My love for reading began at a
young age. My earliest memory of reading was when our basement was at risk for
flooding… I slept in the living room since my my bedroom was in the basement, and I
would read Bible stories before bed. When I was a young girl I recall reading a
series of books about a girl named Mandie who had a cute white cat named Snowball
and together they would solve mysteries. As I progressed into my teenage years
it was mostly fantasy books that drew me in—books like The Princess Bride or
novels with a heroine who possessed magic. As I’ve transitioned into adulthood
I find myself enjoying a good variety of topics when I sit down to read. The
Hunger Games series is one of my more recent favourites, as well as countless
books encouraging my faith to grow in love-centered ways. It’s no surprise,
looking back on my reading background, I find the observation of
comparing life and books to be so commonplace.
Most of us begin
reading a book with the eager anticipation of knowing something incredible is
going to happen. We know there are many things a lead character will face; many
things will be looked forward to, many extreme scenarios will come to pass, and
many things will happen that were less than ideal. This anticipation of what to
come normally hits once you’re a chapter in and hints of the impending drama have begun to set in. You read and read and keep reading because you literally can’t
wait to get to the part of the book where the action begins and the heroine
finds herself in the midst of unimaginable situations, doing things you’ve
become excited about, as you know the outcome will be a challenge and will lead
the heroine to an exciting resolve.
My life, as of
late, is similar to the anticipation stage of a book.
The stage has been
set, I’ve been introduced as the lead in the epic novel depicting my current
phase of life (I believe all of us should know our lives have the potential to
be the most epic novel we could ever imagine) and now…
I wait.
I wait for the
adventure to begin (or, in my case, the next adventure).
Anyone that knows
me will agree I am someone who likes excitement—I like when something fun is
happening, when an adventure is right over the horizon, and when I can wake up
in the morning fired up for the days’ events. While some may find boredom in
waiting, and the idea of being in stand by somewhat lack-luster, I am finding the anticipation of what the next few months will hold
enough to keep me energized and looking forward to the beginning and end of
each day.
In the next few
months I will be embarking to Thailand once again! I am beyond excited to
return to the children’s home with Live Different. The time spent in Thailand in 2012 completely changed my life and, needless to say, I am looking forward
to another experience of heart-changing moments for myself, the team of amazing
volunteers, and the children and youth we work with. And, needless to say, this
topic will soon bring about an entire blog post for itself.
One of my best
friends is getting married! Her and I met through our significant others, as they
were good friends who lived together. Our friendship was quick and we got a
long so well it’s really no surprise we are good friends to this day. I am
looking forward to being in her bridal party and giving a speech on her big
Image courtesy of Pinterest
In general I am anticipating
the romantic ideals of summer in the city. Café’s where you can sit outside and
enjoy the company of those around you, or the friends you have made in the book
you are currently invested in. Going for ice cream (which I don’t really do,
but want to) and enjoying the warm setting sun on your bare shoulders; brightly
coloured lipstick, flowers, and finally running outside again!
There are also two things
I am most looking forward to:
The first is seeing my wonderful husband play
shows. He is a talented musician and seeing him pursue his passions is the most
The second thing is the encouragement which comes from long
bonfire nights with friends and perhaps too many toasted marshmallows. The conversations shared
over the fire late into the night are sometimes magical in their aftereffect.

Knowing these days are in the future allow me to cease each current day, searching out it’s own
beautiful simplicity to view as momentary extravagance worth celebrating. Each
day is handmade to be amazing, and it’s up to us to view and experience it as
such. Live your life as the main character being poised for the greatness that
occurs when an epic story unfolds and you conquer the challenges that create something
special and unique in who you are.
Again, thanks Pinterest.