I want to live a life where I know that when I pass away, everyone in my life KNEW what they meant to me. They knew how I felt and knew that I cared for them all deeply. I want to love with everything that I have. I want to live in each moment rather than worrying about the moments to come. And I want to challenge each of you to Live Beautifully as well.

What are some of the things that you find holding you back from living in each moment? From living Beautifully? What does “living beautiful” mean to you? How can you challenge yourself to take advantage of the time given?

Coming tomorrow here, you’ll find my second list of 25 Before 25. This is a special Live Beautiful list that outlines my ideas and ways that I’m making changes in my life. I would LOVE to have some feedback from you guys. If you are interested in making your own list (it doesn’t have to be a 25 before 25 or anything…just a living beautiful list) then please let me know in the comment section and I will set up a Linky tomorrow. I can leave it up all week and next week so we can get several posts together and you don’t have to feel pressured to write it tomorrow or anything. Then next week, I will do another post of things you all are doing to change your lives and live your moments to their fullest.

The sun is rising on a new chance to embrace life in a big, big way.

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What do you say? Will you Live Beautiful with me?

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