Finding Beauty in the Ordinary {A Guest Post}

A couple weeks ago, I found myself struggling.
Struggling to see beyond the imperfections in my life.
I couldn’t see past what I wasn’t doing.
I was bogged down,
in need of my savior.
I felt like I was alone.
But I realized I’m not. And I’m not the only one whose ever struggled with seeing perfections in the midst of our imperfections.
That’s why I’m so excited to have Heather from, Finding Beauty in the Ordinary sharing with us today.
I hope you find hope and encouragement in her words, just as I have.

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Hi, my name is Heather and I blog over at Finding Beauty in the Ordinary — a lifestyle blog about faith, marriage, and adventures in my new city.

Growing up in San Diego, I never imagined moving anywhere else. I had my family nearby, childhood friends around, the beach, the mountains– what could be better? When I met my husband, also a San Diego native, it was a “given” that we’d stay in town, enjoyed married life, have some babies and raise them in the same city we had grown up in.

Fast forward to 4 years of marriage, still in San Diego, and my husband got a new job that relocated us to Tucson, AZ. At that point in our lives, we were actually really ready for a change. But California to Arizona? Certainly, when I prayed for change, I was hoping God would “upgrade” us to Hawaii or something, not the desert.

Like I said, I was ready for a change. But in many ways, I felt like I downgraded when I first moved. It was hard to find the beauty in my new circumstances.

I think most of life can be pretty mundane. A lot of time, I feel like it’s Groundhog Day. Wake up, feed the dog, take him on a walk, do the dishes, fold laundry, make meals, sleep– and everything in between. Repeat. Sometimes I feel completely overwhelmed by life. And it’s hard to find the beauty in it.

But you know what? Something changed in me after I moved. I realized that my circumstances were out of my control, and my attitude was clouding my eyes from seeing any beauty that possibly surrounded me. Once the blinders came off and I decided to change my attitude, everything became a little prettier and, in turn, my attitude changed.

I started to love it.

I started to see the flower blooms that came out of the tops of cactus, the flicker of white snow on our nearby mountains, and the insanely gorgeous sunsets that light up the desert sky like fire.

And you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing about where I live now.

A lot of time, I just have to step outside. The outdoors refreshes my soul. It’s there, in its simplicity, that I’m reminded that I have the power and the opportunity to make my life beautiful. God has given me life; it’s up to me to do what I do with it.

I need to be present.
I need to enjoy it.
I need to find beauty in the ordinary moments.

Finding beauty in your life really is an intentional purpose each day to look for the good in your life and focus on it.

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