Tuesday, September 10, 2013


...when your space bar goes out on your office keyboard.
It's like one thing I use EVERY SINGLE DAY but never think about.
Until it quits working...and while I'm at work? That stupid space bar is all I think about now.
I know it sounds crazy, but it got me thinking, what else am I taking for granted?

My hot water heater?
Didn't think twice about it until it breaks on me and I have to shower in ice water. Awesome.

My turn signals?
Not until they quit working and I have to use hand signals out the window like I'm in drivers ed again.

My job?
That job I was SO excited to get hired for...that I did a happy dance-jumping-up-and-down in the women's restroom jig...and a mini photo shoot of myself at the same time. So why do I catch myself complaining about it every now and then?

It's just so easy to flip a switch and have power at your fingertips, but when there's a bad storm and you can't charge your iPhone anymore...OH NO!

It really got me thinking about WHO in my life I possibly take for granted.
How long has it been since I called my sweet great-grandma Agnes just because?
How long since I've gotten in touch with my old middle school best friend?
Whens the last time I told someone I truly appreciated who they are, and meant it?

I don't know about you, but I've definitely been the victim of one-sided friendships. Then it hit me, have I ever been the one who didn't try hard enough?

I want to be intentional. I want to surround myself with people who love me, despite my weirdness. I want to remind my friends and family that they are beautiful, loved, and most definitely not taken for granted. Ever.

I want to soak in the evenings after a long day at work with my husband, and not just ask him how his day was...but as him how HE is doing. Really talk to him. Ask him if he needs prayer.

I want to be friendlier in the office, and maybe bring some extra cheer to a small financial firm.

I want to call old and new friends more, see what's new in their lives, and spend a few extra minutes with them, even if I'm tired.

I want to eat a lot of carbs with my husband, because some of our best conversations happen over food.

Hiii college days.
So, what can you do to make sure you don't take something, or someone, for granted?
Have a happy Tuesday, friends!


  1. I've been in a lot of one sided friendships too, unfortunately, and they suck. But for the most part I try to make the most of situations. It's not always easy, but thank you for the reminder to be intentional!

  2. I love this and you. Every post of yours just puts a smile on my face :)

  3. :) So happy our friendship is two-sided. I don't know what I'd do without you sista/soulmate!!!

  4. Love this! I totally agree you have to put in effort, the older I seem to get and the farther from college when you saw your friends everyday the harder to keep those relationships as everyone moves around! My biggest hope is to send snail mail or small just because's to my friends to let them know i'm thinking of them!

  5. This is definitely something I can relate to. Working full time now I feel sometimes I just want to sit on the couch and do nothing all night. But there's so much life out there, that I need to put my tired pants away, and go do something! Making times for friends sometimes isn't easy but always worth it! Also, I totally agree that good food brings about some great conversation :)

  6. This is great! Thank you for this. I needed to read this today! =D

  7. I've been thinking about this a lot this summer with wedding plans and family stuff. Your posts are always so well-timed... ;)

  8. Great post. I know I'd like to be better about keeping in touch with some of my old friends.

    My favorite, though, was "I want to eat a lot of carbs with my husband." That made me giggle!

  9. I love this so much, Kayla. I've been thinking about this as well...how there are some things in life that we think will just be there forever..but that's not the case. And the space bar...so annoying that it went out! I've definitely been victim of 1 sided relationships...like you said. But you got me thinking that I need to make sure I'm always being the type of friend I want!

  10. Jeez I take so much for granted. Too much to name.

  11. You are so inspiring! You truly have a gift. GIGANTOR HUGS!!!!!!!!

  12. love this post. especially about being intentional and putting the effort into relationships. exactly what i needed to read today :)

  13. I love this post and needed it today! Keep smiling that beautiful smile!

  14. while reading this post i was constantly saying to myself:

    " yep, i agree with that. and that. and that."
    "oh, i totally take that for granted, too."
    "i really need to contact my friends, too. i can't even remember the last time i hung out with friends."
    "goodness, is this girl totally reading my mind!?"

    great post, dear!

    ps- totally in love with your hair in the last picture! when are you going to take the leap and cut it again?! :)

  15. I love that you want to intentionally think of these wonderful things and the impact they have on your everyday life. I totally agree with the hot water heater, electricity stuff. And I'd add running water. I've lived without all three and never thought I'd take them for granted again, but I do.

  16. This is an inspiring post! I've been thinking about the same thing lately. And the whole wondering if you're the one who puts the most effort into friendships part is exactly what I was thinking about yesterday.

    I think my favorite part is you wanting to eat more carbs! :)

  17. I love how happy and positive you are! Your posts always make me smile real big! Hope you have a fantastic weekend, Kayla!


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