March 18, 2014

purposefully single.

Last July, I created my 101 in 1001 list.  It's so hard for me to believe that just eight months ago, my life was turned around as I went through a breakup. During the time following I was looking for hope and the opportunity to live my life the way I had always dreamed.  To some extent, I had lost my identity. I needed something to encourage me, I needed a community to develop friendships, and I needed to refocus my energy on my family and the life I wanted to live. 

I have always loved reading blogs and many of them motivate me to keep this little space when there seems to be no inspiration to write. I had seen other bloggers with their 101 in 1001 lists and was truly inspired. As I tried to develop a list of 101 things...I struggled.  I had forgotten about the little things in life that made me happy. I didn't know how to make myself a stronger woman when I felt so broken inside.

Developing my 101 in 1001 list gave me reminded me that life isn't just worth living, it is meant to be fun and exciting, full of happiness and joy. Some of my goals have been life long bucket list items while others were created to help me become a stronger woman...something that I so desperately needed. 

One of my goals was to be purposefully single for at least 3 months. Creating this list was spurred by the breakup and was something that had been on my heart during that time of my life.  It had been several years since I was truly single. I wanted to focus on my relationship with the Lord, finding ways to serve Him while I was waiting.  

The past nine months of my life have been filled with utter joy and happiness. There were some struggles...but my life isn't perfect and never will be. The tough moments were overcome by the overflowing of good memories.  I have found a church family that encourages me in my walk with Christ.  I have found several ladies that fill my heart with with wisdom, love, and laughter.  I have re-kindled friendships, found happiness in the littlest things, and have been places I never thought I would go. 

When I look back on the past nine months, I have seen growth and progression.  I feel independence and freedom. I look around and feel so incredibly blessed with my life. These moments are some that I will never forget...some that have changed my life and some that have brought me back to my roots. It's been a beautiful healing process, that's for sure.

Another 101 in 1001 goal completed!

 5. Be purposefully single for 3 months (3/3)  DONE! (03/18/2014)