Reflect…Reset…and Go

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I’m back and I’ve missed you!! I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to get back to doing what I love. To be completely transparent I needed a break because I was beginning to feel overwhelmed. Yes, this is a normal part of life, but I admit that I didn’t exercise healthy ways of dealing with stress. My initial response has been to shut down or say “I’m fine”! I wanted more for myself, for my family and I needed to see immediate results. :-/

I’ve spent a ton of time focusing on nurturing my faith in Jesus Christ. Something that I’ve always ranked last in my life, but now that has shifted. I’ve also prayed about seeking peace, health and direction for my future.

Basically, I’ve lost sight on what I wanted. One thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to write because I enjoy it. I’m also passionate about encouraging others and healing relationships, so writing is one way I can do that.

It’s been forever since I’ve written a post and so much has changed. Fast forward a few years: I’m married to an incredibly amazing man, we relocated to a bigger home from an apartment, and our lives changed for the better after we had our son. So, life came at me fast, but that’s ok. 🙂

I’m here to say hello and that I’ll be getting back to sharing stories, resources and encouragement with my online family!

I’m hoping this may reach someone who may have been struggling to get back into a routine that they’ve lost sight of or something that brings them joy. You’re probably never going to find the most “perfect” circumstances to begin again and another day will be lost if you don’t start today. It’s also perfectly reasonable to give yourself time to regroup and refresh when you feel the need to do so.

To be encouraged in faith, love & happiness, be sure to follow my blog!

Cheers to new beginnings!

Sharece
@befree2love

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On My Nomination…

Hey Everyone,

I was nominated twice (in less than a week) for the Liebster award. This just means that some very lovely blogger friends of mine have taken the time to connect with beginning bloggers such as myself.  The award was created to give recognition to the nominee and thank them for their inspiration to others. I love this because it helps build relationships…something that I am already passionate about. So, thank you Cheyanne and Kerril for thinking of me :-).

I know there are specific rules for accepting this award (answer 11 questions, nominate 5 more bloggers), but I’ve always been a little bit rebellious lol. So, I plan to answer a few questions from each person who has so graciously nominated me. Also, I’ll keep my eye out for awards in the future, to be able to spread love and support all of you as well.

Questions:

1.What do you love most about yourself?

I love that I am able to remain optimistic (on most days) and find the positives about my day.  I remind myself constantly that I have wonderful family, friends, a boyfriend who still considers me a gem…I’m on cloud 9!!

2.Are you good at resolutions?  

How do you stay motivated to get them done?

I crave resolutions!! I admit that I feel somewhat unsettled when I leave a task partially completed. It’s a constant reminder that I don’t need to have. I’m motivated to have a clear head, so this is what keeps me pushing forward.

3.Where would you love to travel?

I would love to visit Paris. Anyone who knows me understands my fear of flying. I’m uncomfortable being on a plane for that long…but this is a sacrifice that I am willing to make. Visiting Paris is on my bucket list.

4.What is your favourite movie of all time?

Grease!! Hands down. I love everything about this movie. I love musicals, and I know every word to each song.

5.What is your favourite kind of music?

I love R&B.  Ne-Yo is my favorite artist.  So, if he changed genres…I’m sure I would too. 🙂

6.Do you have kids?

Zero. But, one day I hope to have like 6 of the little rugrats…lol. Ok, maybe like 3. I have five siblings, so I appreciate the relationships that can form from bigger families.

Here are the official rules if any of you are interested in participating in this Liebster award.

Link back to my site (or whomever’s), answer whatever questions you want to answer, nominate more people and create new questions for them.

Thanks again ladies!

Happy Connecting!!

~FreeBryd

Learning About Yourself//Heart 2 Heart

I’ll start this post with a few questions for you…

What do you think you’re known for? What do you believe in? What are your goals? What are determined to do with your time?

Values: “A person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgement of what is important in life” (Dictionary.com).

These beliefs are what drives our happiness.  I stumbled across a blog by Kate the other day, @The Importance Of Values. Unfortunately I did not save the link to her blog properly :-(. She describes her experiences with being unable to find true happiness with significant others, due to not yet discovering what she wanted in those relationships.

I want each of us to begin focusing on understanding our values. Maybe you’re unsure of what exactly this may be for you? Or maybe you’re still exploring what’s important to you.

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Whatever the case, I strongly encourage each of you to begin re-evaluating your lives to find the answers to the questions listed above.

How can we expect others to “just get it”‘ if we have yet to figure this out ourselves.  Life would make so much more sense if we began to understand our core values.

Maybe this is the reason for your previous relationships did not make it over that 6 month mark, or the reason why you’ve been feeling so unsettled/unfulfilled in your job/career.  I agree with Kate when she discussed how these feelings can impact your relationships with others…I’ve been there. But not only were my relationships with others suffering, I was also stuck in a cycle of negativity. It was difficult for me to find any positives.  I was living my day, but not enjoying much of it at all.

Denying your values for the sake of others can also put a wedge in your overall happiness and feelings of fulfillment.  How long will you be able to keep up appearances simply to keep the peace? What about what matters to you?

I wasn’t able to begin feeling better about myself, until I decided to truly understand what I wanted for myself long-term. What I was willing to do to see my goals become my reality.

I wanted to be able to speak with confidence when someone asked me a question about what I wanted out of life, and where I was headed. If you haven’t experienced this before, the feeling of not having a purpose, and having very little to look forward to can be absolutely draining. I was miserable without actually knowing the cause, and how to “fix” this.

I started to journal my thoughts more, and reach out to others whom I normally looked to for guidance.  I asked them similar questions like those listed in the beginning of this post.  Their answers were not a specific guide on what I needed to do, but provided me with encouragement on how I could begin answering these questions on my own.

Disclaimer: I know that everyone has their own values and beliefs. So, I’ll spare the specifics of my own to keep the peace on this blog :-). But, if you’ve been following my blog, you have a pretty clear idea on what my values are (self-care, family, strengthening our relationships, and education…just to name a few).

What are some questions you still need to figure out the answers to about understanding your values? Who helps to inspire you to discover these answers? 

Much Love,

FreeBryd

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