Loving Who God Made You To Be

Hello there lovelies!

Today we have a guest post from my friend Cori. She was one of the first people to volunteer to write a blog post for this new blog post series I wanna do throughout the year and I LOVE what she has to say.

I hope you all receive some encouragement from this lovely gals words of wisdom.

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Well, it’s a new year again and our social media is filled with “New year new me” posts and new years resolutions that will last a couple of weeks.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t see anything wrong with trying to better yourself, but when its all about me, me, me I think we might just be missing the point. My resolution is to grow closer to Christ and to love who He made me.
        The world tells us that it is all about you. You do you. You only live once. I agree to make the most of your life but when your life revolves around you and you only that isn’t exactly what God has planned. God tells us to live humbly and to always put your neighbor before yourself. He tells us to give a homeless man the clothes off our backs if he doesn’t have any. He tells us to pray for our enemies and love them no matter the harm they’ve caused you.  That may not be very easy, but that is what we are called to. There is a difference between loving who God made you and being a self centered jerk
        Now my life hasn’t been that easy. I was sexually abused, I’ve harmed myself and did for many years, and I even attempted suicide. Growing up I’ve had major self esteem problems.  I would look at myself in the mirror and hate everything about my reflection. I would cry at night because I wasn’t good enough for society or even myself. It wasn’t until recently, actually, that I realized  I wasn’t living how God had planned. It took a mental hospital being waved over my head for me to finally get my act together.  My point is this: God made you who you are for a reason and you are perfectly and wonderfully made. He planned out every inch of you, beautifully, inside of your mother and God, the God of the universe, does not make mistakes. (Psalms 139:13-18)
        Now I pray that in this new year you learn to love yourself for who God made you. Not for what the world wants you to be. Serve your Lord with all your heart soul and mind and love every bit of yourself because the creator of everything there ever was and is to come made you and that is pretty amazing if you think about it.
    Now I still deal with all of these things today. I am not saying that life is gonna be a bundle of joy on a sunny day. Life sucks, there’s no other way to put it, but it is so much easier to have hope and to love who God made you to be then to dwell on things and to try to be this perfect person society makes the standard out to be. You will never be perfect. You will never be “Good enough” , but you know what? That’s why Christ died for us. So that in Him we are good enough and always will be. God doesn’t look at us for all the bad things we have done.  He looks at us as perfect, just as He made us perfectly.

“Lord help me to love who You made me to be. Help me serve you in any way that i can in this new year. I pray that in the new year i grow spiritually and grow to love others more than myself, thank you for all these blessings, i pray that my self esteem will be high this year. In your name I pray , Amen.”

Yours Truly,
Cori Heck

Thus Begins A New Chapter

As one chapter comes to an end, another begins.

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I feel like this last week has been me adulting like crazy.

I’ve been meeting with some of my best friends.

I’ve been setting up power and internet stuff.

I’ve been buying furniture and dishes.

I’ve been trying to change my cell phone plan to better fit this next step in life and SO much more.

 

Why?

 

Because I’m moving.

Away from home.

To a new job.

With a new apartment.

 

I will still be around and blogging so don’t worry about that 😉 but yeah. I’m moving. I’ve been living with my giant lovable family for 19 years so this is a weird experience for me as I’m also moving 6 hours away from my family. I’m gonna miss them like crazy but I’m thankful for technology so we can talk frequently and stay connected but I’m also so excited.

I’ll  be moving in with me bookworm, writer and nerdy fangirl bestie so that will make the transition a little easier so thats exciting. (Our tea and book collection combined will be envied by all for sure.) I’ll be moving to a new town and away from the nosy people I’ve had major run ins in town this summer. (#villagelife)

But by moving to a new town it means I’ll (once again saying it) be far from my really good friends, my family, and my church family. I know I will meet new people but I know that even when I do, they won’t ever replace the people I have met here.

The people who have impacted and changed my life.

It’s kinda what I’ve been dwelling on but I know that I’m not leaving forever and so my family and my friends who have become my family will see me again. With that I just want to say this:

No matter where you go, your family and friends will still be with you. Their love goes with you wherever you go. SO if you are called to go across the world then go. Or if you are called to move across town then go. If you are called to another town, city, or village, then GO.

Just do it.

Go.

Have fun. Enjoy life and know that as this new chapter in your life begins that the people you know and love go with you in your heart.

Why You Should Join a Local Writing Group…RIGHT NOW

Hey look!

I’m still alive!

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Its been SO long since I’ve blogged and for that I apologize greatly.

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*weeps* I’m sorrryyyyyyyy. Please don’t hate me.

Life has been a little bit crazy lately but along with that craziness some things have been pushed to the back burner so I could make more room for blogging.

Lucky for you all, you’re gonna get two posts today! (or maybe one tomorrow but I PROMISE if not today then tomorrow) The reason being I do NOT wanna spend this whole post catching you all up on whats been going on in my life lately (because I’m gonna start doing more posts about my boring old life that sometimes has some interesting crap happen) so with that said.

ON WITH THE POST!!

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As a some of you may or may not know, before Christmas I was really struggling with my writing and on the verge of quitting it altogether as I felt like my support from people was getting less and less and doing it all alone was extremely difficult for me. I was on the verge of giving up on writing (except for blogging) entirely when I was received a message from a wonderful woman named Katie. (who also looks like Peggy Carter…Just sayin)

This was went down: “Adriana! I am curious to know if you ended up receiving that Writers Guild brochure that I left with Kristy! I am also wondering if you’re interested in joining the Guild for our first meeting come January 28th. If you’re curious to know more about the Guild feel free to message me and I’ll give you the 411. God Bless <3”

 

Of course I responded right away. Why I did, I don’t understand because I was on the verge of being absolutely done with my writing on a whole. Maybe part of me was wondering if this would be the support I needed? I still don’t really know. But I responded saying I was extremely interested and this was the response I received:

So, we’ll be meeting once a month as a group that is wanting to advance in or writing skills and in our connections with other writers. The meeting will last no longer than two hours and will include the following: prayer, meet and greet, workshop/critique circles/or skill building exercises (it will be one of the four for 60 min), announcements and promotions (15-20 min). Then we close with prayer! The format of the evening will differ based on the content our group needs/wants. 🙂 I actually have a membership I am giving away for free. If you would like to have it I will give it to you.

At this point I had never actually met Katie, only just heard about her from my Aunt (and thats how Katie knew I existed as well haha) So I was so surprised that not only had I never met this woman but she wanted to give me a free membership to join The Writers Guild and the local ‘Chapter’ (instead of calling it a group) for Lethbridge.

So fast forward to a little bit later (January 28th was the first meeting) and I pulled up to the restaurant we were meeting at that night and marched in there, notebook in hand and very unsure of what to expect. I didn’t know anyone going and so I was anxious to walk in there as it appeared a lot of these people knew each other already…and I was right. I walked in to be greeted with a hug from Katie and there were a few others in the room.

I was kinda the newbie as I had never met anyone in this room before so I sat down at the table and kinda slowly eased myself into the conversation. After we all ordered dinner we all got the run down of what meetings were gonna look like and what the Word Guild was all about. And the more I was told about it the more excited I was that I was now a part of this group.

I will say that when it came to sharing about our books and writing and stuff I sounded a little stupid. Cause the attention of 10 other people was on me and I kept stumbling over my words, probably spoke way too fast (as I do when nervous, excited, or uncomfortable) and I could just feel the heat rising from my neck to my face…

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So that was embarrassing…

BUT despite my wanting to curl up in a ball and die after that, I got to hear about other peoples novels AND I felt so much encouragement myself. One of the ladies in the group who is also a published author (Holly C. Wyse. Look her up 😉 She’s great.) offered to help me fix up my novel Holding on To Grace so then I can try again with querying. Which got me SUPER excited.

I could probably go on forever about how amazing that meeting was but I’ll keep it short. This writers group is literally everything I’ve been looking for.  Here are the reasons you should join a local writing group. (Or start one if one doesn’t exist in your area.)

 

1. OTHER WRITERS!

This is an AWESOME opportunity to meet other writers and just spend time talking about what you love.

2. You Can Find Inspiration

Hearing about other peoples stories and writing journeys is something that is super inspiring and encouraging to me. Sometimes I just need to know that where I’m at in my writing, someone else is or was and got past it.

 

3. You Can Learn More About the Writing/Publishing World

In a writing group a lot of people are in a lot of different parts of the writing and publishing process. So its a great way to learn about those next steps you might be taking OR to encourage others and let them know that they will reach their goal soon.

 

4. SUPPORT AND BRAINSTORM BUDDIES

You get the support you need or are looking for and you can give it to others! and also, lots and lots of brainstorming buddies. Like seriously its the best!

 

5. Fun Times

Because how can you NOT have fun with something like this? You are hanging out with other writers, writing with other writers and TALKING about writing with other writers. You just can’t lose!

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Until Next Time!

Adriana G.