Hot Mess in a Dress Yoga Pants

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The other week I was talking to my friend, Shannon, on the way home from class. We were discussing how we thought we were doing in this really difficult history class and I told her how dumb I felt all the time because I’m always confused. And then, per usual, my feelings started to go overboard. If you know me at all, you know that I am SUPER emotional. Always. 24/7. There’s always something to cry over or be emotional about. I’m always a hot mess in a dress (well… more like yoga pants).

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”right”]That through my emotions, I can relate to people on a real and vulnerable level.[/pullquote]For years, I thought that me being emotional was something to be ashamed of. That I was less of a person because I let my emotions get to me. I was made fun of for always wearing my heart on my sleeve. And for a while, I tried to hide my emotions and be “stronger.” But in reality, I was coming off cold and unwelcoming. It wasn’t until college and being in my sorority that I finally started to be comfortable with my feelings. I had been like that for so long, but never felt comfortable in my own skin. Through my sorority I was able to meet girls that loved me and me being emotional. Through them and them helping me seek Christ, I realized my emotions are my biggest strengths.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. ~ 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV).

After reading and meditating on this verse during my first few months in my sorority, I came to realize that my emotions and being sensitive were a gift. That through my emotions, I can relate to people on a real and vulnerable level. That through overwhelming joy and joyful tears, I can exude Jesus and His love for others. That through what I thought was a huge weakness is actually a huge strength.

So the next time you need someone to cry with, or someone to cry for you, or someone to be emotional with, let me know. I’ll be there… in yoga pants.

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Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson

Katie has a ton of loves, not the least of which are Jesus, Chocolate, Gilmore Girls and Harry Potter. She's currently studying history at a small Virginia university in hopes of being able to do something super awesome with it, just like Indiana Jones (minus all of the snakes and spiders).
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5 thoughts on “Hot Mess in a Dress Yoga Pants

  1. Rebecca Preston

    “I came to realize that my emotions and being sensitive were a gift. That through my emotions, I can relate to people on a real and vulnerable level.” Love this, Katie!! It reminds me of 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

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  2. Jen

    I envy people who have easy feels. 🙂

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  3. Gretchen Hanna

    We would be best friends. I know it. And the fact that you’re already getting comfortable in your skin? Such a gift.

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  4. Diane

    “I can relate to people on a real and vulnerable level.” I don’t think people who hide themselves can ever be vulnerable enough to reach other people’s real. So, you go girl! The world needs more real people – yoga pants and all!

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  5. Diane Tarantini

    I love this post, Katie, because I too have often felt “too much” of a lot of things–too loud, too all over the place, too melodramatic. One morning during my quiet time I felt God say, “I made you exactly the way I wanted you to be. Nothing about you is a mistake.” That gave me so much comfort! Xoxoxo

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