8 Hour Car Rides that Remind you how Great Everything is

Have you ever driven across Texas? Recently, I drove to Elk City, Oklahoma from Boerne, Texas and let me tell you, that was one of the most beautiful drives I have seen in a while. Wide open spaces and small towns, I couldn’t get enough. If I hadn’t been in a time crunch, I would have pulled over every few miles just for pictures. I have always imagined living somewhere close to the coast, but this trip had me reconsidering things.

This trip was a special one for me. There were moments of clarity, peace, and happiness. Watching all those fields as I drove by, I was overjoyed. After years and years of working hard and multiple jobs, I finally felt like I had made it. I have a job I truly love and one that enables me to do all the things I love. From writing, to taking pictures, to presenting and being on the road. To learning new things and stepping more and more outside my comfort zone each day.

Good things do happen to those that work hard and every step of my journey has been worth it. I have either gotten older and wiser or I have had a lot of growth over the last year but life is peaceful. The kind of peaceful where no matter how many million of things you have going on, you know you can do it. Where the things you were worried about before, no longer seem to be an issue. The faith that you are on the right path and amazing things are going to keep coming your way, like an 8 hour car ride that lights your soul on fire.

If you are going through a rough patch, hang in there. Things will get better. Keep the right mindset, and you will be amazed at what happens. Find your people, your supporters, your cheerleaders and watch as your life will start to change.

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Closing Chapters and Opening New Doors

Have you ever had to close a door on a chapter in your life and you weren’t 100% sure you were ready? You knew it was time and you knew you had to, but there was that nagging feeling in the back of your mind.

Yesterday, I closed a door on one of the longest chapters of my life. For the past 16 years, I have worked at least two jobs pretty much the entire time. There were a few gaps in there where I have tried other things, like selling Younique makeup and working booths for The Rustic Pony.

For the past year, even with a full time job, I was still working a part-time job. That part time job meant putting in 25 – 30 hours a week. I could get into how hard it is in this society to live on a single income, raise a child, and put yourself through school, but I am not. I know that I haven’t made the best financial decisions along the way either.

But what I am going to tell you is how scary it is to end something you are so familiar with. Even when you know you don’t need that thing anymore, even when doing that thing drives you absolutely crazy at times, even when you know that thing is taking time away from the things that really bring you joy in your life. It is still scary. It is scary leaving something guaranteed. It is scary walking into the unknown. But it is also very brave.

The past eight months, I have had some many amazing doors open for me. It took God/The Universe opening several doors for me to see the bigger picture. It took getting uncomfortable and not being afraid to take a chance. Now, I already had some rock solid people in my life, that have changed the directory of my life all together. But the past eight months, I have had some of the most amazing people join my circle. People who believe in me, congratulate me, remind me how much of a rockstar I am, and push me daily on getting out of my comfort zone. Those are the people that are going to make this transition so much easier.

I knew 2023 was going to be amazing and let me tell you, it is far better than anything I have imagined so far. Keep having faith, keep chasing your dreams, you never know where your path might lead.

So here is to the unknown, here is to the future, here is to the next big step. I can’t wait to see what is in store for me.

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One way to Combat Being Overwhelmed

That feeling of being over whelmed, I know we have all felt it. You know the feeling you get when you cross something off your to-do list, only to have two more things added to it? The feeling of everything needing your time and attention all at once? The not knowing how you are going to get everything done feeling.

This has been my life the past few days. I have tried all the tricks that I know. Taking a moment to step away from the madness. Taking 15 minutes to read something I enjoy. Taking a really long and extra hot shower. These things have helped, but there was still the feeling of rush rush rush to get it all done.

I have this book that was given to me a few years ago, it sits on my night stand and every morning I try to read one passage out of it. “You Are a Badass Every Day. ” – Jen Sincero

The passage I read today

“NOW = Never Over Whelmed”

“Overwhelm cannot touch you when you’re all wrapped up in the here and now. Overwhelm is a mindset; it’s the choice to focus on everything all at once and stress yourself out. Instead, choose to take your life moment by moment and savor it.”

So instead of thinking about my mountain list of things I need to do, I have to switch my mindset up and be in the here and now and focus on one thing at a time. I need to be grateful for the social media posts I get to create and schedule, and finding joy in educating people with my posts. Be grateful for the tasks needed for the organizations I am involved in. Find joy in every single thing my hands are involved in.

Yes, I will always have my to do list, but instead of looking at the long list, I am taking the first thing on the list and putting all of my heart and soul into it. Imagine the creations you can come up with when you are less stressed about the 9 million other things that need to be done. When you are focusing on the one task you are working one, the creative aspect of your work has a chance to soar.

God/Universe works in powerful ways, I needed that passage today, and I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

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