New Year’s Resolutions were never an interest of mine. I can’t recall a time I legitimately set one with intent to keep it. I’d often make one up when asked because I didn’t know how to justify my decision not to have one. “New year, new me,” was never a desire of mine.
In the last few years I have noticed people choosing a word for the year. One word that they could embrace in all aspects of life and point their days with intentions to one overall goal. My indecisiveness had kept me from doing this in the past, but this year there was a tug on my heart. I knew I had to choose this time.
I put some research into choosing a word for the year. First I took a screenshot of a Word of the Year video that would pick the word for you. The word chosen for me was “expand.” and that was almost right. I do want to expand in my goal setting, in the construction business my husband and I own together, in my parenting skills, in my hospitality. I do want to expand, but it didn’t have the right ring to it.
Then I came across the word “grow,” that was closer to what I want. I want to grow in my faith, and I want to have a successful veggie garden grow this year, I want to grow in knowledge and finally read the 25 books on my reading list. I do want to grow, but it still wasn’t the right fit. So I busted out the thesaurus and I found what I was looking for.
Bloom: as defined by Dictionary.com
to produce or yield blossoms. to flourish or thrive; to cause to flourish or thrive.
Bloom: as defined by Merriam-Webster
to mature into achievement of one’s potential; to flourish in youthful beauty, freshness, or excellence; to shine out.
It’s everything I’ve ever wanted. I want to bloom, yes, but the part that really sold me on this one was “to cause to flourish or thrive,” and that’s my calling and purpose: to cause others to bloom. Because every woman can bloom, and you are meant to bloom.
I was meant to bloom, and to encourage every woman out there to bloom, too. To cause others to thrive and to flourish, to encourage moms, specifically, to step out of the painful overwhelm that I struggled with far too long, to inspire women everywhere to fulfill their potential and to rise up and bloom. That made me stand up and yell “yes, queen! that’s it.”
As I set my intentions for the year to line up with the word “bloom,” God leaned in and told me to spread the word. I’d started a blog a few years back, that I never did name because it was created out of an identity crisis. I didn’t know who I was or who I was meant to be. I’d taken over a year off to focus on spending time with my littles and our newborn with as few distractions as possible. The call to pick it back up and reshape the blog came loud and clear. My mission that I’ve craved for so long and never knew how to go after was now obvious.
Meant To Bloom exists to encourage, empower and enable women to find joy in their motherhood; to free them from the chaotic overwhelm of an unmanageable home; to inspire them to rise above and to bloom.
YOU are meant to bloom.
The weight of motherhood, the responsibilities of everyone depending on you, a million things to do everyday, can be so heavy. You begin to feel buried under it in a cold and dark place. Unable to feel the joy of the sun on your skin. You begin to feel unworthy of that peace and light that you so crave.
You are worthy. You are capable. You are right where you are meant to be. Overwhelm is not having too much to do, it’s not knowing where to start; or worse, having a fear of starting.
You are in a very sacred and beautiful place right now. You are exactly who you are meant to be. Like a bulb beneath the earth, all you may see is darkness, all you may feel is the heaviness over you, but Spring is coming and you’re about to bloom.
Do not be afraid. Do not be anxious. You are a daughter of the one true king and creator of the cosmos. You were created to do this. You were created with intent and purpose. What is pulling on your heart is within your reach. Go get it, girl!
Philippians 4:6-7“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Get your mind clear and your heart prepared. You are the only one holding yourself back. You are your only limitation.
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I was a mom who held myself back. I was convinced that my only option was to be a hot mess. I was miserable. I hated everything. I was so closed off from the idea that life could be any different for me. I was so so wrong and I know there are other moms out there right now, feeling the way I felt and that’s why I put together the Happy Mom Brain Guided Workbook. In the HMB workbook you’ll find all the tools I continue to use to keep my mind from tricking me into thinking I’m unworthy of this beautiful life God has blessed me with.
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