From a Daughter’s Eyes to a Father’s Heart (Father’s Day Poem)

 

Fathers are important. They’re the head of the family, they’re the leaders of the household. Everyone has a dad, a father-figure, a mentor, or a best friend.

An integral lesson about fathers is found in Hebrews 12:7-11

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined – and everyone undergoes discipline – then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! (v7-9)

We need male figures in our lives for direction, for guidance. We need our Heavenly father to be our leader, our companion.

As we celebrate and appreciate fathers, I pray that we remember our Father, our Creator.

Much love.

-LifeisaBeaut ‚̧

When you’re looking for inspiration

…it’s time to step up your creativity.

Inspiration is everywhere. It’s the caricature in front of my desk, it’s the calendar hanging on my wall, it’s the dog barking outside, it’s the dandelions floating in the air, it’s the song I just heard on the radio – see, and that’s just the closest “everywhere” for me right now.

Your everywhere is dependent on what you decide to look at, what you decide to pay attention to. So look around. Look up. Look to your left and right. Look down. Inspiration comes from the person looking for it. You create inspiration by seeking it.

The next time you think, “I need inspiration” – look at yourself. Stare at your reflection in the mirror and ask: What actually inspires me? What can I share with people that inspires me to inspire? You’ll be surprised with what you come up with. ūüôā

-LifeisaBeaut ‚̧

Dealing With the Root

Do you find yourself running back to old, deceitful, ungodly ways? Be honest with yourself, and answer yes. What you spend passive time on, selfish indulgences, and careless action – not good. Take some time and read this post of my friend in Christ, Tavares Grey. #mindfuel (that’s not a typo) #faithspiration (neither is that)

“In order to live a life of victory, it‚Äôs time to stop entertaining ourselves that keep us walking in defeat. ”

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I don’t know about everyone else, but I know my struggles. They are clear as day and I know where I need to make adjustments even though sometimes I may pretend to be blind to them. My question that I want you to answer to yourself truthfully is this: Do I have a reoccurring sin or struggle in my life that aims to weigh me down every time I try to go forward? Maybe you don’t have one and that’s fine, I don’t believe you but that is okay. The first step to growth is realizing change needs to be made.

So the bible says in Hebrews 12:1 to lay aside every weight and the sin that easily trips us up. A weight is something in our lives that may not be sinful, but they are very well distracting. Playing video games, hours of netflix/social media/or liking material things may…

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1, 2, or 3…?

What an inspiring video…
Maybe I could start my own non-for-profit one day…
How much longer until I know what to do?…

So. Many. Thoughts. 

This post goes out to my fellow students/graduates/mentors/anyone-who’s-completed-something-significant followers. How did you know you wanted to pursue what you’re pursuing? I find that there’s so many options, so many opportunities, it makes it challenging to just pick ONE. I mean, do you have to pick JUST ONE?

It’s been exactly 2 weeks since my ACL reconstruction surgery, and boy, let me tell you – I’m ready to run! (well, mentally). 

As a third-year undergrad, I couldn’t help but think about what I want to do when I graduate. Like, should I be considering that, now? Come on, you’ve gone down this route before, too. Thinking, what should I do after graduation? 

Let’s face it, it’s not all about the gown, diploma, and long speeches.

People say, “Follow your passion”, heck why not take your passion with you? Others suggest, “You’ll know when you get there” — where exactly am I going?

Isn’t this something we millennials struggle with from the get-go? — What do I want to be when I grow up? What degree should I pursue? Do I really want to go to college? How about university? Maybe I’ll just take a year off…  What will truly make me happy?

One of my inspirations, Terri Savelle Foy has said,

“You don’t decide your gifts, you discover them, then you need to develop them. Talents come so natural to us, that many times we don’t even recognize them as talents.”

So, our gifts ARE discovered, and our talents ARE natural. So perhaps it’s about zoning in and focussing on less (Focus on less); what matters to you during the process of completing my undergraduate degree, working where I work, or volunteering where I volunteer – It all adds up.

1, 2, 3…It all adds up.

It all adds up to what you’re working on.
It all adds up to what you’re considering or aspiring to do.
It all adds up to what you’ve failed at doing.
It all adds up to what you’ve achieved.
It all adds up to make this life, yours.

Own it! As for me, I’ve gotta start taking my own advice and really narrow down my options.

Thanks for hearing me out family!

-LifeisaBeaut ‚̧

Aim Higher

You want to be better. You want to “level up”. You want to improve. I get it. Since I’ve been a recovering-couch-potato for nearly 2 weeks, I’ve actually started to hear my thoughts – mhmm, apparently it’s possible.

For my fellow students, you’ve probably made a list of things you want to accomplish in the next 4 months before you go back to school. Come on, admit it. You’ve done it before, or just yesterday. haha. 

Stick around and hear me out, yeah?

Stop searching and start creating.
Happiness isn’t found, it’s created. Tap into your creative side and see where that goes. If you can spend hours scrolling through your social media feeds thinking, Wow, outfits on point! The view’s amazing! I’ll travel there one day, too! These are all inspiring and motivating, sure. But you can’t “level up” by looking to get a step higher. Rather, take action and create  opportunities to get you to the “next level”. Help yourself pave the path to be happy, not find happiness. Happiness is a state of being, not an endpoint. 

Do something about it.
“Move”, it’s a verb. Aiming higher not only requires the desire to reach new heights, but action and follow through. I, for one as guilty of planning, visioning, and plateauing, but when I do get to work and do see how much work it actually takes to complete a project – accomplished! Go ahead. Do something that matters!

ResetTry something new.
You learn something new every day (if you open yourself to learning). Cassey Hao from Blogilates says, “If you’re good at everything, life would be boring!” Got that bike you’ve wanted to test ride? Go! Got that book title you’ve been meaning to write. Go! Be fearless. Take chances. Do something you’ve always wanted to do.

What’s your next personal challenge?

Comment below and share what challenge you plan on undertaking this spring/summer. Let’s encourage one another and aim higher. 

— LifeisaBeaut ‚̧

Focus on Less

It’s a mindset, an attitude, a lifestyle.

My current read is:¬†Everything that Remains, a Memoir¬†by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, also known as¬†The Minimalists. If you haven’t heard or checked them out, I totally encourage you to do so. They’ve got tons of resources and ideas that focus on minimalism – truly focussing on things that matter and ridding of the things that don’t.¬†YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/jmillburn / Blog:¬†The Minimalists¬†, they also have a podcast which you could find on their blog. (No I’m not sponsored, I just love them and admire their ¬†attitudes about life!)

A consistent theme and question throughout the book is:¬†“Does this add value to my life?”¬†So much so, I’ve been asking myself this question more.

Last Saturday night, I went out to a coffee shop with my friend and we spent nearly three¬†hours just talking. By¬†just talking, I mean¬†just talking. We were classmates last semester and become closer friends. By¬†the beginning of January, we promised we would make time to see each other within the next week. But our plan got pushed back, day, after week, after month…¬†until last week!

As we conversed, I had a lightbulb moment.¬†I realized the true value of genuine and authentic conversation, minus distractions. Our choice of seating had been super comfy single¬†couch chairs, adjacent to each other. Customers came and gone while we took delight with our time. We talked about life. We caught up on our semester, shared dreams of travelling, our hobby and interest in improving our photography, and much more. Before we knew it, we got the 30-minutes to close¬†warning.¬†Wow, so that’s what “living in the moment” means. Being present. Appreciating the now. No distractions. Just, be.¬†

Back to¬†Everything that Remains, a Memoir. These guys believe growth happens through experimentation.¬†In chapter 8, A Well-Curated Life, Joshua shared the idea of growth to¬†stop living a goal-oriented life, rather live a happiness-filled life. Living for goals meant¬†waiting to achieve something, and always playing catch up. Throughout this personal experiment, Joshua confidently said, “I choose to be happy. I choose to live in the moment. I choose to live a healthy life. I don’t need to measure these events; I simply live this way… Living goal-less has changed my life, adding layers of happiness I didn’t realize were possible (p. 147).

They share 3 things that changed their lives when they decided to give up their goals:

  1. They were less stressed.
  2. They were more productive.
  3. They were more happier.

Setting goals is great. But now, I’m challenging myself to use¬†my vision board as a reference to what I want to achieve. However, I’m not going to limit myself to the infinite possibilities that could result as I focus on a small piece of progress each day.¬†This means I’ll have to be okay with not meeting them, because I’ll focus more on making progress and enjoying life by being less stressed, more productive, and happier.

You’ve heard the saying “Life is too short”, well yes it is. Don’t spend your time doing things you know aren’t truly adding value to your life. Do use your strengths and abilities to make an impact in the sphere of influence you have. Cultivate and develop the opportunity to make a change in the world. Focus on the things that matter, not things that would rob you from true joy.

Don’t doubt yourself. Trust yourself. And see where that goes.

-LifeisaBeaut ‚̧

A Million-Piece Mosaic

 

Photo: OAG Annex, Ottawa, ON. Ft. Art by Leenie Minifie. Ft. my cousin ūüôā

Broken, damaged, cracked, shattered, to a million pieces. Started as a small crack in the mirror, eventually broke. How could the pieces be put together again? How could this broken piece of ugly be assembled back to its original design? Will it ever be whole again? This is about to get deep.

Question for you: What is a mosaic? Google defines it as a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass — different pieces that make for a beautiful piece of art.

So let’s think of it like a puzzle.

The puzzle pieces comprise of pieces that make you, you.

Pieces of your talents, skills,¬†dreams: a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep, goals:¬†the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result., and aspirations:¬†a hope or ambition of achieving something…¬†These make you, you.¬†

Pieces of your outward glow: your eyes, your hair, your smile. Bits of your experiences: your education, your work experience, your volunteer hours, your relationships. Segments of your achievements: your awards, certificates, medals, and pins. These make you, you.

And you¬†know what? You’re beautiful. You’re clever. You’re the best.¬†You’re exactly where you need to be. That’s the beauty of your mosaic.

Since the word ‘mosaic’ itself means ‘beauty‘, take a look inside of you and give this word a definition.¬†Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I can’t speak on your behalf to describe this word. Side note:¬†One of the reasons I had included ‘beauty’ in the name of my blog, is because the definition of beauty differs from person to person. My vision was to allow my followers to read/listen/see what is beautiful to me, but to redefine what ‘beauty’ they see in the content of my posts.

The Bible says:

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment…rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4.

Let’s go back to that crack in the mirror. Pick up the¬†million pieces that have crumbled to the floor. It’s gonna take patience and perseverance. It’s gonna be painful as you pick up every slice of glass. But would you rather well up in your brokenness and collect dust and dirt on that floor? Or would you rather put yourself through the time, energy, and creativity to put the pieces together? You don’t even have to make them fit in exactly the same way they used to be. That’s the beauty of the mosaic. They’re literally small pieces of glass that make a beautiful piece of art.

Are you willing to rearrange your brokenness into something great?

“It’s the images and moments that inspire and represent the most distinct and remarkable attractiveness of our souls. It’s the moments we feel free and real. It’s the moments we feel proud and eminent. It’s the moments we feel alive. It seems like that element should be inherent, but it isn’t.” – Lexi Herrick,¬†What is the Real Definition of Beauty?

-LifeisaBeaut ‚̧