Sometimes I get nervous when things are going really good and every task I'm faced with seems really easy to get through. I mean, I appreciate not having to struggle with every single thing in my life but what I have come to learn is that I have discovered my greatest strengths during my struggles. Now it may not have felt like it when I was in the middle of it but the feeling of accomplishment when I came out of it is unexplainable.
In the midst of my sickness a few years ago, there were days when I felt pain from the time I opened my eyes in the morning until I forced them shut at night. I would look strong and "normal" on the outside but on the inside I felt like I was in pieces. I was tired of pretending to be strong. But when I could no longer hide how weak I felt I had to find the strength to take my mask off and accept the help I needed in order to open myself up to regaining my health. I am so grateful for that struggle because it truly changed my life and increased my faith in God and in myself. It allowed me to take the limits off of what I thought I could accomplish and made everything I wanted to accomplish possible.
Week 3 Challenge
Your challenge this week is to simply reflect on your struggles and acknowledge everything you learned during them in order to be the person of strength you are today. If you are in the midst of a struggle right now, I challenge you to be thankful even if doesn't feel good. Your ability to overcome a challenge is much bigger than the feelings you have while you are in it. Be grateful for those weak moments and trust the process of becoming amazing on purpose.
Every "Thankful" Thursday, I will send you a new challenge that will task you to focus more on operating in gratitude. The goal is to share, share, share this gratitude with the people in your world, at home, at work, in your social settings, online via social media, etc. Once you have completed the challenge for the week, please feel free to post and share your challenge on any platform you choose (I would love to see you post via Facebook, Instagram or twitter and use the hashtags #ThankfulThursdays #IAmAmazingOnPurpose #TellTheWholeStory
This morning I woke up with a terrible "can't lift my head off the pillow" headache. As I laid there trying to figure out what to do because I needed to get up and get my day started, I realized that trying to "figure it out" was likely the reason my head was hurting in the first place. I realized that I went to sleep last night worrying about so many things. I worried about the state of our country, I worried about my daughter's newfound school distraction, I worried about the direction of my future as it relates to my purpose, I worried and I worried until I finally drifted off to sleep.
The weight of those worries met me as soon as I opened my eyes and I realized that instead of worrying, I needed to pray and then release. I also needed to take it a step further and replace those worries with thoughts of gratitude. Gratitude for the many blessings and lessons that have brought me to where I am today.
Today, I sit perfectly imperfect but constantly working on becoming the best version of myself. Becoming my best me does not come from worrying about how to get it all right. It comes from being thankful for what I get right and wrong. It comes from being grateful for the lessons learned in the process, even if they are painful. It comes from sharing that gratitude with others and being thankful for the continued love and support I get from the very people who know I am not perfect but love and accept me anyway.
Today I challenge you to dig deep and remind yourself of the many blessings that have brought your to where you are today. If you can't think of many, take some time to reflect on one. Challenge yourself to write that blessing down, say it out loud or share it with someone else. Be grateful for the experiences you had to endure to get to the blessing and continue on your journey to become amazing on purpose.
Want to join in on our Thankful Thursday Challenge?
Every "Thankful" Thursday, I will send you a new challenge that will task you to focus more on operating in gratitude. The goal is to share, share, share this gratitude with the people in your world, at home, at work, in your social settings, online via social media, etc. Once you have completed the challenge for the week, please feel free to post and share your challenge on any platform you choose (I would love to see you post via Facebook, Instagram or twitter and use the hashtags #ThankfulThursdays #IAmAmazingOnPurpose
My goal is to take the time to focus on another "ROSE" in need and seek ways to bless, support and encourage her through her current challenges.