Posts tagged ‘hope’

October 3, 2016

practicing peace

How do you know when something is the right thing to do? I’m not talking morally right; I mean that gut feeling, faith stepping, this is the right move for you even if it’s hard kind of right. When you have to make a decision but no one around you; not even your closest & truest friends or most loving family could tell you what to do. The kind of decision that has to come from you and it has to sit well in your heart. I believe we can teach ourselves to how to make these right decisions. It’s something I realized how to do a few years ago and have been practicing to improve ever since.

It starts with inner acknowledgement. It’s typically the hardest step of the process but without a doubt the most important. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, but that doesn’t apply when you are unhappy or blindly content. Are you self-aware? Are you happy? Are you being the best version of yourself possible? If you are; take note and give thanks. If you’re not; dig a step further and identify exactly what is keeping you from happiness.

Second comes 3D understanding. Take the time to really think, pray and evaluate your situation from different angles and a 360 degree view. Remember that your choices impact others. Remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Remember that giving up and needing a change are two different things. Remember that you aren’t fully able to love others until you love yourself. Remember that sometimes a decision could mean temporary pain for permanent peace.

That brings me to my favorite step and one that took me the longest to identify; recognizing peace. If starting something new, letting something go, or holding on to something tight is the right thing for you; you’ll know because you will feel inner peace. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Deliberate peace starts in your heart, then travels to your head, and takes over your soul. Peace feels calm. Recognize the feeling of stability, steadfastness, gratitude, and grace. While you may still have some pain, the right thing for you should bring you a heart full of hope. If it doesn’t bring you peace, it’s probably not for you.

img_1893 As a Christian, I believe in the power of prayer and in the significance of asking God to guide us. I can’t stress this enough. It might not be your jam, but still hear this: you’ll know when something is right for you if it does no harm to others, if it is Good, and if it brings you peace.

In the last few years, I’ve made some big decisions on this basis. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and certainly have a lot more to learn – but I truly believe my BIG life changing moments in the last three years have come to be because of yearning for inner peace & to become the best me that I can be.

All it takes is some patience, some practice, and some prayer.

Oh … and to always remember to just, love life.


June 17, 2016

Do Not Help Out evil.

I am a pretty brave person. I’m not a frantic germaphobe, one to think the world is coming to an end or that everything causes cancer. Do I get stressed? Yes. Do I typically worry? No.

But recently I haven’t been able to shake the feeling of distress and disgust with this world, its horrific events, and the even more despicable response from humanity.

Please hear this and truly understand it:

Evil wins when our response is fear. Evil wins when our response is blame. Evil wins when our response is criticism.

I don’t care what your stance is on guns, gun control, gun types, or gun definitions. It really doesn’t matter what your opinion is on parenting and zoos or Disney World beaches. It makes zero difference if you’re white, red, black, purple, gay, tall, short, a pop star, a politician, a student, blind or a genius. We are all humans.

Evil wants us to point fingers, categorize people, be afraid to travel, or feel like there isn’t a way to stop bad events. It wants friction, anxiety, and selfishness. Do not help out evil by creating any more differences between us, do not spread angst, your opinion on how you could have done it better, or blame anything but evil for the terrible happenings in our world. The only way to make things better is to respond ONLY with love. Even if you disagree with your neighbor or Facebook friend about their desire to ban guns.


Without responding with love, truly love, we will fail. Do not claim ‘one love’, equality and peace but then turn around and condemn others. Please rather respond with uplifting posts, donating blood or money, kind words, but MOSTLY with prayers. Prayers for victims, prayers for healing, prayers for less judgement and for more love.

Recognize when you are actually spreading evil in these small ways. Actions speak louder than words, EXCEPT FOR PRAYERS. Please help me in choosing to ONLY spread kind words, love, and to pray. And as always, please remember to just, love life.