5 Years

This picture popped into my timehop yesterday. Yesterday was January 24, 2018. 5 years ago I took this picture. I started to do a before and now shot, but didn’t get around to it… but this picture is interesting to me. Why? I mean it’s just a selfie and looks a little blurry (by the background I was in my driveway)… but the reason it is so intriguing to me is that 5 years ago…

5 years ago was January 24, 2013. I was in a different point/time in my life. By the look of it, I almost want to guess I’m either wearing a black jacket or a black sweatshirt. I think I’m going with a black jacket. In that case, it would have been a Pea Coat. I love those. I don’t wear one these days. They don’t really go with my style these days which consists of jeans, t-shirt, and boots. I mean they would dress that look up a bit, but…. that one may not fit anyway.

It looks like morning time so that means I was on my way to work. 5 years ago I actually had an 8-5 job. Not for much longer as I lost that job in April 2013. Some days I see that loss as a blessing in disguise and other days I feel like that was the worst thing that could have happened to me ever.

At that time I had been looking for a new job. I wasn’t happy with where I was and was searching for a different job. I really wanted a career but at that point, a job was what I was searching for. Thinking of Job interviews you get asked a question a lot… Where do you see yourself in 5 years. I have always thought that was a loaded question and an extremely difficult one to answer.

“Forever is too big for us. That’s why we were given one day at a time.”

Five years ago if you would have asked me where I would be, I’m not sure I could have ever painted this picture. I believe that there have been a lot of Plot Twists in my life. Lost job, Grad School, SCUBA Diving, Baby girl, snake in the car (even), selling our house, etc etc etc. I think the list could go on and on and it’s quite the strange list.

Now normally when they ask you those questions in an interview they are more focused on your career goals as opposed to your personal life and I’m focusing on my personal life mainly, but still… WOW! If you could get whiplash from all the twists and turns I’m pretty sure I would have had that years ago.

Five years ago I woke up every weekday morning yelling at my stupid alarm clock, I’m sure. I would get up, fix my hair if need be, brush my teeth, get dressed in professional looking clothes, get in my car, and drive to work. Every day was the same. The evenings had a tendency to change and weekends were extremely unpredictable but for the most part, I had a routine that was the same. And even those evenings that were different still consisted of being in bed by 10 pm or so.

I don’t have routines this day in age. Some mornings I’m up around 5 am (that’s when hubby gets up and leaves for work) and other days I sleep until 8 am (like yesterday, but that’s strange and unusual). Then what I do is anyone’s guess. There is no routine. The closest thing I get to routine is being in bed by 10 pm and that doesn’t mean going to sleep. Some nights I’m up until after midnight and other nights I’m asleep by 10:30. It’s funny to type all of that out.

“Where you are today is no accident. God is using the situation you are in right now to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants to bring you into tomorrow. Trust Him with His plan even if you don’t understand it.”

Five years… where do you see yourself in five years? There’s not an easy answer to that question. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next five years. Stay tuned!

“Yesterday is history;

Tomorrow is a mystery, and

Today is a gift;

That’s why they call it the Present”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

Over used quote but definitely a keeper!

One thought on “5 Years

  1. I think I have learned from the twists and turns over the last 5 years that planning is pretty much pointless. Almost nothing in my plans happened and the unexpected twists and turns were frightening but some really beautiful things came out of it. Your baby girl was one of those. My two youngest were too. Losing jobs, children, and family members are never “in the plans” and who wants to know about those things before they happen. We just take everyday for the blessing it is as none of us are promised tomorrow. I think that is a “life well lived!” ❤

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