Dancing to the Music of Life: {Guest Post by Valerie}

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Valerie is a misplaced urban girl who recently moved from DC to Utah. She loves good food, thoughtful conversation, and all things tropical. Belize is calling her name in January and she hopes the world will still be around even if the Mayan Calendar isn't.

Please forgive me for the bit of self-reflection that I'm about to indulge in. This post was influenced by the recent opportunity I've had to ponder my blessings. I credit my thoughts to the life altering experiences that have been thrown in my path when I tried to resist change.

“It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these
things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will
reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but
life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.”
                                                                                                        Donald Miller

This quote perfectly sums up the past four months of my life. I've recently transplanted myself from the hectic, ever changing lifestyle of a working professional in the Washington, DC metro area to the quiet, slower paced life of living in Utah. I'll admit the decision to move back to Utah wasn't one I desired, but rather a sense of duty to be closer to an ailing mother. I was uncertain of the lifestyle adjustment and yearned to stay in the bustling metropolis of the city. Fortunately, the timing to move was perfect! 
Driving through Alta, UT
Since moving to Utah, my world has been enriched by mountain drives to soak in fall foliage (where I even saw a moose!), hiking in the tops of birch-filled forests, spending time with family whom I haven't lived near for years, rekindling old friendships and opening doors to new friendships. Opportunities have a strange way of coming into your life when you aren't expecting them. I've learned that it is key to accept life's circumstances and dance to the beat of the music. (Even if you think the music should be a fast-paced samba when you're dancing to the methodic rhythm of a slower-paced waltz.) I often wonder if this change was selfishly put in my life to shape my future and help me reflect on the simple things that transform our lives.

Reflecting at Silver Lake


  1. Love this quote Val! Thanks for sharing. Let's do dinner in December, yes?

  2. I miss you Val! We'll do Southern Utah together next year.


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