Seasons... I always disliked the cold, the leaves changing 🍁 felt like everything was sad and dying in a way. The older I get, my perspective changes. And today, I don’t see it that way. I still don’t like the cold lol, but I am so grateful for witnessing such beauty. As I sit in silence watching the seasons change from flowers to dry beautiful leaves, to snow and now empty trees... I start to understand we also live in seasons that we must embrace as well as respect. We can’t force our seasons although we can try. Everything moves for us, not against us. Seasons change. I accept and respect them. I learn from them, embrace and let go.
This year brought me so many tests, so many lessons. I vow to the pain that taught me. I vow to the never ending pursuit to be better. To my strength. To my personal seasons. I vow to what’s meant for me. To working hard to get it, to keep it. But also letting things be as they should. I always believed that what’s meant for me, will never pass me by. It will find me and stay.
So as the seasons change. I hope I remain present, here and now; Grateful. Gratefulness has helped me get through it all. I hope you find your gratefulness no matter the season too. I hope what's meant to stay, stays and what’s meant to go, goes. I hope you learn the difference between working hard to keep it and when it’s time to say fuck it! And let go... I hope you know, accept and respect the season you are in right now so you can move on to the next one. Everything moves. Nothing is stagnant. Learn and grown from the season you are in. Feel it it all and then let it go🙏🏽
If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present...gratefully! •
I love, love this time of year! I love being with family, making cookies, buying/wrapping presents, Christmas music, Christmas parties, etc. all while remembering Jesus is the reason for the season! •
I know this time of year brings all sorts of different emotions for everyone and can be overwhelming, frustrating, sad, financially stressful, lonely, and much more. Sometimes being with family can be more painful for some than joyful. •
It’s easier said than done but wherever you are in this season, remember to be present in the present, forgiving of the past and prayful for the future!
His timing. Never late. Never early. Always on time. His ways. Not always ours, but always works for our good. His plans, may not be ours, but to fulfil His plan for our lives. His path, not always easy, sometimes too hard, but always leads to a better one. He works in mysterious ways, not always understood, most of the times we question it. But stay the course, and persevere. Why? Because His ways are always higher than ours.. ————————————————————————-I share this because I’ve recently seen God work in the most amazing and mysterious ways. My daughter fell sick a few months ago and we ended up in hospital. Once we came out and she recovered, I was pretty stretched. I was exhausted, and overwhelmed by lots on my plate all at once. Juggling work, home, family and life in general took a toll on me. I cried out to Him asking Him to work it out for me! Two days later, He worked it out and things fell into place. People whom I’ve never had a chance to know stepped into my life. He made it all work out. He gave me such beautiful new connections. Real loving people. His timing was perfect, the path wasn’t easy, but He cleared it and got me there, and it’s worked out in amazing and wonderful ways. 🙌🏼
I absolutely love my little family. I prayed for years for a love as great as this. I waited and waited and when my faith fell short, I had a network of people who’s faith stood tall and prayed for me when I didn’t have the courage. .
I just want to encourage anybody who is feeling a bit down about life these days. Even though your current reality is smack in your face... there’s always around the bend. .
Hindsight is great, life comes in seasons. Stay strong guys and gals. Pray and put your joyful heart forward. Live to your fullest, go on grand adventures, and learn new things.
At the age of 25 I met my husband and married him three days before I turned 26. This may have not been my ideal plan but it was the best plan. Everyone around me was doing things younger and it brainwashed me to what was the norm.
I love my little family. I wouldn’t have been ready for them a day sooner. Live fully now so you can love fully in the time to come. .
I’ve been slightly MIA these last couple days as my hubz has some time off of work and needed some serious family time❣️👌🏼
We are so happy to have this time together and ready to take on this next season of life 💪🏼
My business is important to me as well as my fitness but my guys ALWAYS come first1️⃣
How are you being sure family time comes first? .
We’re getting some gorgeous color from those stubborn few tenaciously clinging to fall: the leaves...that just haven’t left. Now two weeks into December, they appear sprightly and bright against the winter bones of our maple, suggesting all the ornamental festivity of the season. 🎄
I know it may not matter so much to you, but I’ve been appreciating this tree more and more every year. I never felt such kinship in shared rhythm with nature before I began to pay better attention. My daily view of this tree from the window above my kitchen sink, which usually entices me outside for a closer look...it’s a habit now. It’s a little reminder that roots me into acceptance of the faithful, ever-changingness of our life.
It’s the little things. 🌱🌳🍂
Looking for inspiration for a January art class and loving the asymmetrical look of this floating wreath. Thinking of adding something like this to some wine barrel rings I just dismantled from the garden and possibly adding a hanging sign in the middle. #brainstorming#creativemusings
I just went on the most spectacular walk with this handsome lad, and today is even his 1st Birthday! I was left home alone for the afternoon to get some gift wrapping and house organizing done ~ and I am so happy that I took a little time to be in nature. It was stunning walking through the pines with the sunshining through the branches ~ bits of plants peaking through the crunching snow, still trying to hold onto the warmth of summer. The more time I spend on this slice of land, the more I fall in love with it. The feathered grasses blowing in the wind next to the curly willow ~ the giant boulders scattered throughout the woods, and the hooting of a little owl sitting on a high branch. Peace and quiet, like this, is hard to come by in the season of life that we are it ~ it makes these little peaceful moments even more special. 💞
No matter how crazy your life is today, take a minute and go sit by a tree ~ it's good for the soul! 🌲
Подростки танцуют под новогодний хит группы ABBA у ёлки в Рыбном переулке. Мне звонят и говорят, что мой номер выиграл какой-то баснословный приз. Колготки предательски рвутся тогда, когда мне уже нужно выйти из дома, и я пытаюсь подсчитать, сколько раз в подобную ситуацию попадала моя мама. На карте мира, что висит в нашей квартире, пересчитываю страны, в которых побывали. После просмотра фильма про чёрные дыры путаюсь в космических делах ещё сильнее, чем прежде. Хочется уйти со спектакля "Вальпургиева ночь" в ГИТИСе, но я несколько раз прокручиваю в голове ситуацию "встала и вышла", и решаю так не поступать, а по дороге к метро позволяю себе повозмущаться. Стопка из непрочитанных книг всё растёт, нарезаю круги вокруг полок в предвкушении. Стопка из прочитанных тоже не отстаёт, это приятно.
Сделали перестановку, хвастаюсь Кате Ф., говорю: "У нас так уютно стало!" А она: "Так у вас же и было!" Ликую внутри и задиристо отвечаю: "Ну да, а теперь ещё больше!" Сдала пакет с ненужными вещами в переработку. Егор пообещал смастерить дизайнерскую ёлку. Мама спросила, какие гостинцы хотим к Новому году, попросила не напоминать про сладкий подарок, потому что он уже готов. Купили белый горшок, и всей семьёй пересаживали цветок, ну как всей, мы с Точкой болели за Егора. Придумала, что и кому хочу подарить, сказать и приготовить.
Декабрь складывается из (хороших) моментов.
И да, я пятый день подряд не могу найти ответ: почему в социальных сетях до сих пор нельзя поставить статус "в брекетах"?! #ккаждыйдень#декабрь#рассказы
Check out some of my work today @ericapopp_studiogallery nfrom 4-8pm https://www.facebook.com/events/569039156852741/?ti=as
I will be showing alongside @aaronrosestudio
This is an abstract portrait of Hannah, who sat down with me and Drew out her timeline....she gave meaning to each color and this was painted from the seasons of her life.
Watercolor and Gold Leaf on Aquabord
2018 - 24x36
A throwback....My days at IAO Gallery. Sigh. This was 2012. I miss the art world. It’s so amazing when you look back at life and see the small things that eventually lead you to where you’re supposed to be. Typically, it’s all about meeting that one person. And, if you had not met that person, life would be drastically different. Sometimes we have a person in our past like that, and sometimes we are that person to someone else. Sometimes they are there for a season, other times for a lifetime. I have the utmost respect and love for those people in my past that were there for a season. They helped me to become a better person for those who are here for a lifetime. ❤️ #gratitude#seasonsoflife#artlife#iaogallery#2012 First photo by: Peter Dolese
Life has many seasons....have you ever heard of that before??? Not like the seasons of the year...these are seasons of ups and downs....seasons of pushing through. Some seasons can be so crystal clear and you know exactly where you are heading. Other seasons are blurred and you don't even know which way to look because you can't even see in front of you! . .
Yesterday my family was thrown into a new season, a season that is soo blurred it is a struggle to see to the end of our noses. This is NOT a season for us to throw our arms up and let ourselves drown. We HAVE to pick ourselves up, look straight ahead, no matter how blurry it is and find a focus point. . .
We need to focus on what we HAVE! We HAVE each other, we HAVE our health and we HAVE the promise of right now!! We don't have the promise of tomorrow (we never do), but we have RIGHT NOW and what can we do right now? Well, I am not completely sure of that but I DO KNOW we have love and the ability to PUSH! We HAVE the ability to know that everything happens for a reason, there is a reason for each and every season....We may not know right now, but some day it will be crystal clear!
‘You know who David is in our story?Jesus is David in the story of David and Goliath. Jesus is the giant killer.’ -Louie Giglio #slayyourgiants
————————————————————————-* friends, if you’re looking at starting the year ahead fresh and ready to face your giants, then please get this book and go through it. Makes an amazing gift too! #letgod
Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.---Henry Miller
After musing for a few days upon the solitary, gloriously red leaf, it occurred to me that I could be in the Fall of my Life. (Drumroll as the metaphors and other figures of soeech prance out wildly.) The hair on me haid (sic) may bespeak Winter but I'm hoping for a loooong Fall.
Fall has always been my favorite season of the year...especially the foliage transformations. It's as if the trees make one last flamboyant costume change in the hope of either delaying the inevitable loss of dignity or making an indelible and incredible Last Impression.
Just as this red leaf clung so boldly and tenaciously to its stem, so have I clung to the notion that surely I can look forward to at least 20 more years on this side of the sod. It could happen, right?
Well, my Dears, looking forward is okay as long as I'm not wasting my precious Present---and so far this Fall Season of my Life has been both precious and the best of all previous Seasons. I have been blessed with the most amazing and wonder-filled physical and interior/spiritual challenges and, yes, miracles. (A couple of which you will learn are a very hapoy red!) Our Loving, Compassionate, Hilarious Creator God holds and keeps it all...keeps us all. So, here's to my Fall of Life, and I pray that it lasts just a bit longer before I lose my place on the branch...before I take on my Full Winter.
In the meantime, and in honor of this Advent Season, may God bless you, love you, hug you, kiss you all!---in whichever of Life's Seasons you find yourselves.
#fallhasfallen . #seasonsoflife#reflectionsonaging#grandmamade105#eunoia . #winteriscoming#hangonfordearlife#tenacity#liquiambertrees#redmakesmehappy#adventisalmostover#backinsouthcounty
I say it about 50 times an hour while I am teaching people to ride horses, children and adults alike, need to be reminded very often, and in fact it is something I catch myself forgetting as well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Look where you want to go.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This analogy works no matter who you are, most of the time we look where we are and where we have been, but very often, not where we are headed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So why do we need to look where we are going? Because just like driving a car, if you stare at the dash or the rear view mirror, chances are you are not going to stay on course. More likely than not, you will end up in the ditch, or worse.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Although consequently if you fixate to far ahead, you are not going to see the pot holes that are close at hand. These "bumps in the road" could lead to flat tires, and delays in getting to your destination.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So what do we do?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Park the car, and take a look at the map on a regular basis, and plot your course!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Only look far enough ahead to see the road signs to know you are still on track. And watch out for pot holes!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Don't let flat tires ruin your trip. Get it fixed and move on!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Don't be afraid to take detour, or change your mind on where you want to go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are lots of roads out there, and although some are dead ends, you can always find your way back to the highway.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
DO NOT be afraid to ask for directions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are lots of people out there that would be happy to help you on your journey!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And finally don't forget, there is no final destination in life, once you get somewhere you can and should keep exploring and visit new places, learn new things and meet new people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you think you have accomplished everything, then what do you do after that?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These 4 words are getting me through this season of life (I talked about this first phrase in my live video last night). I chant them over and over. These things don’t come easy for me but when I do them, it brings me so much joy. Thankful for people in my life who speak encouragement and positivity into my life even when it’s hard. 💚
It's been a tough week, things didn't go the way I wanted, words were spoken that hurt, emotions ran high. I wanted to quit everything this week; work, school, life..... But even in the middle of it all, I was reminded that this season is just that, a season. I'll survive, learn from it, grow and there may be a party when it's through. But while I'm in it I'm going to find joy in it, and find joy in hope, because hope is my anchor. Without it I would be a leaf on the wind and this season would be fruitless. #joy#hope#seasonsoflife#prayforus#christmasbreakcantcomesoonenough
Happy flex Friday 🥳
It’s been a weird transition going from a largely weight-based program, to basically pure-cardio. I love it, but I feel like I’m already losing some of my muscles I gained 💪🏼 But that’s OK 👌🏼. There are seasons in life, and I think that is the same for your fitness journey. My body changes every day, and I’m working to embrace the changes and love myself through it ♥️ #cardioworkout#beachbodyondemand#loveyourself#seasonsoflife#flexfriday
This season feels so long in the moments.
I’m tired pretty much as soon as I wake up. When given the choice between home and a social gathering - my head says go out, my heart says stay home. The majority of the time I feel like I’m in a wild tailspin - busy here, busy there...but I know. I know I’m going to blink and want it all back.
Those sweet little profiles aren’t going to be chubby cheeks and darling little lips forever. They’ll turn from littles to bigs and won’t need my snuggles or all of my attention.
I’ll be tired for different reasons. Allow myself to worry for different reasons. The season will feel long for different reasons.
Counting my blessings and all the reasons I currently feel like a hot mess momma - while trying to find the best under eye coverage and drink allll the coffee. All of it! ☕️
Here’s to all the ladies out there feeling the same way - tired and grateful. We’ve got this ladies, you’ve got this (even if you do feel a little crazy 😜). 💪🏼 #wildroost#leakesquad#loveyourlife#motherhood#momminainteasy#hotmessmomma#grateful#coffee#allthecoffee#coffeeislife#seasonsoflife#lovemyfam
| For with God nothing shall be impossible.
L U K E 1:37 |
Semester 3? Done. ✔️ I will have to bluntly admit this was hands down the hardest 3 months of my life.
This semester I had some messed up things happened. Things that I myself wouldn't wish upon anyone but hey things happen for a reason.
This semester I had to constantly remind myself that my worth isn't placed in
a number nor people. I constantly latch my worth in everything I do, whether it's school, family, ministry, etc.
This semester I had to remind myself that I am not victim of what happened to me. I had to remind myself (and still am) that I am a whole lot stronger than I claim to be.
BUT in those three months I learned A TON.
I learned that the pain is pushing me to pursue Christ more than ever. Yeah it may always not be "perfect" per se but I am always thankful that no matter how small or big life gets. God's got us in everything we do. We may not be able to comprehend it all at the moment, but that's okay. What I'm grateful for more this past semester, is all the friends who chose to see + love me well in this immensely difficult season of life. Friends, no matter how stressful, hectic, chaotic, etc life gets ALWAYS put your trust in HIM bc no matter what the outcome is, He'll always make the impossible ➡️ possible.
That my friends, is MY GOD.
A GOD who sees me and calls me His.
A GOD who values me as His, not just a number.
A GOD who makes me stronger in the midst of the choatic.
A GOD who makes the impossible ➡️ possible.
Thanks for reading my TED TALK. 💫♥️