Your Way Home

I have been pondering lately the feeling of home. Do you know the feeling?

Maybe you travel a lot, or work long days, and you pull into the driveway. Walking up to the door, and seeing it standing there waiting. Hearing the key slide into the deadbolt lock, and then the click is inviting enough, but there’s that initial step across the threshold. That is the feeling I love and what has been on my mind. There’s no place like home, the saying goes. To capture that moment and carry it with you throughout the day would be lovely wouldn’t it?

To feel peace and exhilaration all at once.

There is a book by Melody Beattie entitled, “Finding Your Way Home.” It contains stories of people’s ideas of what home is, and how they yearn to return there. Taking a detour off the path of life can feel like a maze of sorts. I can lose my way so easily, if I don’t depend on God to guide me. Even then, I like to take little rabbit trails, but He waits while I wander.

Here is a meditation Melodie suggests in her book. Take some time for you today darling.

Close your eyes and get into a comfortable position.

Picture yourself standing at the entrance to a bridge, a walkway across a chasm. You can make the bridge as high, as low, as wide, or as narrow as you want. But to get to the other side, you need to step onto the bridge and walk across. The side you’re standing on is a little dark. It’s familiar, but it’s not where you want to be anymore. Even if you have some fear, envision yourself feeling excited and curious to get to the other side. You may not be able to see what’s on the other side clearly yet, but it looks greener, lighter, happier over there. Feel your desire and determination to cross the bridge.

Picture yourself walking, safely taking each step, or running (if you want to run) across the bridge. Stay with yourself each step of the way. Hold the railing if you like, or run freely down the middle of the bridge. But take each step until you get to the other side. When you get to the other side, keep walking until you are completely off the bridge, and your feet are planted on solid ground. Give yourself a moment to look back at where you’ve come from. Smile and wave at anyone, or anything you’ve left behind. Bless them. Release them. Don’t worry about who you’ve left behind; when they’re ready to cross, their bridge will appear. Turn around, smile, and take a moment to enjoy the beauty you see and feel on this new side.

Know you’re safe. You have successfully crossed the bridge. Your feet are planted on solid ground. Feel yourself surrounded by people who love you. You may not be able to see their faces or recognize who they are yet, but you can feel their love. Feel yourself surrounded by trees, mountains, sunshine and birds. You may not know exactly what you’re going to find on this new side, but you feel secure. Know and trust that it will be good.

You’re on your way home.

Barbara is a writer, Entrepreneur and Mom to her 16-year-old daughter. She loves dipping cookies in her coffee in the morning and has a pretty healthy obsession for chocolate. When she started this Blog in 2014 Letitgocoach was what stuck. She enjoys helping people Let Go of what is holding them back from having a beautiful life. Her life today is an example of Letting Go and Letting God. You may connect with her via email. Letitgocoach@gmail.com

 

Stay the Path

So Beautiful Souls. Today is my last day on “the job.” I received a text lastnight saying they had hired someone to take my place. It’s a good thing I don’t get offended anymore. Lol

I knew it was only temporary. Stepping in when it was needed, and helping to hold what was in place, in place. My life is already full, so doing this alongside everything else was a challenge. A friend once told me, “I can endure anything as long as I know how long it will last.”

That is refreshing, isn’t it?

Knowing it was a temporary assignment, I was able to do the best I could, seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. You may laugh at this scenario, because I did, but picture this. I had two laptops set up in the house. One was my own personal laptop, that I write on, encourage others on my Letitgocoach Facebook page, and nurture my world through.

The other was one from this job. It housed everything work related to the job, and made a lot of noise. It dinged everytime an email, or voicemail came into that office. When I first took it into my possession, the lady that had it before me had the sound muted. Now I know why. It constantly beckoned for my attention if I was sitting at my laptop across the room.Isn’t that how life can be darlings?

It can be noisy, and distracting, but I jumped back and forth, trying to take care of both. A juggling act of sorts.

Today I take the laptop back, and hand it to the new girl with glee. Even though making extra money was nice, it was not worth doing it for any longer than I did.

My personal laptop brings me so much joy! There is no price tag for that. Everything I do on it, is because I have a yearning to do so. It houses my passion.

Mr. Smith took this photo when he was out on a walk, and sent it to me. I love it because it gives the idea there may be two paths becoming one. Can you see it?

Sometimes we veer off the path to learn new things, or to help someone out. I am grateful today that I am quicker to get back on my path, and that I still choose joy over money. Stay the path beauties.

Barbara is a writer, Entrepreneur and Mom to her 16-year-old daughter. She loves dipping cookies in her coffee in the morning and has a pretty healthy obsession for chocolate. When she started this Blog in 2014 Letitgocoach was what stuck. She enjoys helping people Let Go of what is holding them back from having a beautiful life. Her life today is an example of Letting Go and Letting God. You may connect with her via email. Letitgocoach@gmail.com

 

Shelter from the Storm

What started as a damp, cloudy and misty rain type morning, is trying to become a sunny afternoon. The sun is trying so persistently to break through the thickness of the clouds.

Do you have days like that? Where you wake up kinda foggy, but as the day moves on, you find your groove. I love the feeling of just slipping into the day, verses letting the day engulf me. Things are happening in my life that I have to be careful not to get sucked in.

rock (360x640)Spotting this in my backyard, it spoke to me in several ways. I posted it on Letitgocoach Facebook page, and it received beautiful comments. I could relate to each comment, because I too had seen what they had seen.

I started out admiring the smaller rock, stuck down in the crack. It fits perfectly, and is protected from anything that runs by. It would seem, it has been there a while, because the grass is gently surrounding it giving it more shelter.

I have taken shelter from the storms of life many times. It kinda feels like going into a hole, and staying there until it passes. What if we get so cozy, we don’t want to come out? That is where the larger rock comes into play.

The larger rock could be a faithful friend, or God himself. The friend could be stopping by to encourage you. To check and see when you are coming out. What I find interesting is, the larger rock knew about this place, but look how large it is. If it once used this space, it made the choice to leave and grow. The smaller rock is now stuck, it cannot grow, and is missing out on life.

God understands we need shelter, and encourages us to lean on Him. I have felt before like I was hiding underneath God, and clinging to the hem of His garment, just trying to get through. He would calm my storm when I absolutely couldn’t take anymore, but then He got to the point of letting it rage, and calming me instead. I can be filled with peace in the storm.

Are you stuck? Have you grown comfortable? Grab onto your rock, and pull yourself out. God will send a friend, or even Himself because your life is to be lived. It’s okay to take shelter every now and again, but don’t stay there long. Life happens fast, and it only happens once. Be brave Beautiful Souls. You can live this life and it’s designed to be beautiful, just like you.

Barbara is a writer, Entrepreneur and Mom to her 16-year-old daughter. She loves dipping cookies in her coffee in the morning and has a pretty healthy obsession for chocolate. When she started this Blog in 2014 Letitgocoach was what stuck. She enjoys helping people Let Go of what is holding them back from having a beautiful life. Her life today is an example of Letting Go and Letting God. You may connect with her via email. Letitgocoach@gmail.com

 

 

Quitting My Circumstances

My daughter spent most of the day in her room. She hasn’t done that in years, or not since we moved out on our own. She walked out of her room and asked, “So, when are you going to quit this job?” Her Mother was unrecognizable, sitting in a vat of misery. So, that’s what I did.

Since taking this job, which began as helping someone out of a tight spot, I have noticed a few things about myself that I didn’t like. I have been a Virtual Assistant by trade, but this job escalated way beyond that. I won’t bore you with all the details, but let’s just say I was under micromanagement. I can do my job, but the person who hires me has to let me.

The last email of many I received today caught my eye. He had listed all my responsibilities, and wanted to ensure this was a pleasant experience for both of us. I had agreed to answer the phone, return voicemail, and schedule appointments. Very basic. This list was not basic, so I hit reply, and told him he needed a full time assistant. He needed someone else.

Then I told him, “This is not pleasant.”

My world got very quiet after that reply was sent. It was so good to hear the silence.

I walked across the room to my personal laptop and pulled up my Letitgocoach Facebook page. While I had been sitting in a daze, God had been on Facebook. I had 99+ notifications in a two hour time span. I clicked on them, and to my surprise, this one lady had liked and shared over 50 of my posts. I pulled up her page, just to see if what was happening was real.

It was like God was saying…”See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19. Taking this job was not a new thing. It was old because I have gone down this road before. The only thing that has changed from the last time I helped, is me.

God has been all over that Facebook page ever since I started this job. I will be sharing what else He has been doing, but this is one example just from today. God knows your heart darling. He knows what brings you joy, and wants you to have a beautiful life. Your heart knows, and if it’s not a happy heart, then it’s time to let go of what’s making it sad.

 

Love You More

Today is Valentines Day. I felt like writing last night at 11:45 pm. I thought that would be sweet to press publish around midnight of the day that points it out. I chose sleep instead.

I’m sitting at a large table, overlooking the lake. The sky has been thick with clouds all morning, but now, I can catch a glimpse of the sun trying to break through. This reminded me of how my heart felt right after I left my marriage. My heart had been closed off for so long, it was thick with clouds. Slowly it started to crack open, and I could feel light within.

Was the light penetrating in or pressing it’s way out?

I had been filled with God’s love for 20 years, but life had hardened my heart. I didn’t feel loved where I was anymore. We had long ago let that die. I believe you have to nurture love to keep it alive and allow it to grow. Not knowing how to depend on God for that, I was expecting it from others. Other people cannot give love when they don’t have it to give.

God’s love is endless, deep and pure. I will never match the love He gives me, so why try?

It’s good practice. I believe what God gives us, He wants us to share with others. Our highest calling is to love, and it starts with ourselves. I had to forgive myself for what I thought were mistakes, or bad choices. Looking back, they were just part of my path, and have made me wiser. I made a decision to start over, and I still do that today. Do overs.

When we stop the ‘do overs’, we lose the practice. I believe to be really good at something, it takes practice. Allowing my heart to melt, and become pliable is what gave me a new heart. A clean heart, to love and live again. Today, I practice keeping my heart full and allow it to overflow onto others that will receive my love. The ones I have chosen, give it back in spades.

mug (206x340)This mug was given to me by Mr.Smith for Valentine’s Day. The entire mug says, “I love you more Barbara.” At first glance I thought that is just the sweetest thing ever! This morning, it was sitting here with me holding my coffee as I pondered this Blog. This picture says something more.

Don’t be afraid of more. Love is one thing you can have an over abundance of. It’s in the overflow that we can freely give. This picture reminded me not only of more love, but more Barbara. When you think you love enough, love more.

 

When What You Love Takes A Back Burner

I haven’t written in a while. Have been questioning if I’m actually a writer, or just nested here for a while to tell my story. If the second one is accurate, then we all have writer in us.

The house is quiet, and it’s Sunday afternoon. For some, their house may be gearing up for the big game, but not here. We don’t even own a TV by choice. I hear my landlord mowing the field next to the house. It’s a very soothing sound of the mower coming and going. This time of day is beautiful, and my daughter and I are going to get out in it soon.

well (191x340)Walking through the yard, I spotted this and took a picture. It was a sweet reminder that life can come through even the hardest of surfaces. There is no dirt here, only concrete and rock, but the grass doesn’t mind. It came through just fine.

I started a new job Monday, and oh what a ride that’s been!

I am using gifts and talents that are rusty and long forgotten; have ample opportunity to use new ones and learn. Letting go of so many things, you should know I live a very simplistic life. Maybe I’m in a spot to actually yearn for more.

My income will increase substantially, and I’m not sure what to do with that. I think that’s a good problem to have! Reading my devotional, Jesus Calling this morning I found reassurance. “Start with where you are at this point in time and space, accepting that this is where I intend you to be.”

That was like water to my soul. Taking one step at a time all week with this new job was where I had to go. I dove in head first on Monday, became overwhelmed with it all, and started doubting my abilities. Trusting and relying on God with this, just as I have with everything else. The blade of grass emerged through the rocky surface to reach the light.

 

Barbara is a writer, Entrepreneur and Mom to her 16-year-old daughter. She loves dipping cookies in her coffee in the morning and has a pretty healthy obsession for chocolate. When she started this Blog in 2014 Letitgocoach was what stuck. She enjoys helping people Let Go of what is holding them back from having a beautiful life. Her life today is an example of Letting Go and Letting God. You may connect with her via email. Letitgocoach@gmail.com

Pause and Unrush

I’m just in a mood to write. It’s true for me that writing helps you understand life.

IMG_20160125_164708 (360x640)Today was the first day in my journey with SC Lourie, and let the floodgate open. I’m not even halfway through the material for this week because I got hit between the eyes with a word. That word is, “Unrush.” I could finally totally relate to this word.

It was such a beautiful day, I grabbed a journal, pen, a chilled glass of ginger ale, and stepped out back. I sat everything down and it was the picture of unrush. Sliding my phone out of my back pocket to take an actual photo, it was taken so spontaneously the glass hadn’t had time to defrost. How lovely!

My first thought was, three years ago, at the beginning of this journey, I wouldn’t have done this. Being completely honest with myself, I’m not sure I could have done this a year ago.

To give myself permission to just sit and enjoy the moment. The entire time I was married, 25 years, I don’t recall doing this simple act. Unrush.

I was always moving and rushing to get things done. Maybe you can relate. Life happens so quickly, I believe we have to make ourselves pause in it. To just pause and enjoy the exact moment we’re in. May you take moments in your life to pause and unrush.

Barbara is a writer, Entrepreneur and Mom to her 16-year-old daughter. She loves dipping cookies in her coffee in the morning and has a pretty healthy obsession for chocolate. When she started this Blog in 2014 Letitgocoach was what stuck. She enjoys helping people Let Go of what is holding them back from having a beautiful life. Her life today is an example of Letting Go and Letting God. You may connect with her via email. Letitgocoach@gmail.com