“Keep your face turned to the sun and you cannot see the shadows” ~ Helen Keller

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I am at a point in my life where I fully expect and am open to receive all the good things coming my way.  It’s taken me a minute to get here. For years it seemed like just when things were working out the way I’d planned…BOOM, the stuff hit then fan.

If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I would be living in California and navigating a whole new world, I would have told you were crazy.  I planned to stay where I was in South Carolina working for my alma mater forever!  But here I am, and in a very short period of time, my life has been turned upside down. What I’ve learned through all the tests and trials is to keep looking up.

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Why don’t we automatically expect and believe for the best? Because it’s easy to be down, and grumpy, and have a big pity party. Lord knows I was splashing around in my own tears for years, hot pink rain boots and all. Wondering how did I get here? This can’t be? Why me?  This is not supposed to be my life! This is not what I planned!  Well, things don’t always work out the way we plan.  Loss and rejection are part of life. Love loss, job loss, loss of a close friend, rejection from that dream job, rejection from that cute guy. It’s enough to drive you over the edge. But then one day… it gets better.  Your loss turns to gain, and the rejection turns to protection.  You look up and the sun is shining, your tears have dried up and you’re loving and laughing again. And that job? It probably wasn’t really your dream any way.

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Each day that we wake up gives us an opportunity to expect for and believe for the best.  Just keep your face to the sun, those shadows don’t look good on you.

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This Optimist T-shirt is from Old Navy. I love these jeans from Long Tall Sally , and the little bit of sparkle are from Nordstrom Rack (similar).