Friday, February 13, 2015

HAPPY DAY OF LOVE

Valentines Day, Single Awareness Day... whatever you might call it, this day has snuck up on us once again. You might have a lovely romantic night planned with your significant other or maybe you plan on treating yourself to a box of chocolates and a night of chick flicks. Either way, this post can still apply to you. 
Once upon a time I was in high school. I never had a “best friend” during that time or one specific close group of friends who I hung out with. I often prayed that I would find that, but during all four years it never happened. Most of my weekends I ended up spending at home with my family. When I did venture out to the occasional football game it was my little brother who would most likely be accompanying me.   
Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a sob story about how I didn’t have any friends in high school. I had plenty. In fact, people would often comment on the fact that I knew so many people. But for some reason I was never really able to find my niche. I fit everywhere but nowhere at the same time. No matter how many times I prayed, I was never able to find my oh-so-sought-after “close group of friends”. 
It wasn’t until years later that I realized my prayers really had been answered all along. I just wasn’t able to recognize it because they weren’t answered in the way I had intended or anticipated. During those four years of high school I “found” the greatest group of friends I ever could have dreamed of finding. A group of friends who loved me unconditionally and who helped me become the best version of myself. This group of friends was my family. 
After many years of tears, I realized that Heavenly Father had provided me with the greatest answer to my prayers. During those four years of high school I did spend many nights at home. When I did go out it was often with one of my siblings. I spent quality time with them and created a lasting friendship. When I needed someone to talk to I would turn to my real best friend, my mom. Looking back now, there is no one I would rather have spent my time with. All my friends from high school are long gone living their own individual lives. Any guy I was crushing on is probably married to some other girl. But the incredible people in my little family are never going anywhere. 
For many, Valentines Day is a day where we celebrate our "significant others" or our "romantic interests”.  If you happen to be single (like me) it is a day where we may be reminded of our “singleness”. However, Valentines Day is so much more than just that. To me, Valentines Day is a day where we celebrate love and all those who have a place in our heart. Maybe those people are your family, maybe they are your friends, or even a significant other. Whoever it might be, celebrate those people. Let them know that you love them.  
I truly hope that you all have such a wonderful Valentines Day! Please know that you are so loved, regardless of where you might be on your journey. On this "day of love” remember the one who loves us all perfectly. Our Savior is the ultimate example of love. No matter where you might be on your own personal journey, whether you are single or in a relationship, there is one who loves you unconditionally. He gave His life so that we could all live. He knows you. He loves you. He wants what is best for you. This Valentines Day, show your appreciation to Him by showing love to others. Speak more kindly, love more freely. 
[Photos are of me with my cute little sister taken by our awesome dad. Seemed fitting to use them for this post. Sorry there are so many, it was hard eliminating because I loved them all so much. Enjoy! || Outfit details at the bottom of the post.]



















ON MARY - HAT: American Eagle || VEST: Urban Blues || PANTS: Pacsun || BOOTS: Target || GOLD BAR NECKLACE: Urban Outfitters || LONG GEM NECKLACE: Urban Blues || BRACELET: c/o Amy Cornwell || WATCH: c/o Feral Watches   
ON CECILEY - HAT: Nordstrom || TOP: Target || BUTTON UP: Forever 21 || PANTS: H&M || BOOTS: H&M || GOLD BAR NECKALCE: c/o James Michelle || LONG GOLD NECKLACE: Urban Blues || WATCH: Nixon || BRACELET: c/o Zella Woods

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