{Guest Post} Love Notes: Making "Today" a Sacred Word

Today is a special day, as one of my favorite bloggers http://likeordinarylife.com/post/34630750351/love-notes-making-today-a-sacred-wordis stopping by for a chat with us all! Let me introduce you to the talented, sweet, and crafter of beautiful sentences, Tina, from Like Ordinary Life. 

Kick back, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and take in her tips on living in the present. 

Maybe I was a little overzealous as a teenager. Or maybe I was just too certain of what I wanted out of life for my own good. Either way, I created my very own, very linear, very idyllic timeline. 21 years old- Graduate from college. 23 years old- Graduate from grad school, start awesome, high salaried, super high profile job. 25 years old- Get married and start nesting in my very own craftsman bungalow. 28 years old- Have kid #1. 31 years old- Have kid #2. 34 years old- Have kid #3.

We can stop there.

So this is where I tell you things didn't go as planned. There was a recession. A career change. Debt (that one can be spoken of in the past and the present tense). A missing nest egg. That bungalow is still sitting in a board on Pinterest waiting to be bought. It has me frowning just thinking about it. I don't like letting myself down.

Here I am, only a month into be 26 years old and trying to figure out my feelings on this matter. First, there's the kid #1, #2, and #3 problem. Something tells me they just aren't going to come as simply as I would hope. Then, there's the nest egg problem. Alex and I are constantly fighting the "pay debt down versus make nest egg" battle. Debt usually wins. And the bungalow has been replaced with a townhouse with a tiny patio out back and one reserved parking spot out front. So it's understandably hard for me to look at where I am, on the truthful journey to the end of my 20's, into the glories of my 30's, finding myself shouting out to God,


Doesn't work that way. Trust me, I've been trying. And so I'm beginning to look at things differently. Thinking happy thoughts. Because it makes me feel better about myself. And every day should be Thanksgiving day. Are you ready? Here we go.

This is me, Tina. I am 26 years old. I am happily married to my best friend and love. We have a small, surely to grow some day family with the best, most beautiful cats on the planet. We own a perfect starter home that treats us perfectly well for now. While we wait for the real estate market to turn around, we've made it into the coziest little abode we possibly could. I have a job that provides me with security and an opportunity to play with 4 year-olds and laugh with adults. My work satisfies my soul and leaves me exhausted at the end of the day. I write on a daily basis, which quenches my soul and heals my heart. And at the end of every day, I crawl under the loft of the down and curl up with my soul mate and our 2 cats. We all say "I love you" (or meow) and we turn off the light.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the future that we forget about what we have right now. It doesn't change the fact that if God answered my prayers and hit the pause button, well, that would be pretty awesome. But since we only live one life... and we can't rely on the future to be anything but uncertain, it's probably pretty important to find joy and light and love in the present. And something tells me that may be our best chance at guaranteeing joy and light and love (and hopefully a nest egg, a bungalow, and babies #1, #2 and #3) in the future.

Happy Thanksgiving Day. (errr well, thanks giving day)

*photo credit: Jodi Miller Photography*

Tina, thank you so much for passing along your words of inspiration.  I know I too created my own timeline in life, but it seems God has different and better plans for us all! We just have to be open. And I loved your advice on living in the present - Amen! 

Stop on over to Tina's blog and follow along to stay updated on her daily musings and oh so funny stories :)


P.S. Welcome "Like Ordinary Life" readers, so happy to have you visit for the day! I hope you stay and follow along on this beautiful journey with me :)

P.P.S The Sisterhood Fall Giveaway winner will be announced soon! 


Katie Ann :

Beautiful post! Why is it that so often we forget to look at what we have right in front of us and cherish it and be grateful for it?? This was such a good reminder to do just that =)

Kristina :

Great guest post! Love the topic. I'm just starting out in my twenties and already had to realize that life probably won't go along as planned. Adjusting can be hard but I try my best and I am always trying to be thankful for what I have right now. God is good and I trust that He will show me the right way for me.
Have a happy Tuesday Sheila!

Maggie :

This was such a beautiful guest post!!! I know it's said that if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. It's sooo true.

I just found your lovely blog through Dusty Window Panes and I'm happy I found you!

I just became your newest follower =)

I'm adding your blog button to my blog over at: http://echosoftheheartdobeat.blogspot.com/

~ Maggie (Sweet Peas and Lucky Honey)

Maggie :

P.S. I'm also a fan of Today's Letters!

Sheila@TheFailteHouse :

Kristina! I love how you have such a beautiful and thankful heart at such a young age! Keep it that way, because you never know what beautiful things God has around the corner if you keep trusting! And you family sounds so amazing! Have a great day and I hope school is going well! xo

Ashley :

This couldn't have been said more perfectly! I think plenty of people can relate to this, because life definitely does not go as planned. Every day should be 'thanks giving day'! (:

I find myself needing this reminder often lately.

Kristina :

Awe Sheila you are so sweet! xo

Denise Lopatka :

beautiful post! i can completely relate to everything written. love her honesty xox

Liz :

Yes! I have had to throw the "plan" out the window. I wonder what we will think in 10 years about our plans.

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