What I’ve Learned from the NC Bloggers Meet Up and Beyond!

This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. psalm 118:24

Hello Loves!

Awwwww Feeeeels so Good to be back writing, sharing and posting! So exciting!

In this stage of my life I’m learning so much. I’m truly enjoying being a mom and pushing myself to do something that I love and that’s designing! So I’m about to just give you a mini rundown of what I’ve learned from the NC Bloggers Meet up and beyond! Beyond meaning…like right where I’m at, you know?

I’ve learned through being a mom, handling deadlines and projects that, sometimes you don’t know how much you can handle until you go through it. Am I right? Or am I RIGHT!

Storms come and go in life and I believe they are necessary to allow us to see God’s strength in us and in our circumstances. I mean, how could Peter realize just how good God is without going through the storm and calling out to Jesus to walk on those waters?

What we deem as storms could very well be an instrument that God is using to draw us closer to HIM. (Read Matthew 14)

Swag Box NC Blogger Meetup 2014

One thing I’ve learned in growing my business through slow times and when business is booming is to be consistent!

I love the old Confucius saying that many of us bloggers read…

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

…and no matter how long something may take to finish or what obstacle you may face along the way, true persistence sometimes comes from overcoming those obstacles that seem to not only slow us down, but may stop us in our tracks.

NC Swag Box items laid out

So I’ve decided to just chronicle a few things I’ve learned in taking this adventure of mine.

[dropcap]1.[/dropcap] It doesn’t matter what others think.

I know this one may seem a bit cliche, but it’s so detrimental when doing anything in life. People are sometimes either going to love you, hate you or be indifferent. And that’s ok. You gotta be willing to truly confront yourself and ask yourself “what’s important to me?” “What do I want to give back?

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[dropcap]2.[/dropcap] Adjust when necessary.

One thing that was very difficult and took so much soul searching, is how to govern my life around my family aka around my beautiful baby boy. It was truly hard for me to distinguish the time I actually did have in devoting myself to my craft, from the time I need for my own well being (keeping God first), adding also to that, the time I needed  to spend time with my family.

I had to ask myself tough questions. “How can I be fully engaged to my family? AND how can I be fully involved in my work?” I had to get to know the “NEW” Linda.

I wasn’t just a servant of God and a wife anymore. I became and am now a servant of God first, a wife and a mom. These all involved different responsibilities that, in a sense made up a new me.

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[dropcap]3.[/dropcap] Give it your all.

I learned while pushing the supposed limitations I believed I have as a mom and being provided an opportunity to speak at the NC Bloggers meetup, that there is nothing more rewarding than trusting GOD and giving it your all.

There are never any regrets when you push yourself to become your best self and that is not to compare yourself to anyone else nor to your past. It’s actually being engaged in the present moment, doing all things with love.

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[dropcap]4.[/dropcap] Let it go.

Although the phrase “Let it go” has become a bit of a trend, do to the Frozen animated movie, it is something that I believe I had the most difficulty in, until recently. I would dwell on the past, repeat certain circumstances or events in my head, such as moments that I felt I was weak in or could of done better. I still at times struggle with this, I’m a work in progress, but…

…Lately I’ve just accepted the past as the past, moving past disappointments as quickly as possible because in truth, the Joy of the Lord is truly our strength. Dwelling in a negative state of mind is a downer and a waste of time. Seriously.

I learned to let go and appreciate the Good in every moment including in the bad, embarrassing, etc. So what ever it is that you think is a big deal, or a negative in your life, remember this verse:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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[dropcap]5.[/dropcap] Grace.

Last, but certainly not least God gives grace and more Grace. I’ve never had a more filled life then the life that is showered with the Love of Christ. I’m learning more and more how to let go of my fleshly desires and to seek HIM in all things. Wether happy or sad, Good time or difficult ones. His grace is sufficient enough.

I am nothing without Jesus. Call me a bible thumper but goodness gracious, I am my most happiest and fulfilled when I’m in His Word, when I give Him my time in the morning and when I just think of the sacrifice He’s made for me. I take that personally and to the heart.

Well, I’m sure you have much to do today so I won’t take up much more of your time but to say that…

…Count your blessings. Seek Him always because the things of this world will fade away and we often times get so stuck on this world that we forget that it’s only temporary. So live it with love, kindness and humility. Although at times it can be a challenge, it’s a challenge that God rewards handsomely.

Until Next time! Ciao!

P.S. The photos in this post were taken from this year’s NC Bloggers meetup Swag Box. I was invited as a guest and speaker! You can read more of the event: HERE

All the attendees were given these amazing Swag Boxes 🙂 Inside Contents:

Lighthouse Line Drawing from Essential Lines by Erin
Eleanor Roosevelt Print on Kraft from Hardin Studios
Greeting Card from SaraDoes
NC Vinyl from Carolina Charm Wreaths
$15 Gift Certificate to Laureling Studios
Organic Chapstick from Mindful Skin Therapy
Wine Cork Keychain from Queen B’s Busy Work
Coffee Sleeve from Kiss Bang

You can also check out How to make an Awesome Goodie Box by Madison Wetherills: My Craft Spot

organic lip balm and recycled corkMy favorite 2 items were, the Organic Lip Balm and the upcycled Wine Cork Key Chain.

 

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