• Single Girl This is Your Year | New Years Resolutions | Singleness Quotes | Being Single | Single and Thriving | Following God | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    Single girl, this is your year

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “This is your year.”   That phrase is one of the most reassuring things someone can say to me. To hear that THIS year, THIS YEAR is going to be MY year, and that they believe it to be so. They believe that no matter what I’m leaving behind in the year before, something good is coming in the next. But while that phrase can be applied to all sorts of aspects of life, historically I only cared if someone said it to me in relation to finding a man. “Girl, this is your year. This…

  • Why Singleness Is Not A Season Of Waiting | Christian Dating | Christian Single | Dating Advice | Single and Waiting | Season of Waiting | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    Why singleness is not a “season of waiting”

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I recently (ok, recently as in 2 months ago, I’m a bit late with this post), put up a Valentine’s Day post on my Instagram.   Did you see it? It gives some context for this blog, so I’ll give you a few minutes to go check it out… Dum dee dum dee dum…la la la… Oh, you’re back! Did you find it? Oh, no? Hmm. Were you looking for a picture of a couple? Or a picture of flowers and chocolate? (or let’s be honest, if someone were dating me…lattes and sour gummy worms?) We…

  • Single longer than expected: 10 tips to thrive not just survive | Single girl inspiration | Single Quotes | Singleness advice | How to be single | Single and Thriving | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    Single longer than expected? 10 tips to thrive, not just survive, in this season

      Click the link above to hear this post straight from me!   Hey girl, Have you been single longer than expected? Me too. I think about that sweet little naive 20 year old girl who thought she’d be married by 22. Were you one of those too? Precious, isn’t it? Sometimes I think, “If only I could have told her our plans were about to change.” But actually, I’m glad that I couldn’t have told her what was coming, because I’m not sure that she could have handled it. I’m picturing a level-ten hissy fit and a full blown toddler-style meltdown.   Fast forward ten years and it would…

  • The Worst Happened: I Turned 30 and Was Still Single | Hope in singleness | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    The worst happened: I turned 30 and was still single

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “Mom, if I turn thirty and am still single, can we try on wedding dresses for my birthday, because clearly I’m never going to get to otherwise?”   I distinctly remember saying that to my mom in my early twenties. It may sound a bit dramatic but…ok, it was dramatic. Let’s call a spade a spade. But the reality was that at that time, I thought that turning 30 would be the end of all my marriage hopes and dreams, and set me on a path of an empty life. So God forbid that I wouldn’t…

  • Why We Should Be Fighting For Most Improved | Self-Improvement | Self-Growth | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    Why we should be fighting for “most-improved”

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “And the most-improved award goes to…” It’s fifth grade and we are sitting at the general assembly watching the year-end awards be handed out. The teacher arrives at the “most-improved” award, and everyone holds their breath, hoping that it isn’t them.   You see as kids, no one wanted to be labeled as the kid who made the most improvement.   If you were winning that award then, well, yikes…you must have really started way below everyone else. And the hard work and progress you  made were overshadowed by the fact that you weren’t good enough…

  • When There Seems to be no Reason for This Never-Ending Season | Encouragement for this Season of Life | Encouragement for Difficult Seasons | Life Changes | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    When there seems to be no reason for this never-ending season

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “I can’t. I just can’t anymore. This just won’t end. My life is emptying out, with nothing to fill it up again. I’m going to be old. And alone. With no friends. And nowhere to go on Friday night for the rest of my life.” This has been the dialogue in my head for at least two years now. Two long years of broken friendships, ever-changing social circles, career-frustrations, and feeling like I lost the pieces of myself that I had finally found.   Let me go back to the beginning.   Six years ago I…

  • You Don't Need to Feel Brave to do Brave Things | Advice for Being Brave | Be Brave Quotes | Be Brave | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    You don’t need to feel brave to do brave things

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   “You’re so brave!”   I’ve heard this time and time again over the last several years as I’ve pushed to explore the world beyond my comfort zone. I spent a large part of my twenties making a list of a few brave things I wanted to achieve each year, mostly to make up for the years that I spent being too shy, timid or scared to do much of anything. Skydiving, hang gliding, the Tough Mudder, running a marathon, these are just a few of the things on the list. And thrown in there have been…

  • Why I Refuse to be Anything but Happy About Turning 30

    Why I refuse to be anything but happy about turning 30 (or getting older at all)

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   Well, here we are folks.   The eve of my 30th birthday. The day that seemed so far off for so long. The age that kids say is “old” when you ask them. And the year that everyone makes sure you’re aware that you’re saying “bye bye” to your youth (insert eyeroll here). And I get it, to a degree. Turning 30 does in fact seem to be the first year that I FEEL older. And while I’m pretty confident that my spider veins and wrinkles started showing up long before now, this is the first…

  • Three Things to Remember When You're Feeling Behind in Life | Twenty Something | Thirty Something | Own Your Journey | Life Advice | Love Your Life | Own Your Story | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    Three things to remember when you’re feeling behind in life

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I was hanging out with some friends recently, eating pizza on the floor (you know, the usual), and commiserating over the ways that our lives haven’t turned out as planned.   To give you a picture of what I mean, in this particular group, none of us are married, we don’t have kids, and many of us still don’t know where our careers are going. That isn’t where any of us planned to end up. And we all, with spirited yet regretful enthusiasm, agreed that night that we feel behind because of it.   Despite the…

  • Three encouraging lessons i've learned from doing more by myself | Finding Yourself | Things to Do Alone | Date Yourself | justbeautifullyhonest.com

    When your friends aren’t available: Three encouraging lessons I’ve learned from doing more by myself

      Want to hear this post straight from me? Click the link above!   I’ve historically been the type who would rather miss out on something altogether than show up by myself.   Anyone out there feel me? I always felt I needed someone there to depend on, to have the experience with, and I especially needed someone there to ensure I didn’t look lonely to other people. God forbid. This was especially true of situations where people are typically participating together, like going to the movies, concerts, or eating in restaurants. But as I’ve gotten older, having someone else around whenever I want to do something has become an…