Taking a Leap of Faith

Faith to Move Mountains

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While I was searching for a Facebook post today, I found this quote that made me want to share some things with you that I’ve been going through lately.

“As your faith is strengthened you will find there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.” Emmanuel Teney.

This means so much to me. More than I think I can express in one blog post.

There is no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone.

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I’ve been doing a lot of things recently that have challenged my faith. Like trekking out in the wilderness these last 8 months. I’ve faced fatigue, thirst, and animals while pushing myself to listen to others in greater need.

Now that that adventure is over, I’m moving to a new state in a couple of weeks (goal accomplished πŸ˜‰) without a job set up. Definitely another leap of faith especially when quite a number of people think I’m kind of crazy for doing it.

I probably am crazy ☺️ but it all brings me back to that quote.

I know deep in my heart that staying in Arizona will keep me stagnant and the Creator wants me to move forward. I don’t know if you’re religious at all, but to me, He’s been the one who allowed me to get my job this summer. I have a good savings because of His help and if I have to eat it for the next little while in order to take this next step, I’m willing to do it.

And you know, as strange as it is, I’m at peace with my decision. I know that I’m following my heart’s song and that makes me excited. Who knows what the future will bring? I might even get my book published!

But what about you? How’s your heart doing these days? Are there any leaps of faith that you need to take but haven’t? What’s stopping you?

If you knew that you couldn’t fail, what would you do with your life?

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Where would you go? Who would you become? What lives would you bless and change for the better?

I know for me, I want to live the kind of life where I have financial independence. Where I can travel wherever I want, whenever and help people. I want the kind of life where I can build charities, write books, and talk to people from all over the world and help them realize their dreams.

What about you? Share in the comments what your dreams are. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading and if you like what you read please like and share! Have a blessed day. 😊

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Learning to Trust Yourself

“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I want to share an experience with you that I had recently. It really struck me and has shed some light onto my heart song.

My current job requires me to be out in the wilderness 8 days out of 14 every week. It’s exhausting and disheartening, but also refreshing and enlightening. Each day and week brings a new set of challenges as I’m working with youth and surviving with minimal supplies.

Recently, I made the wonderful discovery of being able to create a hammock with the sleeping gear provided. It was amazing being able to sleep in the air rather than on the cold ground. And while learning how to create this ingenious little invention, I discovered something about myself.

While testing out my hammock for the first time, I was a little nervous to put my full weight onto it. I wasn’t sure if the knots were going to hold and I didn’t want to have the unpleasant experience of my face hitting the dirt.

Anyways, my co-worker sensed my uneasiness and told me to just trust the ropes. “They’ll hold.”

My immediate thought: “I trust the ropes. I just don’t trust myself with the ropes.”

It was like a light switch flickered on in my head. Why don’t I trust myself with the ropes?

Suddenly a long list of questions went through my head.

Why don’t I trust myself? Has this affected other areas in my life? If I can’t trust myself, does that mean I have a hard time trusting others?

Oh, it went on and on while I sat on my hammock. (Believe it or not, it did hold my weight on the first try :P).

And it just got me thinking, how do I learn how to trust myself better?

I’m still working on this one, but I do have a list that might be a good start for learning how to trust yourself better. If you have any suggestions on what I can do to trust myself, please comment!

Tip #1 for Learning How to Trust Yourself: Open Yourself up to Trusting Yourself

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It may seem a little redundant, but it could be that you don’t even know that you lack faith in yourself. I certainly didn’t until all those questions streamed through my mind.

It might be wise to take a few minutes and ask yourself if you do feel like you need to gain a little more trust in yourself. Who knows? Maybe asking that question will open the door to a new world of possibilities and positive change!

Tip #2: Be Kind to Yourself

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Look in the mirror right now. I mean it. Go and do it and tell yourself that you are an incredible and amazing human being. You have dazzling potential and you are worthy of trust.

We truly are our worst critics. If you can’t learn how to be kind to yourself, how can you ever expect to trust yourself? So do yourself a favor and be kind πŸ™‚

Tip #3: Listen to your Heartsong

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Your intuition is a powerful thing. I feel like this quote goes well with this tip:

“Come from the heart, the true heart, not the head. When in doubt, choose the heart. This does not mean to deny your own experiences and that which you have empirically learned through the years. It means to trust yourself to integrate intuition and experience. There is a balance, a harmony to be nurtured, between the head and the heart. When the intuition rings clear and true, loving impulses are favored.” ~Brian L. Weiss.

Learn how to listen to the voice inside of you that is difficult to hear. Learn to listen to what you are feeling. Follow those crazy dreams of yours and reach for the impossible πŸ™‚

Tip #4: Try New Things

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It’s scary to try something new. I was not excited to look like an idiot if my hammock broke. Especially because I’m supposed to be knowledgeable about those sorts of things in my job. But, I had to be willing to take the risk of looking stupid in order to learn the skill of making a hammock. (And boy, I’m so happy I did!)

Oftentimes it takes biting the bullet and diving into the murky water in order to lose whatever is holding us back. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

Tip #5: Don’t Give Up

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If you’ve failed in the past, there’s always a chance for a New Beginning. It takes a lot of scrapes and mess ups before a child learns how to ride a bike. The same goes for anything.

If you feel like you’ve done the unthinkable and can never trust yourself again, throw that thought away. Just crumple it up into a ball and throw it in the trash. Read Tip #2 over again and pick yourself back up.

You can do it πŸ™‚

I hope that some of these tips help! I’ll definitely keep applying them as I learn how to trust myself more in the future.

Have an Amazing Day!

 

The Courage to say “I Forgive You”

I’m going to be honest with you. I had an experience two weeks ago that still hurts to think about. But I wanted to share it with you, because it taught me several valuable lessons. And I feel like some of our hardest lessons are the best teachers.

My first week at my job was, honestly, a form of hell. A lot of things happened that made me really angry. I was ticked off at the company, my manager, and just… everything.

I’m ashamed to admit it, but I aimed all of that anger and frustration towards one individual who least deserved my wrath. A friend who had been there in the worst of my struggles and had supported me when I needed it most. I blamed her for no reason at all, except my hurt pride.

In public, I slandered her name as well as vented my frustration about her to a couple coworkers. I thought I was being honest, but my actions were a portrayal of my need for justice.

Of course, she had no idea I had done such a thing and still considered me a friend.

Under the circumstances, I was completely justified for feeling angry. A lot had happened to me that week, but I started to feel a little dirty for the words I had used. My heart told me I needed to apologize in a public manner, but I lacked the courage to follow through.

In the end, my poisonous words found their mark.

I can’t express to you the shame I felt when that individual sat with me and asked who I had talked to and why I had done such a thing. I have no inkling of the pain it must have caused her to have found that a supposed friend had betrayed her trust. I only know that I had caused a lot of damage for no reason except my hurt pride.

Tears were shed and we talked it through. I felt horrible for my actions and wanted her to be angry with me. However, there were 3 words that she said that have stayed with me ever since.

“I forgive you.”

My friend had every right to be angry with me. She had every right to try and get me fired. She had no reason to trust or forgive me for my errors, but she did.

Has that ever happened to you?

It’s horrible to have to be forgiven, but receiving that kindness lifted a heavy burden off my shoulders. It taught me a few important lessons that I will always remember:

1. If you have a beef with someone, have the courage to talk to them about it.

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Don’t be a coward like me and ignore what you’re feeling. Don’t race to find allies to join your cause.

Talk to the individual.

If I had talked with my friend at the very beginning, I wouldn’t have caused so much conflict.

2. When somebody hurts you, have the courage to say “I Forgive You.”

 

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I was foolish for getting so angry. I was foolish for blaming my friend. I admire her so much for having the courage to say those 3 words. I know it wasn’t easy. And it definitely took a great deal of maturity to sit with me and listen with compassion instead of anger.

I want to be like that. That takes true courage and maturity.

3. There’s always room for New Beginnings

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I believe that within each individual is a seed of greatness. Although I had hurt my friend, she believed in my ability to change and seek restitution.

Since that incident, I have done all that I could to rectify those wrongs. It wasn’t easy. And it hurt. But it was what my heart told me to do.

It was the right thing to do and that’s what matters.

I don’t know the struggles you face. Maybe someone has caused you a great deal of pain or perhaps you have dealt someone a heavy blow.

Please, have the courage to follow your heart. Don’t make the same mistake I did. It’s not worth it. New beginnings are possible.

I firmly believe that and I believe in you!

Tired of the Same Old Story

Alright. That’s it. I’ve had it!

I am so done with not accomplishing my goals. Done with living a mediocre life. Done!

I am so over saying that I’m going to do something and never get it done. Ever since I was 12 years old, I told everyone that I was going to be a famous author. 16? 17? My friends are choosing solid career paths like medical professionals, therapists, and teachers.

Me? Ha! I’m still pounding my drum that “I am a writer! I’m going to be famous!”

Age 19, I go away to college riding upon the financial tails of my dear parents. My degree? English.

People often asked me, “Oh, an English Degree. Do you want to teach?”

Every time, I’m sure my nostrils flared, “No. I want to be an author.”

To which they’d give me a pitying glance, an uncomfortable pause, or a look of awe that I’d have the audacity to actually try to be an author in this world.

Well, call me a glutton for punishment, but I’ve always had a hard time ignoring my heart song.

Except now, at 25, with my English degree in hand, I’m back in my parents’ basement working at a low paying job with no publishing deal in sight.

Which is why I’m sharing this rant with you πŸ™‚

I’m tired of making excuses. I’m tired of floating along in my life without direction or influence.

I’m making a stand today. A stand to live an extraordinary life. A stand to follow my heart song no matter what trail it leads me to.

Even if I get battered and bruised on the way, I don’t care. The scars will show that I’ve lived. Truly lived.

This year, 2016, I’m bringing out all the stops. Nutrition, Finances, Relationships, Exercise, Goals, Business, and Everything. I’m tired of wasting my time on Facebook and mindless computer games. I’m tired of staying up late and sleeping in for no reason. I’m tired of constantly saying something, but never following through.

I want it to end.

I’m not sure how, except maybe every month I’ll set a new goal. I’ve been working on myself alone for so long, I need to be held accountable. Please help me. Help me stay motivated and finish my goals. I think that if I stay accountable to you, I may actually succeed.

July is almost over. Since that’s the case, I’ll make my goal relatively easy this month. For the next 4 weeks, my goal is to write 15 minutes a day and publish a post here every week. From there, I’ll continue that goal and move on to finances. I think if I continually make new goals and share my experiences with you, I can say goodbye to my old life and start something better.

What’s something you want to accomplish this month or even this week? Please comment and share! Your stories will help me continue to push forward!

Thank you!

Just Believe