Summer always comes early in Houston. Well, I guess depending on how you look at it, it really never leaves. I was thinking the other day about seasons, and how they correlate to our lives. Some seasons stick around a long time, while others show up for a little while and then move on. Some seasons are welcome, some we could do without. But what I've realized is that every season produces some sort of lesson or growth, even if it takes a while to see it.
When I think about where I've been in my 28 years of life, I can say without question that I've seen many seasons. When my husband and I first got married, we were 21 years old, really young, and still trying to figure out who we were as individual people. We went through seasons of growth, love, success, failure, financial hardship, and becoming new parents all within our first year. I'll never forget our first apartment together. It was truly a humble beginning, but it was home and it was our season.
My favorite seasons and the seasons that were "best" for me, look very different. I learned a lot about my husband and myself through our "difficult" season when we didn't have any money and we were looking for jobs after graduating from college. It took a long time, and I still haven't perfected it, but I learned how to be happy where I'm at, without losing sight of where I knew I wanted to be.
Fast forward several years to a more pleasant season, a season of "growth" and financial gain where we've made more good investments than bad investments and we can live a comfortable life with our two children. The incredible thing about this season, is that because of where we've been, I can appreciate the light so much more. I also realize that at any moment, it can change.
Seasons. They shake you up, they change you, they make you stronger and better. Even if it takes years to see it. I encourage you to appreciate the season that you're in, even if it's a dark one. The light is coming.
XO - Steph