Are you facing a battle right now and it seems like there’s no way out? Maybe you’re battling the demons in your head who are telling you that you aren’t good enough, and you’re a failure. Could it be that your marriage is in trouble or you’re facing financial hardships? Maybe your friends and family seem to have turned their backs on you. Perhaps your teen is struggling with depression and anxiety. You want to help them, but all you can do is pray, support, love them, and get them the care they need.
There are so many struggles humans face day in and day out. It’s hard not to compare ourselves to the seemingly “perfect” lives that other people portray on social media. Guess what! NEWSFLASH… NONE OF US ARE PERFECT, and that’s okay.
Those seemingly perfect families all have their own struggles. Avoid the comparison trap. You will get sucked in and find yourself mired down and feeling like you don’t measure up. If you need to unfollow those people on social media, go for it. They don’t have to know they aren’t showing up in your newsfeed anymore, but you may have to do it for your own mental health.
What do you do when you find yourself in the midst of the storm, whatever the struggle may be…
To whom or what do you turn? Do you ball up in a corner and cry sinking into your own deep depression? Or do you suck it up and know you must take care of yourself (even if it means you need medication or a glass of wine to help get you through the day). Finding a professional to talk to helps as well.
I’ve been having my own struggles the last few months, and this is a great reminder to lean more on God, my close circle of friends, and husband. I am thankful for my amazing husband and God’s blessings on our life. I don’t want to imagine going through these last few months without them.
I’ll be honest, this past Christmas season was not the same for me. Yes, I was thankful for the celebration of the true meaning of Christmas, but it was a struggle to be excited and enjoy the decorations and festivities.
I often wonder what I could do differently, so that I can make changes and improvements. I know in my heart that I’m not a failure as a mom even though sometimes I feel like it. I wish I could fix this for him. But… he has to acknowledge his own inner struggles and want to get out of the pit he is in. I can only be there to lovingly support him and provide him with the tools needed to dig his way out.
When all seems to be going wrong and you’re like a ship lost at sea in the middle of a stormy night, remember the ONE who calms the storm. Remember that storms don’t last forever, even when the circumstances are out of our control.
Psalm 107:28-29 reads “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
I've always loved learning new things. We often spend our time “learning” instead of doing. Learning is a good thing, and we should always be striving to better ourselves; however, in order to be successful we have to IMPLEMENT what we learn. We have to realize that there is NOT a specific course, ebook, or other person that can do the work for us. YOU and I have to take the chance, do the work, and continue learning WHILE implementing.
Chalk Couture has given me the confidence to take my business to the next level and also the opportunity to mentor an amazing TEAM. I am humbled and thankful every day to be part of the wonderful, supportive group of ladies who make up the Create & Chalk Team. These ladies range from hobbyists to business builders. I love that there is a place for every level in Chalk Couture. Each and every one contributes to the team in their own way.
I continue to hold craft workshops (mostly wood signs) and create custom orders that aren't related to Chalk Couture, but the flexibility that Chalk Couture has given me to work my business how I want and create beautiful finished products is what has given me the confidence to implement all of the things I've learned through the years and grow both personally and professionally in so many ways!
Whether you decide you want to join our Create & Chalk Team, or say now isn't the right time for you, that is okay. Either way, I want to encourage you to become an Implementer not just a Learner.
BE A DOER!
If you join our Team, I can't promise you overnight success, but I can promise you that you will get amazing training, great products, and support to help you be successful. I never dreamed a decision made in September 2017 would impact my life in such a positive way.
Who else lives by this?
Throughout my hubby's many years in the military, I have learned to apply this principle to my life. We may not have been thrilled with everywhere we've been stationed, but I learned long ago to make the best of wherever we were, put myself out there, and meet new people even when all I wanted to do was hide under a rock.
You know what happened? We wound up enjoying every single assignment (some more than others) and met amazing people who became family.
Are you making a point to bloom & grow no matter where life has you right now?
My husband and I were both born and raised in South Georgia. I thought I'd share a few thoughts on what many “southerners” feel it means to be raised in the south.
Although “Southern” can have many different definitions depending on who’s speaking, here's a short list of what being Southern means to a lot of people…
Being Southern is about slowing down. Take time and smell the roses. Don’t try to rush through life. Savor every moment.
Being Southern is about respecting others. Treat others with respect and dignity. We are all unique and wonderful in our own ways.
Being Southern is about being hospitable and kind.
Being Southern is about family and friends. Enjoy life while making memories with the ones you love. Do something that brings you joy.
Being Southern is about doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. It’s about being honest and loyal.
Being Southern is about traditions and values.
Being Southern… it’s a state of mind.
In no way is this meant to disrespect people from other areas of the country or world. We have many wonderful friends from all over the world who possess many, if not all, of these traits; however, these are all traits that give you a little insight into the minds of a lot of your “southern” friends.
- I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating what this post should be about. I’ve hit the delete button more times than I can count. I don’t consider myself much of a writer, and have often wondered if anyone would really want to read my thoughts. After talking with my mentor and confidant, I decided to step out and begin sharing with you all.
I honestly have no idea what path this blog will take. My hope is that it will be both informational and inspirational. I make no promises as to the content. Those of you who know me personally know that I am transparent and what you see is what you get. Some posts may be craft related and others may be on family, wellness, or on any other diverse topic.
I ultimately decided that in this post I want to share with you a little of my vision for Kim Bryant Design. This business was birthed out of a love of creating and from the encouragement of family and friends. I have pondered what I want Kim Bryant Design to represent. For me, this journey is about more than making and selling products. I love to craft and create beautiful things, but this business is more than that to me. It’s about building relationships, nurturing those relationships, being a source of knowledge, and inspiring others.
This journey is also about personal reset. More on pushing this reset button in a later post.
Thank you for following along on this journey and for your support. Also, thank you for supporting small business.
Today we celebrate the life of an honorable man. “Uncle John” is my hubby's great uncle. Paul and the boys got to visit with him this past summer for his 90th birthday celebration. The boys were amazed that their great-great uncle wasn't a “feeble old man”.
We have so many fond memories of Uncle John. He's been my Uncle John for almost 23 years. Every time we saw him he had a smile on his face and a kind word. He always kept up with what was going on in our lives as we traveled around wherever the Air Force took us (Thanks to Facebook and his daughter, Denise). He genuinely cared about his family.
There should be more people in the world like him. I wonder if he realized how big of an impact he had on so many lives?
We got word several weeks ago that he had fallen ill. Paul talked to him on the phone not long after and got to say his goodbye. Paul called me when he got off the phone, and as he wept told me Uncle John said , “if I wake up tomorrow it will be a blessing, if not it will be a Victory.”
Uncle John is celebrating his Victory with Aunt Betty and their daughter Bonnie, and we are celebrating his life and the legacy he left behind.
I don't know about you, but I want to be like Uncle John.
There are tons of verses in the Bible that talk about Fear.
Specifically, Isaiah 41:10 reads… “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
How many of us live our day-to-day lives anxious about not only big life decisions, but also little things? Are you worried about anything and everything from paying your bills to being anxious about medical procedures? Maybe it's something like being afraid of what people are going to think of you? Maybe it's being afraid of going “LIVE” on Facebook? Are you in a transitional phase of life? Trying to decide what next step you need to take? Are you going to take a huge, scary step and decide to start a new career?
Decisions can be hard and a source of great stress for many of us.
This sign was part of a presentation by Chalk Couture's CEO at our Leadership weekend in Salt Lake City. As Kristine spoke, this sign specifically spoke to me. To be completely honest, it brought literal tears to my eyes. Only 5 words, but powerful if we put them into practice.
So many of us are not living to our full potential because of this 4 lettered word… FEAR. Fear is often paralyzing and can prevent you from thriving and being your confident, successful self.
Here are a few things that can help you overcome fear.
- Quit worrying about what everyone else thinks of you. Be YOU! You are uniquely and wonderfully made.
- Know that we all get embarrassed. Sure it can be disconcerting for people to witness our hot mess selves, but it can also be freeing. When you make make a mistake, look silly, or fumble around don't get embarrassed. Know that other people will see you as relatable. They will see you as a real person with similar struggles they may be going through.
- Let go of the fear of failure. We all make mistakes. Accept this fact and know that failure is part of the journey to success. Don't give up too soon!
I don't know about you, but I decided to live my life FEARLESSLY because #1) I know that God is in control of my life and HE is right there with me every step of the way and #2) I am sick and tired of letting fear of the unknown hold me back from reaching my full potential.
Yes, this is something I will have to actively practice, but I KNOW that by actively practicing this I will see personal growth and success like I've never seen before.
What about you? What steps are you going to take to “Start Living Your Life Fearlessly?”