Today is the day, friends.
And I’m sitting on my couch, Bruiser snuggling next to me, enjoying piny fragrance from our newly dressed christmas tree perched like a 7 ft soldier, feeling just so.dang.thankful.
And full of every emotion.
Because this is the day my story becomes our story.
Choosing REAL is for my fellow planners, those of us who like to be in control and GET ‘ER DONE! I wrote this coming out of a fresh fog of grief after losing my dad to a sudden stroke. I looked around at life and noticed a shift, a raw awareness and deep desire to accept that I am not in control (even though I did my best to appear that way) and began choosing to peer through circumstances and understand God’s heart in the middle of them, especially when they didn’t go as hoped.
Suddenly I noticed frantic schedules and transitions and relationships and those days I didn’t feel beautiful and worthy as invitations to celebrate the unexpected. To push through the challenge and fight to experience an intimate relationship with a personal Creator. It was then I softened to an understanding that He was already pursuing me. Just as I was. Regardless of what I brought to the table, or relationship, or situation. It was through releasing my need to be all things to all people where I tangibly understood peace and freedom and joy in newfound ways.
And I want that for you.
So put on your comfy’s, make some tea and curl up with Choosing REAL and pretend I’m sitting with you and we’re talking about these oh-so-real-life-topics and laughing and pausing to make cookies and enjoying this very life in front of us.
The ones we’ve chosen.
And let’s spread the message of Choosing REAL together.
—Crystal Paine, Founder of MoneySavingMom.com, New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
—Kristin Ritzau, Spiritual Director and Author of A Beautiful Mess: A Perfectionist’s Journey through Self-Care
—Allyson Magda, Photographer of Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg, The Hearst Family, featured on the cover of People, and in Forbes, NY Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, World’s Best Wedding Photographers., founder of Allysonmagda.com
—Dr. Michelle Anthony, Wife, Mom, Speaker, and Author of Spiritual Parenting, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, and The Big God Story“
-Johanna & Denise at Laurelbox
Photos Credit: Laurelbox