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Been thinkin about this: Don't allow yourself to make a big decision on a bad day. And don't quit on the day that it's hardest to get out of bed. The bad days will become better days. The hard days will become the days you'll look back on and say, "I'm really glad I stuck it out THAT DAY, cause look where I'm at NOW." As much as we all hate to admit it, the hardest of days are the days where our true colours show, where our character is challenged to the core and where we can begin to grow. We could certainly shift our perspective and look at it as a growth day instead of a bad day. And no one EVER quits on a growth day. Xx
Been thinkin about this: Don't allow yourself to make a big decision on a bad day. And don't quit on the day that it's hardest to get out of bed. The bad days will become better days. The hard days will become the days you'll look back on and say, "I'm really glad I stuck it out THAT DAY, cause look where I'm at NOW." As much as we all hate to admit it, the hardest of days are the days where our true colours show, where our character is challenged to the core and where we can begin to grow. We could certainly shift our perspective and look at it as a growth day instead of a bad day. And no one EVER quits on a growth day. Xx
You don't have to PROVE anything, girl.
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If you're feeling like I've felt before, many many times - trying to show people how important you really are and therefore placing your value in the hands of others, I want you to do just ONE thing. STOP. There's a lot of things in life you shouldn't stop doing, but proving yourself over and over again is not one of them. Isn't it just exhausting after a while?! By stop I mean this: Stop the scramble, stop the striving, stop the busy, stop forcing everything you put your hand to.
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You were made on purpose for a purpose, and your value NEVER needs to be negotiated. Your value = non negotiable. There should be a rest and a peace in that. Otherwise known as a boundary, you absolutely have the ability and permission (if you grant it to yourself) to SHUT DOWN any conversation or debate that belittles your worth or makes you feel less than everything that you are. The ball is always always in your court and you get to choose. My two cents? Be picky in choosing who you let speak into your life. Who you're around is often the type of person you will eventually become. And on that note - happy friday, loves. May you spend this weekend with people who see your value and the GOLD that you are. 😘
You don't have to PROVE anything, girl. β€’ β€’ If you're feeling like I've felt before, many many times - trying to show people how important you really are and therefore placing your value in the hands of others, I want you to do just ONE thing. STOP. There's a lot of things in life you shouldn't stop doing, but proving yourself over and over again is not one of them. Isn't it just exhausting after a while?! By stop I mean this: Stop the scramble, stop the striving, stop the busy, stop forcing everything you put your hand to. β€’ You were made on purpose for a purpose, and your value NEVER needs to be negotiated. Your value = non negotiable. There should be a rest and a peace in that. Otherwise known as a boundary, you absolutely have the ability and permission (if you grant it to yourself) to SHUT DOWN any conversation or debate that belittles your worth or makes you feel less than everything that you are. The ball is always always in your court and you get to choose. My two cents? Be picky in choosing who you let speak into your life. Who you're around is often the type of person you will eventually become. And on that note - happy friday, loves. May you spend this weekend with people who see your value and the GOLD that you are. 😘
WHO SURVIVED THE POLAR ICE CAP TEMPERATURES IN TORONTO THIS WEEKEND?! (negative32forreal) I am giving YOU one big "standing O" right now (on my couch with a glass of wine in hand, but I am). Our face for most of this past weekend above πŸ‘†πŸΌ for real, I'm pretty certain Canadians have thicker skin because we simply need it to survive. -1 degree felt WARM AND BALMY when I stepped outside this morning. I love the snow on Christmas and New Years but now I'm pretty sure I'm over it and fully ready to rock sundresses, skirts, and tank tops again...but I am enjoying this leg shaving break 😏 who's with me?! #bringbackmrsun #pleaseshinedownonmeeeee #blogcontentisimpossibleintheseconditions
WHO SURVIVED THE POLAR ICE CAP TEMPERATURES IN TORONTO THIS WEEKEND?! (negative32forreal) I am giving YOU one big "standing O" right now (on my couch with a glass of wine in hand, but I am). Our face for most of this past weekend above πŸ‘†πŸΌ for real, I'm pretty certain Canadians have thicker skin because we simply need it to survive. -1 degree felt WARM AND BALMY when I stepped outside this morning. I love the snow on Christmas and New Years but now I'm pretty sure I'm over it and fully ready to rock sundresses, skirts, and tank tops again...but I am enjoying this leg shaving break 😏 who's with me?! #bringbackmrsun  #pleaseshinedownonmeeeee  #blogcontentisimpossibleintheseconditions 
I believe it's important to head into a new year with new intentions and goals. Usually for me, this comes with a word that I want to grow in throughout the whole year. For 2018, I couldn't decide what my word was supposed to be.
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It wasn't until I went to a dream planning party for 2018 (inspired by @horacioprinting πŸ’•) that one of my besties hit the word right on the head.
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That word is R E L E A S E as you may have seen on our last insta post. I wanted to unpack this word and give 3 different ways I believe this word will change the way I view a LOT of things this year! It's ALL on the blog!
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Click the #linkinbio to read our NEW blog post in full and let us know what you think in the comments! ❀️❀️❀️
I believe it's important to head into a new year with new intentions and goals. Usually for me, this comes with a word that I want to grow in throughout the whole year. For 2018, I couldn't decide what my word was supposed to be. . It wasn't until I went to a dream planning party for 2018 (inspired by @horacioprinting πŸ’•) that one of my besties hit the word right on the head. . . That word is R E L E A S E as you may have seen on our last insta post. I wanted to unpack this word and give 3 different ways I believe this word will change the way I view a LOT of things this year! It's ALL on the blog! . . Click the #linkinbio  to read our NEW blog post in full and let us know what you think in the comments! ❀️❀️❀️
Red lipstick and sunnies always do the trick. You're welcome ❀️
Red lipstick and sunnies always do the trick. You're welcome ❀️
HNY! 2018 just has a nice ring to it, don't you think? I believe that it's important to head into a new year with new intentions and goals. 
This year, my word is:
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R E L E A S E .
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I have been holding onto a lot of things in life with a VERY firm grip, and the end of this year I realized that because of this grip, I was squeezing out the room for God to work in and through me. 2017 was definitely one of the greatest years ever, but I know the best is still ahead. The word "release" for me is a year about being still, letting God do the heavy lifting, and focusing on others rather than myself. It's about loosening the grip and letting God into every single space of my life. It's about letting things come out of the overflow rather than striving for success. It's about redefining what leadership and servanthood are - and learning who I'm uniquely called to be in this areas.
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 We are praying that this will be the year of breakthrough for you ❀️ What's your word for 2018?!? Leave it in the comments below πŸ‘‡πŸΌ
HNY! 2018 just has a nice ring to it, don't you think? I believe that it's important to head into a new year with new intentions and goals. This year, my word is: . . R E L E A S E . . I have been holding onto a lot of things in life with a VERY firm grip, and the end of this year I realized that because of this grip, I was squeezing out the room for God to work in and through me. 2017 was definitely one of the greatest years ever, but I know the best is still ahead. The word "release" for me is a year about being still, letting God do the heavy lifting, and focusing on others rather than myself. It's about loosening the grip and letting God into every single space of my life. It's about letting things come out of the overflow rather than striving for success. It's about redefining what leadership and servanthood are - and learning who I'm uniquely called to be in this areas. . . . We are praying that this will be the year of breakthrough for you ❀️ What's your word for 2018?!? Leave it in the comments below πŸ‘‡πŸΌ
HELLO AGAIN FROM THESE TWO CRAZIES! We wanted to pop over on here and say MERRY CHRISTMAS (yes, very late). But I wanted to encourage you with some stuff I've been walking out as we approach the big 2-0-1-8!
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I'm the queen of thinking I've learned something overnight. I've never been a fan of the process, and these past couple months have been a time of going through the process instead of going around it. Of walking through the valley instead of over, under, or just straight up AWAY from it. It's been the time of THROUGH. And while it has certainly had its dark, difficult moments, I've had a peace and moments with God unlike many seasons before. Moments of stripping back everything around me to find a new understanding of my identity and value in Him. Of understanding WHO I am called to be outside of any title, role, job, or expectation. 2017 was a pretty wild ride - with a lot of high highs and some low lows (as every year always has). I've definitely taken a step back with our very consistent posting on Awaken Her to self-reflect and strip back some distractions, which included my phone and social media. Our personal well being is MUCH more important than our public persona, I hope you know that and know that while you may feel the pressures of the world coming at you from left and right - you have the ability to sit back and reflect from the inside out. Coming to the end of the year is a BIG DEAL full of achievements and the opportunity to look back, reflect, celebrate, and set goals for the future. If you feel like the busy-ness of life has been too overwhelming for a SELAH moment right now - we give YOU that permission and believe that in the resting there is a place of refresh and reset for the BEST YEAR headed your way. We believe it, truly. Love you all more than you know xx. ❀️😘
HELLO AGAIN FROM THESE TWO CRAZIES! We wanted to pop over on here and say MERRY CHRISTMAS (yes, very late). But I wanted to encourage you with some stuff I've been walking out as we approach the big 2-0-1-8! β€’ I'm the queen of thinking I've learned something overnight. I've never been a fan of the process, and these past couple months have been a time of going through the process instead of going around it. Of walking through the valley instead of over, under, or just straight up AWAY from it. It's been the time of THROUGH. And while it has certainly had its dark, difficult moments, I've had a peace and moments with God unlike many seasons before. Moments of stripping back everything around me to find a new understanding of my identity and value in Him. Of understanding WHO I am called to be outside of any title, role, job, or expectation. 2017 was a pretty wild ride - with a lot of high highs and some low lows (as every year always has). I've definitely taken a step back with our very consistent posting on Awaken Her to self-reflect and strip back some distractions, which included my phone and social media. Our personal well being is MUCH more important than our public persona, I hope you know that and know that while you may feel the pressures of the world coming at you from left and right - you have the ability to sit back and reflect from the inside out. Coming to the end of the year is a BIG DEAL full of achievements and the opportunity to look back, reflect, celebrate, and set goals for the future. If you feel like the busy-ness of life has been too overwhelming for a SELAH moment right now - we give YOU that permission and believe that in the resting there is a place of refresh and reset for the BEST YEAR headed your way. We believe it, truly. Love you all more than you know xx. ❀️😘
When you change ONE ☝🏼️ world, you change THE world.
When you change ONE ☝🏼️ world, you change THE world.
πŸ™‹πŸΌ REAL TALK πŸ™‹πŸΌ
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Yesterday, this girl and I grabbed a coffee and didn't talk once about our blog, about a new strategy, about social media, about email marketing, about website or anything related to our little side hustle we call Awaken Her.
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The only thing we talked about was our ❀️HEARTS❀️. How we're pursuing personal health above public praise. How we need to be more interested in what God thinks about us than what the world does. How we're gonna be intentional about fostering a real, raw friendship with each other before a project/blog/business. That we're only going to do something if it's out of the overflow. No more striving, scraping, beating ourselves into a success story - because to be completely honest, I've let the rat race get into my head. I've let the numbers on here mean more than they should. And lately I've been reminded that my soul sister(s) HEARTS will always be the priority. @elizabethvgregory has the biggest most beautiful heart, and I pray and believe that we can get back to the MISSION of why we started this. Because hearts like hers need to shine, they need to gush life and love and truth. They need a space to share the good, the real, the difficult, the inspiring, the mundane everyday lessons that every girl's gotta face. A space to share so that maybe a girl can see her story in ours and know that she's not alone. She's not a failure, she's not hopeless.
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It's never been a numbers thing; it's always been a heart thing.
πŸ™‹πŸΌ REAL TALK πŸ™‹πŸΌ β€’ Yesterday, this girl and I grabbed a coffee and didn't talk once about our blog, about a new strategy, about social media, about email marketing, about website or anything related to our little side hustle we call Awaken Her. β€’ β€’ The only thing we talked about was our ❀️HEARTS❀️. How we're pursuing personal health above public praise. How we need to be more interested in what God thinks about us than what the world does. How we're gonna be intentional about fostering a real, raw friendship with each other before a project/blog/business. That we're only going to do something if it's out of the overflow. No more striving, scraping, beating ourselves into a success story - because to be completely honest, I've let the rat race get into my head. I've let the numbers on here mean more than they should. And lately I've been reminded that my soul sister(s) HEARTS will always be the priority. @elizabethvgregory has the biggest most beautiful heart, and I pray and believe that we can get back to the MISSION of why we started this. Because hearts like hers need to shine, they need to gush life and love and truth. They need a space to share the good, the real, the difficult, the inspiring, the mundane everyday lessons that every girl's gotta face. A space to share so that maybe a girl can see her story in ours and know that she's not alone. She's not a failure, she's not hopeless. β€’ It's never been a numbers thing; it's always been a heart thing.
2 Corinthians 3:5 (NLT) says, "It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God."
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God is enough. Where in my life have I started believing that He isn't enough? That He isn't the fullness of everything my entire being was created for? The areas I've kept Him out of are the areas I am most unqualified in - because He is the one who qualifies. Without His presence, those areas will constantly be less than what He intended them for - they may be good, but He has created us for GREATNESS. ❀️ the beginning of understanding that is the beginning of wholeness and freedom in Him.
2 Corinthians 3:5 (NLT) says, "It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God." β€’ God is enough. Where in my life have I started believing that He isn't enough? That He isn't the fullness of everything my entire being was created for? The areas I've kept Him out of are the areas I am most unqualified in - because He is the one who qualifies. Without His presence, those areas will constantly be less than what He intended them for - they may be good, but He has created us for GREATNESS. ❀️ the beginning of understanding that is the beginning of wholeness and freedom in Him.
Find friends who will sit with you for hours talking about life, love, ups and downs and everything in between.
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Find friends who will make you laugh until you pee. Friends who make you smile.
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Find friends who will protect your heart and champion the future you - the ones who cheer on everything you're stepping into.
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Find friends who genuinely want the best for you in every area of life - not just what's convenient for them.
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Friends who will push you out of your comfort zone and then remind you of who you are in the scary zone.
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Find friends who love you for who you are and will fight for you.
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But first, be that friend.
Find friends who will sit with you for hours talking about life, love, ups and downs and everything in between. β€’ Find friends who will make you laugh until you pee. Friends who make you smile. β€’ Find friends who will protect your heart and champion the future you - the ones who cheer on everything you're stepping into. β€’ Find friends who genuinely want the best for you in every area of life - not just what's convenient for them. β€’ Friends who will push you out of your comfort zone and then remind you of who you are in the scary zone. β€’ Find friends who love you for who you are and will fight for you. β€’ But first, be that friend.
I've been going through a crazy season of re-establishing my identity, understanding my value and recognizing the lies that I still believe about God and myself. It's funny to go through seasons like this because these are the things I'm most passionate about sharing and helping other people understand about themselves.
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When you start speaking these truths and promise over people over and over again, it surfaces the things that still haven't been completely solidified in your own heart. And it's the most uncomfortable thing! We never arrive. Ever, and the moment we start to think we have arrived is a moment of serious danger and lack of growth. This has been, for me, the reality that I haven't arrived in understanding my complete identity in God. There's always more.
|| HOW TO FIGHT LIES WITH TRUTH || read more: #linkinbio
I've been going through a crazy season of re-establishing my identity, understanding my value and recognizing the lies that I still believe about God and myself. It's funny to go through seasons like this because these are the things I'm most passionate about sharing and helping other people understand about themselves. β€’ When you start speaking these truths and promise over people over and over again, it surfaces the things that still haven't been completely solidified in your own heart. And it's the most uncomfortable thing! We never arrive. Ever, and the moment we start to think we have arrived is a moment of serious danger and lack of growth. This has been, for me, the reality that I haven't arrived in understanding my complete identity in God. There's always more. || HOW TO FIGHT LIES WITH TRUTH || read more: #linkinbio 
"What is done in love, is done well." - Vincent Van Gogh
"What is done in love, is done well." - Vincent Van Gogh
NEW BLOG POST
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"LIE: The praise of people will fulfill me.
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TRUTH: Proverbs 29:25-26 "The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. Everyone tries to get help from the leader, but only God will give us justice."
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People are people. People will fail. If we make our decisions based on other people's opinions, we will keep taking one step forward and then two steps backward. And seeking validation in others will always leave us feeling empty and unfulfilled. Our purpose and passion needs to go so much deeper than the praise of people. God is the only constant, who will assure us over and over and over again that EVERYTHING we need can be found in him. Including our worth and our value and our validation."
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Click the #linkinbio to read 3 lies I've been believing in this last season, and how I've been facing them with truth. Maybe you'll relate to one or more of them πŸ’• xx
NEW BLOG POST β€’ β€’ "LIE: The praise of people will fulfill me. β€’ TRUTH: Proverbs 29:25-26 "The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. Everyone tries to get help from the leader, but only God will give us justice." β€’ People are people. People will fail. If we make our decisions based on other people's opinions, we will keep taking one step forward and then two steps backward. And seeking validation in others will always leave us feeling empty and unfulfilled. Our purpose and passion needs to go so much deeper than the praise of people. God is the only constant, who will assure us over and over and over again that EVERYTHING we need can be found in him. Including our worth and our value and our validation." β€’ Click the #linkinbio  to read 3 lies I've been believing in this last season, and how I've been facing them with truth. Maybe you'll relate to one or more of them πŸ’• xx
When I meet up with an old friend or a new friend for coffee and life chats, I am honestly in my happy place. It doesn't matter if we're talking about the most silliest, stupid things or the deep heart things. I'm obsessed with friends who speak life into each other's situations. Who love laughing their faces off together. Who celebrate instead of tear down. Who uplift and bring truth and honesty into each other's lives. I love friends who love like a sisterhood. Always have each other's back, always protect each other's reputation, always speaking to the future with hope. Tag a friend (or friends) who are THIS ☝🏼 in your world. πŸ’•
When I meet up with an old friend or a new friend for coffee and life chats, I am honestly in my happy place. It doesn't matter if we're talking about the most silliest, stupid things or the deep heart things. I'm obsessed with friends who speak life into each other's situations. Who love laughing their faces off together. Who celebrate instead of tear down. Who uplift and bring truth and honesty into each other's lives. I love friends who love like a sisterhood. Always have each other's back, always protect each other's reputation, always speaking to the future with hope. Tag a friend (or friends) who are THIS ☝🏼 in your world. πŸ’•
BENEATH THE SURFACE
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I never really know EVERYTHING that is in my massive tote bag until I have to use it. Example: bad breathe, I remember that I have mints. Chapped lips, I remember I stuck a Chapstick in there a couple weeks ago. Need a pen? Dig around with my hand at the very bottom until I feel one and take it out. Our bags - they're kinda like us, I think. We don't know what kind of strength is truly inside us until we're put in situations where we need to dig it out. Bravery? You don't know how brave you can truly be until you are faced with a scary situation. Perseverance? You find out how far you can keep pressing when there's no other way but forward. Patience? You never realize how patient you can be until you NEED to be. There's so much more potential and strength inside of you than you ever realize. Just because you don't see it yet, doesn't mean it's not there. Xx
BENEATH THE SURFACE β€’ β€’ β€’ I never really know EVERYTHING that is in my massive tote bag until I have to use it. Example: bad breathe, I remember that I have mints. Chapped lips, I remember I stuck a Chapstick in there a couple weeks ago. Need a pen? Dig around with my hand at the very bottom until I feel one and take it out. Our bags - they're kinda like us, I think. We don't know what kind of strength is truly inside us until we're put in situations where we need to dig it out. Bravery? You don't know how brave you can truly be until you are faced with a scary situation. Perseverance? You find out how far you can keep pressing when there's no other way but forward. Patience? You never realize how patient you can be until you NEED to be. There's so much more potential and strength inside of you than you ever realize. Just because you don't see it yet, doesn't mean it's not there. Xx
It's green where you water it. So what do you water? Sometimes the green is good, and sometimes it's overgrown.
It's green where you water it. So what do you water? Sometimes the green is good, and sometimes it's overgrown.
The cross has the final word. Not your doubt, failures, your level of education or race, background - not even your family and friends can speak the final word over your life. You can't talk yourself out of the gift of heaven, it stands regardless of your acceptance of it. That's the scandal of grace and the gift of the Cross. When Jesus took his final breathe and said IT IS FINISHED, it really was. Your pain? Finished. Regret? Finished. Captivity and bondage? You got it: finished. Where in your life do you need to remind yourself today that IT IS FINISHED? Double tap if you're ready to step into the freedom of FINISHED. ❀️
The cross has the final word. Not your doubt, failures, your level of education or race, background - not even your family and friends can speak the final word over your life. You can't talk yourself out of the gift of heaven, it stands regardless of your acceptance of it. That's the scandal of grace and the gift of the Cross. When Jesus took his final breathe and said IT IS FINISHED, it really was. Your pain? Finished. Regret? Finished. Captivity and bondage? You got it: finished. Where in your life do you need to remind yourself today that IT IS FINISHED? Double tap if you're ready to step into the freedom of FINISHED. ❀️