Maxed Out

 Photography by  Madi Flournoy Henderson    Dress from  VICI

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson   Dress from VICI

I love maxi dresses. This summer, I can promise you that you will see a lot more maxi dress looks on this blog. They are so easy to throw on, and they look good for any type of occasion, whether it be going to lunch, shopping, vineyarding, beaching, churching, attending a wedding (except not one in white), etc. This one from VICI caught my attention because it screams versatility. And, of course, it’s so pretty. 

With it being the LAST week of school, not only am I thinking about all the different summer events I can wear this dress to, I am also thinking about how MAXED out I feel energy wise. The month of May has already been chalked full of events, and there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight!

Do you ever have moments where you just feel maxed out? Like you can’t make it through another task without falling over? Or, you can’t deal with one more negative email? Or, you can’t handle one more thing on the to-do list? You’re simply maxed out – emotionally, physically, mentally.

It happens. And when this happens to me, all I want to do is push the pause button on life… push all the busyness to the side and sit alone with my thoughts… and probably a glass of wine, an episode of the Real Housewives, and a bag of popcorn. But we can’t always do that. Because in life, we have deadlines, responsibilities, kids to feed, clothes to wash… the list goes on and on. We have to get up and keep going even if we are completely worn down. 

The only good thing about feeling maxed out is that it is totally normal. Sometimes life can get overwhelming. It can feel like you are taking one hit after another. But, we don’t always have to be happy or balanced to be okay. I was reminded of this point this past weekend during the first message of the “Life With” series at Cross Point Church. I can’t wait for this series to unfold, so I can share it with you all on the Sunday in the Shed page.

I listened to the message twice yesterday (I know, I know, 10 God points for me… just kidding). The part that stuck out to me the most was that we don’t have to be okay all the time. We can have moments where we feel out of sync – even if we don’t know what is causing it.

So, yes, while it is good for us to know that it’s okay for us to not be okay, we also need to remember that is is okay for the people around us to not be okay. It shouldn’t be a surprise that not everyone you encounter on a daily basis is going to be feeling their best. They may be showing you their A game on the outside, yet feeling like a total loser on the inside. It is so easy to get caught up in our own lives that we lose sight of how the people around us might be feeling – or even hurting.

My challenge to you is this: whether you are feeling invincible or defeated, remember that God is strengthening your heart and carrying you through the journey. Give a little grace to the people around you, and remind them that its okay to not be okay.


“But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me.” – 2 Timothy 4:17