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Speaks To Me Sunday #80

9 Jul

Totally guilty of trying to solve my life. I constant find myself wanting to cross EVERYTHING off of my To-Do List in one day. 

But if I cross it all off… what’s left to do? What life is there left to live? I don’t have to solve every problem and conquer every obstacle right this very minute. I don’t have to have everything planned out and perfectly pieced together.

What if I could stop looking at my life as something to solve and instead view it as a pile (an organized one 😉) of wonderful and good things. What if I cared for and nurtured those good things? What if my life grew into something beautiful? 

I love a good To-Do list as much as the next Type-A girl. But even I have to admit that a Christmas-Morning-like pile of all the wonderful things in my life is so much more fulfilling than a crumpled up list of crossed off (or ya know… rewritten again and again) problems and worries.

So, one at a time. I want to build my pile of good things. Now I just have to decide what will I add to the pile first. 

Speaks To Me Sunday #78

12 Mar

Asking for help has always been a tough one for me. I have always been pretty independent and incredibly stubborn. Having to ask for help always felt like admitting weakness. Needing others made me feel like a failure for not being able to do it on my own. 

How ridiculous is that?!

We were not put on this earth to do life alone. Life is so much fuller, so much richer when we let others in. I don’t know what made up rule book I read that said success was greater if I succeeded on my own, but I have thrown that rule book out the window. 

We all need help sometimes, and there is nothing wrong with asking for it. Needs, wants, requests, wishes… just ask. The worst that could happen? Someone might tell you no. Why is that so scary? I think it’s much more terrifying to miss out on opportunities and to settle for less because I was too afraid to ask. 

I have found that, as nervewracking as asking for help can be, most of the time, the answer is yes. And those yeses can create confidence, build better friendships, and elicit a joyful yes when you are the one asked for help. I quite literally get by with a little help from my friends, and I am so thankful that I don’t have to do it alone. 

Be bold – ask for what you need. Be bolder – ask for what you want. The answer might just be yes. 

Speaks To Me Sunday #76

5 Feb

Can I get an amen?!

This one got me right in the gut today. How often do I act from a place of fear rather than a place of hope? How many times have I let fear step in and determine my path? Too many. How about you? 

Fear wants to win. Fear wants to keep you in a dark room, head down, potential untapped. Your fear wants you to believe that you are correct… that all your insecurities are real, that all your doubt is well founded, that you are not enough. If we let ourselves live in that place, we will end up choosing a small life, we will end up choosing fear. 

I don’t know about you, but I want a big, beautiful LIFE! I want to dream god-sized dreams and to leap fearlessly into all the amazing unknowns that hope has to offer. I want to choose from a place of hope. Can you imagine what that world would look like? If every decision we made was expectation-based, rooted in hope, founded in joyful possibility… that’s a world I want to see. That’s a world I want to help create. 

I am choosing to act with hope. 

Speaks To Me Sunday #68

16 Oct

I don’t even know what to say. 

I am so thankful for the love of my mom and dad. I am so grateful God gave me two amazing humans who have dedicated so much of their lives to my wellbeing and happiness. Even now when I’m so many miles away – they are still ere for me. When I really stop and think of it, I am overwhelmed. And completely humbled. I am so loved. 

Hey Mom and Dad, thank you. From the bottom of my heart,  I love you too! 

(Also, aren’t handwritten cards the best?)


Speaks To Me Sunday #62

21 Aug

Deep inhale.

Slow exhale.

How easy is it to slowly drown in all the busyness of every day life?

I get so caught up. Rushing from one thing to another, hurrying through each day to get to what? To get where? To go back to bed? To get to the vacation that’s months away? It’s enough to make a person crazy. Or at least incredibly boring. 

There is so much more to life, right?!

Intelligent conversations to be had, people to love, places to explore, shoot-for-the-moon dreams to live, beautiful moments to treasure… 

I want that life. Inhale. Exhale. 

That life makes my heart soar. That life would make me feel like me. 

We all have to go to work and make a living… But we don’t have to let that become the only life we are living. (And to those making a living doing what they love, I hope to join you!) I can’t imagine just working and paying bills. It’s not enough. I don’t want to be stuck treading water for the rest of my life. I’m going to inhale, exhale, and float. 


Speaks To Me Sunday #61

14 Aug

Ain’t that the truth! I’ve always worn my feelings very visibly. It can be a gift and a disaster depending on the situation. But it’s who I am.

Anyone else have traits or behaviors that are a blessing/curse? 

Being a human is so fascinating. Also, this was too funny and too true not to share. 😂


Speaks To Me Sunday #60

7 Aug


This has been running through my mind for a couple weeks now. This is the somebody I want to be. 

There’s been some craziness happening in and around my life lately. It can be easy to get swept away with it, to be completely caught up in myself. Turning that focus outward seems to make a world of difference. 

I want to be known as an encourager, a positive force, someone people expect to show goodness and kindness. 

I want to make you feel like a somebody. Because you are. 

How can I do that for you? What makes you feel important? 


Speaks To Me Sunday #59

31 Jul


And Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! 

I just had to celebrate by making my Speaks To Me Sunday quote one from the Wizarding World. These might be the truest words ever spoken. There is something incredibly powerful about words. I am so incredibly grateful for the many wonderful words I’ve had the opportunity to devour over the years. Words that challenge me, bring tears to my eyes, incite me to laughter. Words I have to look up, words that stay with me long after I turn the page. It truly is magic. 

Some of my favorite words will always be those of J.K. Rowling, and I am super excited to be reading something new of hers now that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is out! Harry Potter meets theatre? Sounds perfect for this girl. 

What are your favorite words?!

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Speaks To Me Sunday #44

20 Mar

Lately it seems like there have been a lot of things to be stressed about. Dwelling on it makes me feel like im drowning in anxiety. And I am someone who is prone to worry as it is. 

The best salve I have found is gratitude. If I can stop and choose to look at all the things I’m grateful for, every person who helped when things got tough, every lesson learned from hardship… It makes every day that much brighter, that much easier. 

I have been overwhelmed by gratitude these last couple of days. And it truly has interrupted my anxiety. It’s amazing what a change of perspective can do. 

Give it a shot! What are you grateful for? 

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Speaks To Me Sunday #25

18 Oct

She’s back! 

I am ready to get back to my regular posts, but I am over the idea of “regular life.” I want something more. There are so many incredible things I want out of this life, but I’ve got to be brave to get them. Early on I made my theme for 2015 Fearless. The year might be coming to a close, but I’ve got a couple more months to throw my fears out the window. I am going to be brave and free. 

What will you do with your last few months of 2015? Be fearless! 

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