My mission is to provide you with inspiration and encouragement to live everyday to it's fullest. I do this by sharing the simple things in life such as recipes to the most difficult of things such a life. We all know life is a struggle and many days a balancing act, but I am here to inspire you to do it well. Everything I write about is designed to inspire as well as encourage you to be a "better" you that you can be. Everything I share is raw and real. I do not cover up or sugar coat what I write about. This would benefit no one. My goal is for you to walk away feeling uplifted and encouraged after leaving my page. Lastly, I am here to remind you that you are… enough and beautiful… just the way you are.
Merry Christmas to everyone who is on Christmas vacation and Christmas break.
It is my sincere and heartfelt message that you are able to make some precious memories and spend some quality time together.
Take the time to rest and watch Christmas movies together.
Take the time to fill your home with the sweet aroma of home baked Christmas cookies together.
Take the time to build a uniquely “your own” gingerbread house together.
If you live where it snows, take some time to play in the snow together. Make a snow angel family, go sliding, or make a snowman and then enjoy some creamy hot chocolate afterwards.
Take some time to sit in front of the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree or the warmth and sparkle of a fire in a fireplace to reconnect with the relationships you have missed or have been struggling with.
The time you spend and the memories you make will be the best present you can give to each other this year or any year.
To those who are not on vacation and are struggling, whether it is with grief, loneliness, discouragement, frustration, anger, or PTSD, know you are not alone. I see you.
For many, it is hard to see the joy the holiday season brings, but if this is you, I want you to know you are not alone.
It is my prayer God will soften the pain you feel and will provide you with a peace to see the sparkle of joy this season whether it is through a song that will touch your heart or the twinkling of Christmas lights you may see in the passing of your day.
It is also my prayer this verse will touch your heart and provide you with the comfort and peace you didn’t know was possible to feel again.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV
God wants us to remember that He sent His Son to give us the assurance there is better to come.
We don’t need to be hopeless or discouraged because no matter how bad life may seem right now, there is better to come.
Take some time in the week to come to seek God and receive His gift of grace, peace, and comfort.
Big hugs to those who are struggling and suffering today and big hugs to those who are celebrating the season with those who have embraced them.
Today’s motivation is to encourage you to be strong, determined, and motivated to make the best of what this week is to hold for you.
Monday’s To-Do List
Make my bed
If we start our week with the mind set of these three simple principles, then we have mentally prepared ourselves for a more positive outcome.
Now, to briefly examine this list.
Make my bed
Who makes their bed everyday?
I for one, believe by getting up and making my bed I have already accomplished a simple task for the day. Every time I go to my bedroom, I am reminded this is done and it makes me feel better about myself.
If you do not make your bed every day, I challenge you to try it for just a week and see if it helps to change your perspective to starting your day.
If I was not determined to do what is often times hard, I would not have the motivation to push through what is difficult.
Think about the areas in your life you struggle with.
Do you have the strength and determination to push through what is difficult to accomplish what is important to you?
Be encouraged knowing God will give you the strength to fight for what is important. He will give you the determination you need to accomplish this task, just be sure to ask.
Do not rely on your own strength, or you will fall short of completion.
Remember these words…
“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God…”
2 Corinthians 5:5
Lastly, be grateful for everything you accomplish and do not take it for granted.
For where our gratitude is, there will be a sense of accomplishment.
Remember this verse God gave us.
“… Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Gratitude is as powerful as determination in accomplishing tasks.
If you’re not thankful for what you have and what you have accomplished, then why bother working towards accomplishing the goal?
If your week looks like it will be long and difficult, then be encouraged by these inspirational words…
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
Today may be the day that you need to try changing your perspective at how you look at your trial or difficulty.
Instead, look at it as a blessing in disguise. What is it trying to teach you? What are you meant to learn from it.
Maybe the blessing is found by trying to accomplish it a different way. All too many times we get tunnel vision and do not see there is a better way.
My friend, now you have been equipped with some motivation, here is to a happy and accomplished week.