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WHATEVER IS LOVELY: BEHIND THE NAME

January  3, 2018

It took me so long to come up with a name. SO LONG. I have a notebook that has about five pages full of nonsense words. I would write down whatever words popped into my mind and hope that some of them fit together. But the problem was, I don't just want the title to be a catchy name that sounded good, I want it to mean something. Yes, I want to put beauty and lifestyle tips on this blog, but more importantly, I hope to brighten people's day. I want to write about the things I'm passionate about: not just clothes and makeup but my walk with God and whatever I have on my heart that day.  I hope to encourage people by bringing them on my walk through life.

 

So, all that to say, it only made sense to have a name that means something. Well, after several weeks of one bad idea after the other, I felt like giving up. Not on the blog, necessarily, but I was tempted to just go with a name that sounded decent and leave it at that. But one night, I was feeling really burdened and discouraged. One of my biggest struggles is my mind. I get so caught up in lies that Satan tells me until I start to believe them. It's something I've dealt with most of my life. I am sure this is a struggle many people deal with, but in the moment I always feel so alone. Sometimes I have mini panic attacks because of this, or I'll go days feeling anxious. 

 

Well, that night I opened up this book that my mom made for me on my 16th birthday. She asked all the women in my family to write their favorite scripture and things they wish they knew when they were 16. As I was flipping through it like many times before, I noticed several people had the same verse listed as their favorite. It was Philippians 4:8. As I read it, I thought about how much this applied to me. I had thought of this before while reading this scripture, but that night I just really needed to hear it. It says, 

             

 

"Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if there is anything worthy of praise, thing about these things."

This verse instantly became one of my favorites. I had heard it plenty of times, but it actually means something to me now. It reminds me to think happy thoughts when I'm anxious. As hard as it may be, we have to think about good, pure things. We can't just dwell on all the bad; that would make us go crazy. And that's what was happening to me!

 

All of a sudden I got the idea to use this as a basis for my blog name! Then I would have a name that really meant something to me, and it would set the tone for the whole blog. It would also be nice to constantly see that as a reminder for myself: to think happy thoughts.  I grabbed my notebook and jotted down ideas like sweet thoughts, happy thoughts, think happy, etc. When none of these were working, I looked back at the verse, and wondered if I could use one of the phrases, like "whatever is pure" or "whatever is admirable." Then I saw "whatever is lovely," and cheesy as it may be, I knew it was the one. It would look good in cursive, and it had a deep meaning to it. I also figured it would work describing the other things on the blog, such as clothes and make-up. Those are all "lovely" things! 

 

This really wasn't as big of a deal as I'm making it seem.  And I know that there are a couple of successful blogs with the same name... but I didn't see them until after I came up with my own name. Who knows; I might change it later. But for now, I'm really excited for the possibilities and opportunities I have with this blog to talk about deep things, but also the things every girl needs to talk about, like food and make-up and what-not. Anyway, thank you so much for reading this, and I hope every single one of you has a happy day! Be sure to think happy, lovely thoughts today:)

 

Anna  Thomas