To a Younger Me

Oh Sarah, you are so young. You have so much life ahead of you. You have experienced so much and so little. You are called to do great things. You will accomplish a lot, but you’ll fail a lot too. It’s okay to fail. Sometimes what you think you want isn’t what you need.

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Turns out college classes teach you a lot, but they don’t teach you everything. You will continue to learn after graduation, after a few months of freelancing, and even after you’ve been in your job for over a year. The learning never stops, and you really don’t want it to.

The world is a lot bigger than you think it is, and it all matters. The hurt, pain, and turmoil that your brothers and sisters around the world face every single day – it matters.

And hey, Dyersburg is a small town, but it’s not the smallest by any means. And you are really blessed to have such deep roots in a community. Your friends and family, the people there, the memories you have – they matter too. You have great people around you. Listen to them.

Community is a word that is spoken a lot but really hard to create. It’s hard to make friends that are interested in similar things as you. Don’t take your people for granted. Life is short! Take chances. Tell those people you love them. Sneak out to look at the stars. Dance in the street. Spend the night on the roof. Live life to the fullest.

Loss hurts. Let it. Then let it motivate you to do something and be something.

I love you and I believe in you. Keep smiling! You got this.
Sarah


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Called to Rest?

Somehow it’s already the middle of July, and after a well-timed message from a friend I began to reflect on the past six months.

My word for this year is rest. Most of last year was filled to the brim with weddings, parties, trips, and work events – and these were all good things, but there was no time left. I used it all up. I filled up my time before I’d even realized it. So when I had nothing left, I turned to the Lord and He gave me the word rest.

And now here we are, half way through this next year, and it seems like it’s happening again. But then, that message I received spoke volumes. "He can handle it if you will just give it over to Him."

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 

Y’all, work is hard. Life is heavy. Everyone needs something from you. Invitations to events come in. You make plans. You fill up your calendar as full as it can be, and then you have nothing left to give. The world has plenty of suggestions for us. Keep going. Hustle. Push through and it will all work out. This season will pass.

But what if we aren’t always called to push through? What if we are called to rest?

Okay, hear me out. I love a good sleep-until-you-wake-up kind of Saturday morning, but that’s not what I mean. I don’t think the rest we’re seeking can be found in cozy sheets or comfy pillows.

We can try to find rest in worldly things. We can try to handle it all ourselves, but we sure aren’t going to make much progress without Him.

I don’t think we’re supposed to seek rest apart from the Lord.

He calls us to take on His yoke, and He promises it will be light.

So if life’s got you down, look up. Trust God for the strength to carry your burdens – you just work on learning how to be more like Him.


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Here We Go

My days typically begin with coffee, breakfast, checking emails. Most of my trips start by packing, grabbing a coffee, getting gas. Before I design I first have ideas, sketches, dreams… all of that is usually over a cup of coffee (or two). Okay so you get it, right? I love coffee.

But how do you start a thing as wide open as a blog? I’ve done plenty of research on topics and ways to begin, and eventually I found myself facing a wall built of my own fears and intimidation.

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I'm gonna be honest with y'all - these past couple of months have been rough. Balancing work and marriage and owning a biz, starting new adventures, traveling for family and weddings and vacation... I've been trying to do it all.

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. We can't do it all. Not on our own. The Lord has been calling me to rest in His promise that He is already working on all the things. He shields us from the hurt and pain and exhaustion of the world, and He provides a place to rest. It's not easy but it's worth it. 

So, here we go. It won’t be easy but if He’s calling me to it, it will be worth it.