Own Your Mess

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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If you want to transform the mess in your life, you have to own it. We have to admit to all of our impatience, defensive tendencies, depression, hopelessness, anger, and self deprecating speech. It is your mess to clean up.

Examine your suppressed emotions and habits which may be easier to define as character traits. Take a step back. There is difficult internal work ahead. Denial of your mess prolongs its stay, maliciously eating away at your progress, freedom and joy. Ownership is arduous, its a brutal business this honesty.

From birth, Western culture encourages perfection: disguise the flaws, whether physical or emotional, at any cost. Some people spend their lives hiding from truth, with full growth arrested by an inability or unwillingness to face themselves.

Freedom is possible, but it takes effort, a kind of relentless truth telling. Day by day, moment by moment. The journey is never ending, but our determination and commitment will lead us to another reality imbued with fulfillment and promise.

What habits are holding you back? Have you taken ownership? If not, consider how it would transform your life.

 

Freedom is Yours

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One’s spirit can soar, unbound, within the confines of prison walls, or sadly sink, burdened and oppressed in a luxurious mansion. Freedom is a choice; its yours if you embrace it, courageously and fully. Otherwise, the silent acquiescence of stifled dreams slowly eats at our souls.

There are moments when the lesson becomes lucid, denial of truth, however arduous, becomes impossible to face. As I write this blog post, I release an albatross from my neck, and instead usher in promise where self doubt took root.

In this moment, close your eyes and envision yourself transcending the most arduous obstacle.

Would you abandon damaged relationships, concern about others perceptions, or your own myopic view of yourself? Unpack it all mentally, and then make the decision to be free.

Here are some suggestions to jump start your journey:

1. Prayer & Mediation – Take a few moments each day, turn off the television and radio. Seek God’s guidance through prayer.

It’s simple. Try saying: “Show me the way, God. Help me to walk into freedom by leaving behind my damaging realtionship, etc.”

Find a quiet place. Sit alone, breath in and out. Nothing constructive emerges from confusion. Before you plan those next steps towards freedom, you require an unencumbered mind.

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2. Vision BoardDr. Wayne Dyer talks and writes about shifting the focus towards the life we would like. This is the purpose of a vision board, its an authentic visual representation of your dreams and goals.

Get busy! Head to your local store for a cork board, poster or any other material and begin posting what you would like to see in your life.

Include all of the important elements – relationships (spiritual, familial, romantic, etc.) Is it a new business / career, or home? Tack it up where you can see it everyday.

 

3. Write it Down, The Next Steps – Move from visualizing your future to insuring it takes place by writing out your goals – 1yr., 5yrs., 10 yrs. For instance, list the goal and then the steps needed to manifest these new phases of your life.

For Further Reading:
Your Sacred Self: Making The Decision to be Free Dr. Wayne Dyer
Share your progress & feedback below. How are you becoming free?

 

The Power of Dreams

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Motivational quotes have become my touchstones, along with prayer. They guide me along the journey, constant reminders that life holds a plethora of meanings, and my current reality does not define me.

Henry Thoreau said something that I keep tacked on my refrigerator, and look at from time to time: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” While this all sounds empowering, your pragmatic side may wonder (like mine), how can one break this down concretely, and really live this principle, essentially, embody it?

Well, we must move beyond those barriers erected which prevent us from living our dreams, our truth. In my case, I decided that this morning, I would not allow anyone or anything to prevent me from updating this blog, or writing and reading because these activities are my oxygen. They fuel me mentally, and when I deny myself this outlet, I suffer.

We often think of dreams as having an expiration date, but they do not. Instead dreams are cues, reminders that if we settle for what we do not want, life remains mundane and uninspired.

Each day, I am beginning to push back that inner voice, and sometimes accompanying depression, which says, it’s over for you, give up. There is power in dreams, in awakening to the beauty of our individual gifts and talents, so dream and then act. The world is waiting for us.