Hey hey! It’s day 2 of 365 in my little blogging adventure.
If you missed it yesterday, I am challenging myself to “make something every day” and write a blog post every day for an entire year. I kinda rambled my way thru a post yesterday because I was inspired to share my little challenge that I was inspired to do earlier that morning and wanted to put it out there right away!…in part, because I didn’t wanna chicken out and in part because I was so excited. So, I didn’t waste any time and I blogged and people watched in the hotel I was staying at in New Orleans…so yes, it wasn’t the best-written but you can expect that to happen as I do this.
And, now I type my 2nd of 365 (at least) in the airport in Denver waiting for my last flight home.
I can already tell I won’t be promised to be able to PUBLISH every day due to wifi restrictions BUT I WILL write a post every day!
Truth be told, I’ve tried to do this BLOG A DAY thing before but I guess I haven’t been serious or inspired enough. I’m feeling ENOUGH right now. I’m CERTAIN I won’t feel ENOUGH every day as I set out on this journey but the fun thing about commitment and being accountable is it pushes you even when you don’t FEEL LIKE IT. What do they say about that??……
And, it’s SO true! You won’t ALWAYS feel like working out. Heck, many NEVER feel like working out but they do it anyway! You won’t ALWAYS feel like eating right but you will ALWAYS be thankful for the results of how you look and feel if you do. You won’t ALWAYS feel like going to work but if you’re present and grateful, you will prosper where you’re planted.
So, here’s to pushing through even when I may not FEEL like writing.
Anyhoo, on with today’s post!
My Woman Crush Wednesday is going out to Lysa Terkeurst.
If you aren’t familiar with who she is, you can find out more about her here. I won’t spend a lot of time telling you who she is ~ I more wanted to share how her words have influenced and inspired me. She’s not only become one of my favorite all-time authors, she’s become such a source of inspiration with Proverbs31 Ministries as well.
I love, admire and am inspired by her Faith, her vulnerability, her honesty.
She talks about her Faith, her struggles of being a wife and a mom, about her own struggles with food, about relationships and how hard they can be, and even about a word most all woman hate….CELLULITE.
I’m sure I’m inspired by her because I’m striving to be the kind of writer and storyteller she is. We all have a story. And, my truth and my story is only as helpful to share for as truthful and vulnerable it is. Sharing our stories doesn’t set us free and help others unless they are real and open and honest.
I’ve read several of her books now and wanted to share because they’ve helped me so much.
If you struggle with food and body image, I have to highly recommend her Made to Crave and Made to Crave Devotional. They are so so good and I know you will relate and love her for her honesty like I do.
If you struggle with saying yes to EVERYONE and EVERYTHING, you NEED The Best Yes in your life! It’s okay to say no sometimes. And, you will honor God, yourself and your family more by doing so. It will help you find the right things in your life to say yes to and most importantly find peace with saying no.
If you struggle with feeling lost, rejected and lonely even though you’re not alone, Uninvited is for you. I’m currently reading this book and I’m growing so much with each and every page I read. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have struggled with so many things in my life. Feelings of insecurity, body image issues, issues with food, depression, anxiety, and feelings of guilt, fear and doubt. And, while I’ve overcome the paralyzing heaviness of those things, I’ve found it’s so so easy to fall back into these feelings and tendencies.
You see, I’m a dreamer. I always have been. I’ve just always lacked the courage to take action on my dreams. When I found coaching, I started taking action. I started digging deep. I dove into personal development and growth. I started asking myself the tough questions. I started doing things I was afraid of. I started taking more chances. I started actually chasing those dreams.
But, something happened after I started taking action. I started to have doubters around me. And, it would often seem like the more action I took and the more I chased, the more resistance I met. And, since I’m human, when that resistance came, the self- doubts start coming back….feeling less than came back….feeling sad and anxious came back. I started feeling uninvited to my own dreams. And, I kinda felt like ok maybe God is trying to tell me something. Maybe this is all too much. Maybe this isn’t for me. Maybe it’s not the right path…even if it FEELS like the right path.
This book is helping me see things for what they really are. While of course I have to be true to my faith and my family first, we HAVE to keep chasing our dreams. And, often the harder we push and the bigger the dreams, the more resistance we are going to meet. The bigger the dream, the more courage and strength it will require to achieve it. But, we can’t give up. We can’t give up on ourselves. We have to push through the rejections….push through the fears….push through the feelings of being less than perfect….because we’re not NOT less than….but we’re also not perfect. We will fall. But we will get back up. This book can help you with so much.
Her words are amazing and so relatable. Even if you’re just struggling in your relationships right now, this book can help. Here are just a few things I jotted down in my journal today ~ “Live from the abundant place that you are loved, and you won’t find yourself begging others for scraps of love.” And, “The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making or the breaking of my identity.” Think about those two statements for a while. Ask yourself what they mean to you. I know what they mean to me.
So, I hope you learn more about Lysa. Check out her site. Check out Proverbs31 on FB. Get some of her books and start overcoming! And, if you do, I would LOVE to hear about it!!
(oh, yes, btw, I’m totally stealing this from Uninvited. Lysa has a an author friend who at a book signing,
signed her books, Live Loved and then her name. I absolutely LOVE it.)