I (Laura) love collecting all the catalogs that come in over the week and taking time on Saturday to look through them all very diligently to make sure I am not missing anything I might need! Perusing the catalog is cheaper than going to the actual store. I mark the items I love and must have, but never really purchase!
On this particular perusing excursion I was looking through a Macy’s catalog filled with all kinds of trinkets and gift items. Slowly turning each page, being careful not to miss any lovely gift for someone I might know, I stopped and there it was! My life changed forever at that moment!
One Saturday afternoon snuggled under my plush cheetah print blanket with coffee in hand, I found myself perusing I did not see the color of the plate, the cost of the plate, nor did I check whether a 50% discount was available to acquire the plate. All I saw were the words imprinted on the plate!
Finally a store had captured my heart’s motto! My husband, Jay, would tell you that many stores capture my heart! But this was different. I knew in my soul that this is how I would forever live my life.
Now before you call me melodramatic or a little over the top (because if you knew me you would know that neither of those words are commonly associated with me), you should know that one of my highest values in life is uniqueness. These words captured that value precisely!
Since that Saturday, I have lived life striving to be extraordinary and no longer masquerading as ordinary – not always easy. Ordinary is easy and accepted. A desire to want to be extraordinary, can, at times, be seen by others as an oddity, nonconforming, atypical and or incredulous! It means walking away from life as others see it and striving for something more. I don’t want to be like everyone else! I want to be the woman, wife, mom, and friend, God created me to be. I was created by an extraordinary God, to be an extraordinary woman, and live an extraordinary life, for Him.