Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Promise

With work, planning for my Etsy shop, graduations, birthdays, weddings, and lots of dates and phone conversations with my favorite people, life has been full of distractions. Sometimes your life looks wonderful on paper, but your heart is shattered. Putting those pieces back together is the most beautiful experience though, because you can only start that process when you are completely honest with yourself. It starts with a foundation: promises that I want to define my life and hold true in my heart.

I promise to treat myself with kindness and respect.
I promise to hold myself to realistic expectations and forgive myself if I fail.
I promise to be honest with myself and with others.
I promise to feel my emotions with all their intensity but not to dwell on the negative.
I promise to stay true to my heart and my soul.
I promise to challenge myself even when I don't want to be challenged.
I promise to stop holding back when I need to let go.
I promise to stop trying to control what only God can.
I promise to trust that God has my best interests at heart.
I promise to give the Lord my past, present, and future.
I promise to never stop asking questions.
I promise to never judge.
I promise to always create, imagine, and dream.
I promise to never stop trying new things.
I promise to always have an open heart.
I promise to love others the way Jesus loved and love with my whole heart.
I promise to never cease praying or forget its power.
I promise to never live in a bubble and to never stop exploring.
I promise to never settle for the ordinary.
I promise to stop being scared.
I promise to be content in the present.

What have you promised yourself?


  1. So beautiful, Taylor, and I am so proud of you. I know that your life will continue to be a shining star in a world that can be dark; you are, indeed, my shining star. I promise to always love you and be there for you as long as I live on this planet and even after I am gone, no matter what the circumstances, no matter what you are going through, no matter what you say or do.

  2. This is a wonderful list! A list we should all live by :)
    You have put it beautifully Taylor; your strength and your spirit and your shine come through loud and clear. You've started the process in the right place and will have a wonderful journey to much joy in your life!
    Thank you for sharing this ♥♥♥

  3. Taylor - thanks for sharing your beautiful post. I love having an open heart too, regardless of what seems to be happening in our world. And being completely present to everything just exactly the way it is.

    And remembering who I am. That all is well, in divine perfection, in the eternal now.

    Keep shining your light Taylor. x

  4. Thank you all so much for your encouragement and kind words :)