40 Days Lighter – Day 30: THANK YOU!

Thank You

I honestly don’t even know where to start, but I needed to pause tonight, on DAY 30(!) to tell each and every one of you – my readers, my supporters, my encouragersa big, hearty, tear-filled THANK YOU!

I am amazed at the response to my decision to share this journey – it has been far beyond anything I even imagined or hoped for.

For every affirmation you have sent my way, letting me know that I am on the right path to fully embracing my purpose – THANK YOU!

For the unmistakeable sense of community – expressed through every “Yes! I was thinking the same thing!” or “I really needed this today!” or “Thank you for your transparency!” – THANK YOU!

To those of you who challenged me to go deeper – THANK YOU for pushing me beyond my own perceived limitations – in my writing, in my sharing, in my living.

For every time you read, you liked, you shared, you commented; every time you mentioned StepIn2Purpose to a friend, or made one of my pieces a topic of conversation – THANK YOU!

And more than anything, THANK YOU to my Father in Heaven, the Giver of good gifts – for not only placing within me the words to tell my story, and more importantly, the story of HIS love for us – but also, for giving me the gift of YOU.

We have 10 days to go in this 40 Days Lighter series, but the journey is far from over!

Stay tuned, (no really, stay tuned!), and keep stepping into purpose with me!

Featured on “Climbing Out presents: Stories Unleashed”

Whitney Williams, MSW

Photo Credit – Zora: The Coming of the Sun by Arvia Walker

I’d like to introduce you to my beautiful friend, Whitney Williams, author at Climbing Out – a place created as means to tell her own story, where now, women are experiencing wholehearted healing through storytelling.

Being publicly transparent isn’t always easy for me… actually, it’s downright difficult. Uncomfortable. Painful even. Yet, I am discovering that it is the ability to be transparent, to be vulnerable, that brings about a greater sense of who we are, and empowers us to connect with others beyond surface level niceties.

Sharing our stories helps us to remember that we are not alone. It’s easy to judge a person based on what we see on the outside, without ever knowing the wrestling they are experiencing within. Yet when we share, it expands our capacity for compassion and opens up the pathways to empathy and mutual understanding. Sharing helps us to learn not to assume or jump to conclusions, and even helps us to discover the blind spots in our own perspective.

Climbing Out is more than a blog, more than a website. It is becoming a hub of our collective stories and experiences of tragedy turned miracle, disappointment turned unexpected joy, shame turned boldness, and bondage turned freedom.

I am grateful for this woman of God who has provided a space for women to release, connect, and experience the healing love of Christ through community!

I encourage you to check out Whitney’s story, as well as the stories of others who have joined her on this journey of Climbing Out.

Tell your story. Give someone else hope.

Thank you Whitney for leading women out of the shadows of shame and fear.

 

P.S.  – She thought enough of me to allow me to share a piece of my story for her Climbing Out presents: Stories Unleashed segment. Read, reflect, and tell us how YOU are climbing out!

 

 

40 Days Lighter – Day 19: “Her”story in the Making

 

Tonight, I’m keeping things simple.

 

I saw this image and was reminded that in order for me to become the woman I was created to be, there are parts of my life that can’t go back to the way they used to be.

Tonight my husband congratulated me on my weight loss progress, hard won through more disciplined eating and consistent exercise. He then asked me “What if you kept this up for a year?” Immediately, I became aware that I have no desire to return to my old habits – and promptly responded “This IS my life now!”

This 40 day journey has taken turns that I never expected at the outset, but I am grateful for the changes I can already see, and the ones to come.

My life is history in the making.