#2016Challenge Opportunity: HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

This was my face yesterday: 

 

No filters my REAL LOOK
   
My hair was frizzy, my feet had no lotion, I was brain fizzled, BUT what was different about me is that I had a new opportunity! 

   I have been working to get my real estate license in Arizona so that we can complete one of our “home” goals as a family.

   This is NOT my first rodeo though, I have had a license in Texas for years. Arizona doesn’t reciprocate the credits or my license so I had to start all over. 

“We have to treat you like we grabbed you off the street corner” type of starting over ( I was told one day by a Real Estate Commission person)

  It took me 6 years to swallow my pride and stubborn ways on this topic. 

“I’m NOT a newbie! I’m seasoned, I’m educated, I have a license, I’ve done all these classes….blah blah blah!”

 

  I struggled to be humble.


    This year I knew I wanted to pursue getting my license here, but knew I would not be able to groan the whole way. I had to check my prideful ways at the door.

  18 classroom sessions and 3 comprehensive exams were completed yesterday after the 2 classes I took. Lots of long hour days working, school hours learning and hours doing all the other responsibilities of adulting later I WAS DONE WITH THE REAL ESTATE SCHOOL! 

   Or so I thought. Turns out my early celebration was going to be dissolved. They walked back in and said that in addition to all that stuff I already did I still needed 3 more exams. 

WHATTTTTT????? Are you kidding me (that’s what my innards were saying). 

        I tried to not show my disappointment and tried to not sound too eager to be done.

    There was also one more problem: the program wasn’t releasing the three exams so I could take them.

WHATTTTTTTT????? Are you kidding me (my innards again) 

     I waited patiently and called my husband to say:

 

“nothing worth anything ever comes easy does it?!”


We laughed and he reminded me to stay strong. I agreed but did know I would need an adult beverage when I got home. 

     The tests were up and going— tick tick tick went the time. And slowly my brain was fried beyond! 

DONE

    Now I finished the three exams I am finished WAHOOOOO!!!!

    Wrong!

       Turns out one of the other exams I did the week before didn’t compute correctly so I had to take it again. 

WHATTTTTTTTTT??????? Are you kidding me ( by this point I was saying it out loud)

   I heard this little voice in me that said:

“is it really worth it? Do you really want this?”

   My answer out loud was YES let’s just get it done… Here I go wish my brain luck! 

    Several hours later I walked out of there with my certificate in hand. By the evening I scheduled my exam for a week out and by morning the next day (today) I feel accomplished because I didn’t quit.

   God does reward us for not quitting. He also allows the process of determination to create a story that we can then share with others. 

   The way I am sharing it with you today. 

   Are you one of those people who keep talking about all the things you want but yet you do zero about it? What is holding you back? 

     

Do you need to be reminded today:

“is it really worth it? Do you really want this?”

 You CAN make dreams happen but you will have to take tiny steps forward. I have a few kids,work full time, have a hubby, and get pulled in a million directions but I still made time to make time for a goal. 

     I will encourage you to post what a goal is that you want to get done this year and share a tiny baby step you can commit to doing the rest of this month that would help your goal. 

*If you want some extra help to maybe learn what direction to go here is a link to the Lara Casey Powersheets use. They have helped me stay focused, be intentional with my time and keep me tuned in to what it is I want out of my life. I don’t get any commission for referring these but I promise if you ACTUALLY USE THEM your life will not be the same. 

   You aren’t alone! 

-Sam
 

Getting past your freckles of imperfections

Mood today: Joyfilled with gratitude for the unknown
Inspiration tune: Lauren Daigle “Loyal”

How is it that I find being a “tasker” of “multi’s” easier than being a “comfortable in mine”?

My own skin that is?

Every single day I wake up doing the same exact routine which includes stumbling to turn off the alarm, walking to bathroom and getting ready for the day ahead while it is still dark outside.

Yet- the bathroom light is always nice and bright on my less than makeup-ready face

I notice every single morning my wrinkles that are now forming, freckles that little by little are taking over, dry skin , and baggy eyes…YUCK!

 

Ladies meet me makeup ‘less
 
I noticed my flaws until I stopped noticing my flaws how I perceive them and instead began noticing them His way.

I began to teach myself that my wrinkles are from 33 years of life
I began to embrace my dry skin as “part of life” …and yes got a new moisturizer brand lol!
I am working through the baggy eyes part by getting more rest

… and those stubborn freckles?

Well I am just letting them take over because they are meant to be in my life as a reminder of all the times I have seen the sunshine!

Learning to appreciate yourself ladies is a struggle and let me tell you the more you begin to stir up your soul it will not get any easier but it will become comfortable to be uncomfortable;through the process you will begin to get comfortable in your own “freckles of imperfection”.

This post I share with you is so important… I don’t want you to go through this series just glimpsing through the posts and if this is the only post you will ever read of mine then I want it to be core changing.

Envision me getting real passionate with hands moving and walking back and forth with energy and a loving but firm tone when I share the following with YOU:

You landed here for a reason,so let’s not take for granted the opportunity for this moment to be life changing to you.

I want to lovingly encourage you to take a glimpse in the mirror and say outloud all the nitpicking details of your face you see…I double dog dare you!

-YUCK!

NOW

I want you to say outloud and I urge you to repeat it every day when you wake up and look in the mirror:

I am beautifully flawed…I was intentionally made

Let’s grab this year tightly and embrace for the most beautiful ride we can! You can’t enjoy the journey though if you don’t begin to see that you are the most absolute perfect person meant for the ride ahead.

YOU no one else…

So who is with me?

Love y’all gals,

Sam