photo by Gina Zeidler, www.ginazeidler.com
IN ONE YEAR…
I quit my “job” and took a risk on doing my business.
I put my family first.
I owned up to my past, and apologized to those on my heart. I got real.
I started praying more.
I met amazing, life changing friends through Making Things Happen that still inspire and impact me. Every. Single. Day.
I made progress.
I worked on my marriage.
I surrendered to God. My life, my finances, my worries.
I started choosing to LOVE, instead of waiting for it to “feel” right.
I watched someone I’ve prayed for my entire life look death in the eye and come back stronger. Prayer has been answered right before my very eyes.
I took pictures. More than I ever dreamed possible. THOUSANDS of them!
I decided what my style is, and stuck to it. I didn’t compromise for the sake of what’s popular. I decided to shoot clean… not fluff, and see if my work could stand on it’s own.
I watched my kids grow bigger, stronger, wiser, and healthier.
I stood up for myself when I needed to, even though it crinkled a few noses.
I had dance parties in my living room with my family.
I discovered I have asthma and allergies that I never dreamed I had.
I went to church more.
I cried, and dug through pain, and cried some more.
I got stronger. I am stronger.
I made committments to my schedule and myself that are in the best interest of my family.
I said “no” to friends and things that are not supportive of my goals.
I failed. But got back up.
I gave. I served. I listened to my heart and gave to those I felt lead to give to.
I was brave.
I built “Team Shelly” and am thankful for asking for help. It was hard. It was worth it.
I stayed true to what God lead me to. I obeyed his calling. I walked tall. I learned a lot of lessons. I am stronger. I am brighter. I am ready, for whatever is ahead.
I’m so glad I had the courage, one year ago, to look at my life, evaluate what was most important to me, make decisions based on those things, and to NEVER. LOOK. BACK. It was the single most important thing I’ve ever done. And I am so thankful. It’s only by the strength God gave me, and his grace guiding me each step of the way, that I’ve seen so much occur. As I look ahead, I’m planning to open my heart up to EVEN bigger dreams. Why not? Life is too short to not GO FOR IT!