dream hard & don’t forget to be thankful.

It’s the first of the month and my dreams are bigger. My goals feel within reach for the first time in a long time.  I think a lot of that has to do with my state of mind.

Last month, I started reading OOLA for Women.  Ever since I started the book, I feel lighter.  What I mean by that is I feel a lot of the weight I was carrying emotionally has been slowly shedding off of me and allowing me to refocus and work on ME. Work on the areas in my life that I have been allowing to slide.  I am learning balance, daily and how to manage all that I have as well as all that I want.  I am also learning to love myself more for WHO I AM vs. who I was trying to be – a people pleaser ::raises hand:: and who others expect me to be. IMG_1583 Part of this new ME journey has been letting go of things that were holding me back.  Feelings, people and things that have been a weight on my chest.  I apologized to the people I felt I needed to.  I confronted things that pained me, worried me and made me crazy trying to figure out.  I deleted, added, removed, cried, laughed, drank wine, beer and even vodka.  Self re-discovery is fulfilling but also terrifying.

It wasn’t easy but as soon as I got the courage to open my mouth & heart at the same time, I immediately felt I did the right thing.  Today, as I type this, I feel so good! Like clear skies, birds chirping kinda good.
fullsizeoutput_2152.jpegEvery day that I find balance and truly focus on my dreams and wants, I am finding that something random throughout the day will go really, really right.  Like the one-on-one time my Husband and I recently got because my sister was gracious enough to take our son for a sleepover.  The extra snuggles with our baby girl due to being home a bit longer than anticipated after mate right leave. The strengthened friendship I am forming with someone over the same OOLA efforts, desires and attitude.  The amazing conversation with a family member that hasn’t happened in a really long time, not like that.  The cookbook I won from a health coach I admire.  The growth in my ETSY Business and the new passion for my Young Living business.  These are just a few things that have been little daily blessings.GRATITUDE is key these days. Not only for the big obvious things like a roof over my head, food in my mouth but also the small things that I’ve let slide by for years.

Laying in bed with my family and watching a silly movie.  Hearing our three year old recite the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time.  Getting a clear bit of health at our daughters four month check-up. Looking at my Husband and even after nine years being so ridiculously attracted to him. Clean sheets. Country music. LIFE. (to be continued – forever) DREAM (Stephanie Jane - font) .jpg

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