Friday, January 27, 2012

Shaping My Destiny

Pin It Now! Today was just one of those days... one of those days when even a pick-me-up and a good friend just can't quite do the trick. So where do I turn?

Pinterest. If you haven't logged on, please spare yourself a few hours and explore. Such a time-sucker but so worth it. It's like you can plan your whole life through online photos! :) Here is what I came across today:

Sometimes we all need a beautiful reminder that we are loved. We don't have to...

Live up to anything.
Be anyone else.
Compromise our own natural beauty.
Forget that we are special and unique.

Everyone is loved by someone. Whether that be God, the family and friends in your life, or the very author of the post... you are valued and deserve the world.

Never forget...
you are loved.

In other news, guess where I am off to tomorrow morning!?

An Alpha Chi Omega Leadership Convention in Indianapolis, IN! As Vice President Chapter Relations & Standards, I get to meet hundreds of other Alpha Chi women this weekend at a professional conference in a hotel downtown!

Can you say AWESOME?

I'm so excited for banquets, shopping, networking, meeting so many incredible women and truly being thrown into one of my first professional "workplace" settings!

I'll be blogging about it all weekend, as well as writing for Alpha Chi... so STAY TUNED!

"Let everything that has life and breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord."
Psalm 150:6


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

All Your Heart

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If you are anything like me, and most people I assume, you take great care and caution to guard your heart. We protect ourselves from hurt, pain, and disappointment by refusing to let anyone get in deep enough to reach our heart and personal desires.

The important question is why? Why is it so hard to let people in... even the people we love and trust the most. Even the God that we so desperately seek?

I think it's because we get caught. We get caught up in the insignificant and the struggle that make life so much harder than it really should be. We forget to realize that life is about so much more than jobs, school, success, promotions or money.... but we refuse to let these things go because it seems like they're all we have.

The only way to get beyond these things that really don't matter in the end is to... let go, trust, love, and seek with your whole heart.

Woah... way easier said than done right? How are we supposed to just forget about money and material things and give away our hearts? I think it might be a lifelong process, each day if we can get closer and closer, I think that is all we can ask for.

I encourage you to give a piece of heart today. Open up and learn to live.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Monday, January 16, 2012

Love One Another

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Ahhh, the beauty of finding an inspiring word collage on Pinterest. There are so many great words and phrases in this photo.

My favorite of them all comes at the end... Love One Another.

I think it's so easy to get caught up in everything we expect ourselves to accomplish, to get distracted by all of our own selfish needs and desires, and to put ourselves above the other important people in our lives.

We are all culprits. It happens every day.

It happens when I take the last parking spot, right before someone else.
It happens when I cancel plans because I'm 'too busy.'
It happens when I forget to be thankful for the food and home I'm provided with.

The hard thing is, it happens without us really being aware of it. It is in our nature to look out for ourselves—to be self-protective and self-absorbed.

What would happen if we took a step back and realized that LIFE is more than us? It is more than success or failures. It is more than waking up alone.

Take a step back today and love and acknowledge the people in your life. Appreciate all that they do for you, and give something to them in return. If we're going to change the way people treat each other, it has to start with the individual.

"Whatever you do, work heartily as for the LORD and not for men."
Colossians 3:23


Monday, January 9, 2012


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Today I choose to let go of fear.

Today I choose to let other people in.

Today I choose to embrace my individuality.

Today I choose to make a change.

Today I choose to believe in myself.

Today I choose to be different.

Wouldn't it be great if we could think like this all of the time? We would make it so much easier on ourselves and get so much more accomplished. We could learn to live without fear, radiating self-confidence and sharing an abundance of love with others.

I challenge you to take something on today. Make a change. Make a move. I dare you to be different.

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

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