She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.

"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be."

- C. S. Lewis

Jun 4

A friend just shared an article with me by Shauna Niequiest. While the “30 things to do while your single” and “live your single days to the fullest” are a dime a dozen, this one particularly resonated with me. She repeats a mantra, “You are significant without a significant other" and I confess that I need to be reminded of that often. I am not a lesser being because I am currently unattached and I need to fight the tendency to hold off on some things until my tardy knight in shining armor arrives.

All of my friends know that I am constantly busy, hoping from one adventure to the next, juggling several responsibilities and areas involvement. Often they give me a hard time about being over-committed (a reality-check that I do need and value, even when it’s hard to answer that honestly), but I’ve had a hard time conceptualizing why it’s important to me to fill my current life will all these experiences.

That is, until I came to this part of the article:

At the same time, being single is an opportunity, even if it’s not one you choose. Spend it. Singleness gives you a little more flexibility (unless you’re single parenting, which is a whole different deal, and which means I think you’re absolutely amazing.).

You might not want to be single right now. I get it. But it affords you some freedoms, and you should take them, every single one of them. I’m so proud of my single friends who are traveling like mad and living in interesting places and training for super-time-consuming races and getting fascinating graduate degrees.

Not every season affords this flexibility, and if you have it, grab it. Take it. Use it up. Please don’t wish away this season just because it doesn’t look the way you thought it would. What does singleness afford you? Time to write that book? Space to learn that skill? Flexibility to spend the summer in that dreamy place? Even if it’s not what you wanted, or not what you planned, how can you spend the opportunity you’ve been given in this season?

So think on that, single friends. What opportunities, adventures, pieces of furniture, or cooking classes are you holding out on because you’re waiting for THE ONE to arrive? Why not take this time and use it to accumulate memories and skills that maybe one day you can share with someone else? What’s holding you back?

This is a great read for all, single, married, and anything in between: http://shaunaniequist.com/significant-without-significant/

Jun 3
You are Significant without a Significant Other

"Procrastination is the thief of time"

- Edward Young (via ragincontagion)

May 28

"You’re not the kind of girl who settles. Keep not settling."

- Joy Wilson (via justmiraa)

(Source: saintofsass, via dirtylittlestylewhoree)

May 21

Recently I started a quest to build discipline in my life. Many an area in my life could use some discipline and now that summer is here and I no longer have school as an excuse, why not get started? To be completely serious, this is something I’ve felt the Lord tugging at me for a while and a timely post by one of my besties (http://tuttibellablogs.com/2014/05/01/may-goals/) really helped conceptualize some tangible ways that I could finally put this into practice. We’re talking spiritual discipline, healthy discipline, household chore discipline….the works! And while the word “discipline” doesn’t always sound foot loose and fancy free, I know in the long run it will. 

One of my weekly goals is to journal once a week, on Sundays. If you know me, you know I am not a journaler. I am a woman of many words, but I tend to avoid taking the time to actually write them down. I decided that needs to change. I don’t have any thing specific that I’m writing about, but so far it’s more of a “what lessons has God been teaching me” rather than “this is what I did last week” although I am reading through Elisabeth Elliot’s book Discipline: The Glad Surrender, so that may pop up every now and then. [proof #18876458765 that I’m not a writer….look at that run-on sentence. Yikes].

This week, I really felt a push to write about waiting. It’s a concept/activity that we all experience to varying degrees perpetually and it can be SO difficult when it feels like that ONE THING is consistently out of reach. During my musings, I was hit by this truth: My Father, who is withholding that which I so desperately want, also knows my deepest needs and is meeting those needs with a sufficiency that I cannot fully understand at times. What I CAN rest in is that He is wholly good and wholly loving. 

And then a friend posted an old John Piper quote that fit in nicely:

A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties.

She will wait for the Lord.

She will hope in God.

She will stay close to the heart of God and trust in His promises.

The prospect of departing into the ways of sin will be too fearful to pursue; and the benefits of abiding in the shadow of the Almighty too glorious to forsake.

Whatever you’re waiting for, whatever your desires are, He knows and He is fulfilling them in ways you may not even be aware of. He may not give you what you think you want; but He will give you what He knows you need: more of Himself. 

May 19
excerpts from a novice journaler

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