I feel like a school kid playing hookey. Joe and I have NEVER done anything this impulsive since we have been married. But, on Friday night I spent a couple hours packing all of our things back into our suitcases because we had a flight back home the next morning. I got everything done and then we decided to go grab supper in the little restaurant that is open and overlooks the ocean.
A few years ago the church I attend started using a quote on their ink pens, signs, etc. It said, “where everybody is somebody.” At the time I was somewhat confused because I thought, “of course they are, duh.” Much later, I reflected on the quote or slogan and I thought that what they were conveying was that “you matter.”
I was raised with a high regard for self-worth. I wasn’t raised to think I was better than anyone else but more like the fact that I was as good as anyone else. I have always “thought” that I could do pretty much anything that I set my mind to and there are very few things that I have tried that I couldn’t do. I might not be great at it but I could do it.
I do a lot of self-development now and have come to realize that my mindset is not like that for everyone. I just assumed that everyone felt like I did. I assumed that everyone felt like they mattered and that they were worthy. However, I have found that not everyone was raised believing in themselves.
Unfortunately, some people can say things to themselves that they would never say to someone else. If you ever use the words, “I can’t” then you are setting limits and YOU are the reason that you can’t. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t do open heart surgery but if I went to school and trained in that specialty then I could. Try reminding yourself that you CAN do whatever is your goal, you just might need training or help. The Lord can make ALL things possible. Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
EVERYONE has flaws! Jesus was the only person to ever walk this earth that had NO flaws, the rest of us have plenty of them. So what, who cares? Yes, I have lumps and bumps. Yes, my arm does jiggle. Yes, my thighs rub together when I walk. Yes, I have to wear contacts or readers. Yes, I ache when I stand up to walk sometimes. YES!!! I am ALIVE! YES!!! I am the Lord’s creation. YES!!! He made me perfect in His eyes.
The biggest robber of joy is in comparison. Why, oh why do we feel the need to compare ourselves to others? Why do we think someone else’s life is so much better than ours? There are plenty of bloggers out there who write better than me. There are plenty of bloggers out there who are much thinner and prettier than me. I am going to stop there before I put my self in depression. The point is, so……… I don’t know what their life is like. I don’t know if they are just as insecure about something as I am. It shouldn’t matter! You are YOU. Notice that I ended that sentence with a period. Don’t ever try to be someone you are not because you will just end up being miserable. Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
If you have ever been told a “lie” that you are not good enough then give it to the Lord. The Lord didn’t tell you that. He does not believe that and neither should you. Let go of the lie and instead repeat that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are HIS creation. No one else can be you and you can’t be anyone else. Live the life that the Lord wants for you.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Love yourself more! Have A Blessed Day!
It has been an amazing trip and one that I won’t soon forget. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. So, today Joe and I are flying back to reality and probably rain and much cooler temperatures. Listen to me whine. Lol! Joe asked me yesterday if I wanted to extend our stay for another week. 😱 Of course, I do but that just can’t really happen. The responsibilities of home are calling my name.
I had to laugh at a comment left yesterday by Nancy. She said that she and I sure vacation differently because she would never dress up while on vacation. Lol! That struck me as funny because she just doesn’t realize that I haven’t taken any pictures of me in my bathing suit and coverup. That is what I am wearing most of the time. Lol! However, I do love to dress up if we go out to dinner or go shopping.
I have been getting a lot of questions from you about what to pack on vacations. My short and sweet answer is….. dresses. Almost everything that I packed was a dress because that makes my choice easier and also because there is less to pack. The key is to pack dresses that can serve double duty and also that are easy care. Meaning, I don’t want to do a lot of ironing while I am on vacation.
Hola from Cancun! This is a beach bag that I was greeted to Cancun with from Rodan + Fields. When we arrived on Sunday afternoon we went to register and were told to proceed outside where we would find some “swag.” Thye had these extremely cute beach bags waiting for all of us and if that was the end of our gifts, it would have been plenty.
Our first night in Cancun was ah-mazing! This place is so opulent and over the top with luxury. When Joe and I first got to our room he said, “wow, we have NEVER been to any place this nice.” I had told him that Rodan + Fields rolls out the red carpet for these trips but I don’t think he had a clue what was coming our way. There was a welcome reception for everyone and there was food everywhere, a bar for beverages, and live music.
Woohoo! It is beautiful here! We actually arrived in Cancun, Mexico Sunday afternoon and we had a Welcome event to go to that night. It was fabulous being surrounded by Rodan + Fields ladies everywhere you looked. This trip is different from most of the trips that I go on with R+F because it is a trip that is “won” and not one that everybody can attend. Another difference is that there are lots of husbands on this trip. Most of the trips that I go on is just the consultants with a few husbands scattered here and there.
I know some people who are gifted when it comes to paying compliments or singing someone’s praise. I am NOT that person. I feel awkward and it just doesn’t come naturally to me. That is fine when it comes to people but that is not alright when it comes to the Lord. We are supposed to praise Him. The problem is that I just can’t seem to find the words and it doesn’t feel right.
Kids say the darndest thing was an old Art Linkletter saying. Today I was reminded of that BIG TIME! Let me back up though and tell you that Friday was a hectic day. I went to work even though I don’t work on Friday’s anymore because I needed to do payroll. Payroll was scheduled for Monday and since I am leaving town I needed to find a way to get everyone a paycheck on Friday. The new system is not as easy to maneuver as the old one I had so it took a phone call to Texas for us to figure out a way to get that done. Then, I needed to do a ton of other things and my son reminded me that I needed to pick up Emersyn from school.