Reinventing Beautiful

Peter 3:4, “You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

Hold Space for this Love

Practice the kind of love that inspires more love…

Before you read any further…these are my rambling thoughts……driven by emotions I’ve been completely drowning in at times…not for just my own but for the world of children out there living with the broken pieces we’ve left them with…I read it on Facebook…it’s heartbreaking to me…I see it in the world around me…and I’m reminded to think about the bigger picture…the guilt is mine also…I was given the gift of being a step parent once…I made mistakes…ones I’m not proud of…Yet I know in my heart I loved with all that I am…there is an emptiness where she once held court in my heart…and I will forever be grateful for the love we shared and the memories I will always hold dear…

We all have a part to fulfill…we have to be stronger than our insecurities…our children NEED us…ALL of us…these are the words of a mother…no judgment or pointing fingers…simply words…and sometimes words need to pour out and be free…to make people think…to remind us all of the bigger picture…these are my words of love and hope…they may be incredibly way off base…but often times I’m the one to hold back my feelings…I visit Facebook…read of the turmoil here and keep silent…today seemed like a good day to let it out.

When someone is given the opportunity to be in a child’s life…a child that is not their own but their significant others from a previous relationship…is it really so hard to love that child…make them feel safe…wanted…a part of the family unit…loved simply because they ARE…not for how well they behave or love in return…How they respect you…?

God has given you a gift not many are blessed with…show Him how grateful you are that He chose you to be in this child’s life…this child is NOT “The Ex”…this child is THE most important mini human in your lovers life…a living breathing FEELING human just like you and I…this child has been through tough times already…one of their parents is missing much of the time, or at least in the capacity this child has come to know and be secure in…you are not there to replace anyone…the estranged parent is still their mom or their dad and loves them as always…however…you have a void to fill…one you can endure for the sake of your significant other…or one you can embrace and fill with love and renewed security…think for a moment the incredible power of your love…and what it will mean to this child someday…maybe not today…because right now this child is in turmoil…their lives have changed and change is hard for children sometimes…

So if they buck you…defy you or sass back to you…remember…they have lost trust in much…and it’s YOUR job to build it…nourish it…and bring it back to life…what an amazing thing for you to be able to say you’ve done…your heart will be fuller because you gave love and gentleness and support to this child…so yes…today may not be the day this child turns to you and says…”thank you”…”Thank you for all that you’ve sacrificed to have us in your life…thank you for loving me at my least loveable moments…thank you for taking me under your wing and being there for me when my other parent couldn’t…thank you for loving me and my parent enough to hold me close and make my life whole…I love you too…maybe not today…but someday they will…and when your heart feels that child’s arms around it…hold on to that…because that’s the kind of love that changes the world.


When Truth Sets You Free

Why are we so willing to carry the full burden rather than simply owning our own in a break-up? When we speak the words…”it’s not you it’s me”…it’s like saying to the other person involved you are perfect, you’ve done nothing to get us to this place…It’s all me…I am damaged……allowing the weight of all of it…their pain and your own to rest solely on one’s shoulders…that’s a lot for a single soul to haul thru life don’t you think?  Rarely is it the truth I’d imagine.  We don’t leave perfect.  Do we?  There is a REASON.  Or REASONS.  There’s not just one deciding to break hearts and promises and move on.  And it certainly doesn’t happen over-night.  Nope…we hold on for as long as we can…because nobody truly wants to hurt someone they love.  And yes there is still love…a love that is strong enough and honest enough not to hold the other in bondage of a relationship that is not healthy for one…so most certainly can’t be healthy for the other.  Then when you begin to realize the lie of your words…the weight of all that guilt you’ve been carrying…words left unspoken cause resentment and anger to swirl all around you…and yet you know…you chose this for yourself…so in order to be free of it you’ll need to learn to allow others to face their own truth…you can’t protect everyone…and you can’t take on all the blame.  You were born to love and be loved…not to coddle and allow others to avoid their own truth…and we all deserve to live in truth and be in a relationship that makes us feel we can do just that ❤


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Mary Uncensored

accept your past

I think that for the first time in my life I see how weighted down by sadness I am.  I am just plain sad.  Sadder than I’ve ever been.  It’s not sadness in your head where you think for a bit how something makes you feel sad…it’s not sadness in my heart…that little pang that makes you cry for how it’s feeling.  No…this is the kind of sadness that makes you stumble…makes you ache…every inch of your body just hurts from how sad you are…it’s exhausting really.  I’m not depressed…I don’t feel the need to be done with life and all of it’s sadness…far from it in fact.  I am just ready to deal with it all so that I can feel whole.  The only way I can get through it all is to go back to a place in my head where I didn’t feel censored…I need to be courageous…braver than I have ever been since I learned to censor myself in order to please others.  I need to be that girl that feared nothing and dreamt larger than life…I need to be me…uncensored…

Last night I rescheduled a coaching session with my Master Empowerment Coach…the ONE woman in my life that truly gets me!  I felt like I had to for financial reasons…but that’s an excuse to yet again not deal.  I did however shut the world out for a few hours…my house was empty…the perfect time to pamper myself and do whatever I want…instead I sat in silence…I just got still…and I tried to listen to all of the thoughts running through my head…making me so very tired…yet I couldn’t keep track, I couldn’t stop at just one thought and feel it out and deal with it before the next one came racing over and side tracking me.  It didn’t even make me cry like it usually does when a million thoughts are running through my head and a million more emotions are running through my body…instead I just stayed quiet…I didn’t fight it.  Instead I made a plan.  Because until I can get it all out…uncensored…I will never feel confident about who I am and sharing her with the people closest to me…or the world.  And that’s a tragedy in itself.  Because deep inside I know that my loved ones would love me…even the broken parts of me…they may be surprised by parts of me they have never witnessed…but they will love those pieces of me that I’ve kept packed away in my fancy red suitcase…protected from outside forces.  And the world needs women like me…the world needs love and empathy, strength and courage, mighty amazons that form a tribe to change the world.  Women who look around and see beauty even in the darkest corners.  Women that see hope even when others feel hopeless…I am part of that tribe…I AM!

So today I begin…today I’m letting my loved ones and the world know that I’m lifting the veil…I’m oh so tired of living my true self only inside myself…I can no longer be what everyone else wants or needs me to be…in those famous words…today is the first day of the best of my life ❤

If you could turn back time would you?  I like to think that I’m a woman that has no regrets…however I do look back on my life and think about how I could have done some things differently.  How if I wouldn’t have been so lost inside my own sorrows I would have been able to see the bigger picture in regards to how my decisions would affect so many.  That’s not to say that I want to go back and change the course of my future.  I know that every single thing I’ve seen, felt, been through and chosen to do and react to…led me to today.  I realize that there is a power greater than myself putting the puzzle of my life together.  But I also realize that until I start making the most of what I’ve been given and embrace the life I have without fear of being myself…well it would seem I’ll never be whole.

I could go on and on about the story of my life that began when I was just a little girl…I could keep searching for that one moment or event that occurred when I was a child that locked me inside myself.  The experts say that I have all of the markings of someone that was molested as a child.  Hell…to be honest I’ve felt it in my gut for so long I can’t even deny it’s true.  I’m fairly intelligent…I know that I’ve all the classic behaviors associated with being a victim of molestation.  What I don’t know is who…or when…or how…my memories of my life before about age 16 are a smattering of flashes of memorable moments…more like shadows than reality.  Are they even my memories?  Or stories I’ve been told and pictures I’ve seen that create the memories?  I’ve no specific memory of the man…I remember a time in my life when I began to be afraid…I don’t know that I ever voiced my fear in it’s truest truth…yet I know with everything that I am it was this time that formed the paths I chose from that moment forward.  I know that he wanted to take something away from me and for the longest time I thought he had.  But I was wrong.  Yes…he broke something inside me…he stole my innocence…but he can’t keep it.  It’s still mine.  ALL MINE!  If I allow that feeling of innocence lost or stolen to live inside me another day…how will I ever live MY truth? If I continue to believe that in order to be loved and respected I must be the likeness of what others want or need me to be I will never honor myself or the hearts of others by sharing who I am.  Really I’m this amazing woman with so much to give just by being me!

So needless to say in my pursuit of happiness…I’ve spent most of my life chasing shadows.  And even more of it locked inside my self-imposed prison.  Still I don’t feel regret…but I sure feel sad about many things…and I think that sadness just keeps filling me up…and finally there’s no room left to hold it all in anymore.  It’s a process I know but in order to live my own truth I need to forgive those that I haven’t, including myself and make amends with those I’ve hurt along the way.  I believe one of the most difficult parts of this process is coming to the honest realization that as much as I have felt pain from the actions of others through-out the years…most difficult is facing that I too have caused pain and heartache…not intentionally but that alone does not lessen the pain.  I am afraid…terrified even…about putting these feelings out there to the people I feel I’ve hurt…not because I am afraid of how they’ll respond to me but how giving voice to these feelings I have will be like a flashing neon sign to myself…one that tells me I can’t blame others for my own actions.  I must own it and give it over, because the words unspoken feels safer when in fact it’s that very silence that continues to cause pain.

To be continued…

A little something about Hosting

Here’s what I’ve learned…blogging for free is ok…and paying for hosting wasn’t my cup of tea.  Not only did I feel completely out of sorts trying to figure out the who what and why of Hosting…I spent money I don’t think I needed to and when I finally cancelled my hosting they took away all of my content…2 years worth…am I feeling very sorry for myself  right now?  Yes…quite possibly a little…but what the heck!  I’m an oldereeeerrr Newbie Blogger!  It sounds kind of catch doesn’t it?  And it’s January 1st, 2015 in exactly 2 days…55 hours…3315 minutes…198906 seconds…at least this very second it is!  Time to start fresh!



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