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Let's Get Real: I Want More

I'm sure that most of you know that I'm a Christian, and with a title like this, you're probably thinking "Oh, she's gonna preach about contentment."

Well, you're wrong. Yes, I believe contentment is a huge part of being satisfied with your life, but I also think that there are goals placed in us that we should strive to reach. 

Today's post was sparked by a conversation with my dad. We were talking about a friend of mine and how she'd found a good guy. 
"I think he could make her happy. She doesn't need much to be satisfied, unlike you," my dad said.
"Hey!" I said indignantly. "What does that mean?"
"Well, she's happy with simple things. You're different."
"How so?" I asked cautiously, bracing myself for a lecture.
"No, no, it's not a bad thing. You two are just different. I think you want more from life. I mean, you're not satisfied with a simple farm life, are you?"

I tucked that conversation into the back of my mind, and it hasn't left. 
Because my dad is right. 

I want more out of life. So much more. I want to experience new things, travel the world, and soak it all in. I want to fly to foreign countries, learn different cultures, and try new things. I don't want that cushioned, tourist version either - I want to live the way everyday people do in their country; go through the grit, the trials, and the satisfaction that comes with knowing I did it.

I want to try new things. And along the way I'll fail at a few - but I'll know that I gave it a shot. I want to get a motorcycle and travel around to different states and see the sites. There are so many beautiful wonders of nature that are right here in our country that I still haven't seen. I want to go out and see them all. I want to find every country road and take it. To race down dirt roads and discover isolated beauty in the wilderness, what's left that is - that's what I want.

I want to be recognized as a writer. My desire has always been to publish something, and one day I hope I will. Who knows, perhaps one day I'll write a short book and you'll recognize a lot of the writing from what I put up on this blog.

I want to finish my education, and continue on to do something I love. I want to get a steady job, then while I work, pursue another degree in graphic design and photography. I want to know what it feels like to live on my own, learn through trial and error how to take care of household problems, and become independent. I want to know that I can take care of myself.

I want to discover what it feels like to be swept off my feet - again. Is it possible? My last romance came straight from a movie - star gazing on top of roofs, taking mini roadtrips and getting lost together, serenades in my ear, and an unwavering knowledge that I was loved. Could anyone top this boy from my past?
 There is a tiny spark of hope that someone will. 

I want to do something memorable. When I pass, I want to be known for being a true Christian. I want to inspire others and let them know that being a Christian does not mean I am a hateful person who looks down on others. I also don't want them to think I'm a spineless fool who doesn't stand for what's right. After all, it's "hate the sin, not the sinner." We all fall short, and if you can fully grasp what that means, then no true Christian could ever look down their nose at others and sniff haughtily in scorn.  

So far, I've been to one foreign country and survived the third world difficulties that come with it, had my heart broken and learned that it does mend together again eventually, and moved into an apartment with three other girls and discovered the joys and frustrations that can come with it. 

So I'm on my way...

But I want more.

I have goals and hopes for the future, and I don't think that's a bad thing.
What do you want?

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

72 comments

Nathyness said...

You definitely seem like the right kind of Christian to me. Although most of the people in my life have been Christians, I've only met a handful who I can truly say represent the best of Christianity. I don't know you know you, because there's only so much knowing you can do online. But I feel like I do, and I think you're genuinely a good person.

I hope you'll go on to publish too. Are you interested in fiction? Non-fiction? Both? I wonder what themes you're interested in too, as a writer.

Marlen said...

i definitely agree with your pops- wanting more isn't necessarily a bad thing. you just have this huge appetite for life and want to experience it in every single way. that kind of curiosity is special, and you should definitely reach for those dreams that you have :)

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Sakuranko said...

Perhaps my comment sounds a bit rude people can believe in fairy unicorns, magic and also in God everyone is free if you are a Christian because you believe in Christ is not a problem for me and it should not be for anyone. I think society has imposed on us that things we do or follow. That of having a family is not something for everyone. And I understand that you love your job and be independent because I also love those things. I think we should expect more, meet, travel and dream are amazing things. We only have one life must be lived as we think it is better.

Forever Fashion said...

I commend you for posting this. It has been the best post I ever read from you. Maybe because I'm a religious person myself, a writer and I'm dead set on traveling the world and seeing how people truly live on their day-to-day lives. It's incredible that you're already reaching those goals. (I would love to move out with my best friends and see if I can support myself, but that will come in its own time). For now, I would love to finish the book I've been working on for the past few years and see if I'm cut out for the writing career, finish getting my degree and find a job I love. Maybe even fall in love again with someone who was meant to be with me. Anyways, I leave it in the hands of God to guide me through life and hopefully make the right decisions.
I wish you the best!!

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Kim Alston said...

It's not a bad thing at all Linda. It's awesome! Write those things down. Write down what you want to do. You're young. You can do it. Do a little each and every chance you get. Put extra money aside. Let it build up and GO! You're going to accomplish everything you've written here. You have the desire to do so. ((hug))
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Annie said...

Very well said Linda! And I think it's so awesome that you want to do all those things...I hope you get to :)

Annie
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Barbara de Robles said...

very well said! hope everything goes as well as you deserve!!


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The Braided Bandit said...

Your pops sounds like a pretty smart guy :) I think its great that you know so much of what you want, I wish I had more of my goals figured out for myself! I think you are on the perfect path to do great things!
xo Hannah

Toks said...

Good for you Linda. It's great to want all of those things out of life. Keep thinking that way
xoxoxoxo

Lily said...

So many of your recent posts have made me think a lot. This strongly resonated with me. I want a lot out of my life too, and many of the things you mentioned made my heart twinge in agreement.
I was actually feeling the same way you were and you inspired me to write my own post about life and the things I want.
You are a beautiful writer Linda and I wish you the best with all your dreams!

Jo Abiog said...

You're not alone :) I think that what's important is having the courage to go on the path that YOU want (as long as it is a moral path, of course) and being faithful on your own journey, never forgetting that it is God Himself who blesses you with all of it!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. It's nice to know that us girls, no matter where we are, can somehow relate to each other. :)

Oh, love your sweater and bag!!

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Renae Simple Sequins said...

Yes, you will be a writer. You already are. Yes, you will be loved again because you love. Yes, you will travel more because you have traveled. Yes, you can have it all because you have it all now, access to it all. GO, Go, go on and you will have it.

Ali Hval said...

There's nothing wrong with wanting more to life! If anything, that's just meaning you want to push past the barriers of simplicity and pursue something beyond (cough) those traditionally defined women's roles (cough), Linda. You can't just settle for something you don't want, and well, I don't have to preach that for you, you already sound like you have yourself figured out. There's no fun to just pick someone and be "okay" with it. You want it to be AWESOME! Or else life just wouldn't be fun. I don't know if that makes any sense. My brain isn't making any sense today.

Fashion Lover said...

Great post! It's not a bad thing to look for more in your Live!!

Xoxo!

ZADIN said...

I find myself in many of your desires.
Everything is possible when you put your mind to it.

mariafelicia magno said...

well said!!!great post
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Lorena said...

Go for it!
I admire the free spirit that wants to do good :)
I 've done and seen a few things but, i still have a huge to do list in my mind :)

dinda belle said...

You're very special Lin, beside you're a religious and smart .. You always want to learn more :) keep up the good work, go ahead for your future and Im sure someday you'll be a stylish well-known writter :))

ittybittydittys said...

It's good that you have wish to have more in your life. Striving to become the best you can be will lead to a fulfilling life! And it's great that you know what you want to know what to work for:) Thank you for you words-always good for thought.
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Gaby V said...

It's kinda hard to put what you REALLY want out of life in words, and you actually did it quite wonderfully. I think the path we take helps mold our brains(and hearts) into learning what we want each day.

A year ago, I graduated from college with my bachelor's in business. All I really wanted was a full time, well paying, job. But now that I have that, I realize that's not ALL I want. I want to have a passion for what I do. I want to go to work knowing that it's not always going to be flowers and sunshine but it's going to be hard and at the end of the day know I kicked some major butt.

That's only one of the things I want... and I have a serious feeling that one day I'll have it. I'm sure you'll get what you want as well. The key is not to settle!

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Sam said...

Hi Linda, i can already see you publishing something, you're a fantastic writer as proved by this post. I think you serves everything you want, because you're a wonderfully kind, considerate, vibrant and spirited person. I hope you get to achieve all your dreams, and more!

Regine Karpel said...

I loved this post!
I want to find the joy in every day!
I don't want to be afraid of failure!
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Mish R. (LBD and Onesies) said...

I think there's nothing wrong with wanting and dreaming for more. It keeps you driven to achieve each and one of them. I think you'll be a great writer and I hope your dreams do come true. :)

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Gina Alyse said...

This post talking about your dream has encouraged me to look at mine again and evaluate what I would like to do in the future and now, even. It's awesome that we can want more and we have the apetite to really experience everything that life offers. We just need to be present in every moment that we can be and truly live for what God has called us to do! And it all takes baby steps and patience, but it's such an awesome journey knowing you are following Christ and following your dreams.

xo, gina

Rose-et-Violet said...

I totally understand about wanting more from life. Sometimes I feel the same way -- like, I don't want things to come easily to me but at the same time I want to be happy with what happens in my life, because they happened as a result of my hard work. You've got a good outlook and great drive-- I'm sure you'll be able to take on life strong, and in the way you want it to happen.

-Rose

Laura said...

This is such a great post because it is so true. I see girls that I graduated with that are getting married and having babies, but I want so much more than that. I want to travel and see things and meet people. I've actually considering of going into ministry as of late, I just like that my doors are wide open! I want to keep blogging and using it to meet wonderful people like you!

Joandy said...

I hope to read a book from you in the future, you write beautifully...!!!

ROXTHEFOX said...

It's so funny I've been thinking all of the same things, and my Jerusalem post kinda takes me back to those times where I said I was going to make changes in my life!! I love your outlook on life, this post really resonated with me. There's so much more I want out of life too, although I feel like I'm always racing against time.

And it's hard to find people who honor their religion like you do these days. You are such a beautiful soul! I hope you can achieve your travel goals!

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Belated Bloomer said...


Your post is open and honest. I believe it isn't wrong to want things, better things in life, to explore and travel and dream, so long as we have our priorities right. You seem to be in a good place with God and I applaud you for that. :)

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Viv said...

Thanks for sharing in this post :)

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Ashley said...

Linda. This seriously took my breath away. Stunning, gorgeous words. Your love for Jesus is so apparent and shines through your writing, lady!!

To your wants out of life....they will happen.
Just remember....Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Anything is possible with God on your side

Love you girl!!

xo Ashley

shamuboo said...

As bright, strong and wonderful as you are, dear, all of that is not only possible, but highly likely. You would be such a great ambassador of America and Christianity wherever you went, and shine like such a bright light, just like you do on your blog. I find you so impressive and am excited to see some of what you hope the future holds. Big goals do not always equal big results, but big goals plus an amazing woman like you will always equal a memorable, fulfilling life. You will have all this and more, sweet one.

Sonia De Macedo said...

I think it's wonderful you have an idea about who you are and what you want from life, most people just wander aimlessly and never pay attention to their needs. I hope all your dreams come true darling. And that we will see some published work of your soon and I am sure you'll definitely inspire regardless

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Lala H said...

I dont see anything wrong with what you want. I think wanting more and pushing yourself tfor your goals is pretty reasonable. I am the same way. I grew up very poor and worked hard to get to college so i can give my kids a better future and that they dont have to go thru the same hardship i did.

libys11 said...

this is really inspiring.. i think that people should really strive to achieve their full potential!! :D great post, dear!

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Joyce said...

Love this post so much! I completely agree, I don't want to be just content, I want to be excited about my life. I want to travel and see new things. There are so many places to explore and so many different career paths to take and I think that's what makes life amazing. There is definitely nothing wrong with always wanting more, it just makes us work harder and the end result will be so worth it.

SaraM said...

Wanting more is a good thing, as long as you're able to appreciate when you've found something perfect, which I'm sure you are.
For a long time, I've felt the same, wanting more out of life. But I was always too afraid to go out and get it, until now. In 4 days, I'm putting on my big girl pants and moving out! I'm terrified, but it's going to be so so so worth it! (as I can see from your own experience :)
I really hope you get all you truly desire, and even more ;)

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Kati said...

Thanks for your kind words on my last post!
This is a really inspiring post and I'm sure a lot of us can agree. I also want to life live to the fullest, because who really knows how much time we have left on earth?

Have a fantastic day,
-Kati

Camille said...

It's a good thing to expect more from life and the future. I also thing expect the same things from you!


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SHOP STYLE CONQUER said...

this post is lovely put!
and from reading your blog its easy to see your 'go and get it' attitude and your desire for adventure! i guess im the same in ways, i dont want to be stuck in little old new zealand, i want to travel and work around the world and complete the full circle back to my hometown to raise a family :) i guess that makes me half and half, easily content by the little things but only after ive seen everything i want to see


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Mica said...

Such a lovely post, with a lot of great points Linda!

I think it's natural to be curious and adventurous, so yes take advantage of your drive and energy to go out and experience new things :)

And the bits about being a Christian are so true too. As my pastor once said, "I hate religion". It's not about rules, it's about a relationship. Faith, hope and love. The greatest of which is love. :)


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Love and Ace said...

You're awesome - you have goals and things you want to experience and drive!! It's definitely all possible - just gotta do it and believe in yourself hun. Happy to be following you along on this journey. xx Kat

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Jessi said...

I like this. This is SO me. My Hubby is the type who is satisfied with simple every day life. But I've always felt like I wanted to do something more, be something more! I want adventure, and change and experience. I want to see everything and do everything and enjoy it all! Thanks for writing this :)
Jessi
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The Chic Sheet said...

You do yourself a great disservice in life if you are not constantly trying to fulfill your dreams and passions in some way ;) Smart girl.


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Miranda

Ashley Taylor said...

Good for you, Linda! You deserve more because there IS more. Everyone should see the world and experience everything they can. That's why there IS so much. :) More people need to think and feel like this.

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Alexandra Marie said...

Wow, this post makes me realize how alike we are! My sister and I are the same way- she's happy with simple things... I want to do all sorts of different things. Thanks for sharing! Great post! Alex

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Chai Chen said...

Always look after your future dear Linda! Never stop dreaming and believing :)

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Tanya Minxy said...

Thats the good thing. I am the same. Its always better having goals than not having them =^.^=
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JULIETTE said...

What an interesting converstation you had with your dad. I don't think it's bad at all to want something different, or to have other ideals than what people that surrounds you want. If you have a dream, then go for it, I believe that if you have determination, sooner or later you will achive it :)

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Alessandra Mazzini said...

Is good to want more about life and not get stuck in simple routines!

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Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Love the cardigan! x

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Jodie said...

You're dad is fantastic for prompting this post :) amazing.
I think I've found a kindred spirit in you, it's my dream to travel more and take a motorbike around the US.
I can 110% say you will be publishing at least one book :)
Xx

Corinne said...

I think there are a lot of people out there that are ok with just being 'happy' and 'content'.

I am the same as you, I want more, I want to experience as much as possible in the most intense way, I want to better myself and achieve everything I possible can. I want to live in my life to the fullest, regardless of the ups and downs.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Corinne x

JANICE G said...

go for your dream, i think you are a great writer! dont give up and chase for it! :)

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Larissa said...

Thanks for sharing this! You are completly right I think- we just need to listen to ours hearts and look for what it is, we really want. Travelling is great but what is even greater is to arrive at a place and to know that you can call this place home (I travelled a lot in the past years and lived in different countries, now I am happy to havee found a place where I think I can stay for some years :))
We should always do the best of ours lifes but at the same time bot complain for what er have, because we are responsible ourselves for everything, right :)!?

Happy weekend!

xx

Elsey B said...

aw! you are so beautiful! I wish all your wishes come true and one day read a book of yours. I also wish you a great time studying what you love. I love photography as well :)
it's great to know that there are young women who love Jesus and want to be a true Christian :) God bless you.
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Admirably Pretty said...

Such a beautiful post! You're a great writer!

XO Imke

Stylish By Nature said...

Such an honest post !! Great :)

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Carmen Avram said...

great post! You will definitely be swept off your feet again, you're so young! regarding your aspirations and dreams, go for them, make them happen and never give up, I know it's easy to say but if you want something and work hard, it can be achieved. :)

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Julie Smith said...

That's a really great post and I agree with you. I like your writing style :)

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jamie xm said...

babe, let me tell you one thing. DREAM BIG. never limit your dreams because you don't know how strong and able you are until you push yourself. and i know that you are a smart and strong young lady. i have confidence in you and your future as a writer or whatever you wish to become. as a full time double major student on honor roll attending a private university, believe me when I tell you that anything is possible. start now, though. do not wait!! let me know if you ever need anyone to talk to. i'm all ears ;)

xx james

caffinatedlove said...

I really believe that you were made for great things. You have big dreams and big talent and I believe that you will be given the desires of your heart.

I really appreciate how you seem to radiate what you believe. The world needs more people like that. More people like you. Basically I believe that you're doing Jesus proud <3

and, I love your outfit in that photo.

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a

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Tallia said...

This is definitely nothing wrong with wanting to travel! I am Christian as well and I definitely want to explore the world! I guess as long as you share the wealth with others

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Peet said...

Wanting more is never a bad thing. I really don't get those complacent people who seem to be so happy with nothing really. You have the world at your reach and you don't want to have a go at it? Why?? So I totally get where you're coming from, because I'm coming from there too.:) Since you mentioned a motorcycle, I remembered Benka Pulko (click) - she's pretty cool.:)

Tere Ávila said...

wow, great post honey, not only your look, but also your words :P

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erica marie said...

I was just thinking of this sort of thing the other day while driving home from work. I live in what I think is a small city...and I want more. Like you, I've always wanted to travel and see the world and just experience all it has to offer. Me and Chris always say that when we live together we will have a suitcase packed and on a whim go to the airport and pick a place to travel to...I hope it happens, and I hope everything that you want happens too!

xo erica

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Carla Florendo said...

Wanting more is good, because then it gives you motivation to strive for your dreams and to give it all you've got. I think you and I are very much alike, Linda. I want so much more than what I have right now. I want to travel too, not the way tourists do but live in different places at different times and do different things. I don't want to get a job and work forever because I don't see myself like that; I want to be my own boss. Lucky for me I found a guy who want more in life too as much as I do, and I'm happy that we get to do things together. I hope that you'll be able to find someone who'll share your passions and want the same things that you do. I wish you the best of luck with your life adventures!

Maiken said...

oh Linda, I often think about similar issues. even if I have achieved quite a lot already I still think about more.. what to do better, how to do it, why I do the things I do etc. I want to feel complete happiness one day. no worries, no problems, no bad things, only happiness. so I completely understand what you're saying and thinking here. like I'm reading my own thoughts even :) thank you for this wonderful post, dear.

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katie said...

I like this, it's funny how we're all so different with our desires and wants and what makes us feel truely happy at the end of the day. I enjoy having my projects and being able to step back in rl and say "yeah, I just built that" or "I tuaght them to do that" and it gives me a lot of joy. I'm fairly simple in that I really love gardening and I get a huge thrill out of watching the little plants slowly come up, getting to relax in the backyard on those long summer nights, but I'm so with you on the traveling! I think it's really important to get out there and see what the world has to offer, it just broadens your perspective on life and helps show what you are content with.

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