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What am I thankful for? I am thankful for the continued provisions that I have been afforded. I am thankful for the greater understanding and relationship that I have built with Christ. I am thankful for a family that loves and cares for me. I am thankful for my beautiful daughter that loves me to no end and that I am willingly responsible for nurturing her through Christ and all other life matters. What am I thankful for? I am thankful that I continue to pursue being the greater me in which I was created to be. I am thankful for the talents and gifts that I inherently possess. I am thankful for those that support me when I do not feel I deserve any of it. I am thankful for the belief that there is good at the core of most, any, human being and that their ability to love on others exists. I am thankful that I want to love on others, can, and do. I am thankful for my health and my ability to work to improve it. What am I thankful for? I am thankful that on most days I realize that I have more than enough to be thankful. I am thankful that through my darker days I have increased faith to move me forward and believe that greater days are coming. I am thankful that I have the life I have and will continue to love myself unconditionally exactly how God created me.
From everyone at Passion Living Out Loud may your Thanksgiving be a day full of memories to add to your list of thankfulness!
I’ve been so reflective lately. My mind has been going in and out of my past and future. Planning. Learning. Today I came across this picture. Almost 10 years ago. It stopped me in my tracks – almost took my breath away. It represents so much more than what can be seen. The quote pretty much sums up what I learned from this period of my life.
Many times we say we wish we could go back in time and ‘fix’ or ‘redo’ some of our actions but I’m completely sold that if we make it out of those moments and can look back while we’re sane then it was all worth it. I now know who I am, who I strive to become, learning to be less and less apologetic for it every day. Focusing on what my next path of fortitude will be.
I’m living unapologetically, passionately out loud! #passionlivingoutloud #passionlivingbycw #pathoffortitude #reflectiontomoveforward
“Hello. My name is Christin Webb and I am a recovering worrier.”
These are the words that I said to myself as I prepared for bed last night. The evening hours is usually when I spend my time reflecting. I reflect on the day I just ended and begin reviewing what tomorrow may present. Sometimes that reflection becomes moments of worrying about things that I often have no control over. When I realize I’m starting to worry, I immediately stop and begin praying. I begin praying over the things that I am concerned about and promise not to think any further about them; accepting the fact that my prayer will be answered and things will work out as they should. In other words, I’ve learned to be more faithful about the ways of my life. I say I’m a recovering worrier because it’s an ongoing task to remind myself not to be worried, but be encouraged in knowing that God is merciful and extends grace all the time; therefore moments of worry are merely rejections of my faith. I’m clearly not in the business of rejecting faith, so I must be cognitive of not worrying. It’s a process, but when done with intent, works.
As relates to your passion; how can one be successful at living their passion out loud if they are in constant worry? Following your passion, like anything else in life, can come with some moments of concern, but the same requirement exists – having faith that all that should work out will do just that.
For all the recovering worriers, you are not alone. The goal is to remember that worrying must be a practice of our past and that having faith becomes our habit because it is the only driver that makes our future truly successful.
These are all questions I recently posed to myself. I mean, I created some 2014 resolutions, but lately I’ve still been feeling stagnant. I was feeling like nothing was happening for me. And yes I realize it’s just January 28th. For me though, I’ve always been one of those people who have to constantly see some progress, whether it be big or small. I’ve also been one of those people who move so quickly to the next goal after achieving another that I don’t really take in and appreciate what I have accomplished.
At least that was until yesterday. As of yesterday, I made a cognitive decision to be as appreciative of things I have accomplished and be realistic in my anticipation of what I’m after for my next goal. How did I do this? Well, first I had to realize that I’d actually achieved quite a bit in 2013. And I realized it by making a list. Yes, I made a list. To some, it can seem so cliché to say, ‘write it down’, but the saying is so true. You have to sometimes write things down to really see what has been done. And so I did. I wrote down everything I considered an accomplishment from 2012 and 2013. The big, the small, and everything in between. I even went further and wrote down what I plan to accomplish this year. It wasn’t quite a new year’s resolution, but more like an action plan for what I wanted to see come to fruition. Every year I always have an idea of what I want to get done, but I do more thinking about it, than writing it down. I may write down an actual plan for something as I begin to embark upon it, but rarely do I, at the beginning of any year, clearly list out what I hope to say I’ve done by the next year.
What I gained from the list was very rewarding. After looking back at my previous year personal and work calendars, FB posts, pictures, etc. I realized that I’d accomplished a lot. The list immediately brought a calm over my spirit. Even without having made a list last year, I realized that I was capable of creating a goal and actually seeing them to fruition. It took LOOKING at my list or LOOKING at my achievements to really appreciate what I’d done. I finished the list feeling more encouraged, less doubtful, less anxious, and more confident about what 2014 will have in store. I know this revelation just took place for me on yesterday, but I at least now have a reference point for any future doubtful moments.
As you continue this year and those to come, I encourage you to stop and smell the roses. Appreciate ALL the goals that you accomplish. Heck, I’d even say appreciate those that you haven’t quite achieved, but still plan on doing so. It’s all a process. Write down what you want from life. Make it come to life by SEEING it in black and white. For me, it made all the difference for how I’m going to approach 2014 and I feel confident that it will do the same for you.
LIVE THE DAY OUT PASSIONATELY AND LIVE IT OUT LOUD!
Have you ever had a dream that you awakened from and you found your heart rate raised, brow a bit sweaty, and it all felt so real? Was the dream so good that you wished you could fall back to sleep and finish it. Or maybe you wanted to live that dream out in your reality. This message isn’t for the dreams that have nothing to do with your hearts desires. This is for the dream or dreams that you’ve wanted to live out all your life; in the last few years; in the last six months.
Let your dreams be your reality! Every day you wake up have a heart rate enthused and set on ready to take on your dreams; your realized happiness in life. Let your reality be the middle point between your sleep; your dreaming. Heck day-dream! 😉 Start or continue today with the plans that will make your dreams come true. Be passionate about those plans. Be intentional, intuitive, and inspired to want to hold on to your happiness.
Don’t believe that when you’re sleep that’s the only time you’ll have the opportunity to be the person you’ve always wanted to be. Some say dreams have meanings. And while I may not know all the details of what each dream may mean, I do believe you should try to find the truth in the ones that have you wishing you could make them apart of your daily life. Be prepared to live life actively following them in between your dreams. Don’t sleep on your dreams. Don’t let them exist only with your eyes closed and conscious unknown.
I believe that you can and will live life passionately, find your happiness, and live in the middle of your dream!
Until the next post, live out loud passionistas!
As you know every Tuesday, I feature an interview on an every day person that I consider to be living their passion(s) out loud! Well this week I’ve taken a break from writing up any new interviews for the series, ‘Passion Living: In Living Color”. The experience so far has been very fulfilling and uplifting. I hope you’ve enjoyed all that have been presented to date. I am excited about the exposure the interviewees gain and how their stories possibly encourage others to intentionally follow their passions.
Missed a few of the past interviews? Check them out below! Be sure to keep a look out for upcoming interviews in the following weeks! And of course, continue PASSION LIVING OUT LOUD!