Every day we have a choice of which seeds we choose to water. In the moment it might not feel important, but it doesn’t take much for either a flower or a weed to take root. If you allow jealousy to be planted, it will try and choke out the love and forgiveness. If you plant forgiveness it will soon overtake the hate. If you plant It isn’t something that happens overnight, but it is an accumulation of small choices.
Reflecting on this past year, I am amazed at how much has changed both within my heart and in my circumstances. Last year when I turned 26 the pandemic was keeping everybody socially distant and a lot of things were shut down. There were riots and protests for Black Lives Matter and politically everything and… Continue reading Slow Down
I am thankful that I learned to advocate for myself and to know my boundaries. Thankful that I’m learning how to take care of my body and how to listen to it. Thankful that it taught me to have grace with myself and others.
It is okay to let go of the things you once thought you would want in order to embrace what you have in front of you. Its okay if the things you like now aren’t the things you thought you might or if the community surrounding you isn’t what you envisioned your head. We must celebrate all of the things that have brought us this far and reconcile who we thought we would become with the reality of who we are.
One in particular is that a flower cannot grow in poor soil or if there are weeds competing for its space and in the same way I cannot thrive and be who I am mean to be if I am filling myself with distractions , letting lies take root and surrounding myself with people who don’t encourage me or see my potential. When the noise dims and all of the distractions cease to exist, is when we often can begin to hear our own heartbeat an all the things it has been longing to say.
It is important to remember that everyone that you encounter is human, that your problems are not always bigger or more important than theirs. We have the power and the opportunity every day to show others that love and kindness exist.
My story hasn’t always been an easy one and my childhood was not conventional in most ways, but at the end of the day that doesn’t matter. What matters is what we do with what we have been given. And for me that is a commitment to be the best version of me, the one that I know this world needs. No more holding back.
began to change my mindset, allowing myself the freedom to try things and to explore my interests. And slowly but surely I found myself doing things that I never would have thought I would enjoy or be able to follow through with. All of this to say, that the boxes we put ourselves in often times are only inhibiting us from truly living and thriving. A flower put beneath a box will soon wilt from lack of sunshine and oxygen and in the same way we can thrive if we are constantly forcing ourselves to stay the same.
Fear will tell you to retreat. To hide in the shadows. To focus on your inadequacies.
Love on the other hand is empowering and encouraging. It pushes you forward and reminds you of the purpose within your heart.
In what ways have you let fear cause you to retreat and hide? How can you shatter those walls and let love triumph
Standing on the edge of a field of flowers, their was a young girl who stood holding in each hand a glass cage that was filled to the brim with colorful butterflies. They are heavy, yet her grip remains tight for she is overwhelmed with excitement and love for them. Yet eventually she grows weary,… Continue reading Letting Go
Despite telling myself I am not going to cry, my emotions always seem to express themselves through big fat tears rolling down my cheeks. I swear, I have cried more in the last few weeks then my whole life. So what is it this time? I lean back against the plain white wall and close… Continue reading Love Always, A New Chapter
I feel like lately my life is so very chaotic. I have a lot of energy that I don’t know what to do with, life is overwhelming me, and my upcoming trip to Australia is starting to become more real and my fears becoming more potent. All of that combined with not having enough alone… Continue reading Its Okay To Fail
It all started when I was driving to my dear friend Cierras house. Even though I was struggling a lot and had had kind of a rough day, there is something about driving with the windows down, trying not to get distracted by the way the clouds are bringing the sky to life all the… Continue reading Sunsets and Gods Love
Why I am so stubborn, I don’t know. I always insist on having my way, instead of being soft hearted and listening to others. I don’t know why, but lately God has been really pointing out that I am stubborn and I love control. If things don’t go my way, I get upset. If I… Continue reading Being Soft Hearted and Embracing Change
This was the first piece of furniture I ever owned when I moved out on my own. It cost me $7, and was nearly impossible to get into my room. It was a running joke that I would have to just sell it with my room because I might not be able to get it… Continue reading Creating Space
During 2020 my goal was to read at least 30 books and I ended up finishing with 31! I wanted to share a list of them with you al! Reading used to be something I never enjoyed and something that wasn’t a priority but over the last year I have learned to love it. I would… Continue reading 2020 Reading List
The other day I was working on my resume, and I found myself getting discouraged. All that I could see is all my shortcomings and lack of experience. The job I was applying for was one I was interested in but knew going into it I probably didn’t have the qualifications. I felt inadequate-thinking that at 26 I really haven’t done that much. I know deep down that those things aren’t true, but sometimes the lies can seem big and scary in the moment. That was when Ricky took my hand and looked me in the eye and said “ Babe, stop selling yourself short. The things you have done in your life are important and incredible. You are capable of doing anything that you set your mind too.” In that moment I was so incredibly thankful to have somebody to reflect back to me the truth when I could only see the lies. All it took was those few words for me to pause and reflect on the things I’ve done with a different perspective. A new perspective that left me feeling empowered and encouraged. So here is my reminder to you; stop selling yourself short. Don't discount your growth, celebrate it. Every victory in your life is beautiful and it has led you to where you are. Sometimes it is easy to let comparison convince you that the beauty in your life is small and insignificant. Yet beauty isn’t something that is mean to be compared- it is something that is mean to be celebrated. Don’t discount your growth. Some days it can be easy to look in the mirror and to only see your failures and inadequacies. But you must remember that growth has happened and your reflection carries so much more. It carries the beauty of a heart that didn’t give up. It shows a love that cannot be labeled with the small and petty words of others. It shows scars that are proof you showed up and that you are a survivor. It shows a journey that is full of mountain tops and low valleys, and let me tell you beauty grows abundantly in both seasons. I know for me personally it can be easy to let comparison convince me that I have not done enough or grown enough. Comparison tells me that my story isn’t worth anything because others out their have stories that are more exciting and full of purpose. Yet why is it that we feel this need to compare our journeys? Why is it that we are eager to celebrate the growth and beauty in others but cannot see the same in ourselves? It is time to change this, to become people who not only empower others but empower ourselves. To recognize that your story is bold and beautiful and full of love because it is yours and not somebody else's. It is time to stop selling ourselves short.