Saturday, January 27, 2018

When Life Doesn't Go As Planned




Oh, hey! I have a blog. How about that?

Oh, dear....Friends, I promise I had big plans for Acoustic Erin in 2018. Plans for starting out that #JanuaryBloggingLife strong, with multiple posts a week, and a better social media game, and maybe even revamping my music blog. But, then, as it does, life happened.























I mean it, folks.

Life didn't slow down when we moved from 2017 to 2018; it just revved its little life engine up. Everything's been happening (I got sick, friends got engaged, friends got pregnant, I started my full-time job hours, etc., etc.) but it's O K A Y. And even though life is not how I planned it at the start of the year, I love it. It's actutally better.

Small Things I've Learned

























I am blessed. Parents, sister, cousins, family...you are my heart.

Social media ain't nothing. Guys, if you're busy living your lives on social and stressing yourself out, then unplug, hydrate yourself and read a book. I repeat, GET OFF THE COMPUTER. Social media is overhyped and taking time away from the screen is so rejuvinating. Especially if your job requires the Interwebs.

Listen to God. He has your best interest at heart even when you really, really want something else. He has something better for you, guaranteed. It's worth the wait.

Don't try to do all the things. It's hard enough trying to handle work, school and everything else that comes with life. No need to beat yourself up over additional accomplishments. Rest in the Lord, take time for yourself and be at peace.

This is a super sappy random mushy post but I honestly don't even care anymore. It's better to just be real.

Yo, what I'm trying to say here is, no one has it altogether. And if you're at a phase in life where you thought would be more organized or put-together, or if you thought you would have accomplished more by now, you can just relax. You can rest in Christ. The Lord has a better plan for you and it will make your heart whole. It will exceed all of your expectations in a wonderful way.

What about you?

How do you unplug from the craziness of life? How has your 2018 been?

21 comments:

  1. The very last paragraph is EXACTLY what I've been living in recently: learning to rest in God because He's got me, no matter what. I am a very motivated and do-it-all kind of person, but I get burnt out. He is so good to be patient with my learning process. XD

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    1. I love that! Resting in the Lord is something I'm constantly trying to allow myself to do. It's so refreshing. :) I feel ya, I push myself to do a lot, too, but God IS so patient. Thank you so much for commenting, Evangeline! It means a lot. :)

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  2. You do sound really busy!! But mostly fun busy, which is nice!! Trying to do everything all the time is almost not possible! I am glad you are taking time to reflect and chill out on your blog! It's been good to catch up!!

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    1. I am, life is crazy, yo, but it has been the best! :) That's honestly what I've been learning, I can't do it all. And that's where the Lord has to take over and remind me I don't have to be perfect cuz I CAN'T be, lol. Thank you so much, Vanessa! I hope you've been having a stellar January!

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  3. thank you for this beautiful reminder :)

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    1. No problem, Faith! I hope you're having a great month! :) <3

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  4. I love this. It's always good to remind yourself to take a step back from things, even when it happens unexpectedly. So good to see you back though. 2018 is going to be strong!

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    1. Thank you so much, Hannah!! :) Yes, I agree, when life is random and unexpected, it helps to just take a break and re-group. Thank you! I feel like 2018 has been a good, intense year so far. I hope your 2018 is the very best! :)

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  5. I have been putting a ton of pressure on myself to do things that aren't really necessary. Such as posting twice a week on both my blog and Instagram, trying too hard to be perfect every day and knock out EVERYTHING on my to-do list. I really needed this reminder to step back and be okay with just being okay sometimes. <3

    ~ Ella Marie

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    1. I can so relate to this! That was me in the fall and winter months of 2017 for sure. Those exact things (double posting on my blog and Instagramming a lot) really burnt me out. I think taking time to live life offline is super important. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE PERFECT. <3 I have perfectionist tendencies so I have to remind myself of this, too. You've got this, girl! :)

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  6. Can't wait to see your music blog when it's finished! (totally did not know you have one until just now, ops.)

    Life hardly ever goes as planned, goodness. It makes me think of this line from a tv show when these two guys are making a plan, and one of them is telling the other how they're going to do it. He says something like: "make the plan, execute the plan, expect the plan to fail, throw away the plan." I remember sitting back and thinking, yeah that's just like life.

    Oh yes, social media. I had high hopes for conquering social media this month, and well…The very fact that I've spent way too much time on it (after I wrote a blog post even!) is proof that I don't have it together. I still have to work on it as much as anyone.

    Hope your day is stellar, Erin.
    And welcome back!
    k.

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    1. Thank you! I used to write on it quite a bit a few years ago but closed it down once I started pouring more energy into Acoustic Erin. :)

      I know! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this! "Throw away the plan" - I love that! *embroiders this on a pillow* *spray paints this on the ceiling* I am such a planner that I really needed to hear that. Plans are ok sometimes, but life is an adventure, yo!

      GAH, Keira, I feel you. No one has it all together. Taking a break from blogging has showed me how much importance I used to attach to stats, comments, Instagram, etc. It doesn't matter! But genuine conversations like this one are what matter. :)

      Thank you so much! I appreciat your comment. :)

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  7. I love all of these points, but "listen to God" really strikes home for me.
    It is so hard sometimes for me to listen to what God wants instead of what I want for myself. This has caused a lot of heartbreak in my life. I'm starting to learn what it means to be immensely filled with joy when I'm realizing what God's best for me is.
    There's so much peace found in following him and not my feelings.
    Also, this is such a great reminder about social media. Sometimes I fall into the mentality that if I don't share it, it didn't happen. Not everything needs to be shared.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Thank you! I feel the same, I've definitely experienced what it feels like to walk my own way and pursue my own plans. I pray that you would be able to keep following Him wholeheartedly, even when it gets tough! And social media can totally warp our idea of sharing moments - I'm trying to only share things that are important, though it can be hard to resist posting a lot sometimes. Thanks for your sweet comment, Lauren! :)

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  8. 2018 did indeed come in full speed. I can't believe January is almost over! But it just goes to show you how short life is, so we shouldn't waste it by stressing over unimportant things.

    I appreciate your comments on social media in particular. It's pretty easy to get sucked in, but it's important to not lose sight over what's important in life.

    Great insights! I really loved this post!

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    1. Oh, it came in like a wrecking ball, lol! :) Yes, the fact that it's almost February is truly tragic, haha. I totally agree, that's very wise! Every moment needs to be just fully enjoyed. I needed that reminder today! Thank you for your sweet comment and encouragement, Sarah! I'm glad you liked the post. :)

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  9. AHHH I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I RELATED/NEEDED THIS. <3 Ever since 2018 started, it feels like life is a race car and it doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon. o-o Like, I need need a moment to breathe, please.

    So, thank you for this. <3 And don't feel bad about not fulfilling your plans- it's your life, live it however you want.

    xx Kenzie
    thoughts-of-a-fangirl.blogspot.com

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    1. That's exactly how I feel! I'm glad I'm not the only one. I thought 2018 was going to be so much slower-paced. Thank you for your sweet comment, Mackenzie!! :) You're the bomb!

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  10. Hi, Erin. I tagged you for the Liebster award over at my blog. No obligation to do it, but I'd thought I'd let you know. Have an awesome weekend! <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Ivie! :) I appreciate it! I hope your weekend is the best!

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