How long has it been since my last Weekly Sip post? Too long. The good news is the Sip is back. If you’re new to the blog or this series, you can catch up on past Weekly Sip posts and read about why I started it earlier this year.
In today’s Weekly Sip, I’m talking about that moment when you realize how your life has changed from the vision you once had for yourself.
And how it’s okay to be okay with those changes.
In my efforts to save money, I’ve been making my own tea and coffee drinks at home lately. I’m also running out of “new” coffee shops to visit and feature since I’ve been to so many of them already. And since I’ve cut back on alcohol consumption (for health-related reasons), that leaves me with my at-home tea and coffee concoctions to share with y’all.
My latest obsession is a London Fog, also known as an Earl Grey latte. I’ve gotten them at a few of my favorite coffee shops around town and have been experimenting with them at home.
The base of a London Fog is Earl Grey tea and milk. I brew my tea pretty strong, add some cane sugar and use steamed unsweetened vanilla almond milk. A little vanilla extract is a nice touch, too. But to really take it to the next level, I add some dried lavender.
I’m still working on my recipe; it’s not quite ready to be shared yet. But once I’ve got it just right, I’ll share it on here so y’all can try it at home, too.
Side note: let’s give a shout-out to my new Inner Guide planner. I got it a couple weeks ago and so far I’m loving how organized it’s keeping me. Another post on that coming soon, maybe? Thanks to Caroline (find her blog here) for the recommendation!
Every now and then I like to go back through my old posts, brush up the ones worth keeping (SEO, new images, all that) and clean out the posts that really serve no purpose anymore. I started this back in 2011 as a “hey friends and fam, check out what I’m doing at college” type of blog, so a lot of my early posts read more like journal entries than anything else.
As I sifted through and reread my old posts, a few excerpts surprised me, for one reason or another. For example…
I set high standards for myself. Right now, my “standards” are set on going to Cambridge University for my Master’s degree. Yeah, I know it’s one of the top universities in the world. Yeah, I know it’ll take a miracle and a half for me to get in. But what’s stopping me? (Jan. 2012, start of spring semester, sophomore year)
Y’all, I thought I wanted to go to Cambridge University for my master’s degree. In creative writing. Can we laugh about this for a minute? I wouldn’t have lasted a day in an MFA program. I have to applaud my wild goal, though. I came down from that cloud shortly thereafter and realizing that was a little out of my league.
Let’s take a look at a couple other old posts…
As much as I love VT and my time here, I really can’t wait to get out into the real world. What I’m really looking forward to is being on my own in a big city–Atlanta is my goal–and finding work at a big company down there. (April 2012)
I have nothing against Atlanta; I still go back and visit my friends there when I get the chance. But despite how much I wanted to be back there after school, I’m so glad I landed in Chattanooga. The first time I went back and visited Atlanta after being in Chattanooga for a few months, I thought, as I was driving from one visit to another, “Yeah, I could see myself moving back here in a few years.”
Then I got stuck in traffic and decided that Chattanooga was just fine.
But I digress. And here’s one more little quote, just because… also sorry that this one is out of order with the other two, but I saved it for last for a reason.
I already have a pretty solid idea of where I want to go and what I want to do after graduation. I just hope God agrees with my plan. (March 2012)
Y’all, this one hit me like a sack of bricks when I reread it. I thought I had a solid idea of what I wanted. It’s okay to have an idea of what you want. But it’s also perfectly okay to let that idea change, or even let it go completely. Don’t force yourself into a situation or environment that doesn’t feel right, to any degree. I wanted to go back to Atlanta because it was what I knew, what I was familiar with, where I had some friends already. But looking back, I’m not entirely sure how happy I would have been there.
We make plans, and then God laughs.
My faith has always been an important factor in how I live my life. I believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason. I trust that God will guide me through every season in life and that He knows what’s best for me, and will help me get there. My proof of this?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
It isn’t always easy to remain faithful and trust that the right things will happen at the right times, for the right reasons. But they do, and they will. If God brings you to a certain situation, He will help you get through it and get to whatever comes next. And if you’re confused about why you’re in a certain place or situation or environment, He will show you why soon enough.
If this week’s Weekly Sip resonated with you, I ask you to please share it. There’s always someone out there who needs some encouragement or reminder that it’s going to be okay.
How has your life changed or evolved compared to how you thought it would be? How have you dealt with those changes?