Refuse to Shrink

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You will never be enough for some.

Your words will be wrong.

Your actions will be wrong.

They will always see you as wrong.

Remember that some people find fault like they get paid for it.

Some people can see everyone else’s transgressions but can never see their own.

The problem is not who you are. The problem is they are so consumed with self that their view of others is constantly distorted.

Walk away. Move on and never lose a single minute of peace over the opinions of sheep.

Surround yourself with people who value your worth and build you up. You deserve better and they don’t deserve your time or loyalty.

Rise up! The time is now. Refuse to shrink to the size someone tries to cut you down to. Be bigger than the smallness around you.

Just Hold On

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Sometimes you have to smile while your heart is breaking. Sometimes you have to get out and face the world when everything inside of you just wants to stay in bed. We go through seasons when our heart hurts and our faith is shaken but we have to get up knowing eventually the weather will change. Nothing remains constant not even the hardest times. They may seem endless but the darkness will fade into light and all you can do is breathe and be patient. If you are in that season that seems long and difficult, I am here to remind you to hold on a little bit longer. You will find strength in the storm and you will make it through. The light is right there on the other side. Wait for it.

You Matter

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I woke up today feeling suffocated with gratitude. Aren’t those days awesome when your eyes pop open and you just feel amazing?

I am here to remind you that although the world can seem big and overwhelming, you are not forgotten. You are visible and important and valuable. I know sometimes you may feel small but that feeling is a lie. There is nothing small about you. There is only one you and you were created to be unique, one of a kind. Do not fall victim to comparison. Recognize we all have gifts, strengths, weakness and vulnerability. Don’t be defined by the walls you build around yourself. Break through them! Climb over them! Change that voice in your head to say I do matter. I have a place here.

Sometimes when I need a pick me up, I put on my favorite socks that come fully equipped with red capes. Remind yourself that we all have an inner rockstar or an inner superhero. Step onto that stage or into your phone booth and let that bold person come on out. Don’t be afraid to shine. Your light does make a difference. You make a difference.

Be The One

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I often wonder how we’ve become so far removed from one another. When someone is drowning in the middle of a storm, how is it we fail to even notice? When someone looks drained and exhausted, why is it so hard to say, I see your pain and I will help you through it. Why can’t we be the love, compassion, encouragement and support that we long for in our own lives? What if you took a chance and extended a hand to someone who lost his footing? What if you were the one person to lift him up when no one else even noticed he had fallen so far down?

Be a life line. Be hope. Be help. Be a friend. Be love. Be the one who makes a difference.

Find Yourself

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Today I went to a new church. It couldn’t have been more different than the one I have known my entire life. It occurred to me as I sat there that I have been listening to the same message for the past 40+ years. I’ve felt so stuck lately. In my heart and my mind I have longed to find a new me… a deeper me ready to live a life full of passion and fulfillment. Something has been holding me back. I’ve been numb for so long, a much duller version of myself than I am meant to be. Be a good girl, perfect mom, devoted wife, endearing daughter. Be quiet, be patient, be better, be stronger. Be this, be that….be whatever and whoever everyone thinks you should be. The demands never seem to end. I have been confined by the opinions and labels of others. Every expectation is another chain that keeps me locked in the prison I have chosen for myself. Link by link I have built my existence and I am ready to break free. I’ve been searching for me on the same map all these years. It is finally clear that I have have been looking for answers to my deepest questions from the same sources all this time. How could I possibly grow when I never had the courage to seek a path I had never traveled? How could I evolve if I only interact with the same crowd, listen to the same voices? What if they’ve been right the whole time or even worse, what if they’ve been wrong? When will I have the courage to stand up and proudly and confidently say this is me without being forced to apologize or be shamed? Today I took the first step on this new path and I am more excited than ever before. Today I followed my own inner voice and I took a step in a direction that has been calling me for some time. This is a reminder to live bravely and walk boldly in your own shoes. Turn down the chatter of the world and once again you will begin to think for yourself. You are in there waiting to be rediscovered. Now go rescue yourself before time runs out.

Inspiration To Start Your Day

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Today is another chance to get it right. Seek out what is good. Look for the positive. Embrace it, celebrate it and move on from the rest. The more you practice, the easier it becomes. Negativity is a trap but if you are smart enough there are ways to avoid it.

Remember you are not part of the crowd. There is only one unique, beautiful you. Let your individualism shine. Be amazing and slow down long enough to enjoy today.

Morning Inspiration

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You are amazing today and everyday. You deserve love and respect, kindness and compassion. Stand a little taller and remember who you are. Isn’t it amazing that out of all the people in the world, there is only one unique enough to be you? You are more than you think, more than they see and stronger than you will ever know. Just be you. That is itself is amazing!

Make the Change

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When I look back on my life a year ago, I am moved to tears by the gratitude I feel for some much needed change. For years I took a backseat in my own life. I accepted the circumstances and allowed myself to play the victim. At some point, I knew enough was enough and every intention and choice I made purposefully moved my life in a different direction. I am beyond happy now. Until I could picture myself feeling elated and peaceful, there was no way I would bring that image into reality. I had to want it enough to believe it was possible which then led me to find a way to make it possible. 

Remember, where and who you are today will not be the same as where and who you will be a day or even a year from now unless you are too afraid to make a move. The same behavior and repetitive negative thoughts will only lead you down the same road. If you want to explore new, exciting ground then you have to take the first step in a different direction. Don’t wait any longer. Do it today!

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

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These words have never echoed in my heart like they do today. I can hear the discouragement in people’s posts. I hear it in their words and I can see it in the eyes of most people I meet. We are all thinking the same thing? How can we fix a world that is so broken? How can we move past damage that almost seems irreparable?

These are tough times. I see people looking for someone to blame. The truth is, we are all to blame. We cannot point a finger at a single person and honestly believe he or she is the real cause. No one has that much power. It takes an infestation of many minds and many hearts to see damage as great as this. We expect the most broken to fix themselves but the kind of leadership that would take is unrecognizable to the ones who need it most. Change and healing start with each one of us. We the little people must be the game changer. The big people, the ones who own the limelight have failed us miserably. It is time for the little people to start the ripple of respect and healing that screams so loud that there isn’t a soul too lost to hear it. We must come together for a cause that is greater than each one of us. Have we become too spoiled? Are we selfless enough to sacrifice our own needs for the greater good? I will not contribute to the further destruction of my country or a single human being in it. I will not play a game that has consequences that will devastate a country I love. We all send out energy. Everything we do and say is like a ripple that keeps on going. Send out love. Focus your time on energy on what is right. Dwell on the positive. Lift the vibe up. We are low enough.

Be The Peace

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Some days there is a brutal battle between my mind and body. One part of me wants to sit in peace while the other part incessantly reminds me why sitting is not an option. The mind is a powerful thing. Learn to tame it or it will take control over you. Repeat after me…peace is good. Thoughts are generally a waste of time. Take that walk. Enjoy the outdoors. Practice inner peace. It’s okay not to have a plan or agenda. It is healthy to take time to rejuvenate your soul. My intention today is to allow peace to fill me up and I extend that intention to you as well. Be at peace. Be the peace the world desperately needs right now.