Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Loads We Carry ~ Peeling Back the Layers

Take a moment, sit back, and let your mind wander. 

Ask yourself this, what load am I carrying that I need to lay down once and for all?  Or what loads?  Or what loads do you need some help with?

Here we are, it's November...halfway through the month and only 6 weeks left until the end of 2019.

I will be honest, at times it feels like just a few days ago we were in the midst of a long cold Winter and I was gearing up for a new year, and what I hoped 2019 to look like.  From goal setting, to a yearly word with monthly ones to connect the dots, to much more.

Back in the beginning of 2018 I felt things needed to change and I realized that it had to start with me.  What that meant and where it would lead, I had no idea at that point.  But it was the beginning of a shift.  A shift that kept going on in other areas of my life, throughout the rest of that year.

Moving into 2019, the shift continued and I picked my word for 2019, rejuvenation.   At the beginning of the year I didn't know what this would look like or where it would lead.  But after the shifts that happened the year before, I was ready to face the year ahead

Little did I know that the year would be full of change, letting go, stepping out of my comfort zone, healing, and growing.  It meant laying down loads.  I didn't know that there were so many that I had been carrying that I no longer needed to carry, were not mine to carry at all, or that I needed to shift my mindset on.

Laying down these loads, has allowed me to peel back layer upon layer of myself.  It has given me freedom in my time and energy, as well as my mental and physical well being.  Allowing myself to take up space where I am supposed to and becoming more of who God made me to be.

In many ways, I had lost sight of that, along with my value and worth.  Always left feeling lost and wondering if I am doing enough, or if I am enough. 

But in laying down the loads, I began to really see who I was, who I wanted to be, and where I was headed.  I began to see I was thriving, feeling it and believing it. 

So I ask you, what loads are you carrying?  Which of these loads do you need to set down?  Where do you need to ask for help (it's okay to ask)?

I have found a renewed sense of peace and joy, rest and rejuvenation, and so much more as the year has gone by.  I have found me.

The process is not always easy, but it was worth it.  It was worth investing the time, space, and energy.  I still have some layers to peel back, and a few more loads to lay down.  But day by day, it is getting there. 

As we round out November, a time for focus on all the things we are thankful for, and move into December a time for peace I encourage you begin peeling back those layers and set yourself free.

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