When Life Comes Together

Life can get messy. Jobs, family issues, vehicles, housing, bills, sick kids, ER visits, chauffeuring from one place to the next, it can all be so much, especially when we forget to take a moment to breathe, soak in the gift of the moment, and be thankful for where we are.

For me, the struggles began as summer became Fall. I was driving across town to work/ son’s school, and I had a feeling my life was going to be shaken up a bit. Two days later our family car was totaled as we drove home from the grocery store. My son was out of school for a week. We had been having issues with the teacher for a bit, but it became progressively worse when he returned. After some prayer and discussing the issue with my husband, we  moved him to a new school. 

Well, working for the school that you just pulled your son from can create a bit of conflict, to say the least. And as the bills and the car insurance issues from the car wreck rose, so did the stress. But we pushed through. 

That is until one gloomy, rainy day after an especially trying family day. As I walked through the brisk, drizzly school property for an impromptu meeting with the school admin, I had the feeling that this was it. I surrendered the to the fight, and walked back to my desk knowing two weeks later I would be jobless. 

That all seems horribly gloomy for a motivational Monday post, huh? Lol. As tough as everything has been though, my mantra has become: “After night, there is always a sunrise.”  

While I haven’t seen how everything will fall perfectly into place again, I have seen things coming together. Sometimes night needs to fall on our life so God can do some behind the scenes work jnder the cover of that night, so that come the sunrise, his glory, his beauty, the newness in our life can shine and we can stand in awe at the beautiful work that God has done in our life through the gift of a brand new “day”. 

When things get tough, life falls apart, and the dark of night seem to cover your life, just remember, after the night, there comes morning, and with that, a glorious sunrise. 

Until next time,

Autumn ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฅ€๐ŸŒทโ„๏ธ๐ŸŒ…


What makes you jump out of bed?

I would love love love to sleep in every single day. For some reason, it just feels good and feels so relaxing. Yet, there is stuff to do, kids to get dressed, workouts to do, cleaning to be done, income to be made, etc. 

But what if I say that you can actually jump out of bed excited each day?? (This coming from a non-morning person who was suffering from anxiety just a month ago.)

You see, the key to this is your mindset. I can choose to lounge in bed, snooze the alarm, and sleep in “just a little longer” or I can think of how I can maximize the day and make the most of the gift of a brand-new day that we have been given. 

I can CHOOSE to get up, spend some time in my Bible and get my mind right for the day. I can CHOOSE to get my workout done and eat a healthy breakfast before the day starts to take care of the body I have been given. I can CHOOSE to spend my day using my actions to love and take time to spend with my kids.

Think about what brings you joy. Even if something doesn’t, spend your time joyfully getting it done and dive in deep. 

Our brains are made to adapt and before you know it, you can become that morning person who looks to the day and sees hope where you might’ve only grouchily stumbled out of bed after smacking the snooze button for the billionth time, walked to the coffee pot to down a cup of coffee before facing those little people in your home that call you Mom and the day becomes like any other. 

Change your mindset, change your life. And if you need to, pray about it and see where you might be lacking in your life and what is keeping you from living each day with excitement and fulfillment. 

Until next time….

-Autumn ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆ‹โ„๏ธ

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Cheers to a new you in 2017! The healthier, fitter, goal-focused, and accomplishing you.

It is a new year, a fresh calendar, and the possibilities seem endless. But just HOW will you make sure that this year goes as fantastic as you hope it will? The secret lies in making plans on executing those goals of yours.

For me, rather than calling them resolutions, I am calling them goals. To backup those goals, I have plans- daily, weekly, monthly, and then the year-end where I want to be when the ball drops next year.

This year I have created bigger goals for myself than I ever have before, but I am tired of feeling stuck with one year rolling out to the next with no real change.

What if we all lived up to our fullest potential and actually tried to reach out to fulfill those big, scary dreams of ours? Could you imagine how much your life would change?

This year, that is my goal. I am going to live each day, sun up to sun down, with purpose.

In 2017 I realize that every little thing we do is either growing us and bringing us closer to our goals, our leading us away. That soda or cookie each day doesn’t seem like a big deal, but in 5 years the extra weight and sugar-addiction will say otherwise. On the other hand, that daily salad may be an annoyance at first, but in 5 years you can be healthier and fitter than you are now. Comparing those 5 years, there will be a bigger difference then than there is now.

Don’t look at the near-future, look at the 1 year, 5 year, and 20 year future. Where do you see yourself?

My goal this year is to live in line with this and consistently build better habits and reach for goals that take me out of the place that I have been stuck in.

What are your goals? Where do you see yourself as the ball drops on 2018? Ask yourself this, and if you are brave enough, I would love to hear them!

Happy New Year, friends! Here’s to not only making resolutions, but actually becoming the you that you dream of in 2017.

‘Twas the Day After Christmas

I have had the years where I had some high expectations for Christmas and…. they were crushed. I mean CRUSHED. Hope the day will quickly pass and end and we can wake up and hope everyone and everything is better tomorrow, type days.

That has been rare, but it has happened.

I LOVE holidays. Holiday decoration threw-up-everywhere love. Along with that love, though, comes some high expectations of how I hope the season and the day will unfold. I usually end up in tears at some point due to unmet expectations or feelings of failure because of poor gift-giving on my part, bad timing, or kids just falling apart and way overdue for naps.

THIS Christmas was different. I let go of those expectations and just let the day be.

Life has been messy the past few months and I came to the realization only days prior to Christmas that the most important thing wasn’t a perfect holiday, it was being surrounded by people I loved, reaching out to those that I care for just to let them know I was thinking of them, and in being happy with what we had already.

I flipped a switch in my mind and saw my blessings for what they were: Blessings.

And you know what? No tears. Just smiles. Smiles on my face, my kids’ faces, and a thankful, grateful husband’s face.

Life is too short. I am so, so blessed. I just needed to open me eyes to see it.