My mission is to provide you with inspiration and encouragement to live everyday to it's fullest. I do this by sharing the simple things in life such as recipes to the most difficult of things such a life. We all know life is a struggle and many days a balancing act, but I am here to inspire you to do it well. Everything I write about is designed to inspire as well as encourage you to be a "better" you that you can be. Everything I share is raw and real. I do not cover up or sugar coat what I write about. This would benefit no one. My goal is for you to walk away feeling uplifted and encouraged after leaving my page. Lastly, I am here to remind you that you are… enough and beautiful… just the way you are.
Do you have a to do list that is so long you do not know where to begin?
If you do then you are not alone.
I have taken this week, that we didn’t have any doctor appointments, to find order in my chaos and peace in my frustrations.
I found by making my home functional that this brought me peace this week.
I came to a realization in my attempt to find “me” that the biggest waster of my time is chaos.
I found if I can reign in the chaos monster and better use my time on stuff that matters and is important, then I am in better control over my stress.
And let’s face it… (nothing against dads here at all as we all love our husbands (most days), but when mom is stressed, the whole house is usually.)
Ladies and gentlemen, we need to find where our source of stress is and we need to learn how to tame it better.
So in my new found revelation this week, you will begin to see me post more practical every day tips to help us be better stewards of our time while encouraging and motivating each other along the way.
Are you game for this inspiration?
If so, feel free to leave a comment or a symbol below in the comments and together we will learn to tame the chaos in our lives, one step, one chore, and one day at a time.
“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go; just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” -Unknown
You’ve got anything life can throw your way.
God has empowered you with the strength, determination, and endurance to battle what lays ahead.
Remember, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 ESV.
Take one step at a time and lean on God for your strength as well as your refuge.
One day you will look back on today and give God the praise for helping you get through it.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 ESV.
Hang in there and know, whatever you may be going through, it will not last forever.
I am feeling God has a few of His own who are in need of some encouragement today.
Are you struggling with finding your self worth and identity because somehow over the years and the busyness of life you have lost who you are? Know, you are not alone.
Are you struggling in a difficult relationship? Do you struggle with a battle within you to know if you stay and fight for your marriage or is it time to walk away? Know, you are not alone.
Are you fighting with health needs? Are you in pain all the time? Are you frustrated with fighting with the doctors or insurance companies to get them to listen to you, to hear you, and to help you? Know, you are not alone.
Are you in a season of struggling with your child/ren to get them to listen to you. Do you feel like they are distancing themselves from you and your family? Are you frustrated and discouraged? My friend, do not walk away from this struggle. Keep pray, keep loving, and keep reaching out to them. They need you, even though they may not feel as though they do. Fight for your child! Remain their safe place.Know, you are not alone.
Are you a new parent who is fighting sleep deprivation and as a result feel the weight of darkness all around, but you do not tell anyone as this is suppose to be one of your happiest times in your life, as you hold the love of your life in your arms? Know, you are not alone.
My friend, God gave me this verse for you, who are in pain today.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”” John 8:12 NKJV
No matter how dark life might seem, please know there is a light that is wrapped around you. This light is so you will never remain in total darkness. It is God’s light which surrounds you and has you consumed because one day you believed in Him.
Allow that light to shine on your darkness while you use it to light the way out of this dark time. Follow it until you find the peace and comfort you need to not feel alone.
My friend, reach out to those who are closest to you. Allow them to help you, pray for you, and encourage you.
If you feel they are not enough and you would rather reach out to someone who doesn’t know you, feel free to leave a comment below. I am here to lift you up in prayer.
My hope God uses today’s encouragement to touch your heart and to remind you, you are not alone.
I am here to encourage you today to do something that is inspirational, motivational, and makes you happy.
I challenge you to find a time to allow peace and harmony in your life today. At some point to allow yourself to breathe and find a place of rest. Even if it nothing more than taking a quick break at work. Take a quick walk. Listen to your favorite song or music. Try a few breathing techniques. It doesn’t matter what you do so long as you take the time to find that place of peace and harmony you need to get you through the day.
Dream big and reach for what motivates you. Consider that job promotion that would have scared you before. Consider that class you have always wanted to take, or simply reach for the stars. Dream bigger than what you believe is possible as that is where God will reach you and give you the strength to achieve them.
Lastly, have the courage to conquer your fears. Place your faith over your fear and reach for what allows you to grow spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. You will never regret what you strive for. You will only regret what you do not reach for.
Does this sound like what you experience? Do not feel alone because your feelings are real.
This is what reality looks like and knowing this allows us to know when life gets messy it is okay because others know this experience as well.
In this day of “perfect ” social media, it is easy to loose track of what reality looks like because it gets lost in the rose colored lenses of our cameras and fancy captions we put with the images.
Anything can look good when you add fancy filters to your pictures and inauthentic captions to make them look and sound beautiful, but the “real” gets lost in the artificial .
When we look through Facebook and Instagram we can easily fall into a place where we see those images and lives as easy and “perfect” when in reality they are not. They are not because they are not “real”.
We live in the “real” and not in the “perfect”. Cling to your real and find peace in the difficult days while rejoicing during the good ones because they are there to rejuvenate and refresh you while preparing you for the difficult days when they arrive.
The reality is…
Life is real.
Life is messy.
Life is happy.
Life is difficult.
Life is exhilarating.
Life is devastating.
Life is joyous.
Life is exhausting.
Lastly, remember life is what you make of it. There are many days that are joyous while there are many that discouraging, but God gives us the strength to get through them all.
Today has come to a close and I am so happy to announce Kiddo is feeling okay. She is struggling with her sinuses, whether this is an allergy problem, a sinus infection, or a cold, at this point, it is anyone’s guess, but she was able to keep her migraine at bay despite what is going on with her head now.
This afternoon was the first sign of hope this set of nerve block shots might work. I am beyond thankful she was able to get through the day without the need for her migraine rescue medicines. If we can break the need for those, I will feel she is truly making progress.
This particular journey has been taxing on my ability to manage, clean, and keep my home in order for the countless doctor appointments we have in a week. Our “normal” week consists of anywhere between 2-5 appointments in a week. If Kiddo is lucky enough to not have an appointment, my husband will usually fill in the free days with his own appointments.
This crazy schedule has been going on for several months now, which I feel is the longest this cycle has lasted, but it might be because this summer, my dog needed surgery on is paw to remove a possible cancerous growth, my husband went down shortly after that with intestinal problems and then a back problem and Kiddo has been struggling with this crazy migraine cycle for several months now.
I am finally beginning to feel like I can catch my breath, despite my daughter’s difficult journey. I always say I can do one or the other, but when my husband and my daughter get sick and go down together, it becomes more than I can manage alone. This is when I start taking things off my plate and worrying about them when I can come back later. I do not like this, but it becomes a matter of survival.
This week our schedule has been fairly open, despite Kiddo’s unexpected Neurology appointment. With this open schedule, I have been able to take full advantage of being home and plugging away at trying to catch up on some much-needed chores.
Because I was able to do this, I am feeling accomplished tonight. The week is coming to a close and my home is back in order. I have a huge weight lifted off me knowing when our home is in order, it minimizes the chaos that a disordered home creates.
Last Sunday I seriously struggled with frustration and exhaustion and felt helpless while I looked at how dirty my house was and how long it would take to get it back in order. When I got up Monday morning and my precious daughter was in so much pain and agony, God placed it on my heart to pull together the gumption I needed to to tackle my out of control chore list. I kept thinking I need to get my house in order so if Kiddo ends up in the hospital, I can give her my undivided attention without the added stress of my home being out of control. Because of this thought process, I was able to just keep going from chore to chore and started getting this huge job back under control.
It is with a lighter heart I am able to freely give into being exhausted and look at going to bed at a decent hour tonight. I feel like with everyday, post shots, it is looking more promising she will not need to be go into the hospital next week. This is my hope and desire at least. We will not know for sure until we get through the weekend and see what this holds for her.
For now, I just keep praying and living moment by moment.
With that being said, I am going to finish here and head off to bed.
To my tired and frazzled moms who are finding themselves in the same level of exhaustion, please know it is okay to step away and “just breathe”. You need to, it is the only way you can stay the course when you find yourself on a long journey like what we are on.