You Find Out Who Your Friends Are

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It’s been said that you know who your real friends are by how they react to dramatic changes in your life. Well, this week has been a great example of that!

I’m in between jobs right now (all is well and we were prepared for this thanks to FPU) and the amount of support that has poured in has been wonderful! Former coworkers who are still friends have reached out to say they miss me. People from the group formerly know as the START Experiment have helped me with resume crafting, cover letter drafting and LinkedIn rebuilding.

My friends have also sent me numerous job openings and ideas to help me pursue my dreams. They even encouraged me to apply for a scholarship o attend Bob Goff‘s Love Does Conference in Austin, Texas.

Well, guess what. I won!! My friends already attending offered to pick me up on their way down from Oklahoma and we are staying with more friends right outside of Austin.

We’re actually en route right now and can’t wait to be united with the rest of the group!

It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Thanks again for all the support (you know who you are!) and encouragement to continue pursuing my dreams! :) I couldn’t do it without you. <3

Now, that being said, I want to pay the blessings forward. How can I help YOU? How can I support your dreams?

Let me know on the comments below!

My New Favorite Song: Pilot Me by Josh Garrels

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One of my new favorite songs as of late is Josh Garrels’ “Pilot Me.” I discovered it on the DREAMERS Playlist (formerly the Start Experiment Playlist) and was instantly hooked! Continue reading

Fear Punch Friday: Fear of What’s To Come

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Have you ever been forced to wonder “what’s next?”

I mean, sure we all think about it from time to time, but there are certain points in our lives when we’ve intentionally had to wonder what God has planned for our next chapter.
But, sometimes that innocent wonder turns into nagging fear… Continue reading

Sell, Sell, Sell!

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The first time I became debt free, it was quite a feat. I paid off $20,000 about three months before I married into a car loan. Most of the process was tough and, for the most part, not fun. But honestly, I don’t remember much about the hardships.

What I do remember the most is the night before the first garage sale… Continue reading

Notes from START Conference

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A few weeks ago I was gifted a trip to START Conference. There were more speakers than the three I listed below. Admittedly, sometimes I stopped writing so I could just listen and soak up the wisdom. The ones in bold are my fave. :) Continue reading

Fear Punch Friday: Fear of Self

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Today’s Fear Punch Friday post has a little deeper than the ones before it. I hope I’ve organized these few ramblings enough to disguise them as planned-out thoughts. :)

One of the things I fear is being myself. I always wonder, “Will I be good enough? Will they love me, hate me or just ambiguously “like” me?” Truth be told, that third one is the worst.

Do I get in the way of my own self? Some times, yes.
But is that an opportunity to learn and grow? Always.
Am I still figuring our my strengths? Definitely.
Am I afraid to admit my weaknesses? …I plead the 5th.

“Just be yourself, May!” I hear this a lot, but fear tells me that “just myself” isn’t good enough. Truth says it is good enough because He formed me and created me for a specific purpose.

Eventually the fog in my head will clear and I’ll discover that purpose, but that comes with time, experience and trail-and-error. And trail-and-error. And trail-and-error.

Until then, I’ll just keep STARTing.

START Conference 2013: #alltheAwesomeness

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Ooh man. START Conference officially wrapped up four nights ago and I’m still recovering! Let’s just say that 5 Club this week has not been pretty… :)

These are only 1% the memories made with Start Experiment friends…

  • Not hearing my alarm and waking up 2 hours late
  • Reading an “I’m at the airport!” text from Malori as I woke up
  • Casey stalling our flight because he’s awesome
  • Malori waiting for me so we could run to the gate together <3
  • Arriving at the gate 1 minute passed “last call” Continue reading

Community.

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I’d like to say that I’ve never known the power of community until now, but that’s probably not true. However, all experiences before The Start Experiment have been blocked in my mind thanks to all the awesomeness that’s happened. Continue reading

Oops!

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Good morning, friends! I owed you a Fear Punch Friday post last week that did not happen. And for that, I apologize. Thank you, Life, and all the craziness you bring. :)

Isn’t it ironic, though, that I feared the consequences of NOT having posted for Fear Punch Friday? Maybe I was just testing myself…or you…or not really. Continue reading