Well, it only took me a hundred tries, but I finally filmed my first video!
I’ve learned a lot from the process, and I have great confidence that I’ll get the hang of it and whip out future videos in no less than forty-eight tries. Ha. Progress.
Before I share the video, I wanted to do a little introduction here. I want to tell you more about what I’ll be covering on these videos. Because as it turns out, sitting in front of a camera, imagining your faces as I speak, made me realize that I’ve got some things I really want to say! In fact, as I’ve been practicing, and preparing, and talking to my husband about this whole series, I have become aware that I am quite passionate about these things that I want to talk about.
Marriage. Parenting. Health/Body image. Spirituality. Finding Passion.
And what’s really cool: There is an absolute theme woven throughout every topic that I plan to share about.
Apparently I have had a life philosophy all along, and it took putting it into words to really discover it!
So, though I normally keep this blog a light and playful place, I sense that it is time to dive a little deeper. And though I usually hesitate to teach from my experiences (I’m terrified of coming across as though I know it all,) I think I need to get over that! God has blessed me with SO much, and frankly, it wouldn’t be right to blog for years and not share with you the TRUE gems that make our life what it is.
It is no accident that we are where we are in life! Yes, God’s grace is all over us. But we have also lived intentionally in a way that has produced blessings. And how silly for me to think I’m being humble as I keep them to myself. This isn’t about me! It’s truly about you, and blessing you by sharing the experiences, convictions, and lessons that have shaped our family!
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE VIDEOS: If you take the time to watch the upcoming videos you will hear me share my life with you. The “behind the scenes,” stuff that makes us who we are. You’ll hear about what my husband and I have done to raise up four boys to be who they are today. How our marriage has overcome real-life bumps and grown to be better and healthier every single year. How I have overcome some serious mental hangups with my weight and body image. And how I am learning to balance it all, have passion fueling my every day, and a life that I truly LOVE to live.
You will see hear me talk over and over about the power of ESTABLISHING A VISION…And how to walk into the future that you desire with intention.
I will ask you: WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE? Physically. Spiritually. As a family. In marriage. In life.
And then I will ask you: What are you doing to become that person?
I will share with you how asking MYSELF that very question, and then living intentionally in response to it, has literally made me who I am today.
It all sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? But few people choose to live this way. Few people live with vision and passion.
And I’m not judging, or passing blame, I am acknowledging that life can be hard, and I just hate to see people get ripped off because they don’t have a game plan. Life can be SO much better. Don’t you want more?
We live in such a rush-rush world that it is easy to just wake up each day, and tackle the next thing. Put out the next fire. We forget the gift of imagination, and how that could allow us to grow into the person that we truly dream of being. We forget that we have the God-given gift of free will, and sadly we often just go with the flow until we’re floating downstream in a dirty mess. We’ll act surprised when we get there, but if we’re honest–we know that we let it happen.
We’re all pretty good at deceiving ourselves. We say we WANT one thing, but we live our lives to the contrary. And I really don’t like it when I catch myself doing that.
I bet you don’t either.
The good news is that it is not too late. We can walk out our days with purpose…IF WE ARE WILLING…and we can accomplish greater things than we could have ever imagined. It won’t be the easy way, but it will be the right way. And the rewards will be oh-so-worth it.
I hope that all of this gives you an idea of what I look forward to talking about!
Will you get excited with me? I believe that some of you are ready to be passionate. You don’t have to keep living in a way that is dull, dreary, and depressing.
I’m hoping to shake you up a little, and inspire you to live better tomorrows than your yesterdays.
Mucho ALOHA, and See ya soon with vid #1! (maybe as soon as later today or tomorrow!)
I’d LOVE it if you’d comment with your thoughts on all of this…In fact, now that I’m finally sharing all of this (and frankly, a little nervous!) I could really use a few people telling me that they are on board! Thank you X a million.
PS I haven’t exactly come up with a Title for my video series. I called it “Inspired Life” here because I couldn’t think of anything else, but I reserve the right to change that. 🙂 Haha..Or maybe you have some ideas for me!?
PPS THE VALENTINE GIVEAWAY!!!!
You thought I forgot!? (Haha, I almost did!) We drew names for the Valentine giveaway and I am thrilled to announce that TAMI is the winner. Tami has been a faithful Grommom reader and commenter for a long time, and I was so excited to see her name chosen. Yay Tami. (Send me your address through the contact form so we can send you the gorgeous necklace!) Thank YOU ALL for participating in the giveaway, and big MAHALO to Kalei for sharing the giveaway.