Life, it can pack up a punch sometimes, right? You wake up with determination and before you know it the day runs you over and you’re just trying to stay on your feet.
–> You might be holding some lottery tickets that didn’t pan out.
–> You might be fighting with loved ones or friends.
–> You might have had the best of intentions to stay positive but the day ran you over.
–> You might be struggling to find the sun through the clouds.
–> You might be dealing with sickness.
–> You might be working at the worst job ever.
You’re facing something hard right now, I know it.
But listen to me, every little thing is going to be okay. It might not all come together today, tomorrow or this week but it will all be okay.
Everyone has a great love story but ours is my favorite ❤
A couple days ago I celebrated a very special milestone with my husband. It was a day that, 15 years ago my life changed completely. I met my husband and I wasn’t looking for a relationship as I had recently had my heart broken. I was living alone in an apartment with my puppy Brinkley. I was working and doing my best to carry on with life.
On 1/2/2001 I was outside walking him and Dallas came home from work. I am very friendly so I said hello to him. He grumbled something to me and continued up to his apartment. He says he made it half way up the stairs before realizing he was rude and came back to say hello. We chatted for a few minutes and then I told him where I lived and said if he needed anything he could let me know, he said the same thing.
The next day there was a knock at my door and wouldn’t you know it would be Dallas. He invited me to a bible study and I didn’t go. I didn’t want to go somewhere with a guy I didn’t know. But he kept coming over and he slowly created a spot in my heart that I wasn’t prepared for.
Just 2.5 months after that first meeting we got married. It was insane, crazy and completely out of character for me. Everyone told me I was nuts (looking back I can see that they were 100% correct) and tried to talk me out of it. But I was stubborn and had my mind set on marrying this crazy dude I probably didn’t know so well.
In 15 years we’ve lived in 7 different homes, 2 different countries and 3 states. We’ve had 3 kids, lost family members, went through several deployments and had a rocky transition out of the Air Force.
There is no one that knows me and loves me more than Dallas. He gets me like no one else and loves me for my little quirks. He is patient and kind, he is funny and always makes me laugh. He believes in my dreams and is always supporting me.
There have been times we’ve both wanted to give up but we’ve fought hard to make it work. It hasn’t always been perfect, but it’s been perfect for us and none of it would have happened if we hadn’t met 15 years ago today.
Monday has such a bad reputation. It’s the most hated day of the week. And this Monday, the first after a holiday…dreaded. No one wants to go back to work or school and face another week full of long days before another weekend.
Today I challenge you to flip your stance on Monday. Don’t fear Monday, embrace it. Monday is a chance to have a new start. Whatever happened last week is now behind you and there is a brand new week in front of you. Step into your routine with a smile instead of a grimace.
–> Change the way you look at Monday and maybe Monday won’t be so bad after all!
What are you doing today that is going to start your week off great?
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.
Have you ever tried to make a change in your life and everyone around you turned into an instant critic or hater?
–> You start working on your health someone is trying to sabotage you with cheat meals or telling you that you look fine the way you are.
–> You start to save money and others around you are talking trash and giving you a hard time for not going out with them or buying stuff to keep up with them.
–> You set boundaries for your life and everyone you know is doing all they can to stomp all over them.
Haters: They’re everywhere.
Do you know why they start to attack you when you’re trying to make changes in your life? It’s because you’ve stepped outside the status quo and have become a huge mirror, reflecting the changes they might need to make but don’t want to. It’s easier to hate on you than change.
It might look like they’re resentful of you but the truth is they’re resentful of themselves.
Don’t let all of those haters tell you what’s possible for your life…let their hate fuel you and find out what you’re made of!
I had a reality check this morning when I stepped on the scale. I had gained 7 pounds in 3 weeks and my first reaction was to beat myself up. I fall into old habits quickly and for most of my life I have hated myself and never felt like I was good enough.
But then I thought, what would I tell my friend if she were in my shoes this morning. I’d say, “Give yourself some grace.”
The truth is, I’ve been fighting through some depression this summer. I normally love to exercise and my eating isn’t always perfect but I can usually keep it good for 90% of the time. But lately, it’s been a free for all on food and zero exercise. I’ve been letting my emotions control all of my actions. I’ve been a mess and I can’t take it anymore.
All of this ends today. I need to find me again. It’s not about the number on the scale but how I feel in my own skin. I want to feel confident and happy again. I want to be proud of my hard work.