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Sometimes we assume that if a door is closed, that it was meant to be.  We tend to brush them off, and begin our next venture to another door.  And granted sometimes those doors should very much be closed. But, what about those doors that we really want? Those closed doors just mean another opportunity to try again, and again, and again. To learn and to build perseverance because we see the goodness of what it holds. Some of those who saw goodness, worked hard, and persevered with an idea kept knocking on that door: Dr. Suess was rejected by 27 publishers for his first book, Harrison Ford was told he wouldn’t be a successful actor after his first small movie, Steve Jobs was fired from his own company, and Abraham Lincoln was defeated in 8 elections. While these are very recognizable names now, they all started somewhere and believed in an idea.  So here’s to those doors that may seem all too familiar to us, we just might be surprised at when they open. Maybe we wait, and come back knocking again and again. Or maybe we even build a house with our own door. Who knows, but it all depends on one thing, and that’s if you really want it.

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The patience to wait is sometimes the hardest thing. Ever run so hard towards the finish line that your feet aren’t keeping up with your body? Most of the time, you end up falling pretty hard. I’ve done it and I’ve got the scars to prove it. Sometimes it’s hard looking at that big vision and wanting to fast forward to get to that point in the process. But, there’s beauty in that striving period. Do what you can with what you have and strive towards those big goals. It’s okay to grow slow. If you’re waiting on a decision to be made or things to become official or whatever it is, focus on what you can be doing while you’re waiting for those. Enjoy working on and building up the process to get there. Have patience and grace in the striving period, work hard, keep your eyes on the goal, and you’ll get there!

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2/20/2017

MM: Owning it

Own itOne of the most beautiful things is when we own it.

  • Owning our story.
  • Owning our failures.
  • Owning our successes.
  • Owning our talents and what we’re not good at.
  • Owning who we are.
  • Owning the truth and stepping into confidence and using for good.

You have everything you need, all you have to do is own it.  We sell ourselves short, thinking we’re too inexperienced, not good enough, our products/services aren’t worth it.  But, most of the time it’s not true.  We have to own the truth. Don’t be afraid to step into that.  When I’m owning what I do and who I am and walk in so much more confidence even if I have no idea what I am doing.  I may be really bad at something, but if I own it I can actually figure out how to get better or find someone who is skilled in that area.

I’ve been reading this book called Love Does by Bob Goff.  I can’t stop taking notes and reading as though Bob and I are friends – good books and great authors have a way of doing that – but, there was a quote I loved that said “Something happens when you feel ownership. You no longer acts like a spectator or consumer, because you’re an owner. Faith (or anything) is at its best when it’s that way too. It’s best lived when it’s owned.” We’re proud of what we own and we are able to actually live it out. Everyday I try to walk in owning it.  Owning myself and what I’m doing.  Granted it doesn’t always happen and lies creep in like nobody’s business, but it’s always a good way to step into each day to live life fully.  I hope you’re able to walk in that this week, walking in a humble confidence, and owning it.

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You really do.  Whether you believe it or not, you have the potential of so many skills and talents.  You can help people, the environment, animals, etc. through business, friends, advice, encouragement, whatever it is, you have something to offer.  If you’re an expert greeter, maybe greet someone every time you go somewhere.  If you have killer design skills, maybe design cards for friends. Build on your strengths and see where it goes.

Most of the time we hold back because, well, we don’t fully believe it.  Or fears are speaking louder than truth.  Those lies are lies for a reason.  If you don’t believe you do, maybe ask why and find someone to encourage you in it.  A few weeks back, I mentioned the quote “fear tricks us into living a boring life” (Donald Miller).  Fear is real, but we can’t live life out of it.  It is constantly putting one foot in front of the other and overcoming it.  You’re capable of much more than you realize and have so much to offer.

Challenge your strengths and if you’re not sure what they are ask around you, you might be surprised. Maybe even take a strengths finder test (another personal fav). And most of all – believe that you have potential and that you can.  That’s the first step of getting there.  And trust me, you can get there. It might not be easy, but it’s possible and you can do it.

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When life gets crazy, or exhausting, learn what to say no to in order to not be burnt out.  It’s okay to say no.  Put your all-in-all in your yeses and hone in on what you’d like to focus on.  Keep your eyes on the vision, and enjoy the crazy ride.  Stay in your magic babe.

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What is your main focus? Possibly over the next couple of months or year? Is it a continuous goal, mastering a skill, or even trying to maintain a focus? Even with a pinpointed focus how are you responding to distractions? Because it is so easy to get distracted (amiright?).  Life gets busy, certain comments may derail or bring up insecurities, failures come or even unexpected opportunities, and list goes on.  Learning to stay focused is a skill that only comes when responding to distractions.  And most of the time it takes learning how to respond and then refocusing.  It’s okay to get distracted, it’s all in the follow through aspect – what you do with the distractions.

When you know what you’re focusing on, it is much easier to push through distractions.  Or possibly even add them to the focus.  Some good distractions may become a part of the focus and make it clearer.  It all starts with having an idea of what you’d like to focus on (or if you are already focused – it could be where your attention goes to after distractions), maintaining a focus, and keep going!

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Ever daydream about all the lovely ideas and possibilities of what could be? I sure do, all the time. The excitement fills my soul with ideas. In those daydreams, what are those dreams that you wish you could come true? I used to hate those little reality checks of “how are you going to get there” and my nonchalant response of “I’ll just make it happen” as if it was that easy.  But now I see them as a challenge to really break down HOW to make them happen and I’ll put the work in for it.

We can’t just solely wish our dreams would happen, we have to be willing to make them happen. Putting them into action, asking questions, and stepping outside of that comfort zone.  Not much ever comes easy, but how we look at it is up to us.  When you really want something, you’ll make it happen.  And the more you work for it, the more you’ll learn from it. Werk werk werk werk werk.

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If you’re like me, coming up with ideas is easy but seeing them through over time is hard.  Something that never came easy to me was follow through.  A couple of years ago, I really wanted to change that. I wanted to see the beauty of the ideas come through, even if it meant it hard, messy, and required a lot of time. Developing commitment, perseverance, and consistency.

I was good at coming at all the ideas to get something started, but to carry it through and commit was something I had to teach myself and learn what that looks like.  I started seeing some dreams come through and I wanted to make it more of a habit. So I started waking up early.  Developing the habit to commit to something daily.  And then committing to blogging, blogging weekly, posting throughout the week, and developing it and growing it.  And constantly growing that list.

It is never perfect, but it is worth it.  There are days when waking up early isn’t always on the agenda (*cough cough* holidays aka today), but it doesn’t stop me from seeing it long term.  You’ll still see posts every Monday, and I’ll still be making sure I have an hour before work to have quiet time and a creative outlet.

Follow through is not easy, but those who make it are the ones who do, who tried, persevered, and committed to something that they believed in.  Here’s to the dreamers who are in the midst of constantly following through. That passion will keep you going, and that’s a beauty that you should hold onto. Keep going, keep persevering, keep following through!

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Second week into New Years Resolutions! It’s another day and another week to grasp all the goodness it holds. Keep pursuing those goals, sticking to your guts, and pushing through even when it’s hard.  Success is made up of tiny wins and those learned failures. These things take time, remember why you started and make this week amazing.

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This past year was full of adventures, excitement, brokenness, stretching, a lot of growth, and peace.  Amazing how all of those can be packed together in a year.  While this past year had some of its hardest and painful moments, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.  Even when I wasn’t sure where it would head, it became one full of goodness, growth, hope, laughter, and joy. As you go into the new year, I hope that it’s full of hope and opportunity. On this first New Years Monday, I hope you are able to look back on this past year and reflect on what it held to look forward to your goals, hopes, and dreams.  Use them to propel you forward! Here’s to 2017 and a new year for great things!

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