I like to think that we are friends and have something in common to share with each other. Thats what prompts me to write and what invited you to read. Thanks for coming back!
In my last post (read Rachel Story http://flybirdapparel.com/blogs/news/rachels-story-1) I talked about some of the raw and real pain of my teenage years. Growing up fast and embracing adulthood before I was ready. A lot happened in that time, I moved out in the middle of my senior year of High School, got an apartment and worked full time as I finished getting my high school credits. My (soon to be) husband came home from serving a mission for our church and we were engaged shortly before I graduated (GASP- Its ok! Remember I'm living and working on my own?!!) We got married a few months after graduation and that was easily the best day of my life but yet it was hard at the same time. I was excited to get married and start my life, but I had little to no help from my family. I was naive and was afraid to ask for what I needed. I look back at that time and almost think of it as a dream, or a story I once read. The emotion behind it all is hard for me to want to remember.
My point and purpose for sharing this small glimpse into my life is to talk about where I’ve been and where I am now. This past year or so I’ve been able to heal…I mean REALLY REALLY heal the pain, the loss, the insecurities, and also let go of what happened and find strength in all of it. I’ve been able to reflect and refine who I am. Improve in my role as a wife and mom. Change my thoughts and in turn, my surroundings. I am now able to allow the people in my life that I want in my life. I’m working on who and what I can forgive and how I can become more Christlike in my everyday endeavors. This will be a constant goal that will improve and grow over time, but I’m starting to find my purpose and receive real answers. I am important, I have value and worth, and believe it or not…so do you!
Can I tell you something? I have learned a lot of really hard lessons in my life. I have a million ideas to share and experiences that are moments of awakening, growth and pure strength, and yet I have a hard time sharing my words? Can you believe it? Do you feel the same way? Every time I feel like I've gone through an experience I know is meaningful to share I think “Who am I to share good news. Who cares about what I’ve gone through and what I’ve learned. No body wants to listen to that, no one cares”. Its easy to think I can hide under a rug or stop putting myself out there, but I’ve learned that this is not my purpose. Showing up and being real and being seen is something I want for all of us. We can all learn from each other, but if we are afraid to take that leap of faith, open our mouths and embrace one another, how do we learn? This is why Flybird came to be. Flybird is a community of support, to uplift, empower, strengthen, learn and grow. We all have things in common and we all have stories to share. I love that I am able to be apart of this movement and have a small voice of courage.
Whats your story? What do you want to share? What is holding you back? What empowers you to do all you do?
You are incredible and powerful in your own way. Lets embrace that together and become a light in this world and to share the good.