Did you think I meant engaged to be married? If that’s you, congratulations, you gave or received the ring. Today, I am talking about are you engaged in life?
Engaged or empty? Life is not for the faint-hearted. It can cause you to faint and want to give up. Some say keep pushing and grinding. That works for some people but for others it can literally make them sick, weak, and weary. It could be because when you give and give and give but never give to yourself, you come to a place of emptiness and no energy.
Fulfill your own needs before you fill the needs of others. Fill your cup first and serve others from the overflow. Otherwise, your cup will run dry. When your cup is dry, you thirst.
Without water, you get weak. All dried up with nothing to give leads to giving up and feeling hopeless. Maybe you no longer have the strength to fill your cup. What gives you strength? What rings true for you? Create your own bling and make your heart sing again.
One drop, just one drop can keep you going. Drink that one drop before you plop and pass out. Turn on the faucet and let the water flow. Replenish your supply.
Refresh your body and your mind and soul. You will awaken with new ideas and better ways to live a life that fulfills you. Your phone will ring because you found what excites you and rings your bell.
No more staying in bed. No more dragging yourself through each day. No more staying buried in bills and anything that is weighing you down. Take one more sip, one more step, and know your best days are ahead.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them” -Maya Angelou
Ask for help if doing it all yourself is too much. Often you don’t know where to get help or who to ask. Keep seeking. The help will come when you least expect it even if it hasn’t shown up yet.
It may look impossible right now. You may be waiting on promises that were made. You may be waiting on income you thought was on its way. It can seem daunting. The debts are a mountain that look insurmountable. Maybe you question whether or not you should pursue and stay the path that once was a clear direction.
I don’t know. All I know is focus on what brings you joy. Live in the moment. See yourself digging out of where you are now even if you don’t know how. Take time to pamper yourself. Have a date with yourself. Soak in the tub. Go sit by some water. Engage in activities that will spark happiness. Fill up your cup, raise your glass and toast yourself: “Cheers to you.”
You are alive and breathing. You’ve come this far. Keep going. There is more for you to do. Be excited. Even if you don’t know what that looks like, it’s okay. Trust the process. Take one day at a time, or one minute at a time, if one day is too much right now.
Look at a man the way he is and he only becomes worse, but look at him as if he were what he could be, then he becomes what he should be. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Look at yourself the way you could be. You can become that person. Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams.
Rest, read, write, pray. Everything will be okay. Stay engaged. Engage with me about your struggles, your story, your successes. Send me a message. I care. We will survive. We will thrive somehow, some way.
What day came to mind for you? Was it when the world was locked down due to the pandemic?
Consider this significant day instead, Resurrection Day. People die every day due to a variety of situations and sicknesses.
There is hope. You don’t have to feel defeated or depressed. Despite difficult circumstances, loss, and lack, there is good news.
It is resurrection weekend as I write this. The Easter message isn’t about bunnies and chocolate. However, the chocolate is a bonus, especially dark chocolate. The message is new life.
Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus was the death of death; we can live beyond the grave. We get to enjoy our lives here on earth in the meantime. Before you take a dirt nap, make sure you bless everyone with the gifts and talents that were put in you for a purpose. Shocking but true.
The Word of God says in 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
If you are a believer, this is good news. Your loved ones who died, if they were believers and you are too, you will see them again. Think about it, they aren’t just a part of your past, they will also be part of your future.
Look at your life now. Reflect and resurrect your dreams. It is the season of spring. Spring to life. Make this a new beginning. Wipe the slate clean. Get a fresh vision of the new you. Most people know they can do more and be more. Write down your vision, goals, and dreams.
Let God breathe new life into you. It’s not too late. Know this: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Be grateful, have faith, and celebrate not only this Resurrection Day, but every day of your life. Hold your loved ones close. Make memories. Treasure every moment. Leave a legacy.
Spread the Good News. Flood the gates of heaven. If you haven’t experienced a true, personal God encounter, all you have to do is ask the Creator to reveal himself to you. We all need a savior. There is no greater love. You get to choose. Now you know the way, the truth, and the life. Let Jesus be your GPS. Your journeys and destinations will be the best.
What I know is I once was lost and let go of God. That caused intense pain, destruction, and hurt to me and many others. God didn’t give up on me even when I gave up on myself. Since then, I have forgiven myself, reinvented myself, and am back in the arms of the One who created me. I encourage you to live the life you were born to live.
Take the next step. Write your story. Speak your story. Evaluate and discover what you want your life to look like. I can show you how to get there. Message me for more details. I appreciate you. I celebrate you. Thanks for being here.
Love and Blessings,
Join me on my journey. If you read my book, you know I almost wasn’t alive to tell my story and continue my journey. My path led me to Oola, which is a state of awesomeness and having balance and growing in 7 key areas of life.
The next leg of my journey led me to develop The LORI Factor, which I will reveal at a later time. Today, I am sharing My Oola Story with you.
I got to write a blog on the Oola platform. It is now officially published.
Let me share it with you. Click here.
Enjoy this Lori Story. Thanks for reading. Be filled with faith, hope, and love.
“Shoot for the moon, and if you miss you’ll still be among the stars.”
Even through the good, the bad, and the ugly, look at life as one adventure after another. It’s all part of your story. It would be my pleasure to hear about your journey and how I can help along the way.
Les Brown said: Are you holding on to a part of your life that has long expired? Each season in life comes with an expiration date, so life is about releasing and surrendering.
Give yourself permission to let go…of past regrets, failures, or mistakes; unresolved pain and disappointments; or actions that you should have, would have, or could have taken ~ but did not.
Choose to give in and surrender to your dream, your passion, and your calling. Marion White said…”In life when you don’t have enough courage and insight to know that you have outgrown a situation and it’s time to move on…life will move on you.” Let go or be dragged. It is your choice. You have GREATNESS within you!
Life has moved on me and was dragging me, because I didn’t see a way to keep pursuing my passion as the bills and debts pile up and my car got a terminal diagnosis. Not knowing how to dig out of all those holes. It looked hopeless. I felt defeated and discouraged.
As I sit here today, I ask myself if the things I’ve been doing have expired. Thinking I needed to get a temp job and work outside the home only to have stuff keep happening to sabotage it every time. I don’t belong there, but because of a cash flow challenge, I kept going back to what is familiar and listening to people telling me, “get a job”.
Remember that song by Uncle Kracker that says, “Something is wrong here; I don’t belong here.” For me, that would be in a corporate cube. There must be other options, right?
Guess what? My job is to write. God gave me the gift of words. I am a STORYTELLER and SPEAKER. It’s my time to tell my stories and use my voice to impact people, give them hope, and show them how to live their dream. The people who read my books and hear my voice in the written or spoken word will not only know my struggles and the obstacles I overcame, but their lives will transform and as they overcome too.
I am the Queen of Hope. I must not lose hope. The Good Book says, the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. The enemy doesn’t want me to live my destiny, pursue my passion, and impact lives. He doesn’t want any of us to live our purpose on purpose.
I almost fell back and got off track and paused my own dreams. No! God is the Waymaker, Miracle worker, and Promise Keeper.
Do you have a dream you gave up on, because you didn’t see a way to make it happen? No matter where you are now, it’s just where you are, not who you are, as the Oola Guys say.
Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Let’s promise each other to pursue our dreams, impact lives, and love life. You were created to create by The Creator.
A great place to start is read what I created and let it inspire you. My book is endorsed by The Oola Guys, Dr. David Braun and Dr. Troy Amdahl. (Thanks for believing in me, Oola Seeker & Oola Guru). Click here to get your copy of Hole to Whole: Journey To Hope And Transformation
Journey on. Your Oola Path awaits. (What does that mean?) Leave a comment or message me to find out.