Realizing You’re the One Who Can Change Things

Okay, so yesterday I was complaining about missing things and people. (Well, you might not think I was whining, but I heard the little childlike voice in my head stomping her feet and crying.) But then again this morning I heard the same complaints in my head. “We haven’t met any new people. We have no friends here. I miss our old friends and our old neighborhood and our old schools.”

Then I realized it was me who had control over this. I guess it was easier to blame everyone else for not magically falling into my life and exclaiming, “Yay! Let’s be best friends and I have a best friend for each one of your kids too! Isn’t life fantastic?!?” (Okay, I would probably punch someone who dropped into my life that spunky and upbeat…but you get the idea.)

In looking back at all of the friends we made when we lived in our old town, I realized we met all of those people because we were actively involved in something. Whether it was basketball, baseball, the PTO, the library, the park, our church, or even random people in our neighborhood, we met them all because we were actively doing something.

In other words, I’m going to shut up now and get out there and meet some new people. Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it can be uncomfortable. Yes, I don’t really like awkwardly slinking away when I feel like a conversation with a total stranger turns boring or weird.

So here’s my challenge to you, go and actively make a new friend today. Maybe you say, “I don’t really need any more friends. I’m good.” But we were all created to be connected to more people so that we may learn from them, love them, and enjoy their company.

It’s Friday, Oh, It’s Friday

I’m sure you’re wondering how I come up with these amazing, catchy titles for the daily posts I make. (HA, real clever huh?) But as silly as it may sound, I don’t normally know exactly what I’m going to say day in and day out. Many people out there in the blogosphere tend to harp on planning everything and making sure your entire year even has a title and a post months in advance. Well, I’m not those people. I’m not here to make sure my ratings are outstanding or even really to have millions of people reading my blog. I’m here because I’m just like you, my friends.

We are here to share, real stories about our real lives. We are here to encourage one another or perhaps even give some tough love when needed. We are here to be honest. We are here to be true to the people we are trying to become. We are here to embrace one another through the hard times and congratulate each other when we’ve reached milestones.

Keep it up, friends! You are doing a great job! Have a Fantastic Friday!

Out of Town (4)

I will be traveling out of the country for the next few days and I’m not 100% sure if I’ll be able to post while I’m gone. Instead of leaving you in complete silence, I figured I would give you some motivational words of wisdom.

 

“I am thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled upon my strength.”

Alexandra Elle

 

It’s always great to be reminded that without our struggles we have had in this life, we wouldn’t be capable of the strengths we found along the way!

 

Out of Town (3)

I will be traveling out of the country for the next few days and I’m not 100% sure if I’ll be able to post while I’m gone. Instead of leaving you in complete silence, I figured I would give you some motivational words of wisdom.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

What a great flash back to childhood dreams. Always remember, you are who God created you to be.

 

Out of Town (2)

I will be traveling out of the country for the next few days and I’m not 100% sure if I’ll be able to post while I’m gone. Instead of leaving you in complete silence, I figured I would give you some motivational words of wisdom.

“Everybody wants happiness. Nobody wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.”

Unknown

What a great quote to live by! We can’t always do something about our pain, but sometimes we just need to live through it to see what comes out on the other side.

 

Out of Town

I will be traveling out of the country for the next few days and I’m not 100% sure if I’ll be able to post while I’m gone. Instead of leaving you in complete silence, I figured I would give you some motivational words of wisdom.

 

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

 
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

 

This book is a great read and I highly encourage it for anyone wanting to be vulnerable in any aspect of their lives.

Knowing When It’s Time to Change It Up

Summertime in our household is definitely not one that is completely on schedule with everything running smoothly. No. Not at all. Some days we are up and out of bed ready to start the day and others we linger in our PJs until lunch time and then realize we all forgot to brush our teeth. (Except for my husband who works outside the home. He brushes his teeth on time every day!)

Lately, as we start getting closer to the dog days of summer, I’ve really been struggling to stay on a schedule with my daily writings. There is personal writing, blogging, motivational writing, and poetry I work on every day, but the struggle has been extra difficult when we stay up later than usual and I still try to get up at the break of dawn.

With all of the being said, I’m waving the white flag on the schedule this summer! I give up. No more trying to be perfect. (Progress not perfection, right?) I’m not going to fight the reality that is these next few weeks leading up to the start of school again. Yes, I could try to make it all work and stress myself out trying to be perfect (how fun does that sound?), or I can switch up the schedule and only work on things that are most important.

So I skipped a few days on my poetry; I’ll be more diligent in the Fall. So I wasn’t able to do practically any writing when we were out of town visiting family; I know other people will understand. So we weren’t able to do all of the fun and exciting things I had planned this summer; we are surviving and will all be okay.

If you’re struggling with your same ‘ole routine today, switch it up! Who says what you do daily has to be written in stone? Try to do something different and see how it works out. It may be a terrible change, or it could free up your entire day for something new and exciting. You’ll never know until you try.