I remember when I was in high school and I was so eager to graduate. If you asked me then, graduation couldn’t come soon enough. I had already planned out what my life would be like as a college freshman. I would have my dorm meticulously decorated like the rooms saved on my Pinterest board.
On one hand, the summer has just started but on the other, it feels like it’s halfway over -- how is that possible?! The transitions of the seasons and months remind me how important it is to spend time on the things and people that matter.
If you would’ve told me a few years ago that I would basically have an aversion to social media today, I wouldn’t have believed you. I mean I’m the girl who was taking selfies before selfies were even a thing. I would take my purple Nikon point and shoot camera and go to town having daily selfie sessions.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never really planned for setbacks. Well, let me not lie. I am very Type A, so I always have a plan for a plan, but for the most part, I never actually planned on using those backup plans.
Happy April! Man, did March fly by or what? I feel like I say this every month, but I really felt it this time around. There was a lot going on in the month March, and because of this, I didn’t make as much progress as I would’ve liked to with my monthly goals.
If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve always been the Type A perfectionist type. The type who is very performance based and seeks perfection in everything she does. While that may sound like a positive for some, in some ways it served as a detriment to me. It was my secret.
Has there been something that God has imprinted on your heart that you can’t shake? Do you have a burden to get a message across and to see a certain type of people flourish? That burden is your God-given vision.
Are you losing focus? Lately, the Lord has shown me that I've lost focus. I've forgotten His power. I've forgotten His promises. Instead, I've been focusing on my emotions and the severity of my situation. I've taken my focus off the cross and put it in my circumstances. Can you relate?
I love the promise of spring. After the harshness and bitterness of winter, the spring comes to bring the dead back to life, signaling a fresh, new beginning. It reminds me that regardless of what happened last season, each new season is an invitation for a clean slate, a fresh start.
Brooke Wilson is #FearfullyFashioned. Raised as a Texas girl, Brooke now lives with her husband in Tulsa, OK, where she works and coaches at a local school. Brooke’s ministry, Living Unshackled, was birthed from several years of battling comparison, insecurity, anxiety, and more.
As a life coach, goals are probably one of my main focuses. I love to set them myself, and I love to coach my clients on creating and achieving them. I love how they create intention and purpose in one’s life. But lately, my goals have shifted.
I’m pretty sure that whoever said life is a balancing act was preacher, because that is a word right there! Most of the time, I feel like I’m gracefully trying to stick the balance beam routine of life. I’m sure that you can relate to my struggle.
Friendships have never been my strong suit. For the most part they have ebbed and flowed with the different seasons of my life. I guess you can say that most of my friendships have always been a convenience -- they served me well for that particular season, but when that season was up, so was the friendship.
Unbeknownst to me, striving has always been a huge part of my life; It’s like a birthmark that I never knew I had, but has always been with me. Because of this embedded character trait, I was never satisfied with normal.
For the most part, I would say that I’ve always been a genuinely positive person. When I was younger, my sisters said that if they wanted to, they could’ve thrown me down the stairs and I would’ve still came back to them singing and smiling.
Johnaé Elease is #FearfullyFashioned. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of online community, The Happy Joy. As a servant, singer, and writer, she uses her gifts and talents to win souls for the Kingdom. She credits God as the primary reason for her joy, happiness, and success.
These days, I hardly listen to music. I have entered into a stage of life where I want to be constantly in a state of flourishing, meaning that I want nothing more than to be in a state of constant growth. Personal and spiritual growth is woven into every fiber of my being, hence why my personal motto is to "always be growing and in pursuit of purpose."
If we are being real, contentment is something that I’ve always struggled with. When I was going through high school, I would remember hating my small town, wishing I was in a more exciting and upwardly mobile city. I was so excited to move away and start college life.
Fat. Ugly. Weird. Misunderstood. Understood. Undesirable. These are the words that defined my self-talk. These words weren’t in my original vocabulary. They were the words given to me by the devil and his lies.
I am so passionate about the women of God. My heart is to see women live and lead a life that is pleasing to God’s purpose and plan. When God created us, He placed a fire inside of us. He entrusted a vision with us to make things happen for His kingdom.
My whole entire life I’ve always craved some form of stability. I crafted my plans to support a life of comfort and what I thought to be safe and sound living. How many of us go about life striving to do the same - to create a life of comfort and tradition? I would base my plans on what I could see and know to be “wise” or "true," but of course God was calling me to everything but that.
Due to an unexpected seasonal cold and the intense preparation of midterms, I had intentionally avoided doing work for Fearfully Fashioned during these past few weeks. Every time I saw an email, I politely filed it away because I knew that I didn’t have the energy to answer it gracefully.