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Happy Friday my beautiful friends!
As many of you know, if you've been reading the blog for the past couple of months, then you'd know that I've been going through a rough season. I don't want to harp on it, but at the same time, I feel that sometimes it's necessary to get a little real and be open and honest about life. With social media and its perfect looking and carefully curated photos, it can be easy to give the appearance of having a perfect, well put together life either intentionally or unintentionally. As creatives, many of us do so unintentionally because we use the blogosphere as a creative outlet, but sometimes it's necessary to share what we're going through, so that our readers are reminded that we, too, are human and experience hard, trying times as well. 
I won't list each thing I've experienced, these past couple of months especially, but I will say that since the start of the new year, it's been a constant battle to remain faithful and optimistic, but my family and I have been persevering. It's through rough bumps in the road that you learn what you're truly made of and how committed those who are around you are to you. You'll often be surprised to learn how strong you really are and at the same time, you'll be surprised to learn that those who you may have thought would be there at your weakest moments aren't anywhere to be found. At the same time, you may discover that those you least expected to be there are the ones with sleeves rolled up. Life has a funny way of getting our attention and teaching us valuable lessons. 
You may or may not be going through a challenging time right now, but I can assure you at some point you will because that's life and no one has a perfect story no matter how perfect their social media accounts look, that's a fact. So, I say when life gives you lemons, look for every recipe you can find with lemons and make it. Look for ways to be optimistic in the midst of your circumstances. Remember, when we set behavioral or self-improvement goals, the only way to improve in those areas is to experience situations that will force and challenge us to improve in those areas of weakness. You can't gain strength without resistance. 
I hope you feel encouraged in knowing that you're stronger than your situation(s) and it's a fact that you'll come out of it wiser and more compassionate than when it first began. 
Thanks so much for stopping by, my sweet friends, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!


XO, 

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