Find Your Vision, Purpose, and Passion

I opened my e-mail today and there was Proverbs 29:18 staring me in the face – “Where there is no vision, the people perish…

Wow.

That sums up my life in a nutshell over the last month and a half.

Honestly, I believe part of me was in that perishing realm because I’ve been fighting and stuggling so hard on my own. I thought I was going about things just a bit wrong and that’s why things have felt “off” – or maybe I just haven’t stuck it out long enough – or perhaps I need to just learn a bit more and it will all start to click.

All of these thoughts played over and over in my head until I started questioning everything.

Then I made a change.

Almost 2 years ago, I started on a journey of personal development. I didn’t realize that’s what it was at the time because I wasn’t really seeking it. I was more interested in developing my business skills, which of course, falls under the “personal development” umbrella. However, I wasn’t focused on intentionally bettering ME until I noticed it was ME who was benefiting the most.

I began reading every book I could that was suggested from people and mentors I trusted. I watched videos. I listened to audios. I absorbed. I soaked. I applied. And I changed.


Here’s the #1 tip I can give you today for getting to the real, deep down vision and purpose for your life…

Do the work of bettering yourself by dealing with your crap – and when I say crap, I mean the junk that’s festering in the lowest parts of your soul that needs to be unearthed, dislodged, and chucked to the wind, never to be seen again – and you need to fill that hole with new skills, new loving attitudes, new acceptance of others, new trust that God has your back, new belief that He will lead you, new faith that you were born for more, and relying on Him to show you what that is as you press for more growth, truth, and being genuine.

 

I have been “doing the work” on myself, like I said, for going on almost 2 years… like REALLY working on myself. Not this, “oh, I’ll just read through this book and see what sounds good.” No, I have cried as I have read, written in a journal in answer to questions posed in books, and actually written out plans of change.

Better change.

Growth.

I have remained open, calm, and trusting through some fairly crazy and unbelievable issues in my life because I had nothing better to do. What’s better than staying calm, not freaking out, and trusting that everything will be ok? What’s the alternative? Freaking out, doing things your own way, taking the reins of your life, and potentially making an even bigger mess. Uhh, no thank you.

When you find this sweet spot of life (and it’s not always easy), you realize that you aren’t your crazy thoughts. There is more truth about you that you have yet to step into. You realize that God can make something better from a burned down house, a marriage torn apart, a lost job, or whatever happens to be your life story. Deep down you know that all things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to HIS purpose.

We may not have all the answers, however, it sure does put me in a state of awe when it’s in the moment that we CHOOSE to remain in the sweet spot, trusting God, and focusing on making ourselves better that we meet God in a whole new place. It’s where visions are given, passion comes to life, and the once numb, burnt out, depressed, and apathetic morsels of our lives spark again and burst into flame!

It’s where life has meaning again.

It’s where contentment and joy can be found.

It’s where peace lives.

It’s where dreams are not just made, but lived.

It’s after we have put in the work of getting through our messes that we are able to receive more – receive visions, our purpose, God’s plan for us, rekindle passions we once had or even gain new ones, etc.

I love this quote I heard recently that touched my heart in the area of vision… “Those who know the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety.”

Trust without hesitation. Give without abandon. Love without reservation.

Isn’t that how God wants us to live? Trusting Him. Believing in the vision He’s placed in our hearts. And seeing it through by us showing up every day for our part to play.

If you are feeling like you are floundering, have yet to find your way, passion, or purpose, I challenge you with this – when’s the last time you looked deep, really deep, and dug out the negative, critical, judgmental, controlling, self-righteous, egotistical parts of you and let love, compassion, passion, creativity, peace, and joy fill their slots? Have you begun that journey yet? Have you found your passion and see a vision for your future? I don’t know about you, but mine EXCITES ME!! Share in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

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JessBio200 Find Your Vision, Purpose, and PassionJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Find Your Vision, Purpose, and Passion

Gratitude Opens Doors

There’s a shift in the wind. A changing tide.

The winds are blowing and there is greatness on the edges of the breeze.

Can you feel it?

I can. And so many people I’ve talked to lately are in a similar place in their lives.

Very interesting.

I have felt lost for awhile. Actually, a very long while. I’ve felt like I’m struggling and striving. I’m learning and implementing, however, something’s still missing.

I have felt like I’ve been missing it – missing something critical – maybe even my purpose.

Sure, I’ve helped people. My knowledge and skills have helped plenty of others. However, I haven’t felt like I’ve yet landed on doing what I’ve been put on this planet to do.

And then… something amazing happened! But let me take a step backwards for a minute…

When I don’t know where to go or what to do, when I feel like I need answers, I decide to become thankful. When I focus on what I DO have and what I can find contentment in that I currently have in my life, it shifts my perspective and gives me a new outlook on my life.

Even more fascinating than that, it’s given me answers. It’s filled in the gaps. New ideas are flowing – innovative ideas – straight from Heaven.

I haven’t even fully stepped into them yet and it’s already exciting!!

When we learn to work with what we have and be thankful for what we’ve been given and focus on being and doing our best, we are somehow, by the grace of God, propelled into something even better than we could have imagined.

If you have never kept a Gratitude Journal, I suggest you start one TODAY! You will be surprised by what you write, what comes flowing out of you, and what you learn about yourself.

I encourage you to come up with at least 5 things to be thankful for from each day.

Personally, I write in mine each evening because the day is fresh in my mind and it frees up my mind and opens my heart for my evening prayer before bed to receive directly from Heaven.

We are creative beings – created and made to create – the flow of creativity works like a river. It flows.

When you write in your Gratitude Journal, you are releasing not just thankfulness, but part of your heart. When you allow things to flow out, that’s when you are free to be filled again. We are made to operate like a river – the current flows in and flows out just to have more flow in again. I believe this applies to our attitude of gratefulness, too. Being thankful opens our hearts and lives to receive more.

Give it a try. Be thankful. Learn about yourself. Find contentment. Make it a daily practice - your lifestyle!

Do you already keep a Gratitude Journal? How often do you write in it? Have you noticed a difference in your life and attitude since you started writing in it? If you don’t have one, are you going out to get one… today (hint, hint!)? All it takes is a simple notebook – no need to get a fancy journal or spend loads of money. Just get one and start writing! Share with me in the comments below how it’s going for you.

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JessBio200 Gratitude Opens DoorsJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Gratitude Opens Doors

Find Yourself Again

After years of pouring yourself into others, feeling as though you’ve been beaten by life, and finding ways to cope, eventually you find yourself standing at the edge of figuring out who you are.

You know you must find yourself – who you really are and were created to be.

Either you once knew and lost it…

Or perhaps you never knew.

I feel as though I have been standing at the edge of this for the past 3-4 weeks myself. How does one answer this question after so long of not knowing or feeling like it’s been so far stuffed away that it hasn’t peered into the light of day in a decade?

In pondering what I really want my life to look like through reflection of where it was and where I have been, I’ve been forced to come to terms with the reality that I’ve lost myself somewhere along the way.

For each person the reasons are different, yet so many of us feel this at some point in our lives.

I believe in my life, the storms that have weighed so heavily on me have been my daughter’s health and all the unknowns surrounding it. And of course, keeping up with her daily needs.

Add to that her twin brothers and the heaviness it places on a mom’s heart knowing two more of her children need therapies.

Living through a 12-year relationship that was hard, to say the least, lost a bit of me. “Coping” and “survival” took over while I squelched some of what once was the critical parts of me.

Feeling forced to earn an income and busting my tail to get more money into our household at every waking moment… striving.

In my soul searching, personal development, and simply the stillness of listening I’ve come to enjoy and value over the past several months, well really a year, I’ve found a few portions of my soul that have not been released in such a long time.

One of those pieces is creativity. Not just crafty, but true creativity… the kind that flows from your heart.

Another piece is music. I used to play the flute and haven’t for so long. I miss it.

I have also owned a cello for years, planning on learning how to play, yet… nothing.

Well, not anymore!

I’m learning now. How can you not when you hear the brilliance and creativity flowing from other cellists like Steven Nelson (playing “Michael Meets Mozart” here with Jon Schmidt):

I simply love the creativity and genius that flows out of this video! It feeds my soul. Music does that for me in a way that nothing else can – which translates to me that I need to be doing something with it!

I’d also like to learn languages. I have a few in mind, however, I haven’t narrowed it down yet.

I have places I’d like to travel to and maybe even live one day. A super nice aspect about blogging is the portable factor of being able to make a living from anywhere in the world!

I used to blow off bucket lists, thinking they were too focused on the “death” aspect. How sad is that? That’s not what they are for AT ALL. They are for living… really LIVING.

My time is now…

It’s time to love life again.

What about you? Do you have a bucket list? Do you have dreams and desires you have pressed so far down that you think they are impossible to accomplish now, even if it’s simply learning to play an instrument, learning a new language, or taking up a new hobby? It’s not too late! If you are breathing in and out, you can always learn something new. Share in the comments section below something you’ve always wanted to do or thought was interesting that you’d love to learn. I want to hear!!

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JessBio200 Find Yourself AgainJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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The Lies of Personal Development

When you start this journey into self help, personal development, personal growth – whatever you want to call it – all the same, just different names, it seems most people get revelation after revelation. The more you seek, the more you are given to receive.

I know this is true for my life.

When I am open to change and seeking direction, it comes and comes like a flood.

It’s in the applying of the new knowledge and skills that gets interesting. You can be totally open to loving yourself and your life, even willing to make changes – however, the craziest part of the process of personal development is realizing just how dark, dusty, and damp your thinking was to begin with – those thoughts you grew up with, your mentality about yourself and the world around you, and how that could all once be considered “normal” in your head. Wow!

At least that’s the way I feel.

It’s brain pathways, thought patterns, and general feelings of life that try to seep back into the new thought patterns and habits you are trying to develop, almost trying to choke the life from the new growth. It’s bizarre, yet obvious, at the same time.

It’s almost it’s own worse enemy because it’s so obvious.

That’s when I know I’m on the right track… when I hit a crazy wall with funky thoughts and find myself “feeling” certain old things again and having old thoughts. It’s lies and not the truth. It’s the old me trying to squelch the new, improved me.

If you have found yourself in this same position, I encourage you to see the success you are having – if the lies are trying to creep back in, you are obviously doing something RIGHT!

Don’t give up and throw in the towel on all the progress you have made. Keep seeking answers to your purpose and passion. Keep serving others. Keep moving forward.

Are you in a place in your life right now that you are feeling “funky days” and having crazy, old thoughts creep up again? Are you fighting hard not to throw in the towel and need a boost to keep going? I pray this post has helped you realize you are NOT alone. You aren’t hanging out on a limb by yourself somewhere. You are loved. You are valued. You are appreciated and respected. Please share your story in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

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JessBio200 The Lies of Personal DevelopmentJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

The Lies of Personal Development

Where Healing and Loving Life Intersect

I’m sitting here getting choked up with all sorts of emotions. I’m elated, nervous, sad, thrilled, and frustrated all at the same time.

I feel like I’m called to help people, though, today it may only be through me helping myself – because that’s all I feel I can do.

I feel lost and very much found at the same time. I feel I’m questioning SO much, yet already have the answers. I feel I’m sitting on the verge of something major with no clue how to get there.

However, I think that’s where God wants us – vulnerable. Trusting. Alert. Seeking.

He wants to give us a glimpse and have us trust that He will get us there.

What frustrates and saddens me is that I still question and fight doubt.

What thrills, elates, and even makes me nervous is the vision of what’s to come.

It’s as though I’m on the edge of a cliff and can easily look back, crawl to obvious safety, and know I’ll be ok… but just ok.

OR…

I can take a giant leap of faith and know that even though I can’t see the thing that will catch me – still MOVE and trust that it’s there.

It’s exciting and nerve-racking at the same time!

And it would far exceed ANY safety behind me.

I love life.

I love the thrill of it. The changes. The possiblities.

I live to love life.

Have you ever heard that nothing happens by coincidence? Or maybe you’ve heard it this way – when you are open to getting the answers, they come to you?

Not only have I heard that A LOT lately, but so many things have happened, almost an absurd amount, that it CANNOT be coincidence.

I believe that when you are listening for divine purpose and calling, it shows up – sometimes right on your doorstep.

It can also come through e-mail, a video, social media, a book, a neighbor, a friend, a friend of a friend, or even a stranger.

I know God is doing a healing work on me, in my heart and life.

I know that He has greatness for me.

I know that if I stay pursuing Him and His plans for my life, He will take me to amazing places.

Of course there will be bumps along the way, however, choosing how to deal with them makes all the difference.

He has expanded my vision for my life FAR BEYOND anything I could have dreamt up myself!

To Him be the glory…

Did you have a time in your life when you felt both the need to get stronger and healed, yet you could feel a shift in the air for something bigger and better? I’d love to hear your story! Share in the comments below.

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JessBio200 Where Healing and Loving Life IntersectJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Where Healing and Loving Life Intersect