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First Signs of Grey….

It happened. I looked into the mirror and saw a wiry strand sticking up. When did it get here? How long has it been here for? WHY haven’t I noticed before? We all get older right? Grey hair is just part of it. But with dreadlocks, I’m supposed to have more time!! (In my very whiny voice). Breathe in. Breathe out. *I take that grey hair, and wrap it in the nearest dreadlock.* Whew. Crisis averted. No need to call in the national guards. I can go on pretending that I didn’t see it.   I’m guessing that the stray strand wouldn’t be the first one I will be ignoring over next few months and years.  It just took me by surprise because….well, I don’t see myself as old. Grey hair is associated with older folks right?!  But I’m in my 30s, I’m not old, right?  I feel like I did when I was 15 (although a lot has changed…thank you gravity).  I guess by the grey, I am *older.* Hmm…. As much as I joke and kid about my grey mane (yes, that’s me trying to make it sound cool), I’m relieved actually.  I don’t mind the idea of getting older.  I’m actually fine with it.  One would think that I would head straight towards my locticition and get my hair colored, but I don’t want to do that.  Besides, have you seen black, white, grey locks on women )?  They look positively beautiful! (Check Pinterest here!) When looking at my grey hair (only a single strand because I’m ignoring the rest), I’m coming to terms with the life that...

Discovering Our Purpose

Each one of us has a unique gift that He gave us.  Our gifts are not the same, and they are not packaged the same.  Just like us, they are unique and made  just to us. The thing is, there are may times when we don’t realize that we either: 1) don’t know what our purpose is or 2) know what our purpose is, but forget. In our world that is forever changing, it is important that we understand what our true purpose is in this life, and move towards that.     Listen to your heart.   Do you find that you are constantly dissatisfied?  Always looking for a change but end up going back to the same thing?  The thing is, sometimes, our purpose is right in front of our faces, but we’re just to blind to see them. I say, listen to your heart.  Listen to what moves you, what stirs you.  Know that what you choose to spend your time on, you are making a difference.   Your role could be pushing from the back, instead of pulling from the front. Click To Tweet I’ve noticed that I’ve always been the “behind the scenes” sort of person, and up until a few years ago, it used to bother me so much. I would constantly ask myself: why can’t I be leading from the front?  But in my heart, I know what I want.  I understand the dreams of others, and realize my role is not always in the front pulling, it’s in the back pushing. For me, knowing my purpose didn’t happen until I learned acceptance.  And believe me that...

Silencing The Worst Critic

  Throughout this year, I have been pretty hard on myself. Always telling myself what I should be doing. How I should be doing it, and never really taking into the account of the limitations that are temporarily set up on.  It turns out that we are our own worts enemies, and the critic that we need to watch out for, is ourselves!  Here are just a few things that have been going through my mind, and what I’m doing to silence my own worst critic. Self Critic Self Here are a few examples that have been running though my mind: Photography — Self Critic (SCS) You know you should be taking pictures more. What’s the point of getting a great camera if you’re not enjoying it. What exactly are you doing instead? Working out (SCS) Why don’t you have time to work out? You know you need to lose some more weight in order to get back to your pre-preganancy weight. You’ll never get it done. Teaching (SCS) You know you don’t have a degree in education to get home school your daughter. Hopefully you’re not messing her up and destroying her chance at education. The reality is: we are our own worst critic. No matter what we do, or say, we have this tiny person in the back of our heads that just tells us what it is we can’t do, and how we can’t succeed. That nagging voice in the back of our heads will stop us from being our best, and doing our best. It doesn’t take into account what’s going on in your life...

Through Pain, There’s Love

A few days ago, I was sitting in church, and the priest had said something that just resonated with me. Through Pain, there’s love. It’s an odd concept when thinking about it alone, but put in the correct context and it makes so much sense. A mother who is in pain and is about to deliver her child, knows that through this pain, there is something wonderful waiting at the end of the tunnel. It’s new life. It’s a promise to bring a new human being in this world, and we know that this pain that we feel is minor compared to the love that will fill our hearts in the days and years to come. Or a father, who works and toils during the day so that he can provide for his family. Most of the time it’s at a job that is not even liked, but through this hard work, he sees the happiness and satisfaction with his family. A roof over their heads, and appreciation for what he does. These painful acts (because let’s be honest–giving birth, or working 9-5 is painful) is so minor compared to what we can give others. The self sacrifice is not even looked at when we know we can make others happy through our actions. While this concept may not be applied to everything, it is a very basic concept that can be applied to all things that we do for our families and one another. So what do you think of when you hear, “through pain, there’s...
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