Oh goodness I love this woman. Tatum and I met our freshman year at A&M. We met through an organization (of course) which ended up being such a great experience, but the best part of it was ending up with a friend like her. Tatum is by far the most stylish person I know – she has great taste in EVERYTHING and always seems to make it look effortless. As much as I appreciate her fashion sense, what I love most about her is her heart. She has such a huge capacity to love and serve people. And y’all this girl is just straight up wise – her discernment is a true gift. I’ve learned so much from her over the years and she’s helped me through some seriously tough spots. She’s also just a blast – so funny and easily one of the most charming people I’ve ever met. Tatum has been around from the VERY beginning of She’s Taylored – like actually the very first person. We were having blog dreaming conversations like 4 years ago. This girl is golden because years later she’s still listening to me rant, supporting my dream, and just being an amazing friend.
I love this girl and have so much respect for her – a girl crush situation, but also someone I just really admire and look up to. She’s never met a stranger and that includes you!
Everyone say hi to Tatum!
Okay, so it was Easter Sunday circa 1999 and my little sister and I had each just been given a chocolate bunny on our way out of church. Now let me be clear, this was no ordinary chocolate bunny, but was perfectly wrapped in shiny blue foil marked with stripes in squiggles of every color and practically begging six year-old me to take a bite. As soon as we got in the car I asked my Dad if I could have my chocolate bunny, to which he politely told me I could eat after dinner. But like I said…it was BEGGING me to take a bite. So what did I do? I bit the ear off, foil and all (Disgusting, I know. But it seemed like a good idea at the time… I couldn’t risk having my parents hear me unwrap it!). Needless to say, we didn’t make it out to dinner with our friends that night and instead spent the next few hours fighting over what happened to the missing ear (Full disclosure: I didn’t actually tell them until about two years ago that I ate it… as if they didn’t already know ha). All this to say, patience, or impatience rather, is something I’ve dealt with for a long time.
Now, my struggles with patience look a little different today than not being able to hold out on dessert until after dinner, but that doesn’t mean it never happens. Seriously though, I’m a big picture thinker – always looking and planning for what’s next. And I’m talking about EVERYTHING. Like, “What’s the next step for me in my career?”, “Where do I want to be in 5 years? 10 years?”, “When will I find someone I want to share the rest of my life with?”…I could go on, but I think you get the point. I want to figure out what’s to come, and in most cases I’d like to know sooner rather than later. It’s not that this trait is inherently bad, there is a lot of good that comes from planning ahead and looking to the future BUT where it becomes a problem (at least for me) is when we get so caught up in waiting for what’s to come, that we stop living in the present.
You are not at your job by accident. You are not single by accident. Where you live is not by accident. Nothing in your life is an accident – For you have been called for such a time as this. God is working in your life NOW and your current circumstances, whatever they may be, allow you to be a light to those around you! Isn’t that cool to think about? You don’t have to wait for what’s for those shiny things looming out in the future, God is willing to meet you exactly where you are in life – all he asks is that we seek him. So no more impatiently waiting for what’s to come, “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” – Lamentations 3:25-26
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”
^^It’s easy to want to look ahead, but remember: God has a plan and a purpose for you in this very moment. So don’t get too caught up that you miss what is right in front of you. Chances are, God’s placed you in a particular season to prepare you for something even greater ahead.