Today was one of those days that felt crushing. The heaviness of financial burden and health concerns for family members consumed me. One of those days where any little thing, like someone saying hello to you in a comforting voice, would bring embarrassing tears.Continue reading “What to do on those BAD days!”
I watched my daughter Thea, who has Mosaic Down Syndrome, work hard to learn how to read. Everyday she picked up a book and practiced. I would always find her off in a corner reading by herself or to her younger siblings. And everyday I saw an improvement.
Over less than a year, Thea went from not being able to read at all to reading at the end of a grade 1 level (she just graduated kindergarten). Seeing her determination and drive reminded me of how important it is to not give up.
But we all have moments where we feel like giving up, Thea was no exception. It’s hard to keep going when everything you try doesn’t seem to work and rejection feels constant.
But don’t do it! Don’t give up! And here’s why…
- There’s a reason why you started it: Think back to when you made that decision to start. What happened? What made you think you were meant to do it? Did an opportunity open up? Did you pray about it and felt God calling you to do it? Did you read the bible and a verse stuck out at you? Something was there and that’s why you started. That reason was a good one, don’t loose sight of it.
- The reward is on the other side of your hardship: Hardship, trials and rejection are going to happen. And if that’s where you are today, know that every successful person has gone through it. And if you can get past the hardship, you will reap the most satisfying reward. Keep at it; plant the idea in your head that there is no other option. Take a breath and pray about it. Then only focus on your next best move. What action can you take today that will move you towards your end goal. Don’t look at the whole picture and get swallowed up by anxiety. You don’t have to figure it all out. God’s got that already done for you. Focus on your next best move and do it.
- You may not get another chance: Timing is everything and if God is calling you to do it now, you may not get another chance. So take it. God’s the most powerful ally you could ever have. So don’t doubt him or question the goal. Just do it.
- You will always wonder what if: Ask yourself this, if I give-up and stop today, will I wonder in a few years or ten years from now, what if? If so, then it’s not time to give-up. Keep going. You can do this!
- Discipline is the key to change: Change is never easy, so without discipline it will never happen. You may think I suck at disciplining myself. I tried once before and failed. Well, think of it this way. Everyday you have a routine, you get-up, get dressed, get the kids ready, go to work etc. You discipline yourself to do those things because they are important and necessary. So you CAN do discipline, you just need to change your perspective. Decide today that the goal you are trying to achieve is necessary and important. Add it to part of your daily routine. Half the battle is believing you can do it, the other half is taking action.
- It’s worth it: Visualize your end goal. Why are you doing this? What is it that you are trying to achieve? Is it starting your own company? Then picture yourself owning and running that company. Is it loosing weight? Then visualize yourself in the body that you want (but make it a healthy one). Solidify in your mind your “Why”. Then think about that every time you want to give up. If you have a clear picture of why you are doing it, then you will find the drive and determination to keep going. Knowing your “why” will help you to work through any barriers that come your way.
You grew-up going to church. You learned bible stories like Noah’s Ark and Daniel and the Lions Den. You sang in Christmas concerts and went to youth group.
You lived in this bubble, nicely protected by Christian parents, Christian friends.
Then you hit high school and it was like your life split into two, the high school life and the church life. You had to figure out how to live in both.
But no one ever prepared you for what life outside the church bubble was going to be like.Continue reading “The Church Failed You, But That’s Not The End Of Your Story”
My daughter has Mosaic Down Syndrome (Click here for more info)and struggles with her speech. She has a hard time finding the right words to say in order to express herself.
We want the very best for her, so we put her in speech therapy. We hoped the extra support would help her develop quicker.
However, we discovered that speech therapy is not a quick fix. It’s not enough to send her to therapy one hour a week and expect a triumphant outcome.Continue reading “Overwhelmed?”
Feel the fear and do it anyways.
This is what was racing through my mind as I walked out the door of First West for the very last time. I had worked for this organization for over seven years, built my career, gained invaluable experience and made some life-long friends. With no clear path ahead of me, I needed all the reassurance I could get.Continue reading “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways!”
I’ve been working full-time for the past few months, and just recently went back down to working three days a week. So today was the first day that I stayed home with the kids in awhile. And this is how it went (let me give you a hint, it didn’t go well):Continue reading “Are you Tired? Me Too!”