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One of the things I find most fascinating about life are the sometimes unpredictable, yet very valuable, life lessons learned when you least expect them.

valuable life lessons learned from my treadmill
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It may seem silly when you read that title, but my treadmill has taught me some profound life lessons worth holding onto.

Still curious? Here’s what I’ve learned …

Valuable Life Lessons In The Most Surprising Places


Lesson # 1: Just Get Moving!

Do you have a dream in your heart you’d love to see happen, but you feel stuck with a lack of purpose? Does it seem like life is passing you by while everyone else is living?

Maybe it’s time to consider: What can I do today that will bring me one step closer to living the life I long for?

Even if the step you can take today is small, it’s still forward momentum! Don’t despise small beginnings. In time, your faithfulness, dedication and perseverance turn into big blessings.

I’m a self professed dreamer, so I get it. The problem we can create is that we run into “analysis paralysis;” too many options and too few plans to make any of them actually happen!

Recently on Instagram I shared a quote that I love. It reads, “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” – Rudyard Kipling

In life, I’ve found that with anything, the first few steps are the hardest!

Consider a baby attempting to walk the first few tries. You can expect some wobble and falls as they attempt to stand on their own two feet.

As mature adults, we experience ‘our first steps’ all over again. At this stage in life, it may be a little harder. We’ve experienced the bumps, bruises and bangs life can throw our way. We’d rather not experience that hurt again.

The thing about fear is that it will paralyze us into inaction if we’re not careful. It will rob us of all that we could have done, could have been and ever dreamed of being.

When we take that first step and just get moving – our fear becomes less of a giant and more of a stepping stone to greater. – Holly ♥ #fear #lifelessons #getmoving

We realize that we really do hold the power to shape and transform our lives no matter what lie the fear is trying to feed us.

We see that with each step forward, we are closer than we were one step prior.

We begin to realize that we may not be where we want to be, but because we are moving, at least we’re on our way there!

What dream has been lying dormant in your heart? What small step can you take right now to bring you that much closer to it becoming your reality?


Lesson # 2: Just Keep Walking!

I’m not going to pretend that I don’t sometimes wish for the easy button in life! I’ve been plenty guilty of wishing for that ‘instant fix’ to a troubling situation.

The problem with this theory of instant gratification is that there is power in your perseverance!

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams

Perseverance and consistency produce growth in us like few other things can. Ever heard the saying, “Nothing worth having will ever come easy?” You & I both know it’s true, even when we wish it weren’t.

Sometimes, just like it is on a treadmill, we have to simply keep walking by faith, even when we don’t yet see the ‘results’ (or answers) we desire.

We can’t see the results of better health, more limber joints and less tense muscles or weight loss right away, but we can trust by faith that if we keep persevering, we will reach our goal.

We may not always feel like pushing through the pain or discomfort in this life. Some days we may not understand why we are walking the path we are.

The road may seem terribly dark and uncertain. Fear might be trying to grip your very soul. Just keep walking!

It reminds me of this Scripture:

As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.

We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

Hebrews 12:1-2 (TPT)

Though at times we feel like we are simply ‘spinning our wheels’ and nothing is changing, just keep walking.

If we are steadfast, choosing faith over fear, we will see the manifestation of that which we have believed for.

The results of your faith may not be instantaneous. It may not happen when we’d like for it to.

Just keep walking…. the answer is on the way!


valuable life lessons learned on a treadmill

Lesson # 3: There Will Be Ups and Downs

Oh yeah my friend, life has an ‘incline’ button too! Have you ever tried one of the pre-programmed workouts on a treadmill? Or boosted the incline to 7+?

It’s hard & it hurts! But here’s the interesting part…

The harder the challenge, the greater the results.

There have been times when that incline or speed increased and I thought, “There’s no way I can do this!” But I could and I did.

Self doubt kicks in and we start to allow the word “can’t” into our thoughts and our words. If we aren’t careful to kick can’t to the curb, our actions will follow through until our reality reflects a “can’t mentality.”

  • We may have to make sacrifices along the way.
  • We may have to examine and fix some of our limiting beliefs.
  • Certain relationships may need to be let go of.
  • We may need to move to get away from toxic people and situations.
  • Or perhaps we have to make a decision that is necessary but not easy.

Whatever the cost, it could never cost more than living with the regret of choosing “comfortable and familiar” over “chaotic but victorious.”


Lesson # 4: Our Pace Is Our Own

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.

Zen Shin

We are one-of-a-kind masterpieces. How then do we dare to compare our journey or our pace to anyone else?

We can’t. Let me rephrase: we can but we won’t get an accurate picture of where we actually are on our own journey or who we are meant to be and what we are called to do.

If I take my eyes off of the race set before me while trying to look at you, I’m going to stumble and fall.

I’m going to lose what’s great about me while trying to either be you or outdo you.

Some of our greatest blessings come by learning from those ahead of us and teaching those behind us. – Holly ♥ #lifelessons #motivation

Trying to keep up with a pace that was never created for us brings a burden of stress we can’t carry. We crack under the immense pressure. Why?

It’s not your pace or your race. You can’t carry what you were never designed for. You have been equipped for your journey and no one else’s.


Lesson # 5: What Powers You?

Of all the valuable life lessons learned from my treadmill, this is one of my favorites.

Treadmills are either electric or self propelled. Either way, if there’s no power, there’s no potential.

You know what it’s like to have your energy tank running on ‘E.’ Your ‘get up and go’ is gone.

There are seasons in life that leave us feeling this way; powerless, hopeless, full of fear, doubt, worry and insecurity. This world is experiencing such a time right now as I write this.

So, where does your power come from when everything seems to fall apart?

For me, it’s my relationship with Holy Spirit and His life-giving love. Prayer is power, my friend.


Lesson # 6: Sloooooow Down!

A push outside of our comfort zones is what we need occasionally. You know how it is – we get stuck in our routines and forget to actually live life!

One of the biggest problems I see today is this idea that busyness equals productivity. It doesn’t.

The more frazzled we become by our ‘just say yes culture,’ the less we actually achieve. Overwhelming amounts of stress are killing us and the burdens of unrealistic expectations rob our relationships and contentment.

Scientists studying brain scans recently discovered that moments of creativity take place when the mind is at rest rather than working on something. And since creative approaches are so crucial to success, workaholics are working themselves out a job.

Neuroscience: Relaxing Makes You More Creative

There are times when I hit my stride on the treadmill and keep a swift pace. Other days, I need a relaxing, leisurely walk.

Life off of the treadmill isn’t much different. We need to not only acknowledge how we feel but give value to it.

At times, life can be a delicate balance between going with the flow or simply saying no. – Holly ♥ #stress #justsayno #lifebalance

Related: 10 Ways To Manage Stress at Reclaiming Hope Coaching


Lesson # 7 – Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

If I am only able to maintain a speed of around 2mph and I set it for 8mph instead – I’m going to get seriously hurt!

If I can only do 1 mile without feeling like I’m going to keel over, it’s best I not try for that 2nd or 3rd mile…yet!

Setting smaller goals are a great way to build up self-worth and a belief in yourself. These are goals you can achieve today that will help you realize you can achieve your big goals too.

Examples:

  • You may not be able to do 2 miles yet, but maybe you can handle 1.5 miles
  • You’d like to have an extra $500 in your savings account but all you can afford today is $25. That’s okay – start there!
  • You’d like a better marriage but it feels impossible. Show an act of love or kindness today that will set the tone for change
  • You’d love a successful business. What are your biggest roadblocks to success? Research ways to creatively solve those problems! Each problem eliminated makes the unattainable nature of your dream that much smaller 🙂

Every little thing we do to replace, “I can’t” with, “I did it!” boosts our confidence that we already have everything we need to be successful.

Ever wondered how to get motivated to start? Set a goal and do it!

When we accomplish a goal we’ve set out to do, our brains release dopamine, the chemical responsible for a “high” of feel goodness.

Every time you complete a reward-motivated behavior, more dopamine gets released. Now you’re on a roll of achievements and look back to realize just how far you’ve come!

Long-term goals are critical for clarity. Short term goals are critical for confidence. – Holly – wholenesshaven.com ♥ #goals #confidence


Life Is A Journey of Loving and Learning

Some of our most valuable life lessons come in ‘hard pills to swallow.’ It’s not always easy to face challenges head-on. Fear would have us stop walking, stop trying and just accept defeat.

It can be discouraging at times when we try to face our fears and find that they still get the best of us sometimes. Believe you me, I understand.

What matters is we don’t stop walking and moving forward. One of my favorite quotes is this one:


What valuable life lessons can you share with me that you too have experienced in unusual places? I love hearing your thoughts.

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Sending You All My Very Best Love and Well Wishes,

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67 Comments

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed. One of these days I’m going to write a shorter blog post! 😂 It always starts out with the very best of intentions, hah!

  1. I love these. These are all great lessons…get moving being one of the biggest and greatest. If one can just find the courage to start—to move—-the rest follows and falls in place.
    Thank you for sharing. Wonderful analogy!

    1. I completely agree with you! Getting started is the hardest part — once we realize that we can, the rest does fall into place, just as you said!

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts! Hearing you enjoyed makes me very happy 🙂

  2. Not silly at all. This is a post I want to reread when I have the headspace. Or read properly. I learned a lot from krav maga classes, I wrote about it on my blog. I think lotsa things teach us lots if we let it. Just keep going and keep walking. Perfect reminder for this time…
    💕💕💕

    1. Dearest Eliza, thank you for such a wonderful comment! I’m always encouraged to read words like yours and I can’t tell you how much they mean to me. Thank you! 🙏🏼

      I completely agree with you – we do learn much more than we could imagine if we simply have a teachable spirit. It’s a wonderful experience. ❤

  3. Simply love this post. Just keep moving and don’t forget to smile . The end of the day you will win with health and stamina to fight next day. And we move on with pride and happiness with in. Cheers .

    1. Thank you so much! Our smile is powerful, isn’t it? It’s amazing how we can change our whole attitude by simply choosing to ‘turn our frown upside down.’

      Love your comments, thank you. You are very kind! 🙏🏼

      1. Yes. Smile the biggest weapon on planet .it can change everything at right direction. Attitude that matters to every one is always with a big happy smile that shows friendship. Far away from jealous and hateful thoughts. Life is pleasing when the world smiles with peace. Thank you for writing back to me. Cheers .

  4. Hello my friend! I NEEDED this today. The words that stick out are “keep walking.” I have been in a major slump lately with no motivation. From stress of worrying about what’s going on in the world, to questioning myself, yet again, about my self worth. Your stories are so encouraging. Much love and hugs!
    Christina 🙂

    1. Christina, I am so grateful you left this comment! Thank you so much!! I get where you’re coming from – the questioning of self worth, wondering if we’re moving at all – let alone in the right direction! I know it’s easier said than done, but go easy on yourself. Allow yourself some space to heal, rest and recuperate. It sounds like maybe you just need a good old fashioned break, even if it’s just for a day or two. These emotional days of overwhelm affect us even in ways we don’t anticipate. Even if we’re just absorbing all that’s happening around us, it’s still a lot! It’s okay to take care of you. Just remember that! Give yourself the very same gift of grace you’d give to a friend.

      Much love and hugs right back to you! Thank you again for leaving this thoughtful reply! 🤗

  5. I almost wish I had a treadmill. Almost.

    Your life lessons here are amazing, so inspiring and motivational. I’ve learned a lot myself but tend to fall into the trap of knowing it but not putting it into practice.

    Your ‘analysis paralysis’ point is a good one, especially when you’ve got various options but struggle to get started on one let alone see it through to fruition. I think fear of failure, fear generally, indecision (I can be painfully indecisive sometimes!) can all hold us back.

    Now, ‘our pace is our own’ is such an important one to learn, remember and keep reminding ourselves of. It’s so easy to start comparing to others or even read advice pages or be told things like ‘you should do this.. you could achieve more… I know people in your shoes but they’re doing x, y & z’ – all of these sorts of things just make us feel less than. It’s like we can never keep up, we’ll never do enough or be enough, and we enter ourselves into a race that doesn’t even exist. It’s socially constructed and we need to socially demolish it.

    What can I say, Holly? Another incredible post!!  ♥

    Stay safe & I hope you have a positive week ahead xx

    1. 😂 Almost, huh? Funny! I always thought that treadmills would be an absolute chore, as you’re standing there in the same place for however long and not going anywhere. Yet, they really do come in handy when you’re unable to get to a walking spot or it’s really foul weather.

      Oooh Caz, I get where you’re coming from completely! Knowing but not doing is a tough one. I fall into this trap entirely too often and try to work on it daily. You’re not alone!

      >>”I think fear of failure, fear generally, indecision (I can be painfully indecisive sometimes!) can all hold us back.<< You are spot on! Fear of so many things is definitely our biggest handicap in life. The fears you've mentioned are some of the worst. Even though how we feel is always legitimate (even when it's fear), the reality is our fears don't really amount to a hill of beans! It's a prison we lock ourselves in from bad thinking habits and patterns. We all have to face them in one form or another. It's okay that we do. It's just important to remember we shouldn't stay there forever. >>”all of these sorts of things just make us feel less than. It’s like we can never keep up, we’ll never do enough or be enough, and we enter ourselves into a race that doesn’t even exist. It’s socially constructed and we need to socially demolish it.”

      YES! I could not agree more with you. We do need to demolish this idea that everyone has to look the same, act the same, be at the same place in life by X age, on and on. It’s crazy and it makes people forever look down on themselves. We were not created the same. Because each of us are gifted with specific gifts, talents and abilities – all of our journies will look different to the final destination as well. Plus, our learning histories are different and have to be dealt with too! It’s okay to be different. As you said, it’s a race that doesn’t even exist — yet we run it every single day! (sigh)

      I’m so grateful for your amazing words, Caz. As always, I love hearing what you have to say. Thank you again for being you! Sending you my love and prayers. 🌺

  6. Holly, I absolutely love your blog. I once wrote about rain and a movie quote and how they made me think about life. it’s great when we can draw parallels from everyday things. Love it!!!

    1. You always make me smile, Shell! Thank you for such amazing comments!

      Isn’t it incredible how when we allow them to, life’s ordinary moments can change our hearts our minds forever? I love how your mind works and I love the creativity flowing from it!

      So glad to have ‘met you’ in this online world. Sending my love your way! 💕

  7. Hi Holly,
    I was wondering where you were going to go with this when I saw the title. Loved what you have shared. So much food for thought!
    And I do like your tweetable quotes. I particularly liked the one about learning from those ahead of us and teaching those behind us.

    1. I kind of figured people would scratch their heads when they read this title. I’m glad you loved it!

      I do think God designs each of us at different parts of our journey so we can bless those behind us and learn from those ahead. So much pain and mistakes can be avoided by simply having a teachable spirit. 🙂

      Love to you, Carol! Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts with me! ♥

  8. LOVE THIS!!! Thank you for sharing, Holly! See? This is why I want a treadmill 😛 😉

    As my daughter will tell you, I find learning and teaching moments in almost everything – much to her dismay and annoyance sometimes 😛 😉
    I can’t wait to show her this post, so that she can see I am not the only one, ha ha ha ha!

    Much love to you and yours. Praying you will remain safe, and be extra blessed <3

    1. 😂 You are hilarious my friend! I understand your personality so easily and it’s wonderful! I had to chuckle when I read your words. You are definitely not alone in “life’s teachable moments!”

      I laughed when you said you were going to show this to your daughter so she could see how someone else’s brain works much the same way as yours. It’s true, though!! We really can learn the most profound things if we have a teachable spirit and are open to wisdom at all times. At least it makes our crappy days (or situations) a little less crappy if we wind up better for them.

      I’m praying the very same for you and your family. Always sending my love. You always know how to put a smile on my face. Thank you! ♥

  9. Ah, this is such a lovely, inspiring, positive post. You’re so right, the two best steps we can make are to start and keep going. And much as I LOATHE exercise, I have to remember that what doesn’t kill me will make me stronger (haha). Stay safe, Holly, and keep walking! x

    1. Ha ha! I’m with you, Lisa! It’s much easier to exercise when it’s a ‘natural’ activity you already love doing like gardening or nature walks. But as you say, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. My body sure does appreciate the movement. Pain and stiff joints are no fun!

      Thanks for stopping in, Lisa. I hope you will come back again!

  10. Thanks for sharing this ma’am. We just have to keep moving, even if it’s in bits as you mentioned. We will surely get there. And yes keeping the focus in mind helps to. The goal won’t achieve itself but we have to keep at it.

    1. Hi sweet sister! You’re absolutely right – staying the course means much more than we know at the present moment. If God calls us to it, He will surely get us through it! ❤

      I always love hearing from you. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your thoughts.

  11. This post had me smiling Holly…I love how God teaches us in the everyday places of life!

    You’re most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer,
    Bless you this Easter,
    Jennifer

    1. Hi Jennifer! Blessings right back to you! I love your beautiful blog and will definitely be going back as a regular visitor. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms.

      I am grateful this post made you smile. I couldn’t ask for anything more than that! God bless you sweet Jennifer! ♥

  12. I love the lessons the treadmill has taught you. I agree that it’s hard to get started but taking that first step is exactly what we have to do. And even when we don’t feel like it we have to keep moving through all the ups and downs.

    I had to learn a long time ago that it’s okay to say no sometimes. There’s no way I can do it all!

    I love that quote! Sometimes I find myself looking back at the past and I need to remember to look forward. That’s the only direction I can go.

    Hugs and love to you! I hope you have a very blessed Easter!! ❤️❤️

    1. I love your comment Michelle. Thank you!

      You’re 100% right — we can’t say yes to everything. We are of no good if we stretch ourselves so thin that we lose our own identity and meaning in the process. It’s okay to take care of ourselves too! Even the carers need to be cared for!

      Nodding my head in agreement with you about the quote. I too am guilty of focusing entirely too much on the past — whether good or bad. We can’t change or return to what’s behind us so we might as well keep plugging along, believing that God has even better in our future! Sometimes that’s hard to believe, especially when the going gets rough. You’re right — forward is the only direction we can go.

      I always love reading your replies. Sending my hugs & love right back at ya sweet friend! 🌺

  13. A great article, Holly! Persistence, discipline, and determination can be so key. Not beating yourself up.
    By God’s grace I was able to quit smoking 28 years ago on April 13th. I never saw thought I would,
    Now you couldn’t pay me to even touch one. The reward is in my heart and lungs. 🙂
    I have nominated you for the Fix Her Crown Award.
    Please don’t feel obligated to participate.
    I just want to recognize your uplifting encouragements.
    May the Lord bless you! He loves you!
    https://gaillovesgod.blog/2020/04/16/fix-your-crown-award-6-9-19/

    1. Oh Gail, you are such a wonderful blessing. I love hearing from you! My heart is deeply touched by you nominating me for the “Fix Her Crown” award. Thank you so much! I am honored to be recognized by you. It means a lot.

      I love what you said about not beating ourselves up. What a powerful reminder! And congratulations on quitting smoking 28 years ago! That is awesome, sis!! I know how hard it is first hand as I too quit smoking some years ago. It wasn’t easy but just like you said — so very worth it! Praise God that now you don’t even want to touch one. I smile with you. That’s a great praise report right there.

      Love you sweet Gail. You are always welcome here! 🤗 May the Lord keep you and bless you always. 🌺

  14. I’m known for biting off more than I can chew, so that part of this post was really one for me! I have great ambitions and realize, after the significant stress I put on myself, that I don’t have to “do it all” in work. Otherwise I risk burnout. The lessons you learned from your treadmill apply to both the personal and professional parts of life, and they are very wise words, Holly. Thank you for taking the time to craft such a great post for us! Wishing you a peaful day xx

    1. I hear you, Christy! Somehow I knew that you could relate to taking on entirely too much! 😉 If I were near you, I’d make sure that you got some breaks in. You certainly need and deserve them. As you said, you don’t have to do it all in work. Our perfectionist tendencies really can cause us to lose the passion we once held for a gift we’ve been given. We can’t let that happen!

      You’ve touched me with your words sweet friend. I genuinely love hearing your thoughts. Always a pleasure. 🌺 Sending well wishes and big hugs your way!

  15. Holly, I loved the way you packaged these powerful life lessons into something so many of us can relate to: the treadmill! I do have a treadmill, and also walk outdoors often and now when I’m doing it, I’ll think back to these life lessons and get a double-dose of goodness from the exercise. I especially like what you said about life having an “incline” button – it’s so true; sometimes we can help ourselves by reducing the slope!
    Thanks so much for writing this post and sharing it with us.
    Joan
    My Best Friend Adeline
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

    1. Joan, what a wonderful comment you left. Thank you so much! I love what you said, “Sometimes we can help ourselves by reducing the slope!” — YES! That’s the perfect way to put it. 🙂 We can be so hard on ourselves sometimes. Far more so than we’d ever been on someone else. If we wouldn’t treat someone else the way we treat ourselves, why would we do it? Cutting ourselves some slack and giving ourselves a break is critical to our well-being.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I am grateful for your visit! 🌺

    1. Aw! You are so incredibly sweet, thank you my friend! How are you and your family doing? Believe it or not, I’ve had you on my mind as well and have missed talking with you.

      It has been crazy busy here. Our schedules changed completely with my husband here at home. (We are almost retired anyhow so this is a good trial run!) Our time has been placed into our plant nursery business which has kept me offline more often than not. The break from the screen has been nice most days but it has put me pretty far behind … on everything. (sigh) Hoping to be back in the swing soon.

      Sending you endless love, loads of hugs and prayers as well. Really nice to hear from you my friend. ♥

      1. I am so glad to hear that you are okay <3
        I think you have the best business in all this craziness 😉
        I wish we could buy plants so I could spend some time in my garden 🙁 But hopefully that restriction will be lifted sometime soon.
        Things here are very difficult… and it's more than just the virus itself. 🙁
        But my children and I are doing okay, and we're definitely more blessed than so many others we know. Trying our best to keep seeing the positives. But I'll admit that we're only okay – health wise we are fine 😉 . Our restrictions are, in some cases, ridiculous. And so will naturally take their toll in some way or another.
        But we're all coping, despite being a little drained mentally and emotionally.
        I will say that I discovered a patch in my garden this morning where I am successfully growing weeds, ha ha ha! So that should keep me busy for an hour or two. At least I am still allowed out into my own garden 😉
        Winter is rolling in steadily here and so the weather cheers me up. I know. Crazy! But I love the cold… it makes me more productive. And the winter sun doesn't make me as lazy either 😉

        Anyway, sending you lots of love and thoughts and prayers. Once again, very glad that you are all well <3

  16. Girl!! I love this post so much😭😭😭 “It’s not your pace or your race. You can’t carry what you were never designed for. You have been equipped for your journey and no one else’s.” This really spoke to me, well it all did but coming from a former enabler Imma help and fix anyone I can and carry your load, her load, his load and my load🤪 Praise God he is setting me free from this!

    …If there’s no power there’s no potential….WOW! Gotta stay plugged to the Source.

    Love your heart sweetie! You bless and inspire me always! Love and hugs💗🤗😀

    1. Precious Nicole, love you sis! You always, always bless my soul when you comment! 🤗

      I chuckled when you mentioned being a former enabler! I wholeheartedly relate to you! How is it that we decided for so long THEIR happiness was the only happiness that mattered? It’s a tough thing to overcome – believing that WE matter too and DO deserve to be happy ourselves. Sheesh. Who would have thunk that this could be such a herculean effort? 🤣 I am praising God with you for setting you free from the heavy heavy bondage this kind of thinking creates!

      I am sending those very same words back to you — you are a blessing & an inspiration! Know that you are deeply loved and very much cared for. 😘

    1. Precious Eliza, your words have touched my heart tonight! Thank you for coming by to check in on me. How are you?

      I hope to be returning very soon. With the Covid-19 schedule change, everything changed. My online time has been minimal. On top of that, we were prepping our plant nursery. On top of that, I’ve been dealing with some pretty heavy duty self doubt about the blogs, etc. You coming by has meant more than you know! ♥ It’s entirely too easy to get discouraged (and question ourselves) when all of us writers sit behind solitary desks isn’t it? 😉

      Praying you & yours are well. Love, light & glitter right back to you!

      1. Very easy to self doubt…
        I for one love reading what you have to say. Your words are insightful, intelligent, intuitive and you give off a calming vibe…
        Not being online is great! And is a perfect reason not to be on here… so long as you’re okay and know you’re missed:)
        Love, light and glitter

  17. Hey Friend! What a beautiful thoughts you have shared. I would have not thought like that.. absolutely agree with “just keep walking-you will get the answer”. You are an amazing person with an amazing heart. Faith is the one helps us with tough time but faith is the one hard to grasp on for so many people. Such neat thoughts you have shared with us!!! May God bless you!

    1. Sweetest Bushra, I was incredibly happy to see you had visited and commented! I love hearing from you my friend!

      You’re right — faith is critical in our lives, isn’t it? Where would we be without it? I know for me, with all the struggles that have come and gone, I never would’ve made it without God and my trust in Him!

      It does my heart good to hear you enjoyed this post. Sincerely, thank you for taking the time to share your heart with me. You are precious! Sending love to you and your family with prayers you all are well? ♥

  18. Hey, Holly! How are you> Praying you are doing well.
    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. Whether we’re keeping in touch daily or it’s been awhile , I am grateful for the fellowship God has allowed, and I am praying for you as often as the Lord allows. Stay safe and well during this time.
    Below is the link to your nomination. Please do not feel obligated to participate, nor rushed if you do. Do as the Lord leads you!
    God loves you!
    https://gaillovesgod.blog/2020/05/18/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award-5-3-2020/

    1. Dearest Gail, how are you doing? With all of my heart, I am humbled that you nominate me for these awards. Truly, I am touched by your kindness and expressions of friendship! 🌺

      Forgive me for my delay in reply. May was an unusually tough month here. I kind of dropped off the face of the Earth for a bit due to facing one trouble after another, day in and day out. I was exhausted emotionally and physically!

      I love you Gail and I know that the Lord adores you! Thank you for sharing your heart with me & all of us! ♥

      1. I am so glad He allows me to share. I’m sorry you’re having such hardships. God does care. I know it is hard for you. Just 5years back I was taking care of my house ridden stepdad after his stroke 5 years back, my bedridden mom who was end stage everything, while dealing with bed bugs, and my own health deteriorating, and no one to come help me. It was absolutely God who saw me through and helped through. I pray He brings exactly what He knows you need.

      2. PTL! I am so glad He allows me to share! 🙂
        I am sorry you are having such a tough month, Holly!I pray God was able to refresh you! And strengthen you!
        Me and God adore you too! <3 <3

  19. Oh, Holly! You are a woman after my own heart. Keep on walking, moving forward no matter what. The lessons we can learn IF we are aware and I love the fact how you listened and passed on what learned. Thank you so much! You remind us to stop moving is to stop living, to stop growing. I don’t know why we have missed one another on here but no matter, I’m here now. So many times I honestly don’t have the answers or know were I am going (I just admitted that today and laughed) yet I just keep on walking in the direction my Inner Guidance points to. Loved your post!! Bless you for who you are and bless you for having a heart that is wide open. That is SO not easy to do in these times. Again I say, bless you, dear friend!! xoxoxoxo

    1. Sweet Amy, I hope you know how much I value your friendship and your comments. Your encouraging words NEVER fail to touch the core of my heart! Thank you! 🤗

      I wholeheartedly agree with you — to stop moving is to stop growing. Sadly, we see it often in our world today, don’t we? Just like you said, if we keep walking and choosing growth over stagnation, the answers will come. There will be plenty of times in life where we feel clueless of what to do. That’s all a part of the growing process. Growth is very rarely painless!

      I appreciate you so much. Your posts and your comments here always make my day! ♥ Bless you my dear friend. xoxo

      1. I appreciate you as well, Holly. Stay strong and keep walking your path even when you don’t know what that path is. Sending much love to you!! (((HUGS)))!! xo

  20. Beautiful and inspiring post ! Love the comparisons to the the treadmill and all the points you mention are awesome.I especially love the “your pace is your own” and the last one about don’t bite more than you can chew , to set smaller achievable goals is so important to feel encouraged as we progress .Thank you for sharing this !

    1. Dearest Nisha, thank you for your wonderful comment! I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

      We definitely can’t be anyone but ourselves. Thankfully, we shouldn’t want to be because we’re all masterpieces, completing a work of art. The more we live *our* authentic truths, the more lives we can change!

      Sending you all my very best love and hugs. I pray you & yours are well. ♥

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Holly G.

Hi, I'm Holly! Lover of my husband, the Lord, nature and animals (especially cats!) I'm an INFJ (MBTI) which means I love deeply and care about the well-being of those around me and in this world.

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