Can I be honest with you loves? My mindset has been ALL over the place lately. I’m human, and it’s been a season of changes on top of a very tough 3 years personally and even professionally at times. My health is massively improving, thank God! And even my burnout is really doing well, but some days, I’m crying until noon. #realtalk
I just wanted to share a sort of round-up type post with the things I’m learning to cling to in this craziness that is our modern world, especially adding entrepreneurship into the mix of that! I do not share for any reason other than to show you I’m human, and to inspire you to take care of your own mindset & mental/physical/spiritual health – no matter what you’re going through!
1. The wilderness is tough!
So this is a nod to the journey the Israelites took through Egypt to the Wilderness for 40 years with Moses and then Joshua. I actually studied it earlier this year and just reread it this week. They complained, they disobeyed, they were tired and weary. It’s kind of an icky read to be honest, ha! I can totally related! I’ve done all of the above a lot, I’ve been tired and weary for a very long time, in some different ways throughout different seasons of my life…the wilderness is a really yucky place to be! But they were SO close to the promised land filled with milk & honey (which is kinda just a symbol of their agricultural society of lots of growing/planting/livestock abilities in that land.)
I truly believe that we will all have seasons of wilderness. Possibly even multiple seasons where we feel like we’re running super low on faith, we’re tired, we’re bored & underwhelmed and we just don’t feel like this is it, like “is this is what God really has for us?!” But also, the promised land is right there, like within a stones throw! So what I’m working on is A. to learn what God wants me to learn here and B. to speak to my dry & weary bones right now to be RAISED and filled with live & breath! (Ezekiel 37)
2. Stop sleeping with liars!!
(Credit Hb. For this quote.)
Basically this just means stop listening to the lies the enemy is whispering in your ear! And DEFINITELY stop ruminating on it! (As most of us do before bed, thinking about negative things over and over again…hence stop sleeping with liars!)
3. Prioritize rest
So bad at this…but so necessary! The nights I don’t get great sleep, stay up too late, or work in the evenings instead of choosing something intentional & restful, I tend to have pretty epic morning tantrums! And also, a key I’m learning, choosing active rest not just a Netflix binge, or random Youtube videos for hours, or laying in bed staring at the ceiling (occasionally happens, being real here!) Active rest are things that fill my cup back up after I spent hours each day pouring into my businesses and serving others through that avenue, or even just days where I’m pouring into family and friends. Things like worship, reading good fiction or semi-light non-fiction, movies and shows that pull me into a creative space, etc. (Side note, recent FAV things I’ve watched, BBC short series on Jane Austen’s Emma. It came out a few years ago, but we just rewatched it and I fell in love all over again!!)
4. Work from victory, not for it.
This one is HARD and I am still working on it daily…actually moment by moment if I’m being honest! I need to learn to work FROM victory because no matter what happens…spoiler alert – Gods’ already won it all! I have to work from love & acceptance, because there’s nothing that can separate me from God’s love anyway! (Romans 8) So I may as well keep that in the forefront of my mind while I work, and stop striving to try and gain it in some weird way after I meet a goal or some launch marker or something that God doesn’t really truly care about in the long run of the whole world! Ha!
At the end of the day (or sometimes before I even really get my day started! ha!) I need to remember, God made me the way I am, full of passion, creativity, gifts & dreams. Sometimes the enemy sneaks in and tries to mess with that, and too often he succeeds for at least a few hours, even sometimes a whole day! (Ugh!) BUT – I can seriously just tap back into that if I choose to do so. God made me creative, passionate and gifted in his image with his purposes in mind! So I truly feel, and I know I need to get better at this habit, that I can just ask him to help me out in this area and he will. Just “tap” into more of how he made me in a sense. (I’m writing a note on my desk to remember to listen to this song when I need help with the whole passion/motivation deal.)
5. Lastly, bad stuff will always happen, plan accordingly.
I’ve talked about this before a little bit. But honestly, I know sh*t will always find a way to hit the fan. The enemy will always throw something at me. But as Lara Casey say’s, “flowers grow through the messy stuff, and so do we!”
Guys hear this for a second…. flowers literally grow through crap, expensive stuff at that that the gardener experts at the store sell you to make your flowers grow even better! Lesson: The more crap thrown at you, the faster/better you can grow, and the prettier you’ll be at the end! 😉 haha! (But really a good lesson!)
I need to know ahead of time that something I think is “bad” will pop up, a trial, a hardship, etc. And yet hold fast to the truth that our team has already won, so I don’t need to sweat the small stuff, and that it will actually help me in the long run!
I truly think this is what it means in Proverbs 31 that she can ‘laugh at the days to come”…really I do.
(Also similar to that phrase that I’m aiming to get closer to… “act in such a way that when you wake up in the morning the devil says “oh sh*t, she’s up!” ha! 😉 )