Give yourself permission to pause... to stop, and rest. Whatever your heart desires, do it and enjoy yourself, or choose to do nothing at all.
And if the only thing you did today was breathe- and rest, then that makes it a perfect day. Happy Sunday! xo
Bought this @linkofhearts necklace a couple of months ago as a bit of a statement to myself. The word imprinted on the bar is 'rise'. It's a frequent reminder that it's time to rise above it - above the crap of the past, above failures & above fears. Time to rise.
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Hold your head high,
Stick your chest out.
It gets dark sometimes,
but morning comes.
Keep hope alive.
There is always hope. Remember that.
Welcome to the spotlight feature on TAYP! Today, I'd like to honor @linkofhearts
"I battled depression and anxiety for about 6 years. I spent the next 4 years getting well, finding myself and searching for meaning. For 10 years, I was estranged from my own life. Depression is dark, painful and ugly. I remember it all and I too, suffered in silence. Now, I am sharing my story with the intention to connect with people dealing with depression or anyone else in need of Inspiration. My story is only one of the millions of others faced with this illness and suffering in silence.
Wearing jewelry with an inspirational message was one of the things that helped keep me going during my years of struggle. Now, I am creating jewelry and other products that I hope will help and inspire someone as much as it's helped me. I hope to connect and inspire, one person at a time, one piece at a time."
ABOUT LINK OF HEARTS
Our designs are simple and minimal, but our INTENTION sets us apart. Most companies give monetary donations; our mission is to inspire and connect with someone directly... to touch one's heart and encourage someone to get through one more day... and be a voice to help fight the stigma of mental illness. Every piece we design comes with an inspirational word/phrase. We believe one simple word on a piece of jewelry or any piece of item is a positive, powerful daily reminder of hope. That is the purpose. That is the mission.
Be sure to follow @linkofhearts
Who do you think should be featured next? Use our hashtag: #TAYPSpotlight
A simple reminder for you this Monday morning... just BE YOU, the brave-beautiful- perfectly imperfect you, because that is enough. xo
As we watch closely the arrival of #HurricaneIrma in Florida, my heart feels heavy for the millions of people affected, in addition to those affected by #HurricaneHarvey in Texas, the earthquake in Mexico and all the brush fires in the Northwest and here in California. During times like these, our faith is tested and we should do what we can to help and support everyone. Then, at the end of it all, we turn to our faith and the power of prayer... And my heart, thoughts and prayers go to everyone impacted.
As this is all happening, I’m sitting here on a Sunday morning and I can’t help but think that figuratively, each one of us is battling our own storm. And during this whirlwind, remind yourself that, “this too shall pass.” Sometimes, it’s hard to be positive. Trust me, I know. I go through my own questions, doubts and fears, but no matter what you’re going through, do your best to take faith to heart …. don’t give up and always look for God for strength, patience and wisdom in the middle of your storm.
With all that said, I send you all lots of love and prayers... what are you doing this Soulful Sunday?
Life is simply that - unpredictable. Change happens frequently. It’s hard and can be challenging at times, but change is also good and helps us grow. And part of growing is letting go, having faith and believing that things happen for a reason.
We are transitioning from summer to fall, and I can’t help but think of what summer was like for us. It flew by…. And before we knew it, our first #IVFjourney was also over. We didn’t even get to the last step of the process. Unfortunately, my embryos didn’t grow enough to reach the transfer stage. And just like that, my heart was broken once again.
I heard the news a few days ago, and I cried my heart out - all - day - long. I prayed, I questioned and I prayed some more. I still don’t know what God’s plans are for us, but I continue believing in Him. I may not understand the reasons why in this moment, but I’m holding on and I’m not giving up…
The next season is yet to come and I know brighter days are ahead of us. Things are changing and we are continuously evolving. I believe that every bump on the road we encounter teaches us patience with each moment, makes us stronger each time, and helps us become more resilient each day… So, hang on tight, have faith and keep believing. xo
Today, whatever it is that's heavy in your heart, know that God's got it for you. No matter where you are, what you're holding on to, or what you're feeling, just let go and trust. Because HE's got this for you.
As we enter the 4th week of our #fertilitytreatment and #IVFjourney, I find my faith getting stronger and stronger each day. Not knowing what the future holds for us can be quite scary, and it almost felt like I didn't have a choice but to surrender completely. Or maybe, I also realized that worrying about tomorrow no longer serves a purpose in my life.
So, I'm learning to let go more and more. Instead, I choose to focus on the blessings of today, this present moment, in this season in my life. This is the journey. This is the process. I am realizing that science may assist us in trying to conceive but at the end of it all, only God can make this happen, only HE can give us our little miracle.
Every thing in life is a process. Each process starts with a single step to achieving patience, strength and faith. And each step we take becomes a milestone. We celebrate that milestone and are grateful for it. That is enough. Even healing is a process. So, be patient and take heart. Stop worrying about tomorrow. Remember, He's got this!
Be still, and know that I am God.
When you feel overwhelmed and you feel tempted to just give up, remind yourself to stay strong and have faith. The battle is not yours, because God's got this for you. Be still and know.
Friday double-dare... because you are so worthy!
Happy weekend. xo
photo credit: @iamhertribe
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Just have faith... and keep believing.
Happy Soulful Sunday! xo
Sometimes, the only thing we can offer the world is more LOVE.
May your week be filled with faith, strength, love and patience. xo
Make a conscious effort to surround yourself with positive, nourishing and uplifting people- people who believe in you, encourage you to go after your dreams, and applaud your victories. [Jack Canfield]
Especially during challenging times, surround yourself with only those who want to see you grow and who clearly add love, light and a lot of laughter in your life.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend! xo
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It’s been a while since I’ve been here, and for perfectly good reasons… I gave myself permission to take a little break from work and just focus on me. I needed to recharge and let my new hopes re-emerge.
As some of you may already know, #linkofhearts is based on my own story of struggles with #depression, #anxiety and #bipolardisorder. It has since become my mission to keep sharing my story to connect and inspire someone who is going through what I have gone through. That said, my recent story has been about our struggle to conceive and I made a choice to be honest and open about my #infertilityjourney since I know that #infertility has been branded with shame and embarrassment. Not many people talk about it in spite of the fact that millions of women struggle with it. So, I’m sharing this to let these women know that they are not alone.
It’s been almost a year since we tried 2 months of unsuccessful treatments which led to a lot of tears, heartaches & physical ailments. A couple of months ago, I started to HOPE again, and after a long talk with my husband, we felt more and more ready to try again. I know it’s so easy to give up, especially with everything that we have gone through, including a miscarriage & many failed attempts. At times, I have felt it was more than I could bear. It sucks. It’s heartbreaking and it feels very lonesome. However, today, I feel different. I feel hopeful. We are on day 4 of this treatment #IVFjourney, taking all the meds and injection shots necessary day after day. I still feel scared, anxious and cautiously optimistic, but I have so much more hope. I am trusting that God will guide us in this journey and will take us where we need to go. I don’t know what will happen next, but I will HOPE, again and again.
If you're struggling or hurting, I know it often feels permanent, but it is not. Just remember that this too shall pass. Keep going. Rest if you need to, just don’t give up. Do what is best for you and make sure you take care of yourself along the way. Hang in there, coz in a little while, things will get better- for you, for me, for us. Let’s keep hoping together, again and again. #youarenotalone#strongertogether
"You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive."
So, keep surviving and keep thriving... because it's so worth seeing the kind of person you become. xo
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Day 1: You.
Well, "me". Another bruise on my poor old body. This time from tripping over the bottom of my pants. Because I'm short, and everyone makes pants for tall people. So, I tripped and fell into the edge of a door. It hurt so bad. I couldn't work out if I was going to faint or throw up.
I did neither.
But you know the best thing about feeling pain? It means you're alive. And THAT, my friends, is AWESOME!
Trust. And always believe.
If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it...these are what adventures and life stories are all about. So make sure you take the time for some adventure and create new memories this summer! xo
Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day. [Richelle Goodrich]
Keep shining. Then, shine more.
You know those struggles you go through, the tears that run down your cheek and all the pain you endure?... they create your beautiful story, and they make you the strong, graceful person that you are today. Always remember that. xo
Enjoying the summer doesn't have to be anything extravagant or big vacations. Sometimes, all we need is a good #staycation, enjoying a quiet moment and a nice cool drink! ;) Have a great weekend!! xo