Tips & Tricks

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Shooting In The Day

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A Beautiful Wedding

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself to find out Why God Put You Here

4 Questions to Ask Yourself to find out Why God Put You Here

The alarm goes off and you hit the snooze button for the tenth time, pull that warm fuzzy blanket around you, and sink in to your bed thinking that you just want to stay here in this state of comfort rather than pulling yourself out of bed. But you do. You get out of bed, you make some coffee because that is the only thing that will get you through this morning. You go to work and pray that the day flies by so you can get home. Of course the day drags until four o’clock rolls around and you get to go home. You go home, you eat dinner, you watch TV, and you go to bed. Then you do it all. Over. Again.

You wake up and cuddle with your blanket a little longer, thanking God for giving you a warm place to sleep. You get out of bed and make yourself some coffee because that warm, amazing liquid makes you feel all cozy. You go to work and the day goes by so fast and you contemplate staying longer because you are so excited about this project. You go home and make an amazing meal that fuels your body and then you go to yoga, or you play with the kids, or you go outside and read a book. You go to bed and can’t wait for tomorrow because you get to do it all. Over. Again.

Which one sounds better? I can tell you which one I want! I can tell you which one I have. Well a variation of it, I’m not a fan of (real) coffee, and going to work usually consists of walking down my hallway.

We were put on this earth for a reason. We were not put on this earth to simply exist and go through the motions. Living life in a state of just being is not okay. Living in a state of excitement and passion is what every person can have, and should have.

So I have a few questions for you.

1. What in your life do you look forward to?

It doesn’t have to be a big event, or it can be. It doesn’t have to be your job, or it can be. It doesn’t have to be an actual action, or it can be.

It can be literally anything. A class, your job, a hobby, a feeling about a certain topic, teaching your kids, going to church, meeting new people, anything. Whatever gets your heart fluttering with excitement, chances are, that is part of what God put you on this earth for.

2. What do you NOT look forward to?

If there is something you absolutely dread, a situation, a topic, a place, cleaning your bathrooms (this girl right here!), that is NOT part of His plan for you. Find a way to avoid certain topics or situations, or outsource what literally makes you feel like it is the LAST thing you want to do (like working your butt off so you can hire a house cleaner like I’m trying to do).

3. Why can’t you do what you look forward to the most?

Sometimes, life just feels so freaking insane. Like you are just trying to survive and get through day by day, and then MAYBE one day you’ll get to a point where you can do that thing, or go to that place, or start that business, or whatever you keep making up an excuse for even though you REALLY wish you could do it. And now the most important question…

4. Why can you not NOT do what you look forward to the most?

Sorry for the double negative Mrs. G, but seriously think about this. What will happen if you don’t follow that passion that God put in your soul?! What in the world is truly stopping you?! Absolutely nothing!!! In the famous words of Andy Mineo “My biggest enemy is me, and even I can’t stop me” (look up the song You Can’t Stop Me by Andy Mineo and you’ll get it).

I recently have figured out what God put me on this earth for. And the burning passion I feel in my soul is absolutely insane. I didn’t know it was possible to feel like this and I know I am completely unstoppable now. Which is why, I’m going for it. I’m taking the next step and I am doing a LIVE EVENT! That’s right. I am going to be teaching every single thing I have used to find myself in one of the absolute craziest times of my life.

And I want you there! I want you to come, have a glass of wine, and find YOU! Because we were not meant to get up, pray for the day to go by, and go to sleep just to do it over again and pray our life goes by faster. We were meant for MORE.

So make sure to get your ticket and join me for a life changing event, Finding Yourself in the Midst of Chaos. Click the photo below to get your ticket before they are all gone!

A Letter to my 16 Year Old Self

A Letter to my 16 Year Old Self

This post has been manifesting itself in my heart since the day I decided to start this blog. It has been evolving, it has been maturing, it has been hiding. The growth I have gone through in the past few months has happened so rapidly and exponentially that this post did as well, and it has finally come out of hiding. My past, the decisions I made, are what have held me back in every area of my life; motherhood, marriage, being a follower of Christ, my work, everything. I have used it as an excuse to halt the growth of the seed that God planted in my heart that has been trying to burst from me for years now.

I hope my girls can read this one day. To understand that their mother was not always the woman they know, but rather was a girl that didn’t know her worth. And they learn from that. They learn that God put them on this earth for a reason and that reason will not be determined by anyone else. They learn that no matter what, Dominic and I will love them. God will love them. That forgiveness is always going to be there. But just as any mom, I hope they do better than me.

Lauren,

Right now you feel as though you know everything, everything except yourself. You hide this fact with false confidence and low cut shirts. Deep down you know it, but it is a realization that won’t come to the surface until you are ready to learn from it. To grow. To do better. 

The decisions you are making now, feel like they won’t impact the rest of your life, but they will, in ways you can’t imagine. Good decisions, bad decisions, seemingly insignificant decisions, all of them. I know it is hard to see outside the walls of your teenage years, to think about the rest of your life, but I wish you could try. I wish you could see what you become, what you overcome. So then maybe you won’t find your worth through the eyes of a boy that doesn’t value you for anything except your body. But rather, to see your worth through the eyes of God, through the eyes of your future husband, through the eyes of your daughters. They will forgive you for the decisions you make now, but the one who will have the most trouble with the forgiveness is yourself. 

These days seem like the most important of your life, but there will be days that will stay in your heart forever. The day your best friend asks you to marry him under the lights of a Christmas tree, the day you stand before God, your family, and your friends and become one with that man, the days you do what you think you could never do and bring two beautiful girls in to this world, the time in your life when you figure out what God put you on this earth to do. The days of walking the high school hallways wondering and worrying who might be looking at you, or who might not be looking at you, the days of drinking in a pasture trying to impress a boy that won’t even remember you years later, the days of trying to prove yourself to those who truly don’t matter and will have no place in your future, those are not the days that will matter the most in the larger picture God is painting of your life.

It will take years to find your true self no matter the decisions you make now. But the one piece of advice I give you, is to follow your heart, your intuition, God’s voice in the depths of your soul. You know what to do. You are stronger than you know. 

It’s true that what I regret most is part of what shaped me into the woman I am today, but I know I could have done better. You can do better. But it is okay. Because God forgives you. Your husband forgives you. And I forgive you.

Love always,

You.