You can… BLOOM

Sep 30, 2019 | For Real | 14 comments

Writing this blog, I sit here with the biggest smile on my face. I feel like I have finally accomplished getting to the finish line. Yet, in many ways I am just getting started. Looking back at the year 2013, when I first started blogging, I had this simple notion – When we look at someone and see their outside layer, we must remember there is a layer underneath, as well. It’s the inside layer that has feelings, that has been through the washing machine of life. Each person is an individual, just like all of these flowers… uniquely different, and ALL very beautiful in their own special way.

Since then, a whirlwind of things have happened. I took almost three years off from blogging. I almost quit completely because of fear. I took a BIG gulp and jumped back in. So here I am, feeling like a wildflower… finally free to be me.

So what changed? Well, I did. I accepted I needed to, and that has helped me grow and blossom into the person that writes to you here today. If you are struggling with areas of your life, be open to your dreams and dare to try something new. Really get to know yourself. It’s not as scary as you think.

SELF CARE is not selfish. Let me just throw that out there. How can you inspire others, if you are feeling empty and blue? How can you get that oxygen mask on another person, if you have not taken the time to first grab one for yourself? YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF YOU.

I accept my flaws and embrace them daily. I listen to my body, my need for quiet space, and my love for writing. I have become self-aware.

If you just asked yourself the question “how?”, I’m going to lead you back to that scary word, CHANGE. Start with a simple change. As you gain confidence, add others. Grow at your own pace and in your chosen direction. There is no timetable.

Here are a few changes I embraced over the past three years with more sure to come. I went to grief counseling. I started journaling. I got a puppy. I worked on developing closer relationships. I recreated and re-branded my baby blog. I left a job. I started a new career path. I made promises to myself – and kept them. Most importantly, I end each day being grateful for five simple things. Gratitude cannot be underestimated.

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Are you ready, but need some fun suggestions? Try an outfit you would never wear. Who knew I would love overalls as much as I truly do. Gather a bunch of flowers and put them into a pair of boots instead of a vase. Fashion Fact: Hunter boots are life, especially heading into fall. I wear them out, when originally, I worried I wouldn’t wear them at all. Sometimes, the things we are most afraid to do are exactly what we need to do. Listen to what your inner voice is saying. It calls your name and leads the way as you grow and BLOOM! May all your weeds be wildflowers!

To enter the BLOOM Giveaway, in the comments below, share something new you are going to try out, or a change you would like to make. For an extra entry, play I-spy within the blog and guess what I am giving away. US Residents ONLY. Giveaway starts NOW and ends Friday, October 4th at noon EST. Winner will be contacted by email, on Friday, October 4th, 2019 by EOD.

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