Real life, not reel life.

My friend Megan and I have been talking about how social media is the highlight reel of our lives – beautiful sights, great food and fun times with our favorite people, but today I wanted to show something a little different.

My Facebook and my life is typically saturated with fun, traveling and adventure. What I fail to show is the pain that comes with all the “see you laters” involved when your heart is spread all over the country and the world.

So while I would typically post this –


Today I want to share what I actually looked like as the plane took off


Yes I’m going to California with my best friend. (Thankfully she just let me cry it out and laughed with me when it was over) Yes I’m going to see another one of my best friends. Yes I’m excited!

But I’m also reminded of all the “see you laters” I’ve said over the past week and that I’m going to say over the next month.

Please know that I absolutely LOVE my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. God has given me the perfect job for the way He created me. The Bible promises if you delight yourself in the Lord he will give you the desires of your heart. This lifestyle is my desire. I am learning it isn’t for everyone but I know it is for me.

While my circumstances are ever changing, God is the one thing that remains the same. He’s a good, good Father and He never leaves me alone. No matter where I go or who I have to say “see you later” to, I’ll never have I say it to Him. For He will be with me forever.

So yeah, sometimes it sucks. There are lots of tears cried and plenty of moments where I get frustrated because I can’t just sit down with my family or my best friends and stay there forever. And that’s okay. It’s part of the broken world we live in.

But to know that one day many of the people I’ve said “see you later” to will be spending an eternity with me and Jesus makes it totally worth it!

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2


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