I’ve Come Along Way

What a difference life is when you have more people you are excited to share your day with!

“Some people make your laugh a little louder, your smile a little brighter, and your life a little better”

I think the hardest parts about being almost 1,000 miles away from home is my sister, my parents, my friends, and the oh so warm weather. This Florida girl must mention the weather, it’s natural to expect 80 degrees year-round and miss it when I’m stuck with 40 degree as the average.

Moving away from home only knowing my husband and being the shy, timid, hesitant self I was it was hard to believe I would fit in…anywhere. Especially after so many failed attempts at making friends.

And now? I have more confidence. And just the other day I told a friend I was an introvert he couldn’t believe the words coming from my mouth. Going to a party or dinner I am not stuck to my husband’s side being awkward not knowing anyone but instead make my own way, meeting people. These things might not be an accomplishment for some but I’ve come a long way.

Now I am rarely by myself. I enjoy the company of others I have got to know so well. I have a workout partner now, we are inseparable outside of the gym as well. Movie dates with our other halves, dinner dates, fur baby dates, and lots of coffee. You don’t have to like coffee for us to be friends but you have to tolerate me drinking it all day and stopping to get some.

“It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters”

 I might have been a bit jealous of my husband who would always have people making plans with him for us while my phone would be silent…all day. Now I am making plans and texting a friend just because something funny happened and I want to share it with them.

I have my routines now I look forward to. I work out several days a week with my gym partner. Fridays are for coffee shops and writing with another friend. And once a week or so I make dinner and we do a game night or just binge watch a television show with company.

“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul” Proverbs 27:9

I’m not lonely anymore. Even on the days when my husband and friends who all work in a ward work their twelve-hour days, I still get funny snaps, text, and memes sent my way. My church friends offer me to stay for dinner so I can have some company and not go home to an empty house.

I don’t need a lot of friends. My circle is small and I like it that way. But oh do they make the days a little brighter.

*Featured image from Pixabay.com, not my own. *



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