LOVE FIERCELY. LEARN FEARLESSLY. LIVE FULLY.
You may be wondering, what do those mean? Why did she choose those? If that's the case, you're in luck.
Contrary to popular belief, I did choose these words for reasons other than the fact that they all are verbs that start with "L" followed by adverbs that start with "F", (sorry, I'm an English teacher. Yes, this parallelism did make me happy). Anyways, I chose these words because they are really things that I want to live out. I want people to see the real me as I strive to love, learn, and live with the best of 'em. It's part of my mission.
|I squint when I smile. But I'm usually laughing, so this is the most accurate picture of myself I could share in a post that talks about being genuine and tackling my life missions.|
One of the things that I really want to do most is to love other people well. I want to love my husband, my family, my friends, my students, my YoungLife kiddos, and anyone who may wander into my life- and I want to love them well. Obviously I'm not going to be in head over heels, tingles when they touch your hand kind of love with all of them, but I want them to know that they matter. I want them to see that I care and to put their needs first. I want to do this so fiercely and so genuinely that people can't help but wonder why. I want to choose daily to love them more than I love myself, which is a challenge for sure. It's a goal of mine to choose love in the moments when I'm most angry or upset. Though this may be easier said than done, it's worth it. I want to love others fully and with grace. I want them to see that I love them because Jesus first loved me. I want them to feel valued.
|The head over heels, tingly when you touch their hand kinda love is reserved for this guy.|
Though I like to be right (I'm a bit stubborn...), I've come to terms with the fact that I don't know everything, and I never will. There is no shame in needing help from someone to learn something. On the contrary, it is rather freeing and exciting to truly learn something from someone else. As a teacher, I'm a firm believer in being a life-long learner. There is always something more to learn, something to improve on, and someone who is better at something than I am. These teachable moments are not to be feared, but rather to be embraced with excitement. And they're actually kind of fun! I'm constantly learning how to be a better wife, a better friend, and a better communicator. Heck, I'm learning to drive stick shift this summer (hopefully), with the help of my hubby, and I just taught him to ski. Teaching and learning go hand in hand, and it's one of my goals to never be too afraid to learn, or too worried about how it will make me look. Admittedly, I'm a work in progress.
|Thankful for life's moments that give me the chance to learn and grow. Through failure, we learn the most.|
This was the original purpose behind the launch of Currently, Kelsie. As a twenty-something woman living in today's culture of social media and Pinterest, I found myself struggling with comparison and jealousy of others. I found myself wanting what they had, or wishing I could change something in my past to be more like they had done it. I found myself wishing away my current years so that I could be on to the next phase of life: if only I was dating someone, or married, or had a house, or had babies, or insert whatever you want here. I had to stop and remind myself that I am only blessed with a short life, and that I'm never guaranteed another moment on this Earth. I sure better enjoy every single second that I am given, while still setting my eyes on eternity. This is why the last part of my mission tagline is to live fully. I want to enjoy every stage of life that I'm in, without living in the past or rushing to the future. I want to live with purpose and adventure, saying yes to the important and eternal things, and no to the things that will only bring me down. I want to look back at the end of my life and think, "Yep, I did it right. Would do it all over again if I could." I want to be true to my heart and my God, and to know that I found joy in the little things, without worrying too much about the big things that I couldn't control.
This is my wish for you as well, dear reader. Love fiercely: make a difference in someone's day, in their life, in their world. Learn fearlessly: never be too old to try something new, to let someone help you, or to fail at something. And live fully. Enjoy it. Have some fun, but not too much to regret it. Thanks for coming along on this journey with me, to learn from the past, look with hope toward the future, and to live fully in the current.
|Need help with your own tagline? Want to come up with your own mission statement? Shoot me a message on the Facebook page, or share a comment below.|