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Hannah and I have a long history of friendship. And by long history, I mean we’ve had a few hours of in-person face time. I was at Catalyst, and my friend Jeff said, “Hey, you need to meet my friend Hannah.” Jeff is either really good at knowing who will hit it off or just gifted at figuring out how to ditch me,
…but, whatever his motivation, it worked.
Hannah and I sat in a corner, literally almost eyeball to eyeball, and talked for about three hours straight. Her boyfriend stopped by our conversation when we apparently
looked approachable enough to have visitors join the powwow. We looked at him and simultaneously said, “She’s my new BFF.”
In that brief time, I also found out that my BFF is an INCREDIBLE artist. I told her about my project, and here we are today…
A smart man once told me that comparing yourself to others steals away your joy. It’s really easy to do though when society is constantly telling us what we should be,
…when we should get married,
…what we should look like, and how we should act. Don’t get me wrong, I love knowing the latest trends and partaking if it’s something I love and can afford.
When it comes to marriage though, there is so much pressure. Some people have this timeline of exactly when and how it’s “supposed” to happen. Some people see the results of marriages in their lives and decide it’s not EVER worth it. I personally desire marriage in my future, but I’m really exhausted by the constant pressure. I want to be able to live in THIS moment. The one I’m currently in. Not tomorrow, or next month.
I created this piece for the illumination project because a lot of the time I think it takes getting above all the noise to find our own answers and peace about where we are in life. It takes us away from the comparisons, opinions, corrupted views on marriage, and helps us find a different way of life.
Also, I think hot air balloons are really cool.
All the statistics and opinions on marriage can contribute to fear and paralyzation. As Hannah said, how do you “get above all the noise” to get in tune with your God designed desires and not let fears or man’s opinion be the loudest?
How do you balance listening to wise counsel with not letting that counsel dictate your life?
Love and Respect (Now) is a division of Love and Respect. Please be considerate.