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roll call: camera pics for the 36.

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My photo roll is long. Like. Waiting in line for Disney ride long. Lately though, it’s been featuring birth and creation. And that’s because winter is finally over!! I have always loved snapping shots of flowers. So it’s no surprise that the last 10 photos on my phone’s camera roll feature some the sweet little beauties that have been budding in my backyard here at Apple Creek.

I so love the warmer weather. And everything that comes with it.

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We have a couple of apple trees that survive the dozen or so that once threw shade over the hills at Apple Creek. That first photo on the left features one of the buds that just popped out over the weekend. I can’t wait to see those trees go through all their unique apple stages. As for those white, quarter-sized flowers, I have no idea what they are. But I love.

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I built the foundation for our fire pit (that we used for s’mores on Saturday) last weekend from some old pavers and 3 buckets of red “gravel” stuff that I found in our shed. We inherited all sorts of goodies when we bought this place. I told Lucas that the fire pit was meant to happen. I think a swim pond is also meant to happen. Because this house came with a great big yard that needs one.

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That one was blurry. But it was one of the ten. And then…. there was this one. It was taken 2 days before all the pretty, springy flower photos. I added the text of course. Because, you know. It’s too f^(king cold.

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And last but not least, there was a selfie. Because, honestly, there are dozens and gajillions of selfies on my phone. I have no idea what I was doing. Being a dork.  10pics f

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Hey Everyone!
The following is actually a guest post that I put together for my sweet, sweet friend, Tif @ Ramblings of a Southern Belle. It should be going live today. =D

Today, I want to talk to you all about living the life you are meant to live.

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I recently attended a seminar for Scentsy Consultants. It was everything you’d expect from an event like that…new products, motivational speeches, amazing people… One of the speakers in particular stood out to me though. She spoke about projecting wellness and goodness and how the effects of their actions ultimately benefit you and the people that surround you. Her story told of a woman who had harbored negativity and the mundane and merely moved through the motions each day. And then…how that same woman turned her life around for the betterment of her family, her business, and ultimately (and no less importantly) herself. She began sending out love and generosity. She began taking care of herself both spiritually and physically. She let God help her make things happen. She brought herself to life, if you will.
I think the quote above pretty much sums up her attitude change. It embodies what rang loud and clear at a time in her life when she pretty much felt spent. And that is what also rang loud and clear to me as I sat in the massive crowd of excited Scentsy Lovers.
For a while now I’ve been battling the same things that many women battle each day: a busy schedule, body image, fatigue, poor self-image, lack of ambition (or direction)…depression. And like so many others, I let all of those things spiral me down into a hole that I had no idea how to climb out of. Without keeping those things in check, without the proper outlet to purge them all, it’s easy to fall into a rut and dwell there in self-pity.

There is a way out!

Poor self image is one of the most common things that people, notably women, suffer from and deal with. I know I don’t have to expound on the topic; you all know the spiel. It saddens me how we all let things like body shape, wealth, talent, and ability define our self-worth with nothing more than shallow societal preconceptions. What about our brilliant uniqueness? What about our amazing minds? What about our beautiful souls?
After many, many years of battling all of these things I have finally started to embrace something amazing….

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Realizing this…

That God made me so uniquely and intentionally…

That he does not make mistakes…

That his works are wonderful and powerful…

and that I AM ONE OF THEM…

Yall… this has literally set me free.

Realizing this, and embracing this…and actually letting God purge me of the mental oppression that I’ve been living with…has allowed me to begin the healing process. It has allowed me to genuinely send out those good vibes and amazing love that I have been blessed with. I know that God has created me with purpose and intent. I haven’t been placed on this Earth to sit around and wallow in sadness and depression. I haven’t been sent here to create negativity or disdain for myself or others.

I have been blessed with life and graced with love.

And I am meant to share that.

Christ calls us to share the love, yall.

He wants it to ooze out of our souls and touch every bit of our lives.

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I believe that when we realize our self-worth-that God made us with intent- it becomes easy to apply this good-vibey, pay-it-forward mentality to anything and everything in our lives. His love and goodness can translate into every facet of our being…

Our jobs
family
talents
dreams
relationships
self esteem
body image
spirituality
….any endeavor that we set out upon.

When we realize why we want to make something happen, the how it’s gonna happen becomes easy.

I realize that I am supposed to share Christ’s love. I realize that I am beautiful in his eyes…that I am a wonderful creation built with purpose and intent. I realize now that I WANT to share his love and emanate wellness and peace. I want it to touch every part of my life…so it is becoming easier and easier to do. It is important to me. It is part of who I am.

As I sat there in that Scentsy seminar, I was reminded of how goodness and love beget goodness and love. That woman’s story, her testimony of faith and new-found purpose…they inspired me. I could see myself in her and I’ll never forget her words from that day. As I sat there in a room oozing with ambition, I was reminded of how God’s reach touches every bit of my life. He doesn’t just want my heart, he doesn’t just want my writing…my family, my prayers… he wants it all. He wants me to let him into everything…even my Scentsy biz. His love was evident there in that room that day. And I plan to carry on the torch and let it shine over everything in my path.

I hope you’ll carry one to!!

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Thanks to Tif for letting me write this for her!

LOVE YOU TIF!! XXO
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