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15 Ways to Prepare for Your Blooming Season

I truly believe that many of us are moments away from our blooming seasons!

So to help us get ready, here is my list of “15 Ways to Prepare for Your Blooming Season”:

  1. Find good ground.You may be the most well-intentioned seed, with all the potential in the world, but if you aren’t planted in the right place, you’ll never produce at the level you were created to – if you bear fruit at all. (Click the image below to go deeper on this topic).

Find good ground.

2. Don’t fear the dirt. Stop worrying about people who speculate about your future potential (or lack thereof) based on what they see right now. They can heap all the dirt they can find on your name, but if you just keep growing, you’ll push right through it!

3. Shed the shell. Say goodbye to your comfort zone. That seed may be comfortable and familiar with that hard shell. But if it stays in there, it will never grow or produce anything.

4. Grow deep roots! Study. Listen. Read. Learn. Pray. Worship. Serve. “The deeper you go, the higher you can sustainably grow.”

5. Embrace the stretching. I know it feels like you’re being pulled even farther away from the “familiar”, but if you stay in what you’ve always known, you’ll eventually stagnate, shrivel up, and waste away. To resist the stretching, is to miss out on the necessary life upgrades to your knowledge, skill sets, patience, and capacity to learn and grow. Don’t limit yourself! There is more in you!

6. Seek the light. Like a plant that stretches in the direction of the sun, be willing to look for the opportunities even when you are facing obstacles. 

7. Keep looking up. No more living with your head hanging low like a wilted flower. Find people and spaces that allow you to live a well-watered life, giving you the strength to keep facing the right direction. Better is on the way if you can keep your gaze lifted toward the horizon.

8. Be patient. Growing anything of value takes time – and that goes for you too. Be patient with your process, your progress, and your promise.

9. Stand tall. Don’t be afraid to be authentically you and stand out! 

10. Protect your petals. Don’t allow anyone to make you feel small. Block out the words of the people who would make you insecure about your uniqueness, your gifts, your generosity, or your way of seeing the world.

11. Celebrate your style! You were never meant to look like every other flower in the garden. You were created with purpose, on purpose, and for a purpose. 

12. Cultivate your creativity. Be sure to seek out opportunities to be nourished well – mind, body, soul, and spirit. You can’t serve on empty, so if you are going to create and produce whatever you were called to, you need to give yourself the chance to grow.

13. Get to know the Master Gardener. You can’t truly get to know yourself until you get to know your Maker. As you get to know God’s heart for you, you will see the beauty, worth, and value He sees in you too.

14. Let go of your need to be normal. Just because dandelions grow in abundance and are sometimes more easily seen doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with the rare flowers growing nearby. Normal is overrated. The qualities that set you apart are the ones that make you extraordinary.

15. Be bold and BLOOM! Don’t hold back who you are or dim your light to make anyone else comfortable. Just as our eyes adjust to the light, those around you will eventually adjust to your shine – or look away!

Season 3 – Episode 7: Werk, Werk, Werk (There's No Substitute for Doing the Work!) StepIn2Purpose – Wisdom Wednesday’s

At some point, the only thing left to do is to DO the work. Over the course of this season, we've talked about the need to shed our shell and leave our comfort zone behind. We've reflected on the relationships we need to grow. We've found the courage to dream again, examined the importance of planning and preparing, and we were encouraged to shift our mindset. Yet after all of that, the outcome of all of our development is totally dependent on our commitment to DOING THE WORK.  On this last episode of Season 3, we're talking about engaging our heads, listening to our hearts, and extending our hands to get this work done! Instagram: StepIn2Purpose Facebook: Andrea St Louis Websites: and Book Accountability Coaching Session:  (Select Shed the Shell Accountability Coaching Consultation, 15 min) — Send in a voice message:
  1. Season 3 – Episode 7: Werk, Werk, Werk (There's No Substitute for Doing the Work!)
  2. Season 3 – Episode 6: Mindset Matters
  3. Season 3 – Episode 5: Get Ready (Bonus Episode)
  4. Season 3 – Episode 4: Dream Again
  5. Season 3 – Episode 3: Respect the Gardeners

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It’s Time to Deliver!

For so many of us, 2019 is the start of a season of fruitfulness and productivity, bringing to life the hopes and dreams that have been incubating for days, months, and even years in some cases. Yet so often, our delivery is delayed because we refuse to be real, transparent, or vulnerable.

When I was in labor with each of our sons, ready to give birth and experiencing some of the greatest pain and discomfort I’ve ever felt, I was keenly aware of the need to be honest about what I was experiencing and what I needed to get my babies here safely. If I wasn’t quick to let my husband know that my water broke or my contractions were coming much closer together, it would have delayed my access to the help I needed at the hospital. If I wasn’t honest about the pain I felt during the different tests and overall labor process, my doctors would have been unable to adequately manage that pain.

As it turned out, both of my sons needed to be delivered by c-section – despite my sincere desire, and for the first birth, my body’s long, labored efforts, to bring the baby into this world on its own. For me to have remained at home, silent, wanting to be the “perfect” laboring mother, would have been a decision that endangered my own life, and that of both of my children.

Unfortunately, we sometimes push ourselves to the point of loss of the promise, project, program or plan that would have changed the trajectory of our future because we are so stuck on “being perfect” rather than “productive” and improving the process along the way.

We refuse to ask for help, because somehow we’ve concluded that successful people “figure it out” on their own. We allow our pride, bolstered by our degrees, experience, accolades, to keep us from connecting with others, who may not be as credentialed as we are, but are divinely designated resources to help us move forward.

I’m here to encourage someone who has been silently struggling to move towards your goals – stop allowing fear, facades, pride, or perfectionism to keep you from the future God has ordained for you!

You don’t have to be perfect. Just get it done. And then make it better.

You don’t have to pretend. Be honest about where you are, what you have, and what you still need to get where you are going. And then make use of the resources you have around you. You might be surprised just how much support you have if you just say those words three little words: “I need help!”

You don’t have room for pride if you ever want to grow. Be humble enough to learn from anyone, at any level. Be a life-long learner. Have a growth mindset.

It’s time to deliver. You can do this!

~ Andrea ~

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“And yet this was a SMALL thing…”

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”

2 Samuel 7:18-22 ESV

This morning, I woke up completely overwhelmed by God’s relentless, reckless love for me. As I read this passage in 2 Samuel 7, and thought about who God is and all that He has done in my own life, I began to weep.

Like David, I asked who am I, so flawed, and insignificant, and undeserving that the Great God of Heaven would take all of my days, both good and bad, and make something so beautiful from them. And if the sum total of all that I have seen God do is merely “a small thing” for Him, then no matter the kind of moment I sit in right now, I can remain confident that the best is STILL yet to come!

This morning, be encouraged to pause for a moment, and look back over your own life. Identify the moments of deep sorrow, disappointment and heartache – it’s there we most clearly see God’s righteous right hand upholding us. Think back to the moments of unspeakable joy and unbridled celebration – there it is easy to see the Presence of the King who rejoices over us, where we see that His joy is our strength.

If you are struggling to find energy and focus for worship this morning, think of a Savior who was willing to sacrifice everything just. for. you. Who went down into the depths so that you could be raised to life again! The same Jesus who now sits at the right hand of His Father interceding continually on your behalf.

And like David, I’m sure you will come to the conclusion: “Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears” (2 Samuel 7:22).