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There have been seasons in my life where I’ve had to constantly remind myself: take it one step at a time. When I entered the workforce as an eager new grad on the hunt for my first adult job. When I went through my first breakup and I, more than anything, wanted my heart to be whole. When L.A. reopened in spring 2021 after the state-wide closure due to the pandemic and the pace of the city seemingly went from zero to 100 overnight.

One step at a time. I constantly remind myself to go back to this age-old adage. 

It is in the waiting seasons where we are refined and experience growth.

It seems as human beings that we are hard-wired for instant gratification. We want to reach the dream, the goal, the desired outcome and the next step quickly and without delay. If we could, most of us would bypass the waiting seasons that we so often find ourselves in. However, it is in the waiting seasons where we are refined and experience growth.

If you find yourself in a waiting season or a place where you are anxiously anticipating moving onto the next thing, I encourage you to take it one step at a time. Rome truly wasn’t built in a day, and neither is anything of true value. As we learn to breathe and pace ourselves, may we find grace as we patiently wait for the next thing.

Rome truly wasn’t built in a day, and neither is anything of true value.

With hope,
Stephanie Taylor, Online Managing Editor

How have you learned to process feelings of anxiety or overwhelm attached to the unknown? What is the value in looking at the next step versus the full staircase?

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