One of the things I feel like I have finally learned how to do is to live intentionally for myself.  Like engage in the things I enjoy.  And find my passions and actually do them.  I feel like I am in a season of finding myself, figuring out what I am meant for.  It’s weird, I know.  Maybe it’s a 30’s thing.  I don’t know.  But as mama’s and women I feel like we don’t take a lot of time to nurture our souls.  We just go, go, go taking care of our men and our children and our work and every other volunteer obligation under the sun.  We don’t even know what are passions are because we don’t have an ounce of time to figure out what being “me” looks like.  I say we need to start being intentional with ourselves.  Because when we are doing well and we love ourselves and we think we’re pretty awesome, then everything just goes so much better. 🙂

So maybe we can start by remembering what we enjoy.  I love, love love to read and to write. I always have ever since I’ve been little.  So I started to blog again.  I am not great at it but I enjoy it so I feel like God says go.   I have a huge stack of books to read and I intend to carve out time to just read.  Because I LOVE it.  It is ok to take this time for ourselves, it is healthy and necessary.  But maybe you are like me and you either don’t or can’t make the time or you feel guilty taking the time for yourself.  But I think we are too important not to. We have an identity beyond our kids and our husband and we should find it and live it out.  What makes you tick, what is your passion?  Find it and then pursue those dreams, those fires burning deep in your soul.  I am so so passionate for the least and so I love to learn and know about all the ways my family can make a difference in the world.  It is what drives me and I know that as I pursue it God will use my open arms for his kingdom.

Matt and Vicki at LC party 2

We have to be whole.  Our soul has to be well.  When we are well, when we don’t have our junk cluttering our hearts and minds then we can move forward into all that God has called us to be. We need so many things in order for this to happen.  We need to know what we enjoy and take the time to enjoy it, we need to pursue our passions and we need other people building us up.  Our people give us feedback, they help us deal with our junk.  So make time to have conversations with your husband and chats with your girlfriends and couple time.  WE NEED EACH OTHER.  It helps make us whole.  I think I am just dumb and living in a bubble, but I have just now started to figure this all out.  I didn’t even know what JOY looked like for a long time. Please don’t be like me.  Don’t wait, just go for it.  Put yourself out there.  Meet people. Invite EVERYONE over ALL THE TIME.  Write a blog.   Read a book.  Take pictures.  Do whatever you love.  And make the time for it.  It is so important.  Be FOR yourself.  It is the best thing for your soul and your people.  It is a life lived intentionally and full of joy when we live fully whole as God created us to be.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou

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