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Enlightenment Monday’s : Gruff! : Finding Inspiration In The Oddest Of Places

Enlightenment Monday’s. I realized pretty quickly that I needed to give these Monday posts of my mine, a name. Since this month has been so fruitful in answers and direction, I feel enlightenment is the perfect word to describe these posts.

To be honest, I didn’t think I would be sitting here writing another one of these posts. Up until yesterday, this past week hadn’t been so forth coming with answers. That’s ok. Or at least, that’s what I was telling myself. I mean this is my month to be still and I cannot expect an answer every time I turn around. That isn’t how it works.

So I continued on, business as usual. Speaking to God, enjoying my family, and working on my goals. Then, yesterday we took our preschooler to see a children’s play.

Gruff! The Three Billy Goats Musical

Isn’t it funny how sometimes we gain insight or inspiration in the unlikely of places? I sure didn’t think I would be getting mine from a children’s musical. Watching the actors chase each other through the aisles, as the audience laughed in excitement. Nevertheless, there I was, plagued with inspiration. It was as if God was saying, Open your eyes and look closely at everything surrounding you.

In truth, I knew nothing of this play. I had never even heard of this tale before. So I don’t know if this was the original story line or another version. What I can tell you, is the one I saw, was three versions of the same story rolled into one.

The musical began with a boy who longed to cross a bridge and see the world, but was too afraid. The narrator then sat him down to listen to a story about the troll who lived under the bridge and the three billy goats who were trying to cross it.

First, the story was told from the perspective of the three billy goats. Although the troll was insistent the events happened differently. So the story was then told from the point of view of the troll himself.

Then, the narrator explained this story in fact had nothing to do with the goats or the troll. This story was about a young boy who wanted to see the world and find his way. He learned that everyone has something to offer. It’s merely about finding it and using it to his full potential. And although he was afraid to embark on this new journey, he must {Brave} and do it anyway. 

“There are those who say fate is something beyond our command, that destiny is not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us… you only have to be brave enough to see it.” – Merida, Brave

If that wasn’t enough of a nudge, God decided to then give me a gentle shove. Saturday night also happened to be date night for the hubby and I. While we love going to movies or checking errands off our list that are far easy to get done without the kids, my favorite nights by far are the ones with no movie or set plan. Those dates are set with a relaxing tone and filled with conversation.

One topic my husband pressed was my blog. He has been adamant for months that I need an Instagram account for my blog. Honestly, he is probably right. Ok, I know he is right. But I feel like I am still in the learning stages. Plus, with a Facebook Page and Pinterest Account, the idea of adding another social media outlet feels overwhelming. Or maybe it’s fear? Instagram is a completely new platform and isn’t there always a bit of fear when trying something new?

My current goal: to create an Instagram account by the end of summer…

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Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You.

Found this print at Target over the weekend! #TargetForTheWin

This week has been a world wind. Lunches with some wonderful women and one amazing email later, makes me truly thankful for this ride.

Last week I expressed my frustration with the ride and being still. I did promise to give it my best shot though. Funny thing is, when you actually hunker down and get serious, things happen.

It’s on God’s time.

Over the course of the last few months I have changed my outlook, my perspective on life. It’s been AMAZING and has created a cascading affect on everything in my personal life, motherhood especially. This is something I will talk about more in upcoming posts, but for now I will just focus on the present. June – my month to be still and everything that has happened this week.

My week began with giggling girls and fun adventures. Library story time and nature walks, just to name a few. Then a mid-week lunch with a dear friend, whom my girls lovingly refer to as Aunt. She broke up the seriousness of my thoughts with some lighthearted laughter. Obliged my oldest with some SnapChat fun and got the little one to warm up a bit. Sometimes what we need most is to put our thoughts away for a time and just enjoy the moment. Thank you my dear, sweet friend!

Thursday met with an e-mail I had been anxiously awaiting. I was stunned to see it in my inbox. It took me a moment, but I dived right in! The e-mail was EVERYTHING I needed to hear. Funny how that works right!? She talked about the three phases of entrepreneurship- Enlightenment, Info Dumping, and Clarity.

As she expressed, I am definitely in the Enlightenment and Info Dumping phases. I am reading and listening to everything I can get my hands on. It’s as if my soul has been awakened and I am searching for my purpose, my passion. It is difficult to describe, but I’ll try. It’s like looking at a dim screen with dull colors. The more I listen and read, the more the screen brightens and the colors become vibrant. The sky is not the limit, there is no limit to what I can accomplish.

“Be still and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10

Friday came and I found myself driving more than an hour to have lunch with some wonderful women I only get to see a few times a year. I took this opportunity to talk with God. First thanking him for this amazing life. Then telling him I am working on Being Still, but that it’s a lot harder than I thought it would. I told him about the questions I was still pondering and my quest for answers. I also acknowledged that I knew these answers would come on his time and I would continue making an effort to focus on the ride.

God’s Presences.

During lunch I was speaking to these lovely ladies, telling them everything about my journey. It was as if God was speaking through them, telling me exactly what I needed to hear. I see a possible destination in site. The path is much clearer now. It’s going to take a lot of effort and hard work, but I will get there.

For now, I am going to sit back and enjoy the ride!

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Be {Brave}

I have been thinking about this first post for months now – going over it and over it in my head. At one point I could hear Meredith Grey’s voice reading my post aloud, as she does at the beginning of every Grey’s Anatomy episode. That would be AMAZING, right!? But instead, (deep breathe) it’s me and MY thoughts – not an actress reading a script. So here goes…

Fears… We all have them. They can either light you up or shut you down. Sometimes our fears are what keep us safe and out of harms way, but all too often they keep us trapped – never stepping out of our comfort zone. We stay in this safe place, hoping to try something new without the intension of ever actually doing it.

This was a conservation I recently had with my Mother-in-law shortly after our big move. I was nervous and scared, unsure of what the future held for me. In all her sweet wisdom, she shared an important piece of advice, “Do something once a week that scares you.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but that small piece of advice would quickly become a huge part of my life.

{BRAVE}

Now let me clarify, she didn’t mean go skydiving or climb Everest. She simple meant step out of your comfort zone – which can mean different things to different people. For me, at the time, it meant leaving the house and exploring the area on my own. Driving to new places with my daughter and trying to make friends. But it quickly spiraled into so much more! Somehow I developed the “Brave” motto and here I am, putting myself out there. Sharing my life with you. For me, it doesn’t get much Braver!

Say what you wanna say

And let the words fall out

Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say

And let the words fall out

Honestly I wanna see you be brave

– Sara Bareilles

I want this blog to encompass who I am as a wife, mother, and a woman. My goal is for you, my readers, to be as passionate about what I write as I am. Most importantly, I want to be {BRAVE} and share my thoughts, experiences, and struggles. I hope you will feel comfortable enough to do the same with me! I want to see you be {BRAVE}!

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