Do you feel stuck?

My friend, author Kathi Lipp, once said, “We get to decide when we start fresh.” And oh my, did that resonate with me when I was feeling stuck.

Read that again, friends. 

We get to decide! 

Just because our lives are one way and have been for as long as we can remember doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. This isn’t about what has always been or what people might think. Our lives belong to us, and we get to decide when we’re done living in the shadows of our own dreams. 

What does that look like?

Last year my work team decided on axe throwing for our team building day. It sounded great until I realized I am the queen of gashes and stitches. Yup, I’ve had stitches five times over the years—four of those incidents involved sharp-edged objects. And I was going to swing an axe over my head, praying that I didn’t gash my noggin, slice off my ear, or, heaven forbid, wing that sharp object into a team member. 

Our enemy wants us to believe the lie that we’ve always been this way and we will always be this way. He wants us to remain stuck in our past. Tammie can’t throw axes because she might injure herself or someone else.

That day, I decided to start fresh and change the narrative of being a danger with sharp objects. I listened to the safety speech, stepped up, and swung that axe. 

Such fun! I didn’t draw a single drop of blood. I even hit a few bullseyes!

So, I’m not suggesting you should go out and swing an axe. It’s not for everyone. However, I’d guess that right now, there is something you want to do or try. Maybe you want to sew a quilt, apply for a new job, or talk to the new person in your apartment complex. 

What’s holding you back? 

If you’re feeling stuck by the notion that you can’t do this, I challenge you to start fresh. Counter the lies you’re listening to with truth. It’s okay to try and fail. It’s all right if you don’t want to do that again. The important part is to know you tried something and then decided it is or isn’t your cup of tea.


Let’s chat: Where do you need to start fresh or try something new?



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