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Practice Makes Perfect...

Today, as I was sitting through hours of work and class, I doodled and practiced my hand lettering, while paying attention, of course. I can multitask ;) Normally I have a hard time with deciding on a design and/or format for composing words on a page, but today I just decided to try this circular format (which is one of my signature moves, I suppose), with the letters being enveloped inside of it. I chose the short phrase “Trust in the Lord” so that it would be legible, yet still decorative. I played around with contrasting the two sides of the circles with the swirly texture / pattern vs. the negative space and linear type. 

If enough interest is shown, I may start selling these types of prints with inspiring quotes or verses to be framed or put on t-shirts! Leave a comment on this blog post to let me know what you think!

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Why 20- and 30-Something Women (and Men) Shouldn’t Have a Time-Line

…a response to yet another blog post about how people are rushing into life, not taking enough chances, being “losers” at a young age, blah blah blah (“Why 20-Something Women Need to Stop Thinking Like 30-Something Women”)

I’m not sure if this blog post is just a ploy to procrastinate on writing my last paper of the semester (yay summer school!), or if I really felt like I should put my own thoughts about this article and about life in general out there. Maybe a little mixture of both. I would like to start out by saying that throughout our lives, there should be absolutely no timeline to follow. There is no “right time” for doing certain things. There is no “you should be doing this now, and that in 10 years”. And definitely no “you’re too young for this, or accomplishing that”. I will say that our adolescence and teen years should be about having fun, making mistakes, and learning from them. But the rest of life’s timeline is up for interpretation.

Finding Love

"You’re not supposed to be madly in love at 25."

Why the heck not? I agree that love isn’t something we should be searching for, because it makes it that much harder on us when we think we have found it. Love isn’t something that is guaranteed to us if we have done good deeds. Love is something that is granted to us when our Maker believes it’s time for us to love and be loved. His timing is perfect, so why should we mess that up with our own agenda of being in love at 20 or at 30? When love comes, it is the absolute best “feeling” in the world. I know it’s hard for people sometimes because it is something we all so desire (Genesis 2:18-25), but finding love shouldn’t rule our every thought throughout the day. I am getting married next year – I’ll only be 21. That’s pretty young, but I’m SO excited to be able to say that I can “do life” with my love for the rest of my existence. This is a status post I made on Facebook a couple weeks after Zane and I got engaged: I am engaged at 20 years old - that’s pretty young. That doesn’t mean that I’m so tied down that I can’t enjoy the fun things that life has to offer. If anything, it drives me more to do life, to go on adventures, and to keep trying new things with my significant other. It’s awesome to be able to do those things with someone you love!” A lot of the responses were very encouraging and really opened my eyes. One of the responses was this and I couldn’t agree more or be more excited for what’s in store for our future: "…we weren’t having to try to figure out how to make two separate lives work as one, rather, we have been able to build one, whole life together. Learning, growing and discovering life as a married couple and as best friends.” What love is about is being mature about things, making sacrifices, keeping a pact, working out the problems, being selfless, learning, listening, and doing for the other person. And if you can learn those things at a young age, I believe life will be much better for you in the long run. Being in love at 25 isn’t (or shouldn’t be) a chain to weigh you down or to make you feel so constrained as to not be able to do “what you should be doing in your twenties”. (i.e. having fun, doing adventurous things, making a name for yourself, setting goals) If anything, your love should be right there beside you doing those same things. 

Getting Married

"Your twenties are for the one-night stands, the bad first dates and all those mistakes."

Wait, what? I don’t think that’s right… I’ve made my own mistakes, but I’ve also learned from them. Mistakes are good to make every once in a while. Most of the time, it teaches us very valuable lessons and makes us realize certain things about the people we are, who we’re becoming, and who we should strive to be. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to keep making the same mistakes over and over and over, like we do so many times. We shouldn’t take Jesus’ grace for granted, and we shouldn’t take lessons learned for granted either. Here, I will just insert a quote from Jefferson Bethke: "Dating with no intent to marry is like going to the grocery store with no money. You either leave unhappy or take something that isn’t yours." Those are pretty powerful words, and totally true in my book – I’ll leave it at that.

Having Kids

"Do your future self a favor and take advantage of these years because you will never have them again."

Now this section of the article, I will say I pretty much agree with. Having kids and raising them with love is one of THE biggest decisions you can ever make in life. I doubt anyone can ever be fully prepared for having children, because they all teach us things in the most unique ways. It’s hard to imagine what types of lessons will be learned from bringing a life into the world, unless of course you are already a parent. Even then, there will always be surprises and happenings to be learned from every single day. The use of harsh words in this article is what really gets me though. Having kids in your twenties would not absolutely ruin you. Yes, it would be really, really tough, and really testing of your patience and other personal qualities. You would no longer be able to “be selfish” or put yourself first. In any case, I say it is totally up to you and your spouse to decide on when and whether you’re “ready” to have children, if you’re able to have children. It’s a huge decision, and I definitely think spouses should have a little bit of time of being selfish with one another, to grow together, and to prepare for the journey of life together. Enjoy the time you have together, always.

Being Your Most Successful Self

"Your twenties are for paying your dues, learning the ropes and climbing all those ladders. Your thirties are for reaping the benefits."

I think reading this section of the article is really what got me thinking. Who are we to say that we can’t be successful now? What is stopping us? The fact that we are in our 20s should not be in correlation with whether or not it’s time for us to be successful and make plans for ourselves. My dad’s favorite alliteration sequence in the entire world: Prior proper planning prevents poor performance. Yes, college loans and other really annoying bills have to be paid off. I understand that. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop dreaming and wanting to do better for ouselves. Be smart about your money, tithe, spend it on the things that matter, invest it, and save it. Things like Michael Kors watches, $400 purses, and monogrammed everything (that junk is expensive), are not in my top 5, nor in my top 100, of things that I need or want to purchase in my lifetime. We should definitely be learning in our twenties so that we can see benefits in our thirties, but why can’t we start seeing benefits now, while we are still young and willing to work hard? Having goals and working towards them is one of the most attractive things about my fiancé. Absolutely, hands-down. I say that a hard working mentality is one of the most important features a mature person can have. (I think my daddy rabbit would be proud of me on this one – that’s who taught me that I need to work for what I want to accomplish in life.) So as for the time constraints on being successful, I think that’s a whole tub of bologna. No matter if you are a teenager, in your twenties, thirties, forties, and on, you can be successful if you choose to be. There is always a way, no matter the circumstance. It all depends on your outlook. Find something that you enjoy, don’t stop it, and you will definitely reap the benefits, whether monetary gain or not. Because after all, that’s not everything life is about. 

So there’s my spiel – a glimpse into my thoughts. 
Dana Buffington

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