Hey there, beautiful people. 🙂 How are ya? I think we’re long overdue for a good heart-to-heart session. Please, bear with me today! I have had so many thoughts floating around my head lately and don’t even get me started on all of my feelings, haha. Things have been quite hectic for me the past couple of months in my personal life, so that has played a huge role in me being a bit quiet here at CWS. I’m not going to sit here and dive into everything that’s been going on in my life, because we’d be here for days, but today I’m touching on a topic that I have never shared too much about before.
Grace will take you places hustling can’t.
I came across this quote on Pinterest the other day and wow, it just really hit home for me. The second I read it, it put so much of what I’ve been dealing with into a different perspective for me. Again, bear with me as I try to get all of my thoughts out.
The past couple of months have been rough on me. The anxiety that started my personal life was extremely hindering to me and eventually had an effect on every part of my life, including blogging. When it came to blogging (my work), my anxiety started to turn into stress and even disappointment in myself. The awkward season of winter to spring where I live makes it hard to constantly be shooting new content.
I have always been a bit of a perfectionist, especially when it comes to my work. I take pride in my work and I only ever want to put out my best. When I feel restrained from being able to create, it really affects me. My first instinct is to get down about it all — not in a self-pity way, but in more of an “I’m better than this” kind of way. Does that make sense?Give Yourself Grace: 2 Things To Remember Click To Tweet
If I’m being completely honest, I get frustrated with myself when I can’t create, even if it’s out of my control (which let’s be real, it usually is). Sometimes I’ll convince myself that I should have prepared for such and such roadblock in my creative process or that I need to stretch myself to limit to make something happen.
I have always been a “fixer” and a problem solver (except when it comes to math, haha). So, when I say it’s tough to get content or I can’t get content, I mean it. When I say that, I’m saying I’ve already tried and worked through all that I could to make something happen. Even when I’ve worked through every problem to try and find a solution, I will still get frustrated with myself and my situation. I’ll still try to keep on working when in reality, I need to simply take a break.
The truth is, it’s unfair of me to put that pressure on myself. Things come up, life happens, and plans don’t always go according to plan.
It’s definitely been a struggling season of life and work the past month or so and I ended up hitting a wall where I had no choice but to take a break… and to choose to show myself grace. And I did just that. It was exactly what I needed.
Now, I’m keepin’ it real here, of course. Actually taking a break and choosing grace was not easy, haha. It was a struggle! I would still have moments where I’d think about the amount of work I could be working on. It was tough. But, I remained as calm as I could and chose to just focus on myself.
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And all of that brings me back to that amazing quote I found the other day…
“Grace will take you places hustling can’t.”
It’s so true. When I finally relaxed into grace, I finally had peace again. I had joy again. I was able to breathe again. Grace opens up the door for you to truly grow and flourish. You can’t bloom under pressure and sometimes hustling is just that… pressure. It is better to take a step back and bask in grace than it is to beat yourself down and stunt your growth.
After all, in order for your hard work and hustling to pay off, you need to have balance and time to rest. It’s not all about the hustle, though many say it is… they’re wrong. Sure, hard work is important but so are breaks and grace. 😉Grace opens up the door for you to truly grow and flourish. You can't bloom under pressure and sometimes hustling is just that... pressure. Click To Tweet
It shouldn’t take me a lifetime to finally decided to take a break from hustling. It shouldn’t take me more than a moment to show myself grace when I need it most.
If shouldn’t be that hard for you, either. Friends, we are allowed to be gentle with ourselves. We are allowed to feel. We are allowed to rest. We are allowed to choose grace when it comes to ourselves.
So, I want to share with you what’s been working well for me in this season of giving myself grace.
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How To Give Yourself Some Grace:
Remember That Grace Was Already Given To You // God has already given me (and will always give me) grace upon grace. Why wouldn’t I do the same for myself? One of my favorite verses in times of hardships and struggles has always been 2 Corinthians 12:9.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV
When I am weak, He is strong. It’s okay for me to be weak! It’s okay for me to need a break or to catch my breath. God can still work in my weakness. God works in my brokenness and in all of the tiny cracks of my life. In my weakness, His power is made perfect.
Remember Progress > Perfection // Progress is measurable. Perfection is unattainable. We’ve got to throw off the lies that perfection tempts us with and find ourselves content with evergrowing progress instead. Get rid of every ounce of perfectionism from your life and you’ll feel so much freer. It’s not easy but again… it’s progress that counts! 🙂 When it starts to creep up again, remind yourself that perfection is not attainable and that’s 100% okay.
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If you got through this entire post, I give you major kudos. I tried to keep it condensed since my thoughts are everywhere on this topic and because it’s hard for me to explain myself. Anyway, I really hope I was able to help encourage you in some way. Let’s chat!