If you sat down with me about a year and a half ago, I would’ve told you my life plan. I had it all figured out. I totally knew (or thought I knew) what I wanted to do for a career, I knew when I was going to graduate, I knew I wanted to go to grad school, I knew what the perfect internship was, I knew who my real friends were, I knew when I wanted to settle down…
I knew it all, and I wanted absolutely zero help from anyone, I was going to do it all for myself and by myself.
Well guess what? Over the last year and a half, a lot has changed. Not saying I don’t know any of the above anymore and I’m definitely NOT saying change is a bad thing (check out my last blog post for my feels on that topic ha.) I’m just saying that I’m a-okay where I’m at right now.
This is a huge milestone for me. If you’re close to me, you know I have a very “Type A” personality. I wake up at 5 am daily, I workout 5 days a week, I have my month planned out at the beginning of every month by the days, I know exactly what I like to eat and when I like to eat it, my days run on a tight schedule and I plan EVERYTHING.
Just to put it in perspective: a few months ago, if I planned something and it didn’t turn out the way I planned, it got under my skin for days. The stress was real.
I’m learning that all of those little ticks I have are OK, but it’s also OK to relax a little and just trust God’s plan. Aka – not everrrrrything about my life has to be planned by me. I have to trust that there is a plan created for me by Him that I cannot control – one that is way better than I could plan myself.
2017 has been SO good to me so far. I know, it has only been a few months, but I have nothing but good feelings about this year. Some of what is ahead of me is a little scary, but it is all going to be just fine because I have a lot of faith.
So my blog post is titled, “She living without her plans.” You’re probably thinking what is Dena is talking about? I am going to live life to the fullest, continuously adventure out to new places, and gracefully accept all of the twists and turns life has ahead of me. I’m going to make the most of it and grow from it.
It might sound a little cliché, but I have seriously never been in a better place--mentally, physically and emotionally with this new me.
In cahoots with living life to the fullest - just two weeks ago I took a totally random, unplanned trip to London to see my main squeeze. This was my third trip in London and I’VE NEVER WANTED TO STAY SO BAD.
Matt just wrapped up a deployment, our first one together, and we spent seven months apart from each other. SEVEN MONTHS.
He just got to come home since my trip over his way, but at the time, we decided that we couldn’t wait any longer to see one another – and it was one of the best decisions we’ve made yet.
A plane ticket was purchased on whim on a Sunday. All my work, school and personal responsibilities were taken care of ahead of time. So I hopped on a plane to London that following Friday evening, leaving everything behind for a week. Crazy, right?
Yes. Crazy. Especially for someone like myself who would’ve liked to plan the trip to a T.
Guess what, though? Hands down, this was one of our best trips so far. We had SO much fun and we spent so much quality time together.
My personal favorite--we had high tea the first day we were there which was SO MUCH FUN, those little sandwiches are seriously yum!
Confession: we definitely ate enough food on our mini vacay to be full for months–even the bellhop commented on how much we ate, ha.
Anyway, we became pros at the London underground and shopped the four story high shops on Europe’s busiest shopping spot - Oxford Street. We rode the London Eye at night, watched eerie documentaries on London’s history, walked through the London Dungeon and rode around on a double decker tour bus.
As I was getting ready to get back on my plane to Tampa, I turned to Matt at one point in the Heathrow airport as we were getting my boarding passes for the plane and said, “What if we just walked out of this airport right now?” His response was, “Lets do it.”
Even though we didn’t do it, (because I am a responsible 21 year old and had responsibilities to come back to *booo*) I seriously considered it though, and the entire plane ride home I thought, “This past week is exactly how I want to live my life.”
a few fun pics!
Tell me below! What's one of the craziest, spur of the moment things you've ever done?!
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