Hi there! I’m so grateful that you’re here and I’m super excited to share this blog with you! This is what I’m going to call a “Letter of Introduction” to you all. It should give you an idea of what I’m all about! It is a bit lengthy, so bear with me! 🙂
First, can I just say that I never imagined that I would be starting a blog or let alone even have the desire to start one. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I definitely have an appreciation for blogs but I just NEVER saw myself creating one. However, I have been through so much personal growth and development in my life this past year, I’ve been feeling inspired in all sorts of ways lately. Starting this blog is one of them. And to quote podcaster, Alison Faulkner, “If you feel inspired to do something, FREAKIN DO IT!” So here we go!
There are two purposes to this blog. One is to be a space where women and moms (or anyone!) can come to receive inspirational ideas on HOW to achieve more mental and emotional balance and how to simply BE the kind of individual you want to be in your life. I’m not a psychologist but I do feel very strongly about using the mind as a tool and seeing it for what it truly is… one of God’s greatest gifts to us. I believe in this concept so deeply because I’ve seen firsthand it’s positive effects in my life again and again. I know everyone’s life circumstances are unique and one person’s journey may be totally different from another’s. I just simply want to share what has been so incredibly useful to me in mine. If this blog helps even one person than I will be THRILLED. I must be honest though and tell you that I’m also doing this for me. I’m using this space as a way to express and create and let my thoughts live. And my hope is that it will turn into something that others find as helpful and as meaningful as I do.
Every week I’ll share empowering lessons I’ve learned along with some tips, ideas, and tools that I chose to start applying in my life and how it truly can change so much if you let it. I feel sure that you’ll find things on this blog that you resonate with, things you can implement (and perhaps you already are!), or maybe things that just simply inspire you. I named this blogsite Intentional Peace and Joy because I truly believe that we are meant to have peace and joy in this life…a LOT of it! And I also believe that we have to choose it and work at it–intentionally and consistently. It’s one thing to WANT to have Peace and Joy in the journey.. but learning how to CREATE it is a journey in and of itself. And one that’s totally worth taking!
Before you assume that I’ve always had this figured out, let me assure you that’s not the case. I’m going to be pretty vulnerable for a minute and tell you that at a certain point during my life I became a very mentally stuck individual. For years I was often consumed by things like fear, sadness, doubt, apathy and anxiety. Sound familiar? I bet it does. Because it’s so normal. Too normal in my opinion! These emotions definitely serve a purpose, but when they literally consume us for an extended period and prevent us from feeling any peace or from taking needed action in life then that’s when it can become a problem. This problem felt out of control for me in the sense that I couldn’t seem to manage or change any of it. Difficult or tragic experiences would only magnify my struggles. Many people who know me might be totally shocked to hear this because I was fairly good at hiding it. But it greatly affected many areas of my life, including my marriage and self-confidence as well as my all around health and productivity. It even affected things like my ability to achieve certain goals, or to tackle my To Do list every day, or to even fold and put the dang laundry away every week. It’s true that a person can seem totally fine on the outside and yet on the inside it’s a completely different story. And I know so many of you can relate.
I believe there will always be certain trials and heartbreaks that we experience in life that cause deep sadness and negative emotions in us…and I think that pain can be necessary and even healthy for a time. I think we definitely SHOULD allow ourselves time to feel whatever we need to feel. That’s part of true healing in my opinion. But some of us continue to feel so broken because of things we’ve been through. Whether it was someone else’s actions that hurt us deeply or a spontaneous life event that we weren’t expecting. For me personally, I got to a point where I just wanted to be able to handle these hard experiences better. Regardless of my circumstances. Regardless of other’s choices. I didn’t want to ignore my pain nor did I want to let it consume me anymore. What I did want was to be able to think and act in a healthier and more useful way that allowed me to HEAL and feel that peace and joy I longed to feel. Even amidst my trials. Simply because… I believe I’m worth it. I believe YOU are too.
Over the past year I have learned some invaluable things that have taught me how to achieve that. How to move forward and heal after a difficult experience, how to create more peace and joy for myself, how to deepen my relationships and feel greater love for those around me, and how to be better driven and organized in my everyday life as a wife and mother. Just to name a few. I am nowhere near perfect, nor will I ever be. I have so much to work on.. but I can say that I am a MUCH more balanced and happier individual now because of this self-love and self-development journey I decided to take. The growth or changes that have taken place in my life are in large part due to me IMPLEMENTING what I’ve absorbed from amazing life coaches, inspirational podcasters, bestselling authors, and most importantly guidance from The Lord. (None of this would have been possible without Him).
For example, have you ever experimented with “thought work?” It’s essentially learning how to direct your mind instead of allowing your mind to direct you. It’s about questioning the thoughts that take up space in your brain and intentionally choosing or creating certain thoughts that help you heal and progress instead of struggle and suffer. This is just one example of something that I KNOW can play such a crucial part in so many areas of life! And especially as a wife and mother. I have to work at this consistently but by doing so it has contributed SIGNIFICANTLY to my mental, emotional, spiritual (and even physical!) health. And as a result has helped me overcome struggles and achieve goals that perhaps otherwise I never would have.
So let me just say that I am SO HAPPY for you if you already understand and practice these things in your own life. But I’m positive that so many of us do not. Maybe you’ll read this blog and realize you’ve had a very similar journey as mine. Or perhaps very different…Or maybe you just feel the need to relate to someone who’s like you because life isn’t always easy. And it feels good for our souls to connect and be inspired by what others have experienced or learned or struggled through. This blog is for all of you. Whatever part of the journey you’re on. Whatever your reason is for reading this.. Thank you. I hope you’ll keep visiting and I hope this blog will help you feel encouraged to live your BEST life with real intention and feel more PEACE and JOY through it all. It IS possible. And it starts inside of YOU!