For those of you who know me, you know that my sister Colleen has been my best friend for as long as I can remember. For those of you who don’t know me at all, I’ll give you a little background on her. She is the second oldest, (we are all a year apart! - i’m the youngest) but she pretty much mothered and watched over us younger sibs. My sister was the only one of us four kids who was never spanked. I swear she never ever did a single bad thing growing up, or to the day honestly haha. She couldn’t tell a lie to save her life, and if someone did something bad in front of her, she told not to get anyone in trouble, but because she couldn’t hold it inside. When we were in high school, she made sure I had lunch money every day and would stay and wait for my practice to get over so I always had a ride home, same for my brother! She was a senior when I was a freshman, and took me to all my classes the first day, and let me hang out with her and all of her friends.
.......BUT my point in writing about her today is that she said something when I was visiting her in Australia that really stuck with me, and I wanted wanted to share it with everyone. She has made some pretty amazing best friends over the years, all the sweetest girls who have a strong faith and just that presence of Christ in all of them. When I told her that I wish I had more faith based friendships, and asked her how she got so lucky, she simply said that your relationships often tend to be a reflection of you. And I swear that has sat in my mind for the past two months. Now don’t get me wrong, I have some of the best friends in the entire world, but God isn’t always the center of my relationships. ( Both friendships, and my relationships with guys) Sometimes I waver in my faith, and although it’s not purposely, it happens often. A lot of times, I get consumed with the world and just focus on my day to day life. God isn’t always my center focus. Now don’t get me wrong, I have a strong faith when I remember to, but sometimes I am just forgetful with it. I forget to pray, I forget to talk to God. I don’t always share my faith with others. I also don’t always make my morals known, so at times I get put in situations that I don’t want to be in. And very often I try to make my own path without leaning on God’s wisdom and guidance. And I think My sister on the other hand has never wavered on her faith a single day in her life. And that is what I most admire about her. The goodness in her shines through, and it attracts like minded individuals. She never puts herself in situations that would test her faith, and because she makes her morals known, people know to never put her in situations that would question them.
And over the past two months, I just got to thinking about the kind of person I want to be and the kind of relationships I want to have. It takes work to make God the absolute center of your life, but after a little practice it becomes your way of life. For lent this year - yes, i’m Catholic! - I didn’t give anything up, but rather am focusing on reading my devotionals and bible every day, praying, and keeping my room clean! Hopefully by Easter, I will have gained some endurance to keep it going every day. If you can’t tell, I really look up to my sister anddddd am super happy God gave me a best friend who could teach me so much!
Now for my outfit : This beachy dress was from my favorite local Arizona shop : Vida Moulin. Not only do they have the cutest clothes ever, (hello dresses galore!) but their store is interior design perfection! I’m completely obsessed with bohemian style, and they seriously mastered it. The owner Chantell, is the definition of a boss lady! You can shop online at www.vidamoulin.com, but if you are in Arizona, I definitely recommend stopping in and then eating lunch over at Luci’s!