Yesterday I set a big goal for myself that’s really, really scary. I call it a BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL and when I think about it it makes me have butterflies in my stomach.
Is there a chance that I might fail? Uh huh!
Is it going to take a lot of work? Of course!
Does it feel next to impossible? Yes
Is it worth trying for? ABSOLUTELY!
Even if I fail, I will have pushed myself, grown and taken chances I wouldn’t have if I didn’t even try at all.
Do you have a big dream too? GO FOR IT!! Even if you fall short you’ll still have done some amazing things and landed among the stars!
I remember this day like it was yesterday because my emotions were all over the place. We were leaving Arizona and heading back to Washington…for good. I had been away from home for 13.5 years and I dreamed of coming back. But I was so scared to leave our life of Air Force stability. It was all I had known and the thought of not having a steady paycheck each month scared me so much. We were jumping into the unknown and I wasn’t ready to live outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to cling to our old life.
To be honest, my emotions were all over the place for the first 9 months of being back in Washington. I was so glad to be back home but life didn’t fall into place like I dreamed it would. We didn’t buy a house, we weren’t living in the right school district and D didn’t find a job right away. It was hard and I often found myself dreaming of our old life and wishing for the stability I loved so much.
I was filled with bitterness and it wasn’t until I let got of it that I truly started to blossom. I learned that I had to stop looking back and prosper where I was planted. I had to learn to survive in the place I felt completely uncomfortable and in doing that I started to thrive.
This experience in life has taught me that great things can come from unexpected places. Because of this life of instability, I have found myself with an amazing opportunity to help others while helping my family earn an income. I have found my passion and my career and I wouldn’t have found it if we hadn’t have left our old life.
Change can be scary but sometimes it’s exactly what we need to grow.
Confession: I’m a hot mess.
Sometimes I’m a crazy lunatic in front of my kids.
Sometimes we have cereal for dinner.
Sometimes I don’t have time to shower and I wear pajamas in public.
Sometimes the laundry doesn’t get put away for awhile.
Sometimes life is hectic and homework gets forgotten.
I don’t have it all together and I’m completely okay with it.
If I had to guess, I bet you’re a hot mess too
The dictionary defines failure as lack of success. But I think that’s completely wrong.
–>Failure is not the opposite of success. IT IS PART OF SUCCESS!
I am the person I am today because of my failures. I fail at something everyday! EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I don’t know what I’m doing in life most of the time. There is no manual…that means I make mistakes. I make a lot of mistakes. I don’t know how to navigate every situation that life throws at me. I suck most of the time and I’m 100% okay with that.
–>It’s in my failures that I learn how to find out what works.
–>It’s in my failures that I learn the most valuable life lessons.
–>It’s in my failures that I find out who I truly am.
–>It’s in my failures that I find my strengths.
I’m not afraid to fail. I’ll gladly fail forward through life. Failure is my key to success!
There is so much peace in knowing that you were designed by an amazing God, who loves more than you can even fathom and that He has placed you here with a purpose…
You are perfectly designed, loved more than you know and here for a purpose too!
I will hold myself to the standard of grace not perfection. For perfection is an impossible and heavy of a burden to carry around.
Grace is giving myself permission to be less than perfect and knowing that I’m loved despite all of my flaws.
Grace is love.
Do you ever compare yourself to others? Does it seem like everyone has the “perfect life” and you feel like a mess?
Well, let me tell you, my life is a hot mess. I’m blessed with many imperfections that make me who I am. I fall short of who I hope to be everyday. I lose my patience and yell a lot. I don’t always show love to those who need it most. I can be quick to judge and unforgiving. I’m impatient and constantly telling my kids to hurry up. I’ve weathered serious storms in my marriage. I’ve lost close friends and fought with family. I’ve failed at many things. I’ve been imperfect, a lot.
Why do I share this? Because you need to know that when you struggle you’re not alone. Everyone is fighting a battle behind the scenes. What looks perfect from the outside, might be falling apart inside. When you scroll through Facebook or look at your friends lives and see perfection, remember you’re only seeing a small glimpse of their story.
Not everyone want’s to share their imperfections and that’s okay. But the more we share our truth, the more we realize that we’re not alone in our imperfection.
Perfection is overrated anyways. Life is about grace and love. Never giving up and fighting through hard times.
Moms: Can you relate…It’s the weekend and…
–> Your to do list a mile long?
–> You’re drowning in chores?
–> It feels like you’ve been running around like a crazy person since the weekend started?
STOP!! Just…take a breath and STOP!!
Today I challenge you to let go of your responsibilities and REST. Put your feet up, cuddle with your kids, read a book, take a bath or do something that makes you feel recharged.
The week starts all over tomorrow and I promise the world won’t stop if you take a few moments today to rest and recharge.
With a BIG DREAM in my heart I carry on through each day. I smile through hard times, I find small blessings in the storms and I fuel my dreams on the haters who try to tell my dream isn’t worth my time.
Does it hurt to have someone tell you that your dream isn’t worth pursuing and that you’re wasting your time?
But it also makes me want to work that much harder to make my dreams a reality and prove them wrong!
Here’s the truth:
If you have a BIG DREAM someone in your life is going to try and bring you down. Your dream scares the haters and makes them want to bring you back to their level.
Carry on and fight for your dream! Use their unbelief in you as fuel to keep you going. Use their doubt as fuel to push forward.
Keep on dreaming and don’t let the small minded people bring you down!
Somedays I’m eating only healthy food and somedays I’m eating ice cream from the container at 9pm. #truth