I am the love.

In a time where the world is shaken by headlines of murder, injustice, and despicable violence, I find us all asking, "Where is the love?"

I have found the answer.

It is in us. We are the love. We decide how this world will turn every single waking hour of every single day. The way we think about ourselves, the way we speak to others, the way we vote with every penny that we spend. WE are the love. I am the love. It is in all of us, blocked.

Soon these headlines will fade and people will lose interest in the fight for justice. We will move on to the next trend or fad. We will return to the safety and comfort of our blindfold. Until the next tragedy, where we will be thrust back into darkness, wondering where to go from here.

Normalcy will come back, inevitably. It will always come back. But our normal will not create the change that this world needs to rid ourselves of the horrific darkness that sneaks up on us every single day. Every single time a lost, broken soul takes another.

We are the love. It is cultivated in the deepest corners of our souls, the corners we fear to share with our fellow humans. The corners that could bring a little bit of light, a little bit of love. We need your light. Desperately.

What is your light? Whatever it is, unblock the fear that holds it hostage. Release your fear from your body, where it has been thriving off of your insecurity. Throw it away. It is of no use to you, to any of us. We need your light.

I beg of you. Share your light. Show your love. Be vulnerable. Be strong. Be open. Release what is holding your heart back. Hurt is inevitable, but the love is worth it. It will change this world. I can promise you that. We will change this world, we must only love. Love is enough.

Take good care of yourselves, lovelies.

Love Conquers All

The world is so full of tragedies lately and it truly breaks my heart.

This week has brought me personal struggles, which in hindsight are completely irrelevant to what is truly important in this life. My house is a mess. Half of our upper floor is in the process of being painted. I have an exam on Tuesday that I am nowhere near ready for. I haven't done laundry in what seems like a year. I don't have a bathing suit that fits. 

And then you hear about the death, violence, and fear that strikes the world every single day, and all of my insignificant "struggles" are completely washed away. 

We all need to focus on love. We all need it, no matter how small or large our problems are. We all need to give love in every single way that we can. We all need to be kind to the people who need it most - the people who have so much hate in their hearts that they commit treacherous crimes that will stay with the world long after they've been committed. That's who we need to love. That's who needs our kindness most. We need to raise loving babies, kind babies, courageous babies, to grow up and to bring this world peace. 

If there is one thing that I wish for my girls to know deep down in their core is that love conquers all. Love can and will save lives - if we are taught that it can. 

If we could spread love as fast as tragic headlines in the news, this world would be a completely different place. So spread love. Tell someone that they are beautiful, that their soul is beautiful and that they deserve happiness. We all deserve happiness. 

Take good care, lovelies. 

Feelings

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Lately I've felt like I have nothing to say, nothing to share. I have felt empty where I always used to find the comfort of words. I'm not sure why I have had this struggle lately. Perhaps my priorities have been skewed, perhaps my wellbeing has fallen to the bottom of the list. Mostly, I think I have felt irrelevant, hopeless.

It's hard to put art at the top of your priorities when life is handing you a million other things to handle that seem so urgent, so practical. It's hard to put yourself first when you have a home to clean, food to put on the table, countless jobs to do.

I have been struggling lately... Until today. Today I have something to say. Today I read, perhaps a little late, that Joey Feek was released from her pain and sent to heaven. Rory's words have touched me through every post he has made throughout his journey, and his most recent post had me in a pool of tears. It felt like my heart had been split in half.

Of course I did not know Joey but her story, her sweet sweet story, brought me to my knees. I am beyond blessed. I have so many things to share with the world, just as Joey did her whole life. My life is so precious. My loved ones are so unbelievably precious. This life is the most incredible adventure one could ever embark on.

So I need to embrace it. I need to embark on my adventure. I need to remember that life is temporary and oh so fragile. I need to breathe the love in, and send the love right back out. I need to be whole in this experience that is so fleeting. Whether I live an extraordinary life is up to me.

I need to live as Joey lived, touching people's hearts in the most honest way. I need to live as Indy lives, free and spirited and joyful. I need to live as Rory lives, honest and loving and kind.

Rest in peace, beautiful Joey. You are, and always have been the most beautiful angel.

Take care of yourselves, lovelies.

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