diy, faith, family, home, religion, Uncategorized, upcycle

The thief of JOY!! don’t give comparison that power.

Comparison is the thief of joy ~ T. Roosevelt

What does it mean to compare?

This can be a positive but, unfortunately MOST of the time it is a negative. Generally we compare ourselves to see what we lack. Rather than looking at this as an opportunity to grow we feel defeated, less than. It as stated above “steals our joy”.

This is self conflicted abuse. STOP IT!

(Here is where I’m going to be preach to myself). I hope it helps you too.

Moving forward as you or I feel the need to look at everyone around us. You know we will, COMPARE. Let’s do it in a positive way! Do it to be encouraged, let’s do it to be inspired!

Just because my house doesn’t look like someone else’s doesn’t change the fact that this is MY home. This is where I love my family & gather with my friends. It is unimportant how big/small or expensive/not expensive it may rank. Our action should be to gather information that inspires us to create a beautiful atmosphere that allows us to be confident in sharing our space with others. Maybe I can’t afford a “new” sofa so, go online find a look you like then find a way to recreate that look in your own home. Be creative, if you don’t sow look at slipcovers. I covered a couch once with King size sheets, lol. It was pretty great. Lol

EVERYTHING is on YouTube, look it up. Get inspired NOT defeated. We have the ability to create our world. It all depends on what we are willing to do. Physically DO!

I challenge you & myself to STOP breaking “us” down with our words. STOP accepting failure or lack. Don’t let comparison teach us sorrow or sadness. Don’t let it steal your joy. We cause ourselves to focus on what we DON’T have at the moment.

Our action should be to look at what you are BLESSED with. Start where you are. Celebrate what you have. Allow your life to be filled with joy! The truth is we have more than most & less than some. However, we don’t appreciate. Appreciation is key to JOY. When we learn to appreciate all that we have & STOP comparing & complaining. We realize that most people wish they had what we throw away. Or what we take for granted.

Celebrate your world. Love God, Love People (including yourself).

Believe me when I tell you to be thankful, you will be surprised at how much you have.

Until next time be blessed ~ Leigh Ann

faith, Fall, family, fear, home, religion, Uncategorized

Do-it-scared!!

THE project that helped me overcome FEAR!

This post is a little different than most that I do. This one is personal. Folks that are close to me know that I am on a Journey. Let me catch you up. I recently turned 50, quit my fulltime job & started a new career as a Wellness Advocate/Blogger/Home Décor designer. (all self proclaimed)

I started following the life of another blogger/influencer in the last 6 months. I kept seeing myself in her. I kept thinking “man I really want to do that”. I think it was this past Tuesday that I decided to jump in. My daughter (18) our social media expert had to teach me how to turn the video on, on Instagram.

It all started with a Goodwill purchase.

So, here is what transformed inside of me. I posted the video & my first day only three people viewed. Those people were My daughter, husband and a lady I don’t know. I was a little discouraged but, I left the video up. Here’s what happened. I got up the next morning & I posted another story. That story went up to 80 views. This may seem like a very minimal number to most of you. To me it is huge. Now, I wake up excited to film another short Instagram video. I go to sleep at night thinking of what can I share next.

Finished product
This Goodwill heart was redone, made new!

The bottom line here, yes I was scared. I had to look at my situation & say “do you want to stay where you are? Scared & feeling unaccomplished! That wasn’t good enough for me. It shouldn’t be good enough for you.

When you are faced with something remember this :

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but (He has given us a spirit) of POWER and of LOVE and of SOUND JUDGEMENT and PERSONAL DISCIPLINE (abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self control).

The emotion of Fear is simply this. It is a tool that we allow the enemy to use to keep us boxed in. To prevent us from reaching the potential that we already have inside of us. Lets face this reality, sometimes we are the enemy. It doesn’t always have anything to do with heaven or hell. We tend to sabotage our own plans & life. We have to take ownership of our own mouth & thought life. We have the ability to create our own world. Think, live and react according to the life you REALLY want. Love God & Love People. (loving people includes loving yourself)

Until next time Be Blessed, Leigh Ann