My second Stitch Fix arrived! Check out the video to see which items I kept and which ones I returned.
In case you’re wondering what to do with your life, this is it. First, you start with something you love. If it’s singing, great. If it’s writing, awesome. If it’s playwriting or playing the trombone or developing video games, even better. Maybe for you it’s just hanging out with people, making them laugh or feel really good about themselves.Continue Reading…
At the end of 2013 I reflected on the year and acknowledged that I had been in fear. My first step to combating fear was to STOP PLANNING. (Click here to read my first post “Combating Fear: Part 1”) Instead of trying to coordinate every detail of each day in 2014, I am taking things as they come. In fact, instead of a resolution, I am focusing on one word for 2014: SIMPLE.
After last year, I do not want another year of chaos, stress or fear. Of course I can’t control the circumstances of life OR, as I’m learning, I can’t plan every detail. I need to do better at trusting God with His plan and being a good steward, wife, daughter, sister, friend and stranger along the way. I want this next year to be filled with great new beginnings, incredible blessings, positive habits, spiritual stepping stones and a lot of fun. Continue Reading…
2013 was a year of fear for me, but I didn’t realize that until the last couple of months. I actually thought the year revolved around stress! Let me give you a brief summary.
My husband and I were living in Wisconsin as he started his doctorate two years prior. We moved not knowing anyone and were farther away from family and friends. From day one we had experiences that had me ready to move out of that state ASAP! My husband was busy with his intense program and clinicals. That was his full time job…plus some! I was working full time to make ends meet…but in the most stressful environment I’ve ever experienced. Despite attending a great church and having new friends, it was difficult to be further from family and friends we had grown close to in our first years of marriage. Our quality time together was impacted by the busyness of school, work and stress. Continue Reading…
Surprise! I’m adding a couple new elements to the blog – Fashion and Beauty. These have always been an interest of mine and I found it only natural to share these parts of me with you too!
Today I’d like to introduce you to Stitch Fix. My coworker told me about it. Sometimes I feel like I’m in need of help and inspiration when it comes to fashion, so I thought I’d check it out. The basics: You fill out a style profile and a stylist will pick out items specifically tailored to your body size, shape and style. The items are shipped to you and you get to pick out what you like and return what you don’t! I received my first “fix” on Thursday. Below you can see the goodies.
Okay, here’s the deal. I believe YOU matter. I do not care what you feel right now. Please hear my heart in this. You matter. Your story matters, your presence matters. Regardless of what you may think, what society has taught you, or even what your family has told you. You matter. Contrary to common belief, your value does not come from your job, your income status or how many friends you have on Facebook. Your value does not come from how many awards you’ve won, how many church members you pastor or how much money you have in your 401k. It certainly does not come from whether you are divorced, single or married, whether you have children or zero children. None of that matters. Not in the sense that I am speaking, anyway.
If you believe that your value comes from these things, it does not surprise me. These messages are crammed down your throat 24/7. You are told that if you do not make a certain amount of income or if you are not a high-end executive, then you are not successful. You are told that if you do not have a rockin’ sexy bod like Matthew McConaughey or gorgeous face like Megan Fox, then you have little value. You have been bombarded with the message: “You have to be more like _________________ and THEN you will be important. THEN you will have something to offer.”
I am completely adamant in my disgust about these lies because these same messages have held me captive from reaching out and engaging in life… and it’s highly likely they are doing the same to you! Believing these lies has kept me from being me. As I mentioned in a previous post I have allowed others opinions to sway what I believe is right for me. The fear of failing my own standards and the standards others have set left me paralyzed. The opinions of others caused me to bow and sway like a tree on a windy day.
However, the truth is we are each here for a specific purpose. Think about this: Everyday that you hold back, you are depriving people who need you.
In the past six months I have experienced incredible breakthrough in realizing my own value. Without getting too churchy, the Lord has shown me that I have value simply because I am me and I am His creation. Ironically, I have been told this my whole life… it just never sunk in.
People need you.
Your presence makes a difference.
Your own healing is the greatest message of hope for others. – Julia Cameron
Bottom line: I had the power all along, I just didn’t believe in myself.
When Alana asked me to write a blog post about where my journey of self-discovery has led me in the last year, I was happy for the green light to reflect. What would I uncover and consider worthy of sharing with others?
Imagine being a magnificent castle with long hallways and thousands of rooms. Every room in the castle is perfect and possesses a special gift. Each room represents a different aspect of yourself and is an integral part of the entire perfect castle.