Sippin’ Lemonade- Lessons from Pageants

Sippin’ Lemonade- Lessons from Pageants.

Last year I competed in a local pageant for the Miss America Organization. I did not get as far as the lovely Claire. However, I did give up so much of my time, and so many experiences. Without realizing I even gave up MYSELF because I wanted the opportunity that badly. This is incredibly relatable, and although it hurts to know someone has felt relatively similar to how I felt that night I can’t help but feel a sigh of relief. I will applaud my fellow pageant ladies, and together I believe we could make an impeccable difference. I thank the Miss America Organization, but I also thank God for the plans He had, and continues to map out for me. Sometimes our visions aren’t fulfilled, but it’s important to remember that the world is a big place with many adventures, and if you let yourself you may be redirected on an amazing journey. 😉🌷

Simple at 19. 

This evening I’m sitting on my Nanny’s couch, and I can’t help but think that my life is so unorganized. Most of my life I’ve needed to have everything planned, or lined out. Lately however I can’t decide my career path, and I feel as though I’m working a part time job for money that is already promised before I even receive my paycheck. I vent these things, and then I think “Well Kaitlin, at least you have a job. At least you have a wonderful man, a fantastic family, and supportive friends. At least you have the opportunity to go to school.” Once I remind myself of these blessings I’m overwhelmed with joy. I’m thankful, and I’m knocked back with the fact that I’m only 19. I’m a human being, and a child of God. My Savior has a purpose for me, and as long as I have the faith to follow in His grace who really needs plans, or organization? I do pray to be successful in supporting my family, but this life is only temporary. My point is the simple spurts of thankfulness really place His glory into perspective. It’s the simple things, my friends. Relax, pray, praise. 😉🌞🌷

iii. Gut Feelings

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Oh gut feelings. How you torment me so!

From which career path to take, to whom to marry, I’m the kind of person that relies quite heavily on my gut. People say it all the time; “listen to your heart”, “trust your gut and you can’t go far wrong”, and my personal dreaded favourite, “when you know, you just know”.

What is this ‘gut feeling’, and why do we offer each other advice so readily to listen to it, and especially to rely on it as some kind of psychic guide when it comes to making major life decisions? Can you ever ‘just know’, really?

When I got engaged to HF, my gut went on overdrive: “this is wrong” it told me, constantly, to the point of making me physically ill. If you’re going to make a decision as monumentous as getting married, that is the right time to…

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Small thoughts today 🌷


Today I’ve decided to appreciate the 90’s throwbacks playing on the local radio station, and whichever neighbor of mine placed photos of Duck Dynasty members heads’ on the trees lining my road. Today I appreciate natures beauty, (mostly because the local lake is my safe haven) and everyday I will strive to love other people as God loves us. It baffles me how often I let my mood linger into irritation without even realizing it. I ignore so many small blessings that it takes over my entire being; I’m choosing to pause this negativity to acknowledge our Savior who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. I could walk in negativity, and continually ignore what a beautiful blessing I’m living, or I could spread the word of our Lord, as well as show love and compassion towards those around us. After all we do love because He first loved us. 

Open your eyes to the small things today, and have a blessed Easter.


Ideal joy 🌷

Hello, and welcome! 

I’ve had a secret desire to create my own blog for a time now. It wasn’t until a friend of mine lit my flame with her own blog that I decided to share my thoughts. Throughout my life I’ve strayed away from interaction with others. My personality didn’t “fit in”, but I’ll also say that I never really wanted it to. Over the past couple of months it seems as though I have been consumed within my problems. I’ve let the world steal pure thoughts, and my appreciation for the small things. I’ve failed to observe the beauty God has given me within my own life. Today that stops, and today I’ve chosen to ignore the worlds image of ideal joy. I’ve chosen to create my own joy within this messy world, furthermore inviting you to do the same. 

Until more thoughts flow, Kaitlin