BUILDING BLOCKS | THE NEW WEST OF FELICITY
How is it already July? I'm just blown away by how fast this year has cruised by with all of its unexpected challenges and joyful surprises. And boy, have there been A LOT! The year started with the usual...purposeful planning and intentions for a fruitful year. I thought I had my foundation set and was ready to post, poll, and create like a joyful mad woman. The drive, the excitement, the plan, it was all there until... the fear set in.
I've posted about my feelings on fear before, it's a real love-hate relationship. To sum it up, I'm afraid of failure, rejection, wasted time, and approval, but I've learned to let it guide me instead of control me. Not immediately of course, continual prayers for discernment and ultimately seeing the consequences of giving fear control led me to an entirely NEW PERSPECTIVE! One where fear is good and signals me to try something new, take a risk, and go for it. Because if I don't, the only thing that will be sure to happen is ...nothing. You may have guessed by now, but this all stemmed from The Joyful Influencer Castle Retreat I hosted in February. A gathering I'd been craving to create but terrified to try and needless to say, I took the leap and it was freakin' awesome!
The feedback was overwhelming and my joy levels were at an all-time high. Possibly because I put fear in its place or didn't fall on my face—that's always a mood booster— but I'm pretty confident it was mostly due to the women I invited in and being able to serve them in person. To actually hug them, listen to them, and make sure they're having a blast... the things that make my soul soar! I realized a smile will always beat a like in my book, so I decided to do something about it!
THE CRAVE FOR COMMUNITY
The one woman laptop world I've been living in— and loving— was missing something. More people! I'm far from a loner, prefer to do most things with company, and don't mind walking into a party alone to meet new friendly faces. So, after a bit of journaling and long chats with my biznass accountability ladies—Jules and Melody— I finally realized I needed to leave my comfort zone and invite y'all into something bigger— with bubbly! Something joyful we can do TOGETHER and with the intention to lift you up and introduce you to people and recourses that will add even more joy to your life. AKA Joyful Gatherings! They are rooted in missions and free to roam from city to city as we stir ourselves up to party with a purpose. And when I say party, I mean PAR-TAY! So, I certainly hope to see you at the next one.
REBUILDING THE BROKEN
As you can imagine building from scratch can be a bit of a guessing game. Obviously my website needed a facelift to incorporate this whole new dream I had—and I'm not a website designer, even though I kinda feel like one now. So, I started building and everything started breaking. Literally, everything! Things I didn't even know could break...broke. My work was gone, my site was down and my hope was hanging on by a thread. The verdict, "That's weird...I've never seen it do this before. I'm sorry Mrs. Murray but there's nothing we can do." at which point I was pretty much speechless.
There was this little light in me that managed to give me a very odd sense of peace. I know I didn't put it there, everything in me wanted to crawl into bed for a very long time—like Iris in The Holiday — at first. Somehow, this light granted me peace through the perspective that in His great plan, this is the tiniest of problems, a mere season of struggle. Which, if you read my post The Bright Side of Struggle, often times lead to greater things and brighter places. Y'all already know the ending because you're here, so spoiler alert, it totally did! I decided to design, dream big, pick up the pieces and start building. I didn't know I needed to start over but thankfully He did and guided me there through weeks of technical issues. Ironically, I pray to be broken and built up again in Him. What a very real and stressful way to experience an answered prayer! But, I'm so grateful for the journey, the outcome, and that you're here to be part of it. Thank you!
Y'all are always so kind and welcoming to my life updates. Thank you for reading and allowing me this place to be vulnerable and share with you. I hope the new West of Felicity serves you well and to see you soon at a Joyful Gathering! Feel free to send me series requests :)
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