Life’s too short to not have a happily ever after

by | Lindsey's Musings

February 2014

My birthday’s coming up, and I’m not sure what it is about birthdays-mine and others…I’m not THAT conceited;) but they always get me thinking. I’ve always loved birthdays… and to most people that’s kind of strange. No matter who’s birthday it is I love making things for people, being the first to wish them happy birthday, surprising, and making an all-around embarrassing big deal out of things.

To most I guess a birthday is just another day, no big deal, nothing too special. But to me, a birthday is a very big deal. I don’t mean throw me a huge party, give me everything I’ve ever wanted kind of big deal.That’s not what birthdays are about. I believe birthdays should be celebrated in their own special way. You should tell people you love them, think of the things you’ve accomplished in the previous year, and do something (big or small) just for you. Why? Because a birthday is a celebration of another year you’ve been blessed to live, and not everyone gets that.

So…obviously I’ve been thinking about the past couple of years and how much I’ve changed. I think it all started when I decided to move apartments, found a place, and practically signed the contract before I remembered “oh yeah….maybe I should call my dad and talk to him about this.” It is such a big change from my freshman year, where my parents practically walked me through finding a place to live.

I’ve also got to thinking about where my life is going. Thinking back to my High School days I had such a different plan for my life. But I look at who I am, what I’ve done, and where I’m going and I absolutely adore that my life has turned out the way it has. That brings me to my title…happily ever after.

There’s one funny thing about happily ever afters, and that’s the after. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good chick flick, guy gets the girl, fantasy fairy tale where everything happens just as it should. But, I feel like people get the wrong idea with happily ever after. Why? Because I used to be one of them.

The trick with happily ever after is people are always waiting for the after. After I lose 15 pounds I’ll be happy. After this semester things will be different and I’ll be happy. After I get married things will be better, that will make me happy. After I get out of debt I’ll be happy. After I get a new job, I’ll be happy. After I’m out of high school, surely…things will change and I will be happy.

I know people think like this because I used to. I was constantly saying to myself ‘after this things will be different and I’ll be happier.’ But folks, here’s the kicker. Life is full of knock-downs and drag-outs. Trials… they build character, they show people more about themselves than they ever knew, and they’re why we’re here.

So, my mom’s pretty sick. In January of 2013 when she first got sick I found myself miserably in the after stage. After chemotherapy was over, we’d all be happy. After the semester was over and it was summer I’d be happy. You know, in a way I was kind of right. I was happier when the semester came to an end, and my whole family had lighter moods when we finished the first round of chemo. But, I missed out on so many opportunities to be happy before.

It’s funny, how things kind of loop around-especially when there’s a lesson still to be learned. This January rolled around and what would you know? We’re doing the chemotherapy thing again. When I first found-out it rocked my world. The timing of almost a year to the date freaked me right out. I panicked and couldn’t help but selfishly feel like cancer would always be this cloud forever sucking the happiness from my family. We would miss another spring and summer as a normal family. Please, don’t judge me for the selfish thoughts I had. You really have no idea what cancer does to your mind.

But, here’s the good part. I had awesome people in my life and reflective moments where I realized I don’t want to continue the cycle. I don’t want to wait for my happily ever after. I have no idea how long we’re going to be fighting cancer, but I do know this. We are going to do it with big smiles on our faces, and we’re going to enjoy the ride. This isn’t the first trial my family has had, and it won’t be the last. That’s okay. In fact, I’m grateful for it. I’ve learned so much about myself, what I need, who I am and how to be happy.

Trials are there, it’s inevitable. But I believe for every trial in life there are at least 5 positive highlights to go with them. The trick is to look for the good. Appreciate the good news, embrace what is working, and find some sunshine in every day.

Yes, my mom is sick. Is it hard? Yes, it’s hard. But, I also have a lot of great things going for me. I have a church that gives me so much purpose, comfort and guidance. I have a God and Savior who know me better than I know myself. I have the opportunity to attend the best school for me and further my education. I have great friends and even better family. I have jobs and opportunities that miraculously keep crossing my path. I’m going to be an aunt again in June, a miracle I’m so incredibly grateful for. I am a very blessed girl, and I thank God for it.

*you’re probably sick of me talking about my mom’s cancer and how much I’ve learned from it. I can’t help it. I just feel the need to share what I’ve learned in hopes others can as well.*

So here’s the deal. You go ahead and believe in happily ever afters. Really, please do. But don’t get tripped up on the after. If I were to re-write history, I think I’d just leave it at happily ever…no after needed. You can have your happily ever after right now, right this day, right this second. It’s up to you to decide if you’re going to be happy. It’s up to you to make your life everything you’ve ever wanted. It’s up to you to seize the day.

Am I the best at this? No, not even close. I still have my “after” moments and I can occasionally get in a funk. But, I’m working on it.

“I’m proud of the person I’ve become, because I fought hard to become her” – Anonymous.

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Gluten Free Almond Flour Banana Bread (Easy Guide)

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Here's my latest recipe for easy gluten free banana bread using almond flour.

  • Ingredients:

    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1 1/2 - 2 mashed ripe bananas
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
    • generous helping of chocolate chips
    • 1 tbls of butter or butter replacement
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 2 small bread pans or 1 large bread pan
    • coconut oil
    • 1/8 cup oats (optional)- if you do add oats, be sure to add at least 2 ripe bananas so the texture of the bread isn't dry
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  • Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350* F
  • Coat your pans with a generous amount of coconut oil (I like to spread it on with a paper towel so it's even)
  • Combine almond flour, (optional) oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt in a bowl
  • Add the lemon juice, vanilla and egg and stir
  • After mashing bananas in a separate bowl, stir those in as well
  • The final touch is adding as many chocolate chips as you like (I go for the generous side of things)
  • Pour batter into one large bread pan, or split evenly between the two small (batter should be 1/2-3/4 the way up the smaller bread pans. If using a larger bread pan spread it more thinly so the inside can cook as well.)
  • Bake at 350* F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the middle of the loaf and removed cleanly. Cooking time may be shorter if you use multiple smaller bread pans.
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Not Your Mama’s Gluten Free Mac & Cheese

The gluten-free life isn't always easy, especially when you're craving some serious comfort food. Like Mac n Cheese. Don't worry, I've got you covered!
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Gluten Free Cheesy Potato Soup

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Salt & Pepper (to taste)   In your 8 cups of water, mix chicken bouillon and bring to a boil. Boil the potatoes, green onion, carrot and celery until tender. In a separate sauce pan melt the butter and whisk the flower in until all the clumps are gone. Add the mixture into your boiling vegetables and stir thoroughly, make sure to scrape the bottom. Let it boil for a minute or two to allow it to thicken. Next stir in your jar of cheese sauce of 2 cups of cheese slowly. Make sure you continually scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure that it is being mixed well.   Finish it off with a dab of sour cream and enjoy! 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The Blessing Of True Friendship

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I remember my parents sitting down with my when I was younger, usually after some big fight with various childhood friends, and explaining the types of friendships you find in life. It usually went something like this, “Lindsey, you’re going to have many different types of friends in your life. I have many different types of friends in life, and they constantly change. Of all my friendships, I can only count on my fingers how many true friends I have, and best friends on one hand.”   As a child, I had a bit of a hard time grasping this. To me, everyone was a ‘best friend’, a life-long confidant. I learned through many tears, the second lesson my parents taught me. “You’re going to have many acquaintances in life, you’re going to have many friends, but you’ll only have a few true best friends.” Acquaintances? Yeah, try explaining acquaintances to a child, not so easy. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" use_custom_gutter="off" padding_mobile="off" disabled="off" disabled_on="on|on|off" allow_player_pause="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" make_equal="off" parallax_1="off" parallax_method_1="off" parallax_2="off" parallax_method_2="off" parallax_3="off" parallax_method_3="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][et_pb_column type="1_3"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_3"][et_pb_gallery admin_label="Gallery" gallery_ids="4188,4187,4185,4184,4190" fullwidth="on" show_title_and_caption="on" show_pagination="on" background_layout="light" auto="off" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" caption_all_caps="off" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] [/et_pb_gallery][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_3"][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] I’ve taken that advice with me as I’ve navigated my life. I’ve found many acquaintances, truly good people that brought sunshine into my life, even if for a moment. I’ve had many friends, people I spent time with, had similarities with, and enjoyed the interactions of our life. Like my parents told me, I can honestly say I now only have a few best friends that I can count on my hands, and they change all the time.   My acquaintances, ah, let me tell you about these people. They’re the nice girls at work, who greet me with a smile in the morning, bring me a Reese’s peanut butter cup because they know I have an obsession, and ask general questions about how my life is going. They’re the people in my ward that gush with me over Gilmore Girls and the fact that we have all have a serious love-hate relationship with Logan Huntsburger. They share in my love of Christmas, and help me spread that cheer to co-workers and beyond. My acquaintances and I interact on a daily, weekly, something monthly basis, but they’re always there. We’re that little boost for each other, the little ray of sunshine that you sometimes need to make it through a somewhat cloudy day.   My friends, now, these people are fun. They’re the people I met in school, in my ward, in my clubs. We’re friends on social media, and some of us still keep in touch, but boy do we have a lot of memories. These were the people that were by my side while I was going through the various stages a college student goes through. They’re those people in High School that I text every month or so to catch up on the little ones, the mission, the new job, the crazy school schedule, the new boyfriend, the ex-boyfriend, and everything in-between. They’re my people, my fan club, my support system, the basis of too many memories to count and shapers of the person I am today.   Now, let’s get to the big ones, the ones I protect the most fiercely and support the strongest. These are my inner circle, my crowd, the keepers of my darkest secrets, my best friends. These people made sure to answer the phone when I called every single day after my mom died, and congratulate me on making it through the first two hours of the day, all the while reassuring me I could make it two more hours until lunch. These people were there when I was shattered--heart, mind, body, and soul. Completely void of the life I thought I would have, a dream and heart shattered everywhere. They were there, turning on the light, holding my hand, supporting me as I lifted myself off the ground and put the pieces of my life back together. They’re there at 12 a.m. when my mind won’t shut up and I have to talk it out before I go insane. They’re the words of encouragement when I’m not sure if I can ever open my heart and soul to love again, reminding me of the knowledge I’ve gained and the potential of my future. Some of them have fought on my team since we were in diapers, and we’ve come in and out of each other’s lives, shifting from friendship level as needed. Bottom line, these are my soul connections, my family, the people I truly believe I’ve known for eternity. They know Lindsey, and then they know Lindsey. They see my soul and I see theirs, and it’s really quite beautiful to have a connection like that.   Now, the last point my parents taught me was the one constant in life, change. This was as equally hard to grasp as the concept of acquaintances, but I think with the years I’ve become a little more used to it. It used to bother me, the concept of losing friends. With some people I felt such an intense connection, I couldn’t fathom how our lives would ever survive without that. Here’s one thing I’ve learned, where one friend is lost another is waiting to be gained. I value the concept of change, because it brings with it the hope that wherever you are at in your life, you will have what you need through current or new friendships. It’s exciting, meeting new people and gaining perspectives and cultures.   Of course, we don’t lose all of our friends, some we may keep most of our lives, but the beauty of change is that it brings hope, perspective, and brightness for the future.   I’ve moved quite a bit since May, I moved home where I needed friends and people to lift me up as I searched for a job, and God happily provided. I moved to Salt Lake, a humongous city that felt like it was going to swallow me whole, and I needed friends to keep the jaws open, and show me the beauty that can be found in dark places—God happily provided. Most recently I moved to Orem, a city I never expected to live in, and I desperately needed friends. I needed people that accepted me as I was, supported me as I struggled to start on the new path my life is in, and help me as I discovered new roads and perspectives I didn’t know I had. God has happily provided.   I guess lately I’ve just been extremely grateful for the friendship and people my life. I look back and recognize the people that helped me on my way, turning around on their own paths to give me a hand and pull me a little farther up the mountain. There are individuals who quite literally saved my life, and although I have tried I can never thank them enough.   My life isn’t anywhere near where I thought it would be, but I do know it’s everything it’s supposed to be. There are some holes here and there, but those holes are filled with countless friendship that I know God put in my life exactly for that reason. No matter which category you think you fall into, know that I truly love and appreciate each and every one of you. You are needed, you are loved, and you are appreciated exactly as you are. 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Life’s too short to not have a happily ever after

The trick with happily ever after is people are always waiting for the after. After I lose 15 pounds I'll be happy. After this semester things will be different and I'll be happy. After I get married, after I get out of debt, after I get a new job, after I'm out of high school. I'm stopping that cycle.
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When you think you’re done, go back one more time.

That first day of my internship, I went to work expecting a situation like my old job. Now that I've established myself and gotten into the swing of things, I love my new job. I'm already learning so much and can't wait for what the future holds.
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