You Can’t Rush a Sunrise

You can’t rush a sunrise. That’s what I thought when I watched this unfiltered magniificance the other morning by myself in the stillness of our backyard. The same is true for self-discovery. I’ve been more of my true introvert-self this summer, focusing on home, family, love (for myself and others) and nurturing just a handful of close relationships. Part of me feels like I’ve missed out on sharing our fun in social media during this break. You might be seeing our porch Easter portraits at the same time as our autumn ones.😂 But that’s ok. That’s what I’ve needed. And as Spock said, “It’s never unwise to do what is necessary.” Honestly, I’ve been trying to slow down and #hearhim and figure out what I’m supposed to be doing and what happiness is in this new season of life. My kids are older. I’m growing too. I feel like as soon as I figure out one part of life, the game changes. LOL But that’s ok…

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I Still Believe

I used to believe that writing even one sentence at the end of the day was worth it, just to remember the joy I felt or something fun I did or an impression I’d had that gave me hope to keep going. Then I had some hard days. Oh, SOOO many hard days. Did I say days? I meant months. And years. And some excruciating moments I didn’t want to remember. So I stopped writing on those days. And soon I stopped writing on other days too. Part of me felt it was a lie to just write about the good times, even though noticing them had helped me stay positive in the past. But now, with how heavy things had been, since it didn’t seem to help or change anything or anyone, I stopped writing almost every day. But today I write again because even though the weight of the day almost broke me, inside something remembered what I used to believe.

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Heaven’s Power is Here for Us

Isn’t it incredible that even if we don’t have what we long for, heaven does all it can to bless us with POWER according to our pure desires?

I love the truth that the powers of heaven can be close around me according to my faith, and not because I’m perfect or more special than anyone else – we all can have that blessing because God loves us!

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Feeling is Human ♥️

I just want to say if you find yourself riding an emotional roller coaster at times, you aren’t alone. You are real! You are human! And you are wonderful! Life has ups and downs and so you feel that.♥️ Just don’t stay down forever. Look up. Lift yourself up. Lift others with your love, experience, and courage.

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Creating Joy: Your Greatest Super Power

No matter where you are in the world, you’re probably experiencing some fear and worry. Things are a whirlwind and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.

If this sounds like you, please take some time for yourself to create JOY. You have so many powers, and creating joy is one of the most incredible! YOU can be the hero to your own story and save yourself from fear. All it takes is some dedication and conscientious choices to do some good for YOU! Here are some simple ideas to take a break from the stress, create some joy and feel hope…

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3 Weeks Deep in New Year’s Resolutions

Thanks to my hubby’s more gentle attitude toward New Year’s Resolutions, I might actually stick it out and continue the journey…

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Endure to Enjoy

When we accept our reality we allow ourselves the freedom to take it on and make the best of it. That’s why the E in S.M.I.L.E. stands for Endure to Enjoy. Choosing to master our toughest circumstances will give us confidence, even when it feels like things are falling apart. We can be brave, keep trying, and eventually face challenges with grace. We get stronger from the struggle. Eventually, joy and peace can come regardless of our circumstances.

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Listen to Loving Thoughts

It’s so important that we’re gentle with ourselves. When it comes to feeling good, it’s all in your head – literally. That’s why my S.M.I.L.E. acronym for emotional wellness includes Listen To Loving Thoughts. What we think matters more than we believe. I usually LOVE to cheer people on, whether in an audience or standing…

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Isolate the Issue

Sometimes the challenges in our lives need to be singled out and faced head-on! That can be hard, but exhilarating when we do it. That’s why the I in S.M.I.L.E. (the acronym that helps reduce my anxiety and depression) stands for Isolate the Issue.

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Make Magic Moments

The second part of S.M.I.L.E. is Make Magic Moments. What is a Magic Moment? It’s when your worries are distant and light illuminates all the shadows in your mind. It’s a moment when your pain is lifted and faraway, like a cloud in the sky. The pain doesn’t necessarily disappear, but it’s momentarily out of…

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