Hello Beautiful Souls~ 🌟
This morning, as the first rays of dawn reached through my window, a song whispered to my heart, a hymn of beginnings and gratitude. The words "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" filled the quiet space, a gentle reminder that faith is the melody that plays beneath the surface of our days.
Today marks not just another Creative Tuesday; it is the day I step into a new chapter of life. On January 2, 2024, I embraced a new year and a new me. It's a time for cleansing—both body and spirit—and for clearing away the old to make space for new growth.
I am not the labels that has tried to define me. I am not just a list of past mistakes and sins. I am a creation in progress, my spirit a canvas of experiences, painted with strokes of resilience, empathy, and understanding. Today, I am an empath, a storyteller, and a believer in the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.
This Creative Tuesday, I commit to the now—to my path, my self-love, my worth. I am Jackie Inspires, a name that is not just an identity but a calling. It is a testament to my journey, my learning, my striving for perfection, and my pursuit of authenticity.
Despite battles with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and the myriad labels since birth, I stand in my truth. I am learning to view myself through the eyes of my Heavenly Parents and my Savior, for it is through their perspective that I find my worth.
Questions to Ponder for yourself :
What songs of faith resonate with you and guide your journey?
How do you paint the story of your life with the palette of your experiences?
In what ways do you embrace creativity as an expression of your inner self?
Keep Shining 🌟 Be Inspired 🌟
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Hello Beautiful Souls ~
Life is sure busy! Between Tarl and his busy work, projects, and unpacking the last bit in our home, and Tarl and I both having nasty colds for over a week now, We needed to get out in the sunshine and see the beautiful state of Utah we're blessed to live in.
We've been in our beautiful townhome for a month now and love it. Above is a picture I took of Pine Mountain here in Washington/St. George Utah where we live. Isn't it beautiful?
I've been busy with school and health appointments. Also putting in a lot of job applications as I graduate in Spring 2024 with my Family Science degree. So, why wait? when I can enjoy the numerous interviews, applications, and denials hahaha. It's all part of the process. I may be 40 but I got quite a bit of years left and want a career.
I love that Tarl and I can make sure we make time for ourselves together. Whether it's a drive, a walk, exploring, creating, or reading next to each other. Life can get busy but being with those you love is so important. MAKE TIME~ Even if you don't have a special someone, I understand, we've all been there but make time with someone or those you love dear.
We've learned a lot through my horrible sickness *you can read previous blog posts to understand that part. It was very hard on both of us and very scary. I literally thought it was the end of me. With a lot of prayers, determination, support, love, the move, amazing specialists, and constant work, I am better and stable. My insulin pump is doing good. My gastroparesis is stable. My emotional and spiritual health is amazing.
Having my best friend and my love by my side and me by his side made life even more beautiful, just like looking outside and seeing the beautiful desert, mountains, dirt, plants and so much more. God makes beautiful things. Yes, we have challenges but despite how ''ugly'' it can be, at the end of the challenge or trial, it's actually quite an amazing and beautiful destination.
I'm not saying we're totally 100 percent better but we are 100 percent sure how blessed we are to have each other. No matter how many bumps in the road or trials we have faced, we really do stop and appreciate the beautiful trials and challenges we have overcome.
There's no going back. There's no different direction you can choose once you choose a path, but there is so much beautiful scenery along the way and that is with each other too. The growth, determination, learning, growing, faith-building, and just in awe of how incredibly blessed we are. So what does this tell you? Don't give up. Don't just stay in a funk and not live. Don't let your challenges and trials stop you from living.
No amount of sickness and disasters and the way you feel should stop you from living. It's a time for you personally to see how you can live and learn during those times and have faith in every step you take. No matter how big or small that step is, YOU ARE DOING IT. YOU CHOOSE. Each of us has our free agency. We choose whether to live or just ride out the storms missing beautiful moments.
I am choosing one day at a time. No matter how I feel. No matter how busy life can be. Enjoying my life with Tarl. Enjoying the outside. Enjoying the sun on my face. Enjoying the appointments, my ups and downs. I am enjoying really researching, pondering, praying, and consulting for the right career for me. Doesn't matter it's later in my life, because I am doing it. Doesn't matter if you are doing something later, it's you're doing it.
Just take one day at a time. I know you hear it a lot or compare yourself with others. That's fine. I'm not going to tell you how to live your life. I'm just putting this out there that each day is a new opportunity whether each of us is blessed to see it or not. No matter how hard it is or easy it may be.
See the sunshine and the beautiful scenery for the day. Worry about tomorrow later. One step. One choice. Know how much you are worth it and not forgotten. God created you. He knows before you know what will happen. You are given this chance and life now and we may not understand why but that's okay. We're given so much joy, blessings, knowledge, skills, opportunities, passions, talents, and each other to expand our days.
I am just blessed. I am blessed I can choose to stop and just soak in the beautiful moments with Tarl. No matter how hard things get or how busy, I choose. That's what life is about. You choose. Your free agency. I choose Life :) I choose the good, bad, and ugly and see the beautiful blessings.
Keep shining ~ Be Inspired ~
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Hey Beautiful souls :) Tarl and I are moved into our new place this weekend. We're so very thankful to each and every one of you for your love, prayers, support, help, meals, etc.
We celebrated our 3-year wedding anniversary this month * Eternity to go ;) and so excited, feel like newlyweds again. Starting from scratch to get all the things for our home. EXCITING. Utah is amazing and always had a place in my heart. We're in Southern Utah and even though it's hot, it's a dry heat from all the deserts but all the mountains and beautiful scenery that circles around us is INCREDIBLE. We're so blessed and loved.
We love the people here too. Our church family, our own family and friends, and neighbors, etc... I personally have never found a better place for my health, and life than here. Tarl and I are so incredibly happy and blessed.
As we get settled in I will post when I can, As you know Tarl works from home and is very busy with work and his creative projects and books. I am doing my last 2 semesters online for my Family Science degree and working with all my specialists for my health. Along with working on the Jackie Inspires Blog and Shop.. Which has been an amazing dream of mine * Those who are new can catch up with all our blog posts from the beginning.
So, It's going to be busy especially since we just moved in but you know it's such a BEAUTIFUL BLESSING. Each day has its own trials and challenges but always looking at the blessings in all circumstances. Yes, it's stressful and my body lets me know to hahha but I am so blessed to have the energy I have now and keeping food down and so much more.
Tarl and I are so strong in our testimonies of Christ. We were just talking about how angels carried us 1400 miles in 4 days during the middle of May 2023 when I was very sick and had to stop school. We're near family and friends. We have been given so many blessings and know that it is because of our faith in our savior Jesus Christ. That no matter how hard the trials may be from financial, spiritual, emotional or physical, HE LIVES> Angels on both sides of the veil surround each of us and blesses us.
Why we love blessing others in any way we can. No matter how we struggle we can always bless someone else in so many different ways. I am truly truly happy. We love this stage of our life and starting fresh with picking out dishes to furniture etc. We know that everything will come together, just as our love did 3 years ago. Just as jobs, health, finances, life, growth in our savior and so much more.
Enjoy this week. Enjoy each day. Brighten someone's day even if you're having such a bad day. Don't give up hope. Learn and grow and build your talents and passions because that is what can help you build strength to overcome. GOD IS GOOD.
Happy Move-In Weekend to us <3 God bless you all. It will be a busy time but life still goes on and we're so happy for all the memories being made.
Lots of love. Talk soon :) Remember YOU'RE ENOUGH. YOU'RE CAPABLE. YOU MATTER. BE VULNERABLE. LET YOURSELF FEEL. PRAY. CRY. ASK FOR HELP. YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH HARDER. DON'T OVERLOOK YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH MATTERS. LEARN TO LIVE AND SEE THE BLESSINGS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, NO MATTER HOW HARD IT GETS.
I promise you that all things will come together but it's in GOD's TIME. He knows your heart. Please believe and don't give up. Surround yourself with those that support and love you.
Keep shining ~ Be Inspired ~
~Jackie Inspires ~