- Just Keep Swimming
“Just Keep Swimming” (yes from the movie Finding Nemo) used to be my motto….
It’s not a secret that my road to motherhood was not the “dream job” entry I had planned… fast forward version… miscarriage, liver tumor, 2/3 of my liver removed, traumatic emergency c-section with Caroline and then overwhelm and chaos as a new mom of two as my mom when through cancer treatment. Busy life at fast forward speed. Spoiler alert: parenting is hard. Then the unexpected death of my mother-in-law. I never dealt with all the emotions and pushed self care to the back… off the radar. Everyone has a story.
Several events snapped me out of the fog of wandering motherhood… what was my purpose? I finally focused on self care, personal development, wellness, having FUN, saying no to things that didn’t matter and YES to things that did. #workinprogress
Every year for the past several, I have prayed for a word of the year instead of my “just keep swimming” motto of the past. It helps me to focus throughout the year – my words have been….
And this year is #GROWTH
My hubby gave me the biggest compliment, he said you are 180 degrees different than you were a few years ago. It’s so true.
I feel like I am in God’s rhythm instead of frantically trying to swim against the current alone and be in CONTROL.
I had no idea how much impact emotions can have on our lives. I’ve done a lot of emotional work and healing this last year with essential oils, talking about trauma, decluttering our house, chatting with encouraging cheerleaders and an amazing small group at our church (that I didn’t want to join because “I didn’t have time” ahhhh, but God’s timing.)
So here’s to us and living our best life by slowing down to reflect, listen and pray so we can be a brighter light for Christ.
I finally know WHO I AM and WHOSE I AM.
Now I am on a mission to share my journey. I’ve had my own business for the last 8 years… it has morphed from career services and resume help to helping others learn to live intentionally and find JOY. Luke 1:46-47 “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
I am an introvert, but I keep hearing God’s call to “LIVE OUT LOUD,” so I am here as a conversation starter and high five giver to encourage other moms and families on this journey to be more intentional especially with our health and emotions so we can truly #magnifyJOY and God’s blessings. Everyone has a story and we get lost in the idea that everyone else has a “perfect life.” NO THEY DON’T.
Satan wants us frazzled, sick, stressed and too busy. Trust me. I know. John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
I love this quote, “Jesus gives us life, life in abundance. If we are close to Him, we will have JOY in our hearts and a smile on our face.” – Pope Francis
I choose to smile and INTENTIONALLY walk in JOY. (This doesn’t mean “perfect life” – it means grace and growth.) ☀️💖
- Wandering… waiting for your calling?
Deep thoughts…. ever feel like you are wandering without a super specific calling? “I believe the reason you don’t know what you are called to do is because you are called to do something no one has ever done before.” – Lisa Bevere
Whoa. Let that sink in for a minute.
I love to listen to podcasts when I do chores and this quote really stuck with me.
Have an AMAZING day. YOU are uniquely made with a unique calling… not someone else’s… YOU be YOU.
- Less StuffFor a long time we thought about moving… we had a checklist of things it would be nice to have… like a coat closet (random that we don’t have one), a playroom, a guest room, bigger yard…. BUT we’ve realized that the “perfect house” can never top our love for our neighbors and community. They are our tribe.
So, since our house isn’t getting any bigger we are finally making our house our HOME (11 years later) and getting rid of more STUFF too. Yesterday I tackled the kid’s closets – they had become my storage – I let so much GO. I used to buy more tubs and bins to “organize” but now I’ve had the #growth mindset shift that organized clutter is still clutter. Just because an item is gone doesn’t mean the memory is gone. It’s taken me YEARS to become intentional and finally “get it.”
And hooray, with all the new closet space, the kids made their own “kid cave” – Lego displays and mini play area with pictures and artwork. (Who needs a playroom? They made their own in the closet!) They played so well yesterday with things that had been forgotten amidst the clutter. Kids don’t like the overwhelm of stuff either. Less stuff = less stress. 👊
We’ve spent a lot of spring break wrapping up house projects and playing outside with anyone that stops by. LOVE IT. ❤️ If you don’t know your neighbors very well, plan a block party this spring! One of our favorite things! #magnifyJOY
So, happy #springcleaning… may you truly feel PEACE when you walk into your house and may your tribe make you want to stay! 🏡
Anyone still doing the #40bagchallenge?
- JUMP for JOY
JOY. GRATITUDE. BEAUTY INSIDE & OUT. 💗
Sometimes you just have to JUMP and shake things up – this weekend was exactly what I needed. If you ever feel stuck or stagnant do something different in your routine – for a day or weekend. 🌸
My word of the year is #growth… I feel like I’ve been a seed waiting to bloom for over a year, I’m finally passed the tilling and chaos phase of the last several years as I’ve learned to be more #intentional and sloooooow down enough to listen to God’s purpose for my life in this next season.
And so am I. 👊
- Tribe of Light Bringers
How did we first meet? Share below. ☀💛
The older I get the more I appreciate community and my tribe – near and far – from dear friends and family, to friends from decades ago – Minnesota, Hawaii, Texas, Marcus High School (and McAuliffe & Milliken & Briarhill!), Aggieland (how can we be that old?), church, work, Oily Families, neighbors, ERE friends, my magnify JOY community, to new acquaintances and everyone in between. Thanks for being YOU.
“Be around the light bringers,
the magic makers,
the world shifters,
the game shakers.
They challenge you,
break you open,
uplift and expand you.
They don’t let you play
small with your life.
are your people.
- Love Actually
Yesterday was a Love Actually moment, just like the movie. International Arrivals at the airport will warm your heart. Anticipation of loved ones, flags waving, signs made with love, excitement to see and BE with their long awaited traveler… so many people and stories.
And absence really does make the heart grow fonder…. this is the longest my hubby and I have been apart since we got married, we missed each other deeply, makes you appreciate the little things, forget about trivial things and focus on love, actually.
Spread some extra love today! 💗
- Rainbow Perspective
There’s nothing quite like coming over the hill out of a TORRENTIAL downpour to see a beautiful rainbow. Walking on sunshine came on the radio too! ☔ ☀ 🌈
My word of the week is “perspective.” Be on the lookout for your rainbows this week!
*Our neighbor shared this pic. Love it. And thanks to all the first responders that I saw out helping in the storms. You are appreciated! Sunny and calm now. #magnifyJOY
- Magnify Joy Facebook
More quotes and inspiration – https://www.facebook.com/MagnifyJoy