Truth. And all we need to do is trust and believe. 🏼⠀
p.s. Here's my dear husband having his moment and looking out at Lake Tahoe during our road trip last year. :) My love..
"I simply decided: I'm not going to survive anymore. Im going to thrive." [Joanna Gaines]
Last week, I read the book, The Magnolia Story by @joannagaines and @chippergaines of the well known @fixerupperhgtv, and this quote hit close to my heart. This is a very inspiring book about faith, family, marriage and entrepreneurship (and yes, I loved it and I adore them!) ... With everything that happened in the last year, I realized I felt like I was merely surviving, whether circumstances were good or not. But this... this was a moment where I felt a tug in my heart as soon as I read it, and the idea of thriving instead of just surviving feels good and empowering.
In the first days of January, I set an intention to be Present and to appreciate everything in the now, vs. dwelling in the past and/or worrying about the future. While Presence will help guide me this year, I’m now choosing my second word for this year: THRIVE. I still get to practice Presence, but I will keep Thriving, no matter what life throws my way.... And I sure hope that this will shed some light on you and will inspire you to #thrive, rather than just survive. xo
p.s. This is my 2017 #crestofsunshine necklace with PRESENCE engraved on the other side. ;)
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🏼 Never. Lose HOPE.
Yes, that is enough, and that's all that matters.
One day at a time, my dear. xo
"A bit of madness is key,
to give us new colors to see...
And here's to the fools
Crazy, as they may seem
Here's to the hearts that break
Here's to the mess we make..."
[The Fools Who Dream- Emma Stone @lalaland]
Have a dreamy, crazy, messy weekend lovelies! xo
It’s the new year and while it’s all exciting, am I the only one who feels a bit off and overwhelmed? It’s almost mid-month and yet, I feel like I have not built any momentum. Don’t get me wrong, things are going well. In fact, something exciting is actually happening in our lives right now [...will share very soon- and no, I’m not pregnant, yet! ;)] I am feeling great all in all. It’s just that I’m a little out of focus. I feel like there’s this pressure to be so pumped up about the new year and enthused about what’s to come. Yet, here I am, not feeling this way and I am a little concerned because there are so many things I really want to accomplish this year.
So, as I was planning and figuring out some answers, I was listening to a song this morning (for the first time) called, Blessings (by @laurastorymusic), and I was reminded of one thing - my #barofgoodness necklace.
The #barofgoodness image on this post is my very first personal piece that I made for myself before even I launched #linkofhearts. My words are: Trust Him-Be Brave-Be Still-Faith. It’s been my daily reminder to be still and TRUST GOD, even as I went through various struggles from personal to building #linkofhearts. I can vividly remember, when I got pregnant about 2 years ago, the day we were about to hear the heartbeat of our baby in the doctor's office. I kept holding and rubbing on this bar. My husband asked me what words I had and I said, “Trust Him,” which I continued to do so even while finding out there was no heartbeat and we had lost the baby. It was heartbreaking and there are no words to describe it, but I remained committed to trusting Him.
Today, I am reminded once again that I shall keep trusting Him for what’s to come this year and His guidance regarding the direction and growth of Link of Hearts. I will not panic even though I’m totally not on point with my goal-setting around this time. I know He has bigger plans for us and that everything will be OK. I trust He is working it all out and that the best is yet to be, only in HIS time... Now, I pray that YOU will have the same faith, if not more, and trust that everything will also be ok. :) xo
You may believe it takes a lot of courage to make the changes you desire. And it does take courage, but not as much as you believe, and no more than you already have. But what it really takes it faith. FAITH that YOU CAN do this. To know deep in your heart that somewhere out there in the not-so-distant future is the you that has successfully navigated this journey…
BE BRAVE. YOU CAN DO THIS.
Photo by: @n.sink
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Your wings already exist, all you have to do is FLY.
There is a legend that says hummingbirds are messengers of hope, freedom and joy of celebrating life! The small but mighty and magical hummingbird inspires us to face our fears and struggles with courage, to go after big dreams and adventures, and to embrace all that life has to offer with open brave hearts...May this hummingbird inspire and remind you to let your heart stay hopeful and open to love, hope and beauty this 2017!
Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don't miss it. ⠀
Believe in today and make it count, even amidst any struggles or difficulties... As long as you don't stop believing and you don't give up, that is enough, my dear. One day at a time. xo
Some people and events are difficult to deal with. But they can only stress us if we let them. Breathe in calm, breathe out chaos, and anchor yourself in peace. Don't let people pull you into their storms. Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything or anyone that brings you down.
Do not let your fire go out. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
Yes, to all of the above!! Make this weekend awesome and only positive vibes allowed.
Thank you for these little reminders @anninterrupted!
Be brave enough to accept and forgive; be #braveenough to be kind and grateful and honest, and to be generous and bold…You will learn a lot from yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior of love. [@cherylstrayed)
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Yes, YOU are! You are far bigger than your struggles, far bigger than your illness, far bigger than your circumstances and anything else happening in your life. Don’t let it define who you are. You are special. You are enough. You matter simply because of who YOU ARE. Believe it, my dear.
Yeah, you know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? Yup, you should go do them. Just a simple reminder for us all... This is it, this is your time to do it and shine. ;)
. #ourwordsofhope calendar clipboard was designed to be inspirational and motivational to you each month and everyday, and it’s on SALE now… there are only 8 left!! Available on our website linkofhearts.com/shop or see link in profile.
Let's start this new year strong and trust the magic of new beginnings. May you be blessed with love and light, courage and strength, faith and healing and may you never stop believing that everything will be ok.
This is your year to shine and sparkle. This is where your new story begins. We are all in this together and always remember that you are not alone in this journey.
Happy 2017!! xo
Sending you my love + gratitude, Elizabeth
You’ll have moments when you feel like a lion, and moments when you feel like a mouse. Just know that no matter how you feel, you still have a heartbeat and a soul worthy of love, so learn to roar even when you feel small, because you are more than the feelings you may have. [T.B.LaBerge].⠀
So, just always remember...You are special. You are enough. You are worthy. ⠀
Photo by @consciousink. #ourwordsofhope temporary manifestation tattoo available at our online shop. See link in profile
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Two more days and 2017 is here! Right now, I am sitting here reflecting on this past year!!
… this year has been such a roller coaster ride. From the life-transformational trainings my husband and I took where we met such amazing and inspiring people whom we now call friends, through the highs and lows of failed fertility treatments…from meeting like-minded women who challenges and inspires me every time and have now grown to a special sisterhood, to many, many days of anxiety and depression triggered by numerous life events… This year has really made me embrace my words GRACE and LOVE even more.
This is my personal necklace and I wore it all year long and I was reminded everyday that I promised myself LOVE and GRACE, no matter what, but most especially during the dark times. It helped me remember to give myself kindness and compassion, and with God’s grace, I was blessed with the hope, strength and patience I needed to get through 2016.
As we end this year, I am truly grateful for everything that happened in my life; for each pain gave me strength, each tear provided healing, each blessing taught me humility, each smile gave me joy, each prayer gave me hope, and each person I connected with either taught me a lesson and how to let go, or showed me the real meaning of gratitude.
For 2017, I am declaring my word to be PRESENT…for everything that comes my way, for every choice I make and everything I do, I get to be present and focused on the moments without worrying what will happen tomorrow. In 2017, I get to be present and enjoy each moment that comes my way.
What's your WORD for the new year? Comment below coz I'd love to hear it.
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we'll ever do. [@brenebrown]
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Let’s face it, while the holiday is a happy and festive time, in reality, it is NOT for many people. It is tough for anyone struggling with mental illness, or anyone going through life challenges. I know because for many, many years, I spent Christmas pretending to be happy even though I was crying inside. I pretended to “celebrate” even though I felt like there was nothing worth celebrating. It was tough and I dreaded the holidays, even though it was my favorite time of the year growing up. It was exhausting and draining to pretend to be someone you were really not.
That was my life, Christmas after Christmas, year after year. It has been about 10 years or so since I have felt that way, but for many of you, it may still be a tough time right now… and I am sorry. I really am. Please know that I understand, and I wish I could do more for you. But for now, I am sending you my love and my prayers. Remember to always be kind to yourself and that it’s really okay to not be okay, even during the holidays… honor yourself and your feelings, because this too shall pass. xo
Our new blog is up. If you want to read the rest of it.. check our #stories on linkofhearts.com or see link in profile. Also, you can listen to the holiday song that helped me cope all those years, #youtube video and lyrics on blog.
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