October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021 THRIVE!

I am willing to live outside of the box that others try to put me in; to live outside the box that my story tries to keep me in. I release self-judgement and free myself from worry that others are judging me. I am ready to not only live but to THRIVE on my own terms.

*from Finding the Well in Wellness Cards, by Juli Conard, Art by Faith Myers

It is important to remember that we are always in control of our actions and reactions.  We get to choose where we stand on important issues, we get to choose how to respond to others, we get to choose boundaries and limitations…and when we choose to look at life this way, we can clearly see just how important our mindset is.  We can be our own worst enemy or our own hero. 

I remember meeting a woman named Carmen on my first mission trip to remote Guatemala.  Carmen had five children, one slung on her back and the rest scurrying around her as she helped prepare soup for the school.  Carmen’s family lived in a 10×10 cornstalk hut, slept on carboard boxes and cooked over an open fire inside of said hut.  She had one kettle and a few utensils that had been carved from wood. A few blankets could been seen, but no other furniture, furnishings or belongings were seen. Carmen was the most grateful, happiest, funniest and faithful woman I have ever met.  A woman who literally had nothing, had everything she needed and was thankful for it. For a blessed Canadian woman to see this lack was heartbreaking and yet brought me so much peace in the simplicity of life.  Carmen, regardless of what she had or didn’t have, chose to THRIVE. And she was teaching her children how to do it too through her example.

This week we are encouraged to assess our mindset.  Is there room for growth? Where are we stuck in our minds? Is our internal voice louder than the exterior voices? Who is in the driver’s seat of our lives? Thriving is a choice. It’s time to get out of the stories we’ve been telling ourselves, time to get out of our own way and push forward to a life that we love, a life that we are thankful for, a life in which we can THRIVE!

XO Juli


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