We took this photo above in Spain a month after miscarriage. I remember what was behind those smiles. As we traveled to get away from our life at home, we quickly realized we brought those feelings of heartbreak with us. We were still in the thick of healing here.

When I’m going through a hard time, I find it hard to show up (especially with the nature of my job online). I’ve found what has helped me is to use what’s holding me back from showing up as a way for me TO show up. Just the other day I shared a post about what the past few months have been like for us, to be blunt, it was highlighting a lot of our negative circumstances. What I turned it around into though was that I won’t feel defeated or hopeless. God is still good, even when my circumstances are not.

I never want to go online and complain about my circumstances, but I do think it’s important to acknowledge it’s not all rainbows and butterflies behind the curated, edited squares of Instagram. For a long time, that was hard for me. I felt like it wasn’t the positive route, and my goal being a content creator has always been to be a light. I want my corner of the internet to be the space you can exhale and feel light, never heavy. The reality is, that’s not reality! Life brings hardships and the more I’ve become comfortable with sharing what we are walking through the more I have connected to my readers, the more I have found my community and the more I have felt supported, as well as an opportunity to encourage others. It’s also what helped lift me up to stay positive, even through a hard season. It’s not that you have to be happy all the time, it means that even when you’re having hard days, you believe there are better ones to come!

In today’s Podcast episode we’re talking about how to stay positive in a hard season, which I know so many of us are in right now (globally) and I think it’s fitting with a lot of what I’ve learned about not being in control. We cannot control what happens to us, but we do have a choice over of how we will respond, how we want to show up in those seasons and how we will choose to still find joy and purpose in them. Whatever you are walking through, don’t minimize it, all feelings are valid. We hope we can encourage you to still find gratitude and joy, even when there’s a storm, because there is always a rainbow on the way…

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