Not Quite There Yet

When one of my best friends posted this on my facebook wall last night, it literally spoke volumes to me. And made me smile and feel so great that others share this sentiment with me and that it's not the end of the world (sorry for my excitement-induced run-ons...).

 Back in October I wrote a post labeled "Perspective" that touched on how "I'm Not Quite There Yet" and how that is more than okay. After seeing the above picture and with graduation approaching, it's very fitting. Please note these are my thoughts specific to my life. I admire each and every one of you who have made the best decisions for yourselves :) Here's an excerpt of the post with some updates/edits:

"Sometimes when I think about how old, or young, I am, I feel like I should be married, buying a house and maybe have, or planning to have, kids by now. Yet here I am still in school and without a job - or even an engagement. But then I stop and think. Really think. Let’s take this week - I had my last law school class (EVER!) because I am graduating with my Juris Doctor this month! I've went on many an interview for a full-time attorney job. I have applied to jobs all over the country... someone's bound to hire me, right? I've been lucky enough to travel 3 times (Chicago, Hawaii & NC) this year already and have at least 2 more trips (Hawaii and Vegas!) in the works, and I have a family, partner and friends who support me in all that I do.

Would I have been able to do this all if I was married to T and potentially a mother? Possibly. But during these years it would have been very difficult, if not impossible.

Ultimately, I am very happy with my decisions and the way my life has panned out thus far. Sure, I may not be getting married at 25 and having kids at 26 like I had hoped when I was a little girl BUT I've been blessed nonetheless every step of the way. God willing, I will be a successful attorney, and marriage and kiddos will follow - when the time is right. And yes, maybe my career plans will change as life happens, but it'll be because it's for the best and that bridge will be crossed when need be. Right now, though, these are my dreams and if I'm not reaching for them now, then when? I will be the first person in my family to cross the stage at a graduate school graduation ceremony, just as I was the first to do so at a college graduation ceremony. I will be the first attorney in my family. And all of this makes me feel so empowered at the age of 24.75 and more than okay that my life isn’t turning out exactly how I planned… because, in many ways, it is actually turning out better."

Welcome back to the link up unlike any other...
Not Quite There Yet!
This link up is specifically for non-mommy and/ or unmarried bloggers.
(We still love all you married with kids folks!)
This will be a weekly link up rotating through different social media outlets for us to connect through. I hope that this link up will facilitate the making of many new friendships and partnerships. We are all in the same boat, let's get to know each other and support each other through life's twists and turns.
We now have an Instagram giveaway happening! 
Be sure to repost this picture with the #ilovecoffee and tag me (@dalaynalanee)! A winner will be chosen next Wednesday, May 8th.
Alright, let's kick this thing off!
We will be linking up our INSTAGRAM accounts this week.
You know the drill...
1. Follow your host. That's me! :D
2. Follow ALL of your co-hosts. please and thank you!
3. Link up your INSTAGRAM account.
Next week we will be linking up our Bloglovin' accounts!
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  1. I feel like that all the time. No matter where I am in life, I feel like I should be somewhere else. I think that's just drive. And, like you, I feel so blessed that everything has worked out as it should- even though it's not on my timeline, it has all fallen into place.

  2. Oh my gosh, I love this! I can relate in so many ways. It's crazy how life throws curve balls and things don't go according to how I planned! But looking back, I realize that things worked out more perfectly than I could have imagined.

  3. I absolutely love this! Some days I still don't have my shit together and I'm almost 28 haha.

  4. Love this!! I have days I feel like this way too much, haha.

  5. If you try to rush life, then it will never turn out as beautifully as if you let it happen ;)