Hello July! What a month you are. Historically a very good month for me. I’ve taken trips back home to Seattle in July. It was July when I embraced a whole new mindset and lifestyle that I still practice to this day. I met some of what have become my most favorite VIPs in my life in July…just to name a few things.

I guess you could say it seems to be a time that God smiles on me. And I have no doubt this time around will be any different.

That doesn’t mean that July (or any other day or month of my life) hasn’t dealt me hardship. But over time I have learned to allow those times to make me stronger and to appreciate the good times even more.

I’m a firm believer that you can’t truly appreciate the sunshine without a little rain.

I’ve been sidelined for a while with an injury that hasn’t allowed me to be my normal self. And it’s been tough. The physical pain was bad enough but what it did to my spirit was worse. So, with today being the first day of July it was the perfect day to re-start a lot of things…my running, improving my eating habits, renewing my spirit and mindset as well.

Today on my run I spent a lot of time in prayer. It felt so good to be back out there, communing with The Creator. I felt peace again for the first time in a long time. Now the struggle will be to keep that peace!

I hope when you have a time that your life feels in chaos, or worse, empty, that you can get back to a space that reawakens you. Sometimes we have to look a little harder to find it but the work you put into finding it is worth it!

I got so tired of ALLOWING, yes ALLOWING other people and situations to steal my joy.

I feel thankful that the calendar reminded me today to seek out the joy I’ve known. So come on July…let’s do it again! Let’s make some great memories!

As always, friends…be kind, show love, be grateful and take no-one for granted. Tomorrow is never promised.