The balancing act of life/work/family/kids/money/and-everything-else has admittedly felt overwhelming to me many times.
More than I would like to admit.
But this is a keep it real zone and to pretend that I get up every day and feel like a rock star could not be further from reality.
I know I can’t do it all, at least on my own. And to be honest the weight of thinking that I have to do everything effortlessly and flawlessly is just too much.
Grace to be imperfect, and very human.
Grace is sufficient, and will help me see my humanity, and have grace with others as we bump into each other having a human experience.
And we get to encourage each other. I didn’t think writing a crafty DIY blog with my recipes and thrifty ideas would allow other people to be themselves and feel ok about having one clean room in their home. Or one hot meal on the table that week.
There was a season I became very quiet on this space, where I didn’t have the energy to write, and my heart was heavy with fear.
I learned a lot about myself, and realized I had to start again or I would lose something important in my soul.
Maybe you are struggling financially, and you just cannot see how things will ever get better.
Or you are facing health issues and you are unsure of the future, or how to accept your new reality.
Perhaps you have walked away from dysfunction and you have no idea how you are going to feed your kids and keep going. Let alone heal and have some time to breath.
Maybe you are in a growth mode, things are quiet, and you see a struggle you survived and you find yourself full of gratitude.
Each hill and valley faces us with no warning or time line, but they do pass. And the one thing I have been able to cling to is hope.
If I equip hope that my efforts are not in vain, faith that I can do the tasks in front of me, and grace with myself when we eat corn dog and apple slices, then I feel like can do anything.
Not everything, but anything.
There is a difference isn’t there? Instead of trying to make everyone happy and be perfect, why can’t we rock who we think we are and what we are pretty certain we are here for?
And if we screw up, or someone let’s us down, or that job doesn’t work out, or someone hurts us, we can get up the next day.
And wake, pray, and then slay the day that lies at hand. Like a boss.
Not a boss that is exhausted and so hard on herself she has nothing left.
But a boss who can say no, no thanks, and no way.
The truth of it is that we are so powerful, we’ve got this. And we can do tough things, and looking back each thing adds to the big thing that is growing in us. Confidence, hope, encouragement, and pulling aside a friend or a stranger, and telling them why you know they are going to make it.
And rock it, just like they never dreamed they could.
I grew tired of looking around and my circumstances and believing that they one defined me, and two were never going to change.
That is a lie, and the only way we get to prove it’s a lie is to roll up our sleeves and try hard things, be a little scared, and go for it.
So while I am not the first person to come up with wake/pray/slay I feel like it is such a beautiful truth that I want to see every day.
A visual reminder that I am powerful, and I can make a difference. That is something to get excited about, and something that can fuel us thru the tough days, and excite us on the easier ones.
So I share with you a bit of my heart today. When I was quiet on this blog and withdrawn a bit for a season, I was getting out of an unhealthy relationship, and leaving no stone unturned looking for ways to hang onto my home and feed my three young kids. I was scared, lonely at times, and the tiniest bit of hope kept me hanging on, that they looked to me to lead them, and show them that we were going to be ok.
So I got up every day, and I prayed, then I went out and worked my tail off. The struggles are different now but balancing a busy career, family, some creative time and actually sleeping (not enough lol!) is my challenge now.
It’s a different season but there is still incredible stress some days, joy, pain, worry and I’m just trying to kick butt out there and have some grace with myself while I am at it.
What is your challenge right now friend? Do you find yourself in a valley or maybe just past one? Or perhaps somewhere in between, where much of life seems to take place.
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