No you're not.
Yes. I'm happy.
Not really though.
I'm really truly happy! And I'm not having this conversation anymore.
Final answer and I shut her down.
But she's not my mom or my husband or my best friend. She's me. And I'm sick of having to convince her that we are happy.
On paper we're amazing. We define #blessed (most misused hash tag ever by the way.) The husband, the job, the kids. The life. But paper isn't ever perfect. We don't put on paper the little struggles or the fact we always allow them to become bigger than they’re worth. And we sure aren’t showing anyone the monsters that hover outside the perfect front door of our perfect house.
What if you get sick?
What if your kids get sick?
What if you loose your job?
What if you LOOSE IT ALL?
All those, could be, cant be, dear-Lord-please-don’t-let-it-it-be, fears that keep us from really truly experiencing happy.
See, You're afraid.
No I’m not.
Yes you are.
A few years ago, one of my friends turned me onto essential oils. I’ve used them pretty consistently ever since but have been on the search for a high quality Essential Oil that was not part of a multi level marketing company. (Disclaimer: Please don't think I'm against MLMs. There are some great companies out there. With anything I use, I just truly always want to find the best option at the best price)
For the last few years, I've used both of the big oil MLMs (DoTerra and Young Living) and was very happy with both. What I wasn’t happy with was the fact that I would have to order something every month to stay active and get the best pricing. I just don’t like that kind of commitment and quite honestly I don’t need to buy oils every month. Plus, I thought their shipping was a little over-priced.
So, began my search. I do know that I should only be using the highest quality oils so I wasn't going to just jump on Amazon and buy some cheap oil. I still wanted...
There is nothing I love more than to see women walking in their calling and fulfilling their purpose. Especially when they inspire others to do the same thing. I'm sharing with you, 4 Boss Babes that every entrepreneur should follow. These women have all had some sort of impact on how I operate my business and fulfill my purpose.
Starting a business or breaking out into the creative community can be one of the scariest and loneliest places you’ll ever find yourself. I don’t want you to ever feel that way so know that I am here for you and will bring you all of my favorite finds and tips to help you not only build your business, but build community.
The truth is, we all start at the same place. With just an idea. Don’t ever compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. You might find yourself looking at other entrepreneurs and wondering how in the heck they have 100k followers on instagram or a thriving course...
It's almost time for my favorite season of the year! You might be thinking, "She lives in Southern California. Isn't it summer all the time?" I thought the same thing until I lived here! Yes, it is sunny pretty much year round with little to no rain. But the temperatures are much cooler than a warm summer day by the pool or at the beach.
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. Maybe sooner for some of us, but either way, as soon as the hot rays start beaming, you will want to head out in the sun well prepared. Here are 10 poolside essentials for you to walk out ready for a relaxing, summer day!
Vacation Beach Towel. Everyone needs a beach towel! Because it's no fun heading to the pool or the sand short a towel. I remember so many times that has happened and everyone is fighting over who get one. I absolutely love this one by Bando!
Swan Pool Float. I absolutely LOVE the pool floats that are popular right now. Does anyone else wonder why we never thought of...
There is something to be said for celebrating moms on Mother's Day. It wasn't until I became a mom that I really understood what it means to be one (no kidding!). I remember holding my baby #1 for the first time and this overwhelming, sacrificial love came over me. I haven't been the same since.
From the time of pregnancy, to caring for my little ones, to picking up toys, and tending to sickies, there is so much a mother does that goes unseen. No crowd is standing there cheering you on. You don't get trophies when your kid's school project costs you time and money. There isn't acceptable excuses when it comes to putting dinner on the table and having the cabinets well-stocked with snacks. Being a mom is the most rewarding and probably draining job in the world. That's why I think it's important we practice celebrating moms this Mother's Day.
Most often, we rush to the store for last minute cards and flowers. Sigh out of obligation. Kids rant, "Why isn't there a Kid's Day?!" Gifts...
In all the craziness of this world, we hear the word peace so much. We crave it, yet we struggle with anxiety. We are overwhelmed with fear and our lives are consumed with hurriedness. And we fill our schedules and routines with constant busyness to distract ourselves from our own issues. The problem with this lifestyle is that it results in no peace. Zero. Zilch. None. Before you know it, that is the last thing we experience. It's time for a change! We need to live intentionally by practicing peace.
If you are familiar with why I started the Purposeful Planner, you will know that the height of my despair was when I sprawled out on my daughter's bedroom floor crying out for more. My desperate heart didn't want to run the ragged race of the life I was living. I was so done with being exhausted and drained. Ultimately, I wanted more peace for make room for Jesus and the important things that lead to a purposeful life.
I really think that to attain peace in our lives, we have to...
Let me guess. You're tired, worn out, weary, burning the candle at both ends, out of money, out of energy, and never have time to do the things you want. You, my friend may need to create just a little bit of margin in your life in order to simplify. Are you ready to give up the chaos and choose a life of simplicity? Before you do, be sure to watch for the following mistakes. And if you're ready, download my free 5 Tips to Simplify Your Life TodayRIGHT HERE
Some people shudder at the thought of simplifying because they think they’ll have to give everything up and live in a tiny house with nothing to their name. This is so far from the truth. Simplifying is letting go of the things we do not love to make room for the things we do. This can be applied to any area of your life and not just your home. Not only can you clear some clutter from your home, but you can clear...
There’s one thing this year, and every year, that most of us would love to have more of. No, not money. That would be nice too, but that’s not it.
When you think about it, you can get more of almost anything you want in life. If you want more money, you can earn it. More stuff, you can buy it. More friends, you can find them. Heck, even hair can be substituted with implants, wigs or extensions!
But no matter who you are or how much money you have, you can’t get more time.
You and I and everyone else on this planet have the exact same amount of time—24 hours in a day. So how we manage it becomes a major factor in our ability to be successful. And while success is defined differently for everyone, there are really only three types of people when it comes to time management:
The Busy Person With No Time
Being busy isn’t a bad thing. This type of person has a lot going on! They have many wonderful responsibilities, relationships and commitments that...
Do you ever feel like you've heard "choosing joy" a million times? I think in certain circles what started as a thoughtful message has become loosely used. And because of that, it has lost it's weight and depth. I also think if we are in a challenging season of life or experiencing heartbreak, choosing joy isn't something that is easily done or something we know how to do! But the reality is that God intends for us to live full lives that are full of joy. How do we do this? Here is a quick thought on how to live intentionally by choosing joy.
I love the verse Proverbs 17:22, " A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." In the happiest times of life, it is "easy" to feel joyful. It might even be overwhelming. But in the trying times in life when we don't feel happy, being joyful isn't something that comes naturally. So when we hear "choose joy" it is a confusing message to our hurting heart!
The difference between feeling happy and choosing...
Money. Don't we need it, love it, hate it, and want more of it. We often think it will solve our problems if we just had a little more. And when we do, we only want more and more! As Christians, we sometimes confuse the verse 1 Timothy 6:10 with thinking that money is "evil." Taking a look at the verse a little closer, we see that the love of money is actually the culprit. In reality, when money is managed correctly and within our means, it can be helpful and do good! I wanted to share 5 money saving tips for your home from my book The Simplicity Project to help you set new habits in motion today.
I know there are many aspects to how we handle our finances. Expenses, budgets, savings, the list goes one! BUT I will say that no matter if you are in a great place with your finances, or reevaluating what you've been doing, there are ways to stretch the green stuff. When my husband and I have had to rebuild our emergency fund a number of different times, we've pinched pennies...
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