Saturday, January 2, 2016

What 2015 Taught Me

What 2015 Taught Me - It's OK to be me! Overcoming insecurity in order to thrive! #2015 #confidence
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As 2016 begins, I can't help but reflect on what a crazy roller coaster ride the past year has been for us. It's possibly been the busiest year for our family ever! We've moved to a city where we didn't know a single soul, taken on not one but two businesses, sold our home, joined a new church, etc. We're homeschooling a first-grader, we've officially potty-trained two toddlers, and we've even bought a new minivan and taken on three pets. It may not sound like much to you, but our lives have drastically changed over the past year, and to me it's felt like a total whirlwind.

As with any season of life, this past year has brought with it several lessons, some learned easier than others. There's one particular lesson, however, than I'm incredibly grateful for learning. It may have taken me 27 years, but I'm so glad that I've finally learned that it's OK to be me!

Yes, I know how silly that sounds, but bear with me. I admitted in a previous post that I battle insecurity. In the past I've let it hold me back and let it keep me from many opportunities, but no more! I have learned to silence that little devil on my shoulder who tries to tell me I'm not good enough or that I can't compare. Listen ladies, I know you've heard it a thousand times, but there's no truer statement than this: "Comparison is the thief of joy." I used to not pursue my passions and talents all because I thought other people were better than me at those things so I shouldn't even try to keep from embarrassing myself. (I realize now how irrational and silly that sounds.) I also used to worry that other people would just think I'm silly...and the truth is, they just might! I've just learned not to care! This particular quote brought forth that light-bulb moment: "What other's think of you is none of your business." Wow, right?! Do you know how freeing that is?!?

I no longer carry the burden of trying the measure up. I stopped looking to find my worth in other people, and really started to understand what it means to find my identity in Christ alone. He tells me I'm worthy, chosen, redeemed, set apart, precious. Hallelujah! Praise Him!

This revelation certainly didn't come overnight. I have to give most of the credit to Beth Moore's book So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us. It's opened my eyes to some insecurities that I didn't even know I had, and has helped deliver me from them! I can see such a huge difference in my life, especially in my confidence. I now share my writing, artwork, and music without worrying who might not like it. (Want to take a peek inside my journaling Bible? Click here.) I no longer worry about if people think others are "better" than me. I've stop focusing on the areas I don't particularly excel in and started utilizing the ones that I do!

I finally realize that God created me to be ME, not anyone else. It's OK if I'm not as good at _____ as so-and-so. I'm exactly who I'm supposed to be, with all the gifts and talents He has chosen especially for me. And that's such an amazing, absolutlely incredible blessing!

Finding my identity and confidence in Him has led to so many amazing opportunities for me. I'm honestly amazed at how many doors have opened up just from putting myself out there, even the tiniest bit. It's like He's telling me, "See? I told you so." He's so so GOOD, y'all!

Did you learn any lessons this past year? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it!

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