If you think about it, we have all known someone that has settled, and maybe even we have settled from time to time.  Settling can look different for many people, be it settling in a relationship or a career, and can even be in the place they are living or another situation.

One think I believe I can say with honesty is that I never want to settle.  From time to time it may be the 'easy' thing to do, but is it really what is best for us?  I don't think so.  I am sure y'all are like me and you have either said or thought before that one of your friends or family members has settled.  For me that leaves a bad taste in my mouth because I never want someone to think that about me.  EVER.

So how does one avoid that?  How does one avoid settling?  I'm glad you asked because I have a few theories on that:
1. Always strive to make yourself better.  Just like the saying goes, 'if you don't love yourself, then who will?'  Striving to make oneself better can look very different.  It can be:
-Growing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
-Taking care of ourselves from the inside-out.
-Be your own happy.

2. Never stop dreaming.  The moment you do you have settled.

3. Second best is not an option.  That is one that is probably heard most in terms of men, which I firmly believe.  I also believe this applies to careers, all relationships and just the way we live our lives in general.

To sum it up, I would have to say:
4. BE the BEST You. BE the person your dog thinks you are.  Be the woman you want to be.  BE the woman you admire.

I hope this motivates you in many different ways like it has me.  I hope it motivates you to quit settling or better yet to preserver and continue on your individual journey.  We all have a journey and each one is completely different, and I thank God for the beauty in that everyday.

Judges 18:6, "...'Go in peace.  Your journey has the Lord's approval.'"


Stephanie said…
Beautiful thoughts, Lauren. Never stop dreaming - amen :) Have a lovely weekend. Hugs!
Ginny Williams said…
Great post and great tips on how to not settle.

I think that as I get older, I don't settle as much. I embrace change and always try to find ways to better myself to be a better me, like you said in #4.

I want to try new things a lot. I dont like setteling on work either. I did college, then tried nursing school (hated it), I'm a nanny now, and want to write a childrens book in the coming years. I dont know what I dont want to settle on anything. I guess because I am always wondering if there is something else out there that I want to try.