Sometimes the Lord's plan takes you on a very unplanned route but thanks to the detour you get somewhere you didnt even know you needed to go.
Today we welcomed a sweet new baby into our home for an undetermined amount of time. This morning started out normal but quickly turned into a whirlwind of a day. My to-do list sits untouched and my children's routine has been turned upside down. However we are where we need to be and doing what we need to do.
Has your life taken a detour you are greatful for?
Stay tuned for the giveaway winner. Its on that untouched to-do list.
I got a phone call nearly eight months ago that changed everything. John, a pilot, was flying an aircraft overseas. I knew where he was, where he had just been in the last few days, and what was going on in the world at the time. Let’s just say I was looking forward to a phone call letting me know that he was safe at a destination. I got the call, but it wasn’t just a happy check in from my husband. Something was wrong, and he was being sent to the hospital. I had to go teach a yoga class while I prayed he was ok and waited until he could call again. A few hours later came the next ring. It was confirmed that John had developed a blood clot in his leg. (We later learned it was three clots.) He would be sent home to recover. And he couldn’t work. John hasn’t been able to do his job since April. This has been a huge change for our family! Previous to this John did military deployments and contract work overseas, and we spent years apart. I cried so many tears of loneliness and frustration and wanted my husband home. I had friends who never knew me to be happy or content, but always waiting and longing. I never would have wanted a medical condition to be the cause of us having time together. Now that it has happened, now that he is recovering, I am thankful. We could never have purposefully orchestrated the events that led us down the path of being able to be together and heal the hearts and relationships in our family. We have our hero home for now.
John and I are writing more about this and explaining so much on our blog that will be live soon. We’re writing posts about all that we have been learning through change and struggle. Hopefully you will join us over there soon, but I’ll say this now in case you never read it there. We don’t believe in accidents. We believe in a God that is completely involved in our lives and who is not taken aback by surprise at what happens. He always knows and has the best plan continuously in motion. His plan plays out in the lives of ordinary people, all kinds of people. So when shocking things happen, and our plans change, He still knows. He’s still dependable. He’s still good. .
This morning I was on my way “somewhere” and my directions changed, I ended up at a cliff, the place I used to go to when I was in pain. When I felt there was nowhere else to go I would come here and sit at the edge on my brothers chair. The chair I inscribed to him after he died. I would come here and think about dying too. My body was aching, and the pain in my heart was so strong I used to visualise ripping it from my chest and stomping on it until it was dead, and how that would end the pain. My brother was no ordinary brother. He looked after my sister and I when we were children because my parents couldn’t do that. He was the one who told me everything was going to be alright, when nothing was. After he died, I would be sitting paralysed in grief, and a bird would always find me, it would sit close, and look into my eyes, feeling me, and hearing me, when I had no words. Letting me know, that my brothers spirit was alive, that even though physically he wasn’t in this world, he was in other places. He was everywhere, that beauty was. Beauty was everywhere. Now a place where I used come to and wonder how much it would hurt to die, is now a place I come to say, thank you 🙏🌈❤️
More than OK. That sh** is bomb to me! You may be able to relate, I know that I am not alone!
I have looked back and felt regret about choices that I made in the past. Yes I ‘did regret somethings’ and would not be human if I denied that. It’s ok to feel human emotions, just don’t sit there, don’t identify with it, have control over the emotions (energy in motion).
I’ve been in the trenches and came out with a whole new knowledge of self. My plans then were based off of a limited perspective. NOW, Baaabbbyyyy (In my B Simone voice), I see more expansive! I would have sold myself short had things went as I planned. I am still in the trenches however, with my crown adjusted !
🙌🏾T’ankh Creator for Divine alignment even when we have no clue at the time how an appearing circumstance, challenge or struggle is serving us!
The English Tea Room closed at 3pm (though their signs and hours say 5pm I guess that doesn't apply for the tearoom only the shop)... so we purchased some biccys and Christmas crackers which we enjoyed in the car. The last photo is the correct way to enjoy a hobnob. Because they are the best (we both agreed) and the smell test and wariness is totally warranted when dealing with a Jaffa Cake.
The big theme of Unto the Whirlwind is to keep going!
Lately, while I'm in transition. I've been Thinking of my life plans & the truth is, it is a challenge to honor your plans when a piece of the plan falls apart.
💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡 It makes me think of the book "When Things Fall Apart."📚 #whenthingsfallapart
I should be reading that book at this point in my life. 🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝
You gotta keep going!
So, this is where I am. There is also a thin line between I'm going to honor how I feel right now, and I'm going to keep going, I'm going to move on.
⚠️ How to? 🙄
The only advice I have if you are feeling as such is to be your own #coach , this is the time where you need YOU! I think we just need time and that may be the answer.
🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝 And while you're at it I hope you're glad to be here because I am! "Let us walk into greatness together."
Still in progress. Our original plans were thwarted by an outlet behind the cabinets, so we have to pull them out from the wall a little. On the up side, this means I don’t have to cut down the white box. BUT it does mean we need a new top. The old one is too narrow. Also rethinking the base. I may just go with some chunky 4x4 legs stained to match the top. And not the boards I had hubby spray paint today. 🤦♀️🤦♀️(fortunately he agrees.)
Double-tap if your mindset can be your own worst enemy sometimes! 🙋🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️⠀
True story: I was so lazy over the weekend that I was basically glued to the couch (finishing watching GOT for the second time). But that was okay! I need a rest and lazy days are important. But I was ready to start this week strong.⠀
I was determined Monday I was going to wake up super early, hit the gym, finish all of my work early and go to bed early. Then the Monday(iest) of all Monday’s hit. My husband and I both slept TERRIBLE & I set my second wake up alarm for the wrong day, soooo....⠀
🚫 Early Gym Sesh⠀
🚫 Waking up early or even on time for that matter.⠀
🚫 Afternoon workout—Fire alarm in our building went off & elevators were unavailable from the 24th floor so I was stranded.⠀
🚫 Crossing off everything on my to-do list: Work ran late & I felt totally overwhelmed & I wanted to give up entirely on the whole day.⠀
💡But I realized I was setting myself up for failure by allowing each negative aspect of the day change my entire perspective on how the rest of my day would go. I could just throw in the towel, but chances are that would make me feel worse. So instead of complaining in my head about how bad the day was, I said hey, I have some time here to do a really great job at this one task so let me just do what I can. Once I started working with an open mind, everything went smoothly from there on out. Our circumstances may change. Our plans may change. But we always have THIS moment RIGHT NOW to change our perspective regardless of how bad things were before.⠀
What are your favorite mind hacks for turning around a bad day? Comment below!⠀
📸: @proverbs31ministries ⠀
I had supercharged intentions of writing all day on my book proposal but
I didn't give myself enough sleep last night.
I went to bed with unresolved disagreements.
Both are creative energy vampires.
I pushed on until I had to hold back tears with every word I tried to force out.
Then my computer spontaneously logged me out.
The Universe telling me to
So I gave myself a creative circuit breaker by jumping in the ocean and then buying myself the brightest blooms I could find.
#energy is not some woo-woo bullshit, it is so real. Start to take note, what/who are energy givers and energy vampires in your life?
Either you have sympathy and understand humans or you’re going to be inconsiderate since you haven’t experienced the things people go through.
I am very blessed that throughout the last few days of this emotional rollercoaster that there were sympathetic people that have or tried to help me in anyway shape or form whether it be words of encouragement, finances, or both.
I am very thankful to have you all in my life.
If people haven’t heard, basically I had all my things stolen (even my passport) here in Costa Rica. Little by little I am rising because of you all. Sorry I have not been able to respond back in a timely manner, my reception is horrible and sometimes I have to wait for a place that has wifi.
If you would like to continue to help financially till I get things situated:
Venmo -@jinupark Or paypal - email@example.com
Other than that, I am going to the US Embassy tomorrow. I’ll keep you all updated 🙏
L I F E .
It happens. It gets busy. Maybe even crazy.
Flexibility rules...changed my clothes, had my pre-workout then blinked (laundry, lunches, clean up) and I didn't have time to workout before our basketball game 😏
So...I will wear my workout gear TO said game, be the loudest and proudest mama, THEN push play 👊
See you then 😉
Life doesn’t always go as planned. Today I was scheduled to do a vendor event and decided not to go because my family needed me. I’m glad I was able to be there for them and watch Wyatts first travel basketball tournament this winter. The boys did awesome. Such a joy to watch them grow and learn. Plus, they won 3rd place!!. For me a side hustle is a side hustle. I’m thankful for this little side hustle I’ve been working for this little side hustle that allows me to earn extra cash in between family things , work, friends and life. Plus, I’ve truly met some great people from across the globe. If you are looking for a little side hustle of your own that you can work from anywhere and everywhere on your own time and at your pace with no obligations,would you? I just might have the thing for you. December we have so many good deals to start your business off on the right foot, plus double bonuses #wfstorm#mom#3rdplace#basketball#sidehustle#familyfirst#putalittleextracashinuourpocket#50 %off #investinyourself#investinyourfamily#life#planschange#entrepreneur#dontmissout#bethere#bepresent#showup#parentlife#workhardplayharder
I can not tell you the first time I considered shaving my head but I can tell you over the last few years I have contemplated it with growing intensity. My plan included getting a couple of “everyday” wigs so I wouldn’t get gawked at. My plan was formatted like a Polar Plunge. Get in, get out. Shave it off, grow it back out. #planschange I’ve never felt more beautiful then I do today. #staceshine#oddysseyintoexperience
Sometimes plans change. Trust your gut. I had a beautiful day lined up about 35 mins away, but I live in winter wonderland and sometimes it's best to just stay put. If you know me, you know I struggle this time of year. But...it's all good I'm rolling with it.
In the past, I would feel guilty. I would feel bad that I let people down. Today, I'm confident in the decisions I make and I know that my friends and clients are understanding. ❄️❄️❄️
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There are days when things may not seem to be going your way & today is just not going to be your day!! Well PFFFFT to that! That’s how I felt when I completely slept through my alarm this AM & missed this mornings workout. .
Then I gave my head a shake. I woke up healthy, in a warm bed - things could be way worse. All it took to get everything I wanted to get done today was switch up my schedule & plan a & get my butt into high. Workout done as soon as I got home from work and I was still out the door on time tonight to be where I needed to be on time with a belly full of delicious, healthy supper! .
It’s all about MINDSET people. Thinking positive & acting positive makes things soooooo much easier to deal with and handle!
So morale of my story - think positive, act positive & things will be positive! & never miss a Monday! The only workout you’ll regret is the one you didn’t do!
I knew I'd like this book as soon as I opened the cover and saw the dedication. Written by @mrsilverscott @mrdrewscott (the infamous @propertybrothers from HGTV), #BigPlans is a book about two young twin boys who defy doubts (mainly from adults) to create something big.
Smartly written, funny and inspirational, Big Plans is a #book both kids and adults will love. The BIG lesson transcends age, and is one we all need to keep in our back pocket: "Every big plan starts with a dream." Big Plans reminds kids that sometimes plans change or adapt, but it's important to keep dreaming and follow through; if you're clever and creative and put your mind to work, you never know what you'll create. This is a lesson I learned myself just this year.
Big Plans is published by @harpercollinsch and available at bookstores and online. And I have a copy to give away! Make sure you like this photo and tag a friend. Let me know who you’d like to give this book to, in time for the holidays! Contest closes Friday November 30. No purchase necessary. Winner will be notified via DM. #holidaywishes#propertybrothers#books#booksforxmas#simplysuppa#bigplansbook#scottbrothers#underthetree#underthemistletoe#giftsforkids#affordablegifts#planschange
We made it to our (improvised) stop #1
We were running late to our original stop. After calling and rescheduling, we drove to the perfect spot for some FREE campground fun! #thewanderlinks#ourjourney#planschange
So I missed posting about Small Business Saturday yesterday and thanking all of those who have entrusted me with helping their families ditch the chemicals and toxins. We ended up in the ER for awhile with this monkey!
We were at Lowe’s getting some more lights and out of nowhere he said he thought he was going to throw up. His complexion was pale and I tried getting him to walk away from the register. We grabbed a bag from checkout for the just incase, but before we even made it to the car he lost ALL color.
By the time we got him in his seat his skin looked lifeless. His lips were practically white, his eyes were pinned, he had chills but was sweating, and he was very weak. Needless to say we rushed to the ER, and will probably have at least one traffic ticket heading our way.
Diagnosis of atypical pneumonia - he’s had no fever, no vomiting, no congestion, no labored breathing, nothing that would trigger us to think he wasn’t feeling well. Several drs and nurses checked him and couldn’t even hear it on the physical exam, luckily they ran some X-rays and spotted a small area on his lower left lung. His labs also showed elevated liver enzymes so we’ll have to go back for follow up blood work next month.
As you can see from the pic he was feeling fine after some fluids and IV antibiotics. They tested for flu and other things, but all came back negative, so we came home with antibiotics. We don’t deny modern medicine, but we will be doing an oily regimen along with the antibiotics, as well as having him take YL’s kids pre and probiotic to replenish good gut bacteria since the antibiotic will wipe out good and bad. He’s doing great this morning but has a very wet cough - meds and oils are working to clear his lungs!
So I say all that, but I do want to just say thank you to all those who have linked arms with me and allowed me to be a part of your wellness journey with Young Living. My team is over 100 families strong, and I’m honored to have a front row seat to your story. To my business builders thank you for putting in the time to help those you know and love! We are a part of the best team YL has and I love doing business with you!
Are you a good patient? 🧡
I'm the worst. As I'm lucky and thus rarely ill when I am run down I moan about it. A lot. To anyone. 🧡
I've noticed my favourite line is "I'm never ill". Which is a lie as I'm saying that because I am ill! And I've managed to be ill twice in the last two weeks! I didn't rest enough after catching a bug because I had too much to do so my reserves are down and I've picked up a cold. Very annoying, but a good reminder to look after myself better. 🧡
I'm so used to going full speed that I get truly stunned when stopped in my tracks because my body is suddenly not working how it should. I've got too much going on to stop! But stop I must if I want to get back to full strength. 🧡
The forced rest is actually nice, as much as I hate having to miss out on fun things, having a chance to do nothing is good for me. My brain starts working in different ways and I find new things to think about. New goals to plan and new to do lists to make (still counts as resting if I'm doing that lying down OK). 🧡
There are lovely lessons for me in this, remembering that my body needs to be loved and cared for to function properly. That plans are made to change. I can't plan for everything and sometimes I have to change course. Also to take every day as it comes and work around whatever challenges come my way. 🧡
So I'm working on getting better and resting properly this time, without as much moaning. But it's hard, because did I mention I'm never ill? 🧡
Reality...it’s often different than our longings, desires or even expectations. Right!?! Can you relate??🤚
The question isn’t “when will this happen?” but more like “how will I handle it?” Today I had a full day planned for my family to enjoy each other, sickness didn’t get the memo and decided to shift our plans😢. It’s okay to feel the feels...I was sad for my ill daughter, I was disappointed~knowing the circumstances were out of our control.
My response today was to own the feelings , go through them and even reach out to my tribe...and write about it here b/c I know I’m not the only one who’s ever felt this way. 🤚 Especially in the “mom zone” with older children that you don’t have together very often. #collegestudents So I’m learning even more about letting go of expectation and holding things loosely. (this is an ongoing lesson in my life😉) I’m grateful for the sunny day, my boys putting up lights, the fact we’re still together and knowing that this too shall pass.😉🎄😅
Sometimes the best plan is not to stick to the plan. It has been said that endurance runners can often have some obsessive compulsive tendencies (Who me?! Never! 😳😩😂) Sometimes it’s hard to make the decision to not stick to the plan. If we have it written on the plan then we like to do that particular session on that particular day because it’s written on the plan. But we all have busy lives, things change and when they do so should the plan. The training plan said long run on Sunday because Sunday is long run day but there were some very good reasons why it was better to run today instead. It wasn’t that I didn’t have time to do the long run on Sunday but these days my legs generally need a rest day after long runs and I’m out all day tomorrow so can’t run anyway. As Monday is one of the few days I can run next week I can now make the most of my training next week as well as this week. Friday is the new Sunday and now I can tick 14 miles off on the plan.
How many times your plans change for things you have no control of? Today, on Thanksgiving we were supposed to go to a restaurant, just the three of us, my husband, my sister and me. Well, my husband got sick and we decided to just cancel our reservation. I had to quickly think what to do to eat with what I had in the refrigerator because I was not going to the store. I decided on gluten free pizzas. At the end, my niece and her boyfriend joined us and our Thanksgiving turned out great. We all ate together and gave thanks. This was much better than going to the restaurant. How many times we get upset because of a change of plans? Should we just breathe and let life happen? I did and it worked so well. Next time, I will do the same. What about you?
I’m getting all sentimental as we knock on having our wee Tommy on the outside with us for one year.
It all feels like yesterday. How can it possibly be nearly one year on.
My first labour and birth absolutely traumatised me for quite some time, my second labour and birth was much more enjoyable and I vowed to myself my last would be a positive experience and it was.
At 40w + 8d I was well and truly ready to meet our little man. I had a plan in my head how it was going to go 3rd time around after just winging the first two. I was very relaxed about everything and even being well over due I hadn’t really packed my bag or organised the kids stuff. I did however have my oils ready to go, I had heard amazing things about how essential oils can support mum and baby through labour and birth and I was so excited to diffuse, use my massage balm and my face spritzer.
But guess what.....I didn’t use my oils at all. “Why?” you say! “You are an oil obsessed human!” Because at the time I felt like I didn’t need them, I found all I personally needed was my mind and breath to get me through and what an experience it was.
If you are one who enjoys sensory experiences during labour then please know essential oils can be a wonderful support for you to manage your emotions & support you through each contraction. If you are on the other hand like me then trust that your mind and breath with get you through. If you want to know more about how oils can support you during labour then reach out, even though I didn’t experience for myself I can point you in the right direction.
I will be forever grateful for the photos we got during labour and through Thomas’s first moments of life, what a blessing to look back on @snapsbyshave
Did you use essential oils during your labour or do you plan to?