What my twenties are teaching me: Diana

Diana came to stay at my house a few weekends ago and I truly felt I was in the presence of an angel.  She’s the definition of a lamb.  She’s also a talented photographer, blogger, wife, and mom to be.  I’m so glad you all get a little dose of Diana today.  I think it’ll start your day off nicely (:

Hello, there fellow fairy-tales-are-truerers! If you’re like
me, you’ve enjoyed this lovely series that the beautiful Sarah has put together
for all of us to reflect back on and if you’re really
like me, you don’t
want them to end. But we all know the saying about good things coming to an
end… and just the same, so will the most beautiful time in my life thus far, my
ever thrilling-confusing-gracious-wouldn’t-have-it-any-other-way 20’s.

 I remember
being in my early 20’s, with a boyfriend I couldn’t get enough of (I mean, really…
see for yourself below), plans I could fill pages and pages of books with, and
a dorm room of four friends that shared late study nights, drama, and each
other’s canned soup. During that time, I was in college for pre-med school and
had big plans of becoming a doctor, earning a very good living, marrying my
then boyfriend, buying our first home, getting a Pomeranian (those furballs
just kill me), and eventually starting a family, all in that order. Little did
I know that my plans? They were about to meet with a thing called fate in a
head-on collision. 

As a sidenote, one of my plans did pan out the way I had
hoped. Looking back , my wedding day was the single happiest day of my life and
the best part of all the plans God has had for me. My now husband, aka
handsome-face, is my very own, real life fairy tale come true. I’m not quite
sure how I managed to lock him in for life, but I did. And I’m thankful every.
single. day
 The rest of my well thought out
plans, however, didn’t quite work out so well. I graduated with my bachelor’s
in biology, quickly learned I hated hospitals (never a good thing for doctors),
was sick to my stomach at the idea of continuing on a career path for the sake
of financial security alone, my dream of a white-picket fenced home was
replaced with a tiny condo, and handsome-face husband was allergic to dogs.
My early twenties taught me that I
didn’t know myself very well. That my dreams, desires, and goals, weren’t
actually my own and that I needed to grow, learn, and as cheesy as it sounds,
trust the instincts within me. As my husband got the job that would soon pave
his own way and enrolled in a Master’s program, he encouraged me to pursue my
dreams. My dreams. Whatever they may be, he gave me the permission to
stand up strong, confident, and encouraged me to pick myself back up each time
I failed and try again. And fail I did. Many times.
But I also succeeded… I learned… I
grew… I found a passion within me that I didn’t know I had… and mostly, I
dreamt dreams that I was no longer afraid to pursue. I look back on the last 8 years and smile. They were years of confusion, tears, frustration, head over
heels love, pure joy, friendships, failure, success, travels, and best of all,

Simple discoveries like my mother being right 98% of the time
(especially when it came to the sun… darn you, SPF), exercise and diet are just
as important as the occasional indulgence of rocky road ice cream, and family
truly is everything. And  then
there were the not so simple discoveries that took years and years to reach
(and am still reaching), like my career. But I smile back on all of that
because I wouldn’t trade any of it (okay, maybe the beginning
signs of wrinkles). I smile because I got the chance to go through the best part
of my life so far, with the best person by my side. I smile because I’m still
discovering. Today, at 28, I am a photographer, a blogger, a wife, and a
mother-to-be for the first time. Today, I get to experience life like never
before and though I know that life will continue to teach and shape me with
each passing day, I feel more excited than ever to begin the next chapter, my
30’s. And my plans? Well, I don’t make many these days… We just live, dream,
and thank the good Lord for each “today”. 
Find Diana on her Website / Pinterest / Twitter / Facebook
and don’t forget that I’ll be linking up with anyone who would like to share what they’ve learned / are learning when I share my own lessons tomorrow!

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  • Reply Gaby

    awesome series! and i'm totally with diana, figuring out the whole career thing has been and continues to be a huge hurdle in my twenties, but i'm sure i'll get there eventually 🙂

    May 3, 2012 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Candice

    She is quite possibly the sweetest person I've ever met. Love her and so enjoyed reading the things she's is such a great reminder to pursue the dreams that make you feel alive, not just what is "expected".

    May 3, 2012 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Lyndsay

    I really love this series! Diana sounds so sweet, I love her lessons!

    May 3, 2012 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Anna

    Loving this series, Sarah!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply barefoot duchess

    she is a gorgeous girl

    May 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Liz

    I felt sad when this post was over! She has such a lovely way of writing and her story enthralled me! What a gorgeous couple, too 🙂

    May 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    Ohhh Diana. One of my favorite people and this blog post is why. :

    May 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Michelle (michabella)

    This was beautiful!!! <3

    May 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Eileen Morales

    I simply LOVE her!

    May 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Celeste

    "We live, dream and thank the good Lord for each today"… Love that. This is such a great reminder that life is a journey. You stumble, fall flat on your face and pick yourself up time and time again. Things go 'wrong' and that's the beauty in life itself. We've got 'plans' but His plans are much greater! Love this and look forward to learning more about Diana

    May 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Sheila @ The FailteHouse

    This was a great way to start my morning, what a beautiful read an inspiration! Thanks for sharing another great blogger!

    May 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply angie

    Another great post that made me think! Thanks for doing this series, very enjoyable!

    May 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    I seriously love this series! I wrote my post today and can't wait to link it up tomorrow!


    May 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply The Yuppie Files

    So true! I had a career crisis too in my early twenties and it was a rough time. I don't think I realized until this past year at 28 that I did not really know myself at all for my early 20's & am learning to simply embrace & recognize who I am.

    This series is so perfect now that I'm 29 & can really reflect before the big 3-0!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply ashley // chasing heartbeats

    miss sarah, i am LOVING this series and can't wait to read your post tomorrow!
    and her photography is gorgeous 🙂

    May 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Such a great series. Thanks for bringing all these great bloggers to one place 🙂

    May 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    this is such an inspiring series! Thank you so much for doing this!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Holly

    Diana is my favorite of the series so far! I love her outlook on life. I love how she wrote about her early life plans, then while discovering herself & she found her true passions. That right there is my biggest take-away from my 20's.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Brooke Cushman

    You are all the cutest people!1`

    May 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Ash

    i LOVE this post so much!! i feel like i can totally relate- my early twenties, i didnt know A THING about me.. in 26 days ill be 27, and i feel like im just now finally starting to understand me..

    and boy do i LOVE it!

    great series sarah!

    May 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Kelly { MessyDirtyHair }

    omg you are so pretty! i just found your lovely blog. new follower for sure! i love this entire post! excited to read more!

    May 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm
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