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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Finding ME...embracing the discovery.

In all the striving I find peace.  I find rest in the midst of the motion of life that surrounds me.  This is a shocker to me.  I had no idea I would be in this place.



I’m sure you’ve been there…so busy your head is spinning and you can’t figure out which task to pickup next or why you can’t get 37 things done at the same time.  You know I have this entire house to go through …inch by inch…drawer by drawer…closet by closet.  Getting rid of things left, right and center preparing for this major journey ahead, along with raising boys, creating, tending to my husband and still finding time to be a friend.

I’m receiving the greatest lesson of all time…learning to rest…while still remaining active and productive.


This season of transition is the most important one I’ve ever faced.  I know God brought me to the middle of a corn field to get my attention.  My focus was scattered.  You see, I’m a go go go girl.  I love to be on the move…active…productive…social…creative.  I love to count the number of things I’ve accomplished in a day, wipe the sweat off my brow and pat myself on the back.  My sense of worth has long been tied up in my accomplishments.  No more.

Our worth has nothing to do with what we do or how fast we do it.  We are valued in God’s eyes no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in or create for ourselves.  Each of us not better than another because His love in without condition.

Question:
Have you learned to just be?  Or do you pride yourself in your busyness?  I used to do just that.  I LOVED admitting to people just how busy I was.  How many projects I was in the middle of…how many things I had to do that day…how many tasks were vying for my attention.  I was a hot mess with no grip on peace or stillness.  In fact, I saw rest as a sign of laziness (in myself, I never placed that undue pressure on anyone else).

It is essential that we learn to take time…breathe…listen and focus.  Each day we get a choice…what will we set our sights on?  What will we choose to focus on?  How will we grow in the middle of the difficulties, obstacles, disappointments, as well as the victories, joys and successes that come our way?  Life is meant to be filled with meaning and passion and direction which can only be found in following God’s perfect plan.

More than anything I just want to be in the perfect will of God for my life…disregarding the pressures placed on me by people…even those I love and respect.  I am me.  It’s high time I learn who that is and own up to it….then start enjoying that awareness.



I’m reading a book (5 actually—see there’s pride stepping in) called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and in chapter 4 he talks about knowing yourself in order to know God.  Whew…that’s a BIG one.  So many of us…well, all of us…have a false self (most likely layers of).  The one we put on for others as well as ourselves to be more likable and accepted and even loved.  Most times we don’t even realize we’re living under that junk.

Self-awareness and acceptance is a lifelong process…shedding your false self to actually be the real YOU God created…so unique and beautiful in your own special way.  Maybe you’ve already started the process.  Maybe you have no clue what I’m even talking about….then you’re probably buried under the smoke screen facade of false self.  There’s no shame … no judgement.  Simply love.   Tune in and apply yourself to really knowing YOU.  Peel back the pressures from others and even yourself.  You’re worth every bit of it.


I’ll leave you with this question….I would love if you’d comment below and share your growth with this safe community of neighbors.  What one thing have you realized about yourself that you love and appreciate?  Are you a giver?  Are you kind?  Are you a good listener?  Do you think deep thoughts?   Do you love to skip in the local grocery store parking lot with your kiddos?  Are you a good storyteller?  Are you passionate?  Do you have a funny laugh?  

I don’t know…it could be anything….what makes you unique?  I’d love to know!  Until we meet again….follow the journey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and whatever you do...subscribe to the YouTube channel.


Much love and peace pouring out on your today,

xoxo
Blu






Friday, April 7, 2017

The Purging Process of the Journey

Have you ever experienced one of those team building exercises where you have to fall straight back and trust that someone will be there to catch you?  This is about how life feels right now.


I feel like ... I'm falling.  Trusting.  Expecting.  

This journey "The Long Way Home" is completely changing me already and it hasn't even begun (looking at leaving Iowa the end of July as it stands).  The part of the process I'm currently undergoing is the purge and store portion of the journey.  We've decided against getting a storage unit here in Iowa and have instead decided to get rid of all our possessions.  Well, technically not ALL.  I'm choosing to keep things like baby books, pictures, some family heirlooms, jewelry and other bits that are irreplaceable and storing them with my sister and a couple of generous friends.    But the rest is fair game; including ALL the furniture, linens, books, art, kitchen supplies and everything else a person collects along the way.
Packing: here's a test run of what I'll be packing...inside are paint brushes, medicine, important papers,
jewelry, art supplies, toiletries, pens and all matter of colored pencils and markers.  Plus about 7 sharpies!

This process is a painful one but one that I already feel the benefits of.  You see, I'm a collector through and through; things such as tea cups, sand, shells, plates, art....LOTS of art, pens, pillows, bedding, perfume, horses, books...GOOD books and even loads of vintage fabric.  Not to mention the fact that I have a quirky love for tables and chairs....  I like pretty things...some useful some not so much.  Letting them go....watching them walk out the door with someone else is a new feeling.

Releasing myself from the constraints of owning loads of 'stuff' is the real reward here.  We're walking away from material possessions to start fresh.  I'm already feeling lighter in a sense.
Terrible picture but here's the pile of stuff going back to Texas for storing.

Purging ... necessary ... and oh so difficult.

I'm having the hardest time figuring out how to live with less (much less) clothes and shoes.   I mean, really!  HOW?!?!?!  Then there's the cool factor.  Honestly, I don't know if my stuff is cool enough to wear over and over again.  How does a girl have style with only a handful of clothes?  Maybe I just need to go shopping for my travel wardrobe?

As I'm sailing through this purging process I find the TRUST side of things comes into play regarding ....well, everything, really.
The details haven't been ironed out yet: What we'll drive off in (looking like the Land Rover unless a miracle RV finds its way into our hands), where we'll stay (Air BnB's across America), how long we'll stay in each town (a week to a month or more), and who we need to meet along the way (divine appointments).  Our whole world hangs in the balance.

Trusting God all the way.  I hope you'll stick around...maybe invite some friends to join the journey to finding our next home.  After a year of traveling, I'm sure we'll find the best house (near the sand of course) for our family.  (here's the story to catch you up) and below is a little video letting you into my mess.

How are you stepping out of your comfortable box of routine and habits in your life?  Or are you?  Are you thinking about it?  Stretch your boundaries and limits as you reach for your dreams.  Leave me a comment below letting us know how you're doing life.


Much LOVE,
Blu



Here's our video story of where we're going....thanks for joining us:) xox

Monday, March 20, 2017

Surprise visit HOME...shock and awe.

I'm getting way thrilled, to say the least, about this wild journey ahead we've fittingly coined  "The long way home" (seems to be the best way to describe it as we'll be finding our next home somewhere along the way.)  Read here. Or watch the YouTube video here. 

planting, watering and growing...in this life...all around...now begins the adventure
(I wrote this a few days ago while nearing the end of our little Texas Spring Break adventure…read on.)

Talk about a long way home....Last Thursday evening about 5pm...after a brief discussion of what we'd do on our upcoming Spring Break we decided to load up the Land Rover and set our sails for Texas (16 hours away) to visit family and friends.  Within literally 2 hours of packing we were on our way.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Long Way Home

When’s the last time you failed at something?  What about the last time you were rejected in a big way?  Have you ever fallen flat on your face?  We’ve all been there and I’m certainly no exception.  I’ve been down more times than I care to count to be entirely honest! 

Recently I put myself out there…. to be scrutinized, judged and analyzed.  All in hopes that a door that I wanted to walk through would swing open wide.  It came back to me that I didn’t measure up. I had failed.  I was flat out rejected with no explanation of any kind.  

If you’ve heard me speak at all you know how strongly I feel about the power of gratitude so I immediately fought back the tears, dusted off my knees

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Giant Journey...our BIG news

Life is one grand adventure.  Occasionally this adventure seems to take on a life of its own.  When I started traveling in my early 20’s I developed a passion for seeing new places & meeting new people.  The desire for greater adventure and experiences seemed to be coursing through my veins at an exponential speed. I was hooked.

After seven years of pretty much non-stop travel I needed a break.  I needed a steady home life and some sort of normalcy.  Boy did I ever get that.  I finally settled down, got married, had my first kid and I was ….. settled.  Second kid comes along and all of a sudden ’settled’ felt like stuck.   My sense of adventure never left me, I simply shelved it for a period.  

Now, after ten years of stationary adventure my life has taken a recent turn.  You see, one day while driving in our car, it’s as if God deposited the most brilliant idea into my husband and I.  We were so excited we had to stop at a cafe with a notebook just to hash some things out on paper.  
  
Well after much deliberation and prayer we are embarking on a new adventure.  One that seems larger than life.  One that we want to share with all of you.  We’re moving.  From Iowa.  To …. The…. Road.   Yes, you heard right.  We are getting rid of all the things that tie us down and we’re leaving in a vehicle of some sort to travel the US for a year.   See the video here.

What?!?!  Seems a bit crazy, right?  I can’t say I’ve ever heard of someone taking on such a crazy journey.  Which is beside the point since we’re not looking to mimic anyone else’s lives. This isn’t about keeping up with the Jones’s, nor has it ever been.  We’re blazing our own trail.

Details:  
How? This does involve me home schooling my two little boys through a program we found through K12 online learning. (By the Lord’s infinite grace) Marc will be able to work remotely so there’s no issue there.
What?  We have not a clue what we’ll be driving off in.  I’m sincerely hoping for a cozy RV to hook our little Volvo up to.  Now, I’ve never driven something as giant as an RV but that’ll come out in the wash.  details!
When? Hmm…that’s a good one.  We know we’ll stick around to see to the mundane details pan out and allow the kids to finish out the school year.  So, we’re honestly thinking June/July-ish.  
Where?  Marc has an event to attend in Vegas in August so we’ll have to work that into our plans but other than that it’s all in God’s hands. 
Why?  We’re not sure where we want to move next so why not tour the US, educate the kids (and us) and find a place to fall in love with and go from there.  

So what about you?  How do you fit into this equation?  We would LOVE you to come along for the ride. We’ll be posting videos, pictures, stories and even Facebook Lives all along the way.  Would you please share this with a friend?  A family member?  A neighbor?  If not, cool, just keep up with us for motivation, inspiration and education.  

Have you ever had a dream or a goal so big you’d need a major miracle for things to line up so that dream can become reality?  That’s where I’m at.  I need a few miracles to make this happen!  An RV….equipment….funds….nothing that’s too big for a mighty God that’s placed this big desire in us.  
We’re forging ahead.  Taking one step at a time.  We hope you’ll join the journey.  


Go in Peace,

Blu Wyatt & family




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One word for 2017...what's yours?

We’re one month into 2017 already and I’m curious as to what you’re experiencing so far.  If you were to give 2017 ONE word what would it be?  Check out the post from the beginning of the month.  As a refresher: Mine is FREEDOM!  Freedom from insecurities that have had me bound up for most of my life.  Freedom from fear of other people’s opinions of me. Freedom from doubt and unbelief.  Freedom to be the woman God has created me to be. What’s your word?

Words contain so much power.  If used the right way we can paint the canvas of our lives with bright vibrant colors or we can use black and gray only just by the words we speak.  Are you speaking life, hope, love, optimism or doom and gloom, pain, fear, and despair?  

What about the people you choose to surround yourself with?  What are they speaking over themselves?  over you?  Will you permit negative people to speak into your life or will you silence the naysayers?  

I read on a bottle of Synergy KambuCha tea once “The world is only as colorful as the paint you allow on your palette.”  I thought this to be profoundly true.  I’ll take it one step further and say your world is only as colorful as the words you choose to speak over yourself.  

Self-talk is a big one.  You know this because I’ve said it a hundred times.  What are you speaking over yourself?  
In my case, I’m not as guilty anymore about speaking negative things over me as I am about staying silent.  I don’t often speak out the positive things I’m wanting to experience in life.  For example: I want to be speaking: I am full of confidence.  I speak with wisdom and kindness.  I am a force for good…a force for God.  I am alive and full of energy.  I attract God inspired ideas.  I spread love everywhere I go.  

Do I say these things everyday?  Unfortunately, no.  Do I say them once a week?  Embarrassingly, no.  So when I talk to you about increasing your self-talk I’m also preaching to myself here.  We can excel in this….in life….in love....through words.  

I pray that this year exceeds all your expectations and hopes.  Dream big.  Help people around you.  Keep your eyes focused straight ahead and don’t be moved by negative things that come your way.  Your future is BRIGHT no matter what it looks like right now...but you've gotta start with the right attitude:)  


It’s gonna be a great year…I can feel it in my bones.  Check out the YouTube video here.
God Bless and talk soon,


blu 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What are you feeding?

faith or doubt? future or past?
Whatever you starve has no opportunity to grow.  Without food something surely dies.  What are you spending your energy on?  That’s what will grow and flourish.
My past is littered with pain, constant change, failures and on the other hand, major adventures and travel.  As you may already know, I was diagnosed with

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

10 things to do if you're in transition

Thanks Transition is no easy thing.  Passing through one season of life to another takes effort, focus, patience, direction and most of all….time.  How long does transition take?  It all depends.
It could take days, weeks, months and even years to move through a transition into the next phase or season of life.  It can’t be rushed.  We’re all so very different and each situation presents new challenges.  


Why are you in transition?  Are you in crisis mode or simply moving up in the world?  Maybe you’re not here by choice.  Any number of situations could’ve brought you to this point.  Divorce, marriage, having a baby, losing a child, kids going away to college, you’re going back to college, ending or starting a relationship, moving jobs or starting a new career and even physically moving locations.  There are countless reasons someone could find themselves in transition.

Here are some tips to getting through a transition as smoothly as possible.  Now, this is by no means a be all end all list of do's in order to avoid failure or decrease the amount of time in this sobering process.  Maybe sobering isn't the right word here but I think you get where I'm coming from.  Don't rush the process.

  1. Evaluate:  An honest look at where you’ve been, what you’ve experienced and where you're headed or would like to head is pretty crucial.  Ask yourself what you want to, or are supposed to, learn out of this.  There’s always a lesson.  Don’t stress out about this step.  You may not even learn the lesson until you’re at the end of your transition.  It just helps to be totally honest with yourself and lay it all out there.  NEVER beat yourself if you’re here because of a mistake you made or poor decision or failure.  It's in the past…receive forgiveness and let’s focus on moving forward….it’s the only way to go.
  2. Pray:  DAILY (it may seem like a no-brainer)  This is the foundation of this entire process.  How can you discover your full potential and purpose or even your next step without asking the One who made ALL things….including you….in all your uniqueness!  Ask God specifically where to go, what to do, what to let go of, what to start doing and ultimately what is His will for your life.  
  3. Read:  Get a good book that will open your eyes to a new perspective on your situation. I’m reading a great book right now that I would highly recommend at any stage of your life.  I Quit by Geri Scazzero.  There’s also Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.  Another good one is Life! By Design by Tom Ferry.  These are just a few ideas but I know you’ll find a book that’s right for you.  The key here is to get out of your head and acquire a new perspective.
  4. Goals:  Write them down.  Seriously this is a big one.  Where do you see you in 3 months? 3 years?  Write it down.  Then find a way to make your goals bite sized.  I heard from a wise woman, Terri Savelle Foy, during one of her podcasts about how to build S.M.A.R.T. goals.  Specific. Measurable. Action-oriented. Realistic. Time-line.  write them down and put them in front of you.  This is the step I’m learning how to do as we speak.  This is a tough one but we can do this!  (she even has a book about this Dream It, Pin It, Live It) 
  5. Help:  Help someone else going through something.  Maybe you serve in the local food pantry.  Perhaps you drop off groceries on someone’s door-step.  Maybe a single mom who you think might be struggling.  Make dinner for a neighbor one day.  If we take our eyes off our own problems and concerns, even if only momentarily we can gain a clearer perspective.  Everyone struggles and we all need a little help at some point.  It doesn’t have to involve food but you get the idea:)
  6. Journal:  Writing down thoughts, ideas, fears, weaknesses, strengths, plans, dreams and even questions running around in your mind can be wildly beneficial to your process.  Getting something down onto paper is key.  No matter the phase of life we can all benefit from this tool.
  7. Guidance:  Seek wise counsel.  At some point in our lives, we realize we can’t do it all on our own.  We occasionally need outside support from someone we know makes wise decisions.  If this person is someone who prays, even better.  The power of two people joining together to pray is indescribable.  Could be a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a pastor or simply a close friend.  Someone you can trust.  
  8. Silence:  Each day sitting in silence and solitude can be therapeutic and even help you come to an answer that’ll help you along the process.  Most of us don’t allow ourselves the downtime to be quiet and to just sit.  Still.  Time to think and ponder without anything tugging or pulling at you.  This could even be a long soaking bath with the door locked.  (moms you know what I’m talking about…even bathing can turn into a family affair when they barge in with questions or problems)
  9. Self-Love:  Take care of YOU!  No one else will do the job you’ve been designed to do on your own.  Take ownership of your current health condition.  Are you hydrating?  Are you eating right? (this is a TOUGH one for me) Are you exercising? (ouch, this hurts) Could you be taking more time (even if only 30 minutes a day) to focus on your body?  mind? soul?  You’re a complex being and there are so many facets to who you are, if you’re neglecting a part of you then the rest of you can ultimately pay the price.  It’s all tied together and you can’t just gloss over this one.
  10. Enjoy:  Remember life is a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy this process.  Learn to be in each moment, finding the good along the path of this journey.  Life is meant to be lived now…not tomorrow or 3 years from now.  You may be like me and in a seemingly constant state of transition so enjoying the journey is essential.  Learn what you can, mourn what you lost and rise up….this new and improved YOU.

Love yourself each and every step of the way remembering that it's not perfection we strive for…because that would be downright ludicrous …. its authenticity we’re looking for.  Embrace your authentic, creative self and life will shine through the ashes.  

You’re gonna make it!  You were created for greatness, don’t you know?  It all starts here and now…..or it may have started yesterday but you catch my drift.  Call this a fresh start.  And don’t be overwhelmed by these 10 points…they’re simply ideas to help get you on track.  Use the ones that fit, scrap the ones that don’t.    Make it your own cause this IS life.  Live Decorated!

If you have a suggestion, idea or thought you want to share regarding your transition (either now or times past)….PLEASE leave a comment below.  I seriously love to hear from you.


God Bless and tootles, 


Blu 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The elephant in the room

I’m a firm believer in getting out of your cozy little comfort zone of limiting beliefs and insecurities.  This is more often than not, easier said than done.  My case is no different.  

I recently enrolled in a speaker challenge through a

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What is your word? speak it out

Starting off on the right foot….its kinda important.

Just inside of 2017 I’m sensing excitement, more than nervousness, for what’s to come.  There’s hope.
What is your hope for 2017?
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