Don’t Be Afraid to Fly

Elementary school was probably more traumatizing than most school years for me.

Me + School were never friends and I really didn’t handle conflict or bullying well.

I remember sitting down with my Dad one day.

I was complaining about 2nd grade drama, feeling defeated and believing the lies that they were speaking over me.

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My Dad started telling me a story I’ll never forget. 

You see, good ole’ Grover grew up on a farm.  He was skilled in all things farming and has never for a moment been below excellent in his smarts and work ethic.

His family didn’t have much money, life was hard, but the dreams and visions that my Dad had for his future were beyond what seemed “possible” for him.

One day, while Dad was plowing a field, a “successful man” (as he put it for me as a 2nd grader) pulled up in a Porsche.  He was dressed in a fancy suit, slicked hair, and shiny shoes.

He and Dad struck up a conversation.  The man told Dad why he was passing through town, small talk streamed through, and the man attempted to get back in his car when Dad stopped him.

“Sir, I’m really interested in doing something like what you do one day. Do you have a card so maybe I could contact you one of these days to learn more?”

The man started laughing and looked my Dad square in the eyes

you plow boys don’t have nothin’ but a pocket full of dreams.”

He got in the car and sped away.

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When Dad shared that (horribly depressing) story with me, he added this point.

Words define you if you make the choice to accept them as truth.

And Dad didn’t.

You see, it took years of hard times.

He spent years working jobs that he hated, he had things that he worked hard for start and fail, he watched dreams fall apart.

He faced adversity.

He climbed big mountains of frustration and disappointment.

But, being a “plow boy” never stopped him from fighting to be where he is today.

A Professor, successful business owner, land owner and farmer.

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He wasn’t afraid of words, he was afraid of never trying. 

This lovely morning, no matter who you are, what you do for a living, what you look like, how much or little money you make,

Don’t be afraid to fly.

You have wings.

You have ability.

You have a beat in your heart.

You have a God who hand picked you to achieve the dreams inside your soul.

Some you believe that you were born without wings and you live in your own pity. 

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Today you can choose to be a “plow boy with a pocket full of dreams”

or

a plow boy who achieved all of his dreams and more.

Don’t be afraid to fly.

You’re Worth It

 This holiday season called for family time + travel time.

There was a lot of togetherness with my siblings, in laws, and extended families,

but with every moment, during every holiday (Thanksgiving + Christmas), I learned something new about them and myself.

IMG_3865In the year 2015, so many things happened within my family.

Joyful, big deal things.

Somedays, difficult, big deal things.

Lots of big deal things.

IMG_3841It was over the holidays when I realized that in the midst of every moment,

we had one another.

I had so much support from my people in 2015 I could bust.

The kind of the love and kindness that if I thought about it too much, I would just cry all. the. time.

IMG_3884A little saying that my Dad seems to repeat over and over,

“you mean to tell me you are going to let one person tell you that you can’t do something? AND you believed them? I know you can do it and so does the Lord.”

IMG_4028He says this little saying over and over because this little saying was said over and over to him by my Grandfather.

It seems so basic, so simple, but there is something about that that strikes me.

He isn’t just talking about other people telling you that you are incapable of experiencing big deal experiences.

He is talking about that little voice in your head that tells you no.

That little voice that reminds you of your fears, anxieties, insecurities, and weakness.

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He is reminding us (all my fam jam) that we are capable of far more than we ever imagined.

He is reminding us that the Lord sets you free to accomplish things that He created you to accomplish.

He is reminding us that we were made to have divine purpose, which is meant to be accomplished on earth.

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I think far too often we don’t really feel known, understood, or valued by others or even ourselves. 

So, we push to prove ourselves to the world, to make people notice us, to give ourselves a name or a place in society, or all together…

we try to be someone else.

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No matter how exhausting, emotional, joyful, exciting, or scary life may become,

we have so much freedom to use our unique gifts, time, and resources to make an impact that lasts for eternity…

not to prove you’re worth something,

but because you’re worth EVERYTHING to God.

So with all you are worth, what are your goals for 2016?

I would love to know 🙂

A Letters to Moms

I’m a real life, walking, talking, mama’s girl. 

My parents are ridiculously my favorite humans, but my mama… there’s just something about that little firecracker.

She knows my heart, she is my most honest friend, and nobody can make a salad like Wendy.

Since I got married, we don’t see each other as much, so phone calls are our go-to.

Most mornings, mom calls me while she’s getting ready for work.

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Half of the conversations consist of her putting me on hold to get in her car and “get situated”, but it’s her consistency that I appreciate so much.

We don’t have to talk, she just reminds me constantly that she’s there. 

bundle katieI was talking to one of my college gal pals, Katie, (owner of Marie Kate Boutique) and maker of this gorgeous jewelry), and realized how much she and I had in common as mama’s girls.

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I asked Katie about her jewelry (especially the necklace) and this is what she said:

“When Taylor and I got married and moved to Wilmer, AL, I had no idea how much I would miss my momma.  I knew it was going to be hard (for the both of us) but I had no idea that some days would just kinda stink because she wasn’t here to share it with me.  I call her all the time with the most random requests and questions (thanks mom for not thinking I’m a weirdo) and I’m sure that she is usually busy or doing something but she always takes time to listen and answer even the random ones and she makes me feel at ease.  This necklace represents a nest full of children.  While I’m not still technically in my mom’s nest anymore I’m still very much her “baby bird”.  She always welcomes me back into the nest and no matter where I live physically we are always close.  This Bird’s Nest Necklace is symbolic of that relationship.  I hope all moms that get this realize how important they are to their kids.”

bracelet bundle katieTo all you Moms who are staying up late and up all night with a screaming baby, be encouraged sleep is coming soon. 

To all you Moms who are dealing with a child who is in their awkward phase, your encouraging words and faith in who they are in those years is the greatest gift of confidence that you can give them.

To all you Moms who are dealing with a moody and really irrational teenager, they love you, and thank you for loving them regardless of their attitudes.

To all you Moms who just dropped their 18-year-old at school, don’t worry, they will miss you more than you miss them in those first weeks apart.

To all you Spiritual Moms, the ones who didn’t birth a baby, but you mothered many through the way you lived and loved, you have impacted more souls than you’ll ever know or understand.

To all you Moms of children who just got married, leaving and cleaving is hard for them too. 

To all you Moms who have children with children, thank you for teaching with grace and empathizing when they felt alone in the “baby blues”.

To all the Moms who have done it all, your heart and your presence is such a safe place.

Thank you for being you.

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