• Courtney McLane Mize

We Were Made For More

I was feeling all kinds of nostalgic this weekend thinking back to my early blogging days and am excited to be sharing a little piece of memory lane with you! As you may or may not know, Doing Twenty Something was actually born in January of 2016 and did not always used to live here. What I’m saying is, before I actually purchased this domain, Doing Twenty Something used to be a Wordpress blog and not just www.doingtwentysomething.com. I went back to that old Wordpress website this past Friday and was reading through my first blog posts ever published; the posts with nothing more than a lot of text and a gold polka dot stock-photo banner. Looking back and being reminded of where this all started, how this all started, and how far this platform has come truly melts my heart.

I will never forget the day I decided to start my blog. Judging by my Instagram and post-college accomplishments, no one would have ever known that I was actually at the lowest point in my early adult life. I had started my career, received a promotion, lived in my own two-bedroom apartment, spent multiple hours a week volunteering at church, and weekends on rooftops in downtown Nashville with a crew of friends. But slowly, things were spiraling out of control. (See more about that in today's Instagram post, @courtneyamize) I am so thankful that in my sadness and confusion, I started Doing Twenty Something. I am so grateful that the Lord continued to teach me more and more about how to work in tandem with Him, and that He put it on my heart to share what I was learning with the world. At the time, I was afraid the “world” that would see my posts would actually just be my mom, and that everyone else would think my blog was stupid, uninteresting, and annoying. But I was so mistaken. I am not a professional blogger or social media figure by any means, but this little blog, this small space that started out as a place to share my journey of adulthood has reached people all over the world. Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Australia, somehow in the black hole of cyberspace, people thousands of miles away have read what I have to say, and I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around that exciting fact, that blessing! So today, instead of talking about wedding tips or married life, I decided to share an excerpt from the first blog post I ever published. My hope is that whether you are 14, 24, or 40, these words will resonate with you and that you will remember that this life, this moment, you, are worth more than anything we could ever imagine. You are loved beyond measure and no matter what this life has thrown or will throw at you, there is always something greater coming your way.

Even in moments of sadness, I am filled with this hope that “more” is exactly what God wants me to remember.
We are more than the apologies we never got. We are more than the hurt other people lay on us, whether they know it or not. We are more than the highlight reels of social media. We are more because HE IS MORE. So whether you are having the best day of 2016, or wish you were back in bed hiding out from the world, take a deep breath, and tell yourself this… “Today I am more than what I was yesterday. I am growing into more of the person I am supposed to be. I am more than any pain I feel today or struggles that have been weighing me down since yesterday. Today I will love more, hope more, dream more, and do more, because I am unashamedly adored by The One who did the most. I am more than what the world tells me I am, and I will live by that promise today.”