You live. You love. You learn.

It’s been said that “it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.” Obviously, this guy never suffered from a broken heart. Perhaps he should meet the “ignorance is bliss” author. Or maybe Taylor Swift.

2013 was a year where I challenged myself to go outside my comfort zone, try new things, and take a leap of faith. Apparently it was also the year I was meant to fall flat on my face while slipping into a deep state of depression. You live. You love. You learn.

I can’t say that knowing the present state of things now that I would have done anything differently in my past. I followed my heart and would do the same given the opportunity. I have no idea what my future now holds, but I have a lot of high hopes. Things may not have turned out the way I once saw them, but I’m not going to let that stop me from hoping for great things still in store for me.

hopes for the future

  1. I come to see that God has a plan for me. Right now, I can’t see it clearly, but I know that the fog will pass and better things are heading my way.
  2. I take this opportunity to expand my horizons. I’d like to think that a new city is still in the works. My reasons for leaving Jacksonville may have changed, but I’m still up for adventure. This could mean moving, or it could mean traveling and getting to see the world.
  3. I get another great job. When I left the Y I also left some amazing people and great friends. It was my first “big girl” job, so I’m hoping that the next step in my career is even better. (It’s a pretty hard act to follow, future employer.)
  4. I remember to be happy. It’s been forced here lately to crack a smile or even laugh at a joke. However, I’m reminded on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis how truly blessed I am to have such a supportive family and group of friends that love, encourage and inspire me to keep going.
  5. I want to be OK with “moving on.” It’s my first attempt to write anything about this change in my life, and I realize that even now it’s not much. It’s the first step, and I know that I need to keep going.
  6. To live, love and learn.

I named this website before truly understanding the meaning. I still have a lot more life to live, which I hope means that I have a lot more love to give and things to learn. I’ll end this post with an ode to my site name inspiration. Could these words speak more truth? Thank you, Alanis!

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

You grieve you learn
You choke you learn
You laugh you learn
You choose you learn
You pray you learn
You ask you learn
You live you learn

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