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Becoming a Handmade Marketplace Seller

Becoming a Handmade Marketplace Seller

  A few years ago I had an online business that I ran part-time.  I combined my graphic design and craft skills to create truly unique products that catered to a very niche market of high-end clients looking for shabby-chic, handmade books and invitations.  My products sold all over […]

Update

Update

This is just an update post.  I was at my chiropractor this past week getting adjusted and it turns out I did too much stretching too fast and aggravated an old injury in my hip.  So this dance journey is going to go slower than […]

Dance Journey–Video One

Dance Journey–Video One

  Christmas Day I was so motivated to start with my dance journey, but I couldn’t start that day because it was Christmas.  And then I got sick for a week.  So here it is, January 3, 2018 and I am finally beginning.  Here is a […]

Am I Too Old to Live My Dreams?

Am I Too Old to Live My Dreams?

  On Christmas Day we took our family to see “The Greatest Showman”.  I’d only seen one preview and didn’t really have any expectations.  The musical score was beautiful, the story was inspiring, and there were a lot of great messages contained therein. During the movie, when Jenny […]

The Beauty of Serving Others in Simple Ways

The Beauty of Serving Others in Simple Ways

I’ve never been a person who needs a lot of friends.  I’ve always been content with a small circle.  But as traumas and challenges came that were consuming in my life, I pretty much closed my circle to only the essential family interactions.  I just didn’t […]

Why You Should Never Turn Down a Compliment

Why You Should Never Turn Down a Compliment

      A compliment is the easiest gift you can give someone, and, when sincere, the most validating and beautiful to the soul. A few Sundays ago I saw a woman sitting in a chair in the hallway at church.  I didn’t know her.  […]

Pink Tulle Dress Photoshoot

Pink Tulle Dress Photoshoot

This is a photoshoot I designed from the ground up.  I put my sewing skills to use to create this costume, even made the fabric flowers on the shoulders.  I also created the backdrops and did the makeup on the model.  This was a lot […]

Seeing the Love of God in Your Life

Seeing the Love of God in Your Life

  Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving. . .again!  Can you believe it?!! It’s that time of year where we make gratitude lists and think about everything we’re thankful for (which we really should do all year long–maybe some of you do, in which case, you’re amazing!).  […]

Tools for Girls–The Superpower of Choice

Tools for Girls–The Superpower of Choice

  Here’s a little video I created that helps girls (and women) understand HOW they can choose their experiences.  It’s true that you can’t control what happens to you, but you CAN control HOW you interpret what happens to you.  Share and discuss this material […]

Happy Autumn!

Happy Autumn!

Here’s wishing your a happy autumn and many blessings! My site has recently gone through a little makeover.  If you read my new About Page you can see how my focus has shifted a bit.  I will still be sharing some of my creative endeavors, […]


My Diary

Do You Know Your Worth?

 

Do you know your worth?  If not, how do you capture it?  Believe it?  Embrace it?

First, you must recognize that the uncovering of YOU is a journey.  You don’t just suddenly arrive one day, filled with an overflowing sense of worth that never vanishes.  On the contrary, if a sense of worth is something you’ve struggled with for any length of time, you have work to do–beliefs to change, voices to silence, and garbage to throw out of your soul.  But that’s why you’re here right?  Seeking answers.

Well, if you’re wondering where to begin, read on.

This might sound frustrating, but begin where you are.  Take one action today that will help you recover a sense of love and acceptance toward yourself.  Participate in some form of therapy, try a non-traditional healing modality, read a book or an article, watch an inspiring TED talk, meditate, listen to your soul, talk to somebody you admire.  You never know who will give you the next tiny piece of your personal puzzle.

Recently, I did something a little uncharacteristic for me.  I put a post on Facebook about where I’d been emotionally over the last 7 years, and what I was currently struggling with.  So many people reached out publicly and privately to offer support and encouragement.  Many offered their services.  I immediately felt drawn to one of those services.  I booked her first, and then several others, but after a few days canceled all but the first.  In my heart I knew she was the only one that had what I needed at that exact moment on my journey.  And I was right.  She said one thing in just the right way that helped me see myself as the unique person that I am–AND to see that truth as pretty darn cool. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I had locked myself in to rigid societal beliefs and drowned my voice in the sound of other people’s advice and opinions telling me that they way I do things (and consequently who I am) is wrong, that I needed to follow some prescribed method for success.  My need to please others combined with the voices of “experts” saying ‘this is how it’s done’, literally created a debilitating block of confusion because I’m different and couldn’t comply with these “demands”. The more I tried to fit into a mold the more I lost touch with who I really am.  The more I shut off my real voice the less healthy and more confused I became. I now see my unique set of gift as a blessing and not a curse.  It’s okay if I do it differently than everybody else.  I can love me just as I am right now.  And so can you.

Now, if you’ve experienced relationship trauma or abuse, like I have, you have some added work to do to regain, or retain, your sense of worth.  But you’re strong, and courageous, and seeking answers (or else you wouldn’t be here).  And if you continue to read my blog, or any of my books, you may find a few things that work for you.  I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve learned A LOT!  And I’m still learning, but maybe I can give you a piece of your puzzle, like so many others have done for me along the way.