Drafting Blueprints

I talk a lot about life plans and living intentionally but really that is all it is, talk. Sure, I make a concerted effort to think about decisions in terms of “where this get me where I want to go” but I haven’t done the work to really draft a blueprint of what type of life I want to build.

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I’ve found that the most difficult thing for me is admitting I want things that I might not get, creating goals that I might not achieve, dreaming dreams that are just that, dreams.

Why should I give up without a good fight? Why should I let fear control my destiny?

I want to live boldly. I want to write an epic story. And it seems like the first step is putting pen-to-paper and defining what I want my life to look like down the road.

What better place to do that, then here, on my blog? After all, it is a place where I can say anything I want.

So WELCOME to the first in a series of posts called “Drafting Blueprints.” I’m going to try to dig deep, face my fears, tackle one “room” at a time, and dream big.

Here we go. The first one is a doozy…I want to get married.

Ughhh, did I really just say that? Those words are very practically impossible to admit.

Because when I hear people girls say that they want to get married, I think they sound PATHETIC. And I don’t want to be one of those girls, not even for a minute.

To be perfectly honest getting married is not really what I’m after. I don’t care that much about the ring, the white dress, the presents, the party (I said “that much). I don’t even dislike being single (well..sometimes I do, there is the occasional lonely Sunday night and the painfully awkward wedding party).

And I have no desire to spend the rest of my life with someone who is wrong for me. Because I already know that there is nothing worse than feeling lonely when you are not alone.

I want more than marriage. I want to marry someone special. Someone who I can love forever. Someone to build a family with. Someone to walk through life with. Someone to laugh with. Someone to cry with. Someone who will call me out when I am being a brat (yes, I can be a major brat.) Someone who will be on my team. Someone who will love me unconditionally, or as close as humanly possible.

As difficult as it is to admit… I do dream of getting married someday, of not being alone on this journey forever.

But if it doesn’t happen, I can live with that too.

“We are confident that God is able to orchestrate EVERYTHING to create something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” Romans 8:28 (The Voice)

So how about you, do you have any dreams that are difficult to admit?

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  • God wanted a companion. so He created a Plan (logos) John 1:1-4,14. All of creation was built upon that Plan. Nothing is wrong with this admission. I pray that your desire will be satisfied by the provisions of the Lord.

    To the courageous!!!
    My recent post Back When Christmas Was Pagan?

  • "I already know that there is nothing worse than feeling lonely when you are not alone."

    Wow…so true. At least when you're alone the loneliness can make sense. When you're in a couple relationship or in a group and you're still alone it makes that loneliness seem even darker and deeper.

    But you won't be alone forever, Lindsey. You're a great woman, you have a great heart that we see radiating with every blog post and you won't be alone forever. No way.
    My recent post We're talkin' 'bout practice, man!

  • i want to find my individual purpose, not a passion related to my amazing children and wonderful husband. just, brandi.

    love your courage to put it out there! 🙂

    • @brandi I so appreciate you Brandi. I hope you realize YOUR purpose. I am fully confident you will.

  • I think it's great that you tackled one of your biggest ones first! Truthfully, I don't think there's anyone in the world who doesn't want that lifelong companion that they can share anything with, walk through life with, and care for unashamedly. The best part is that you trust God to take care of it, rather than trying to make it happen on your own. I think we're guilty of that far too often, I know I am.

    My dreams that I have trouble talking about… This part tempts me to delete this and not even bother writing. There are two primary dreams I have. One dream is that I want to be married and have kids, someone I can spend my whole life with, teach all those awesome things to that I learned as a kid. In some ways, I think that's even harder to admit for guys than girls.

    The second dream is that I want to help people. Not in some small way, but a big way. I've always dreamed of owning apartment complexes that are dedicated to people trying to pull themselves out of poverty. They would be nice apartments, everything included, and the only criteria for staying there would be that you have a job, you're making a concerted effort to get back on your feet, and once you got to a place where you have enough income to afford a place of your own, we'll help you find your own place. ( I know, it's really specific, but I've thought a lot about it over the years.)

    Kudos to you for being truthful with yourself about what you really want in life and trusting God to provide them!
    My recent post Skid Row

    • @jeremybarr I'll be praying for you Jeremy and your big dreams. Thanks for being bold and sharing them here.

  • BRAVO LINDSEY,

    I can not tell you how much I appreciate your honesty and candor on this topic. When I was single, I too would be scared to say it. Then I started working in East Africa, where it is the most normal thing in the world to say you want to be married. Its similar to “I want to know God better” or “I just want to live a long healthy life”. Its a no-brainer to them. An ‘of course you want to married’. It is of no challenge for them to admit.

    At which point, it hit me, this is our CULTURE that tell us it is pathetic to hope for or publicly announce. It is such a distortion.

    After I learned this, I started saying it “I want to be married”. Any time I was with a group of people (still in East Africa) and they would ask what can we pray for? I would practice saying it, “I don’t want to do life alone, please pray for a good man to come my way and be my husband”. Out came the giggles, the knowing smiles, and the joy of knowing that THAT they know how to pray for.

    From there I got braver and started saying it in my own circles of culture.

    Now, whenever I’m back in East Africa, I introduce him as the answer to THEIR prayers and people find it hilarious.

    I’m in no way saying this is what “did it” and brought along the wonderful man I’m with today. Its no magic formula. But this was part of my journey of “putting it out there”.

    Today I put it out there: I want children, wether birth or adoption, I want to raise kids.

    Thanks for your post.
    Marysol

    • @Marysol Love this. So true, our culture has distorted this. Hope I can learn to be bold like you and proudly talk about this desire.

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  • brunettekoala

    Dare I admit that I can relate to all you have said here? I kinda have the exact same reaction to you re: to girls desperate to be married, but yes, I would like to get married to the 'right' guy….that's the only circumstance I would want to be married in.

    But yes, thought most of the time I don't mind being single, I sometimes feel incredibly lonely or out of place surrounded by couples. Weddings and ceilidhs can be very awkward.

  • Thank you so much for your honesty and vulnerability. I am so right there with you in fashioning words to accurately portray that kind of dream because it is a dream of mine as well.
    My recent post Waking Up to Joy

    • @bahava Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is nice to know I am not alone in this. I hope we both get what our hearts desire.

  • Ali

    Ummm… let me just say right now that I want the exact same thing that you want. But I worry because I didn't really start looking seriously until recently, and well… I think a lot of the good guys are already taken. And I fear that aspect most about dating! Plus, I think the longer I am single, the less chance I have of getting married.

    I believe ultimately that God will bring me the right person if it is His will that I am to be married, but I also see that I need to take action and take some steps as well.

    • @Ali I know. The fears creep in. But deep breath. He has a plan. He has a plan. He has a plan.

      Question – How are you "looking seriously"? This is something I am struggling with. Is looking for a husband something I should be working at? Who knows. It might be another post…

      • Ali

        Okay you made me laugh. I like the words, "He has a plan. He has a plan."

        Well, I am not totally looking seriously. I tried match.com for six months, went on several dates, but found the whole thing to be difficult. There is the whole Christian aspect that tends to be lacking on match, but I tried to find Christians, and I absolutely will not hide my faith–though I do ease people into it because I know I could come across as a zealot! My friends who are Christians accuse me of being a zealot so you can assume how I might come across! I am now on chemistry, and the whole thing can be described as, "Bleh…"

        I did speed dating last winter, and I am going this week. But I know I need to do more so I am not really looking all that seriously, I guess! I think I need to tell more people I am interested in finding someone!

        • I read somewhere that you should actively tell everyone you know that you are looking. Not to make them think you are desperate, but to be honest about what is going on in your life. And to get them to pray. And because they might have a great grandson, neighbor, nephew, etc. (Hey, it could happen) Females tend to tell their other female friends, but not many other people.

          Or you could be like someone I know and go on 30 dates in 30 days for a magazine article. She didn't make it to the end. Nine months later she is still with Mr. Number Eight.
          My recent post Something Beautiful

  • Jim

    L-i've been married for 16 yrs and i didn't 'plan on it. but when i met sharon…oof…it was like U2 live at the Rosebowl on YouTube going on in my heart…step one:God leads u to a Godly man step 2:marriage is a long-term deal …it's beautiful and imperfect all at once…and the children are wonderful, but they need a lot of love and more conversations than i'd ever thought i'd have the will to give…
    good start…
    peace

    • @Jim That's what I want – "U2 at the Rosebowl." No questions. Meant to be. Not easy but permanent.

  • Ali

    And here's more:

    Once I actually get out and do social things, I am fine, but sometimes I drag my feet. I think I am probably not as social as you are. You seem to go to lots of parties and have single friends–correct me if I am wrong. I have married friends so I go to their house on Fridays or Saturdays, and I will NEVER find a guy that way.

    There is no one at my church at all, and I realize I should maybe get involved in an activity where I might find someone. But then the question arises, "How do I make sure I find a Christian in this activity?" There are a lot of secular activities. Plus one of my favorite things to do is read–so how am I going to find a guy doing that? One of my friends says I should I go to Starbucks or Borders on the weekends and establish a habit of reading there, and wear make-up and nice clothes outside on Saturdays instead of sweats because though I look nice during the week, not as much just out on a Saturday.

  • Ali

    And finally:

    My last thought is thatwomen should have the courage to talk to men in a public setting. Personally, I have no qualms about chatting up a female in line at the grocery store (all the check-out people know me!) or at the coffee shop. But I completely lose the ability to do that with men. And I am certain that confidence is key! I had a talk with some friends who are a couple from my church when I went to their house on Friday night about the whole confidence being attractive.

    So those are my thoughts for now. But if you ask any of my friends who are single, it is hard to date–and they would say, "Don't talk to Ali! She hasn't a clue!" I am the one who needs the tips!

    Okay done with my long comments. Phew!

    • @Ali Love the long comments. Love your friends' advice. I can just picture you gussied up in Starbucks reading and along comes Mr. Right.

      I need to think more on working to find the one….not sure where my head is with all this.

      • I met a friend of a friend this weekend. She says that you should always take "Sam and Meg" with you wherever you go. Funny thing is that my parents are Sam and Meg, but I don't think she was talking about them. 🙂
        SAM – Smile at men
        MEG – Maintain eye gaze

        I was once complaining to my younger (and married) sister that women always tell me that I am a great catch but men just didn't seem to think the same thing. She responded that it was because I don't let men get to know me. Aggh, weird when the voice of truth is your little sister!

        So I am with Ali on this one and need to gain confidence around guys. Maybe I will start taking "Sam and Meg" with me everywhere (and I don't mean my parents).

        My recent post Something Beautiful

  • Lord, You know Lindsey perfectly. You know her heart, her desires, her yearning for You. First fill her up with Your amazing, sacrificial, irresistible love. Then, by Your providence, provide friendship with a man who is sold out for all things You. One who longs to make You smile. You are a good God. We trust You for this. Amen.

  • Ah, Lindsey… it's a good post and I love that you make me think about such things!

    You wrote a post a while ago about what one wants to "be" or something to that effect. It really challenged me and I still haven't figured that out so obviously I've no idea here. The problem in my mind is that I'm not really all that good at much.

    IDK. The strange thing is I'm drawn to things that I'm not really good at. Sometimes I get angry at God for giving me a desire to be involved in something yet no ability for it! It's hard to explain. All I know is that right now I'm a SAHM and not altogether really "good" at it. (you know how some women are like Perfect Martha Stewart types that make their own play doh, homeschool, make amazing meals every night, give awesome back rubs to their husbands, etc…. I'm so not one of them!)

    I don't know! There's a part of me that really envies people like you and your personality…… your "woo" factor, great friendships, intelligence, and amazing leadership abilities. I'm good at seeing things plainly, seeing what is wrong in a situation but not having any leadership skills to assist, so I just grow bitter.

    IDK. I only know that I'm not content. In nearly anything! My dream? To be completely different than who I am. (Or maybe to figure out who I am? Or maybe to find out that there are good, redeeming qualities in me)

    My husband is "perfect" (really…. he's quite amazing) and I've been married for 15 years, which means I got married when I was 23…. he's always been very passionate about things: his sports, biking, surfing, rock climbing, windsurfing, and now triathlons. He's very supportive of me having my time and time with my friends but I really don't have much that I consider is "mine" that I'm good at or passionate about.

    As for your desire to be married, that makes me smile. You seem so amazing. I'm sure that God has great plans for the partnership you will someday be a part of…. and the good thing is that you will KNOW your strengths and passions, not be like me that feels lost and uncertain.
    My recent post Impossible Union

    • @torybee Maybe you can join me in trying to define what some specific goals and dreams are. Putting them out there is so scary but they are never going to be accomplished tucked away in our hearts.

      I always appreciate what you add to the conversation. Thanks, friend!

      • Lindsey, you're very sweet and yeah, you definitely challenge me! It IS scary to verbalize specific hopes, goals and dreams! I'd rather just not even go there.

        🙂 It's nice being called a friend, and I appreciate that you seem to do more than just tolerate me on your blog.
        My recent post Impossible Union

  • @torybee Maybe you can join me in trying to define what some specific goals and dreams are. Putting them out there is so scary but they are never going to be accomplished tucked away in our hearts.

    I always appreciate what you add to the conversation. Thanks, friend!

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  • First, I love this post. I love that you stated your desire and that you did not allow pride or how you fear it might be perceived by others to stop you from speaking it. I believe your post on being a scaredy cat is how we first "met". I have much experience with the desire you have. I struggled with having the desire to be married because I thought it meant that I was not allowing God to be enough for me. And the older i got, the more my desire grew, and the more I struggled. There were definitely aspects of my single life I loved, but I longed to share life with someone. I am praying that you will see this desire fulfilled in breathtaking ways!

    (Part one of my comment…since I seem to have been too wordy to post it all at once)
    My recent post Let Me Be Weak

  • (Part two of my comment)

    I am tempted to not answer your question about my own dreams and desires Just like when I was single and desiring marriage, I find myself in an internal struggle. I have had the desire to be a writer for a very long time (I think since I first got sober, if not before.)

    I have always loved books. Even as a little girl, I was a book nerd. I remember being around 7years old and asking for Shakepeare's Complete Works and Little Women for Christmas (weird, I know). So maybe my desire goes back even that far. But lately, I have really struggled. Not with words, but my heart. Sometimes I wonder if it is just a pipe dream and if maybe it's not really something God desires for me. (same exact thoughts I had regarding marriage when I was single).

    (and it's still too long…so part three and quite possible four next)
    My recent post Let Me Be Weak

  • Maybe, I am just impatient and because I don't have people beating down my door, begging me to write, I think its not "God's will". (again, the same thing I thought when single because I didn't have guys beating down my door either).

    It's okay to have dreams and desires, but its when I begin to let them control me that I have made them too important in my life. So God may desire that I be married, but He also desires that I place nothing before my desire for Him. God may be completely fine with me writing, but if I place too much emphasis on it, hold onto it too tightly, then I will again find myself at odds. The desires aren't necessarily bad in and of themselves, its just how tightly I cling to them. I need to hold onto them loosely. That's the part that I think I struggle with…

    Wow, I guess you sparked something in me that inspired all this verbal vomit. Sorry to dominate your comments! Praying for you my friend!

    My recent post Let Me Be Weak

    • @chrystie Your email last week encouraged me to start this series. So thank you! Yeah, the hope thing is key. We have to make sure that we have dreams but that are hope is not in the realization of them, but in God. Right?

      Sometimes I think I am scared to admit our dreams because we think God will use them as another opportunity to teach me patience. Ugghh, and I hate that lesson.

      • Yes, what we place our hope in is key. I, for one, am so tired of trying to place my hope in something else. You would think I would have learned that lesson already. But, I suppose that is one I may have to learn over and over. When I was single, I wanted to be married. When I was in outside sales, I wanted to work in ministry. It seems it is always something…

        I have learned over and over that He is the one who knows my true, innermost desires. My prayer today is that He would make my desires for me match His desires for me…because only then will I know true fulfillment…not when I get what I want.
        My recent post Let Me Be Weak

  • I want to find a job that I love and that I can make a living on.
    I have had one had one of each, but never both.

    • @kyle What does that look like in your dreams?

      • Speaking, Writing, and Conversating about Mentoring.
        The dream of connecting people with mentors is huge for me, where is becomes a worrisome issue is the idea of being able to have a family and making a living while still working on the mentor me project.
        My recent post MUST READ Monday-12/14/09

        • @Kyle Sounds wonderful. Can't wait to hear how it all pans out.

  • Well-said, my friend, well-said. I have nothing more to add, really, because I'm right there with you.

  • I struggle with this too. I want to be married but to the right guy. I used to say "perfect" guy but there is no such thing as perfect. I'm glad to know that I am not the only one out there that struggles with this. I recently found out that when my boss goes to weddings he is always checking to see if there are any good single guys there that he could introduce me to! I thought that was funny!
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    • @Becky Always nice to know you have people looking out to you.

  • rebrev

    I love your transparency and the challenge for us to open up as well. First, praying for your dream to be realized – just don't ever lower your standard!

    I like your blueprint analogy and working on one room at a time. My current goal is to run a half-marathon. Having survived a heart attack this past spring (while running), I have to get medical clearance to return to training. Completing the 13.1 miles would be a confirmation of complete recovery from the setback and a sign of the commitment to see it through.

    I also pray that somehow accomplishing this very personal goal would be used as an encouragement to others.

    Thank you for the conversation.

    • @rebrev That's a great goal. Stay tuned. It's on my list too.

  • I like this post a LOT, Lindsey.

    Having never met you I can happily say that I can't see any reason why someone won't fall in love with you and sweep you off your feet.

    🙂

    Marriage is a wonderful thing, but it does have its drawbacks. It can often be harder to truly serve God when you have someone else to think about. However, in my opinion the few drawbacks are far outweighed by the benefits.

    From this post, it seems you have the perfect attitude about the whole thing. My advice is keep praying about it and just accept that if it's going to happen, it will happen – and if it's not meant to be, it won't.

    I pray that God gives you the strength to accept the situation as it is for now and that he answers your heartfelt desire in the near future.
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  • Lindsey…you are a truly amazing to be so brave with this “blueprint” post. I have to admit when I was younger I never wanted to get married. The idea of a wedding made me sick just thinking about it. My friends all said I was weird but I was determined to be independent and successful. Oh, did god have some work to do on my heart. I had to fall a few times to realize this life is not about doing it solo, god is always in control and we need love. God has not shown me that special person he has designed for me on earth. In the mean time I have tried to enjoy my singleness; traveling, working and most importantly serving him while I am able to do this. The dream of having kids and finding that special person is on my heart and who knows maybe it will happen, never thought I would say these words but I actually hope it does! So I am with you girl, I want the man that has been designed for me but until than we will continue to forge onward on this journey of life.

    • @eleroo34 I definitely am enjoying my singleness. Maybe too much? (That's sounds bad but that is not what I meant.) I just appreciate being able to pick up and take off, being somewhat selfish with my decisions, being able to have space and quiet time with no guilt.

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  • L-I get where you're coming from. I so longed to be married that I searched long and hard for my 'perfect mate.' But I just couldn't find the ONE. Frustrated, I finally wised up and turned it over to God. I simply prayed, 'Lord, You know my heart, You know my desire. If it is Your will for me to marry, You find me my mate.' Long story short, 3 months later I went out on a date w/ the most amazing woman EVER … 4 months after our first date, we were engaged & 4 months after that we were married. We've been married now over 12 years and I am so blessed. I thought I knew what the perfect woman for me would be, but God blew that idea out of the water when He brought my bride into my life. (As a side note, Christmas Day will mark the 13th anniversary of our first date.) I applaud your bravery and courage in putting this 'blueprint' for you life out there for world to see.

    • @UC_SID love hearing your love story. thanks for sharing.

  • Being intentional about getting married is one of the best decisions you can make! Just like training for a half marathon – you'll never accomplish your goal if you don't articulate it and prepare for it in practical ways. Do you read Boundless.org? They have such great articles about being purposeful in pursuing marriage.

    • @beckymiller I need to check boundless.org out. Thanks!

  • I love that you are focusing on a life plan and I love that you are putting your dreams out there. I have so much trouble sharing dreams because of the fear of failing to achieve them.

    You are a remarkable, amazing, witty, beautiful friend and I can't wait to celebrate your dreams with you. ( Btw, I'm happy to tell you when you're being a brat 🙂 )

    • @jcatron Thank you. I appreciate you prodding me. I need it. You are a great example and a great friend.

  • Lynsey,
    Hey! I am a newcomer to your blog..and I am already hooked. I am new to Nashville (3 months and counting) and when people ask me why did I move to Nashville…I give this long drawn out answer and in reality the answer is much shorter—so here goes: I moved to Nashville because I am 39 years old and I am single and I believe by moving to Nashville I increase my chances of meeting someone because I desire to be in a relationship that will lead me to marriage.
    Why is that so much easier to type than to say out loud?
    Do I believe that God could have brought someone to me in WV? Yes, but do I believe He was challenging me to get out of my comfort zone and trust Him in a new way? You better believe it…that's why I am here.

    And I also agree that I would rather stay single than be in the wrong relationship or in a bad relationship….

    Will be praying
    Susie A.
    My recent post Music Monday: Hold my Heart

  • Lynsey,
    Hey! I am a newcomer to your blog..and I am already hooked. I am new to Nashville (3 months and counting) and when people ask me why did I move to Nashville…I give this long drawn out answer and in reality the answer is much shorter—so here goes: I moved to Nashville because I am 39 years old and I am single and I believe by moving to Nashville I increase my chances of meeting someone because I desire to be in a relationship that will lead me to marriage.
    Why is that so much easier to type than to say out loud?
    Do I believe that God could have brought someone to me in WV? Yes, but do I believe He was challenging me to get out of my comfort zone and trust Him in a new way? You better believe it…that's why I am here.

    And I also agree that I would rather stay single than be in the wrong relationship or in a bad relationship….

    Will be praying
    Susie A.
    My recent post Music Monday: Hold my Heart

    • @Susie Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a smooth transition and that you find what you were looking for. 🙂

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  • "I want to marry someone special. Someone who I can love forever. Someone to build a family with. Someone to walk through life with. Someone to laugh with. Someone to cry with."

    Lindsey– I can tell you do want to live boldly because you blog boldly. Wow. This post is getting a standing ovation over here in Califorrnia!

    And for all the people who might rain on your party and tell you to get your head out of the clouds (ahem, yes, I got this ALL the time) — don't listen to them one bit!

    Keep hanging onto your vision and your dream … God is big enough to fulfill that desire or fill you with something beyond it!

    I think awesome for you to say you want to get married –It counteracts the (misplaced) stigma associated attractive and beautiful women who are putting their faith in God about marriage. It's like you are sayin' that you have put your trust in God, so you can say what you said in this post!

    btw, Merry Christmas, Lindsey! I came here to originally drop you a Christmas holler .. and got too excited here.. 😉 Best to everything and you in 2010!

    • @faithbarista Thanks for all the encouragement Bonnie. It means so much. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  • Can I just kind of retweet this ENTIRE post?

  • Sherri

    I'm 40 years old, not married. 3 months ago I met the man of my dreams and we are planning on getting married this year. There were many years I never thought I would meet a man that would be "Someone who I can love forever. Someone to build a family with. Someone to walk through life with. Someone to laugh with. Someone to cry with. Someone who will call me out when I am being a brat (yes, I can be a major brat.) Someone who will be on my team. Someone who will love me unconditionally, or as close as humanly possible." Patience, trust in the Lord and His timing paid off! You never know when it might happen – just live life, serve God and trust Him and trust that His timing is perfect!

  • Well, I think I am late to this party on marriage, but I guess, late is better than not at all. I applaud your thoughts on marriage. As a 35 year old single guy, my desire is to be married with someone who can I can share my hopes and dreams with, serve alongside in ministry, raise a family and other countless things. I think society pushes us to marry early & sometimes that ends in great tragedy. I decided a long time ago that I was not going to settle for average. I wanted & am asking for God to send me the His best for me. To whomever that is, I am praying for you.

    As for the unrealized dream, well, I have some that enter & leave, but I guess one would be to write a book (don't worry – I am not soliciting any books here). I think for now, I will focus a little bit on work & continue doing what I am doing. Life plans realized are truly amazing.
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  • Lindsey- I'm really excited about this series of posts. I just went to a seminar last night where we talked about this very thing…actually putting a plan to paper. But it's terrifying, I agree because when you admit it, you're afraid to fail but I think like this, it also opens it up for people to encourage you through the process and reaching those goals or the finished product. Great post.
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  • Heather Adams

    Proud of you for laying it out there. Be bold! I can remember the same thoughts going through my own mind and speaking it proudly one day to my friends. It makes all the difference. Never would I have imagined that this life was awaiting me. But, God knew. He knew what was in store and that all those lonely days I suffered and frogs I kissed would make this life I now realize that much sweeter. He has major plans in store for you, my sweet friend. And, I'm confident that this is the first step in you realizing them.

  • A dream of mine is to go to study at a Divinty School (Yale, Princeton, etc.). I never thought that was even a possibilty, but I have found that has been a dream that has not soon gone away. My philosophy as I have processed this has become "I will chase the moon… and if I only make it to the clouds, at least I tried…" Great post!
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  • i love this…. it took me six long years to admit this… but two years after i finally fessed up to God, and then surrendered it to God, He answered soooo many years of prayers. It was so hard for me to admit it… but such an important step.. I am excited that you wrote this… I'm excited that you put it first in your list too… that is very telling in a wonderful, exciting, mysterious way.

    sooo excited to see what will happen in coming years too 🙂
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  • neiz20

    Recently I was extremely low on money and debts were eating me from all sides! That was UNTIL I decided to make money.. on the internet. I went to surveymoneymaker dot net, and started filling in surveys for cash, and surely I’ve been far more able to pay my bills!! I’m so glad, I did this! – urx3