There are two things that Walt Disney said that are important for me to share at the beginning of this first blog post on the new site.
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
It's a pretty clear message I know I need to hear when my voice of doubt wants to keep me from moving forward. I am choosing to believe my Healthy Voice of truth instead because the doubt is just a lie and all it does is keep me out of the present.
The Root of Doubt: Procrastination
The voice of doubt attacks us with procrastination. I've realized that procrastination is kinda like perfectionism. Both of them are thieves of your heart. I used to think I never had a problem with perfectionism because I wasn't "perfect." Duh. Now I'm seeing that same thing happen again with procrastination.
It's not that I didn't think I procrastinate. It's that I didn't think it was one of my major character defects. Why? Because I'm driven. I'm passionate. I live my life on purpose. So naturally, there is no way I could be a procrastinator, because I'm doing. Right? Wrong. That's how much that voice has been lying to me - because it's tried to make me believe I don't procrastinate and in the process, done everything in it's power to keep me there. I didn't even see it, just like I didn't see it when I faced my perfectionism.
Committing to "Do"
"No more procrastination." Yes, I just put that out there. I'm committing to "Do".
I'm not talking about "doing" like the world tells you to "do." That's a "do" that will always make us feel like we aren't enough. I'm done with that "do." I'm talking about the real "do" that says action. It's the "do" where God says "Trust me. I'm on the other side of this and I will be by your side to help you carry this through all the way. You don't have to perform for me. You have me already. You just get to receive my love and strength by choosing to be in relationship with me." So that's what I'm doing - relying on this relationship with God to show me the way. For I know he will give me the strength to do his will.
In Isaiah 41:10, he says, "Do not be afraid I am with you." In Romans 8:28, he reminds me, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
He doesn't want us to fear and even in those fears, he is with us. Everything he is doing is for His good and I can trust Him. So, that's where I'm meeting myself today.
Welcome to the New Site
I want to welcome you to the new online presence of Healthy Voice. You are here because it's time for me to stop talking and start doing.
The website before made me rely on a programmer to manage it. That kept me out of my connection to you. So I decided to save time, money and countless hours in an area I'm not expert, I'd sign up for something I could manage. That's why I picked Squarespace. It's great. The process of building it has given me confidence and I'm excited about what's next for the site and all Healthy Voice stuff.
Where I've Been
A LOT has been happening in my life and I know it's all for His good. Grieving Dad, planning a wedding, getting married, going on trips with my new family and husband, and becoming a full-time stepmom to teenagers just weeks after my wedding day have made my life very full. I am grateful.
During this season I've also been doing a lot of planning for the Healthy Voice. I've listened a LOT to what people have said they wanted and I'm ready to start showing up. That means, not listening to the voice of procrastination and just "doing." That doing starts with this post. You'll get to see my old posts in an archive. But now you'll get to see me more often.
How I need to meet my own Healthy Voice Next
I do have to take care of my own Healthy Voice in the process. Right now, that is taking care of a bum shoulder that has dislocated three times now. This Wednesday, April 2nd, I'll be having surgery on my left shoulder for "Bankart Repair". I am a lefty so it's going to be a challenge. The doctor says I'll have this big sling on for 6 weeks and have months of recovery.
I'm not looking forward to the pain, but I'm looking forward to seeing what God's going to teach me through it. Maybe he's going to give me a new understanding of how to "be still." Maybe he'll show me a way I haven't seen to be present to my life. Maybe he'll show me how I can be present to you while in this time of recovery. All I know is that he's going to teach me something.
In this process, that doubting voice of, "You'll lose your momentum," has certainly come up. But I won't let it stay because I know it's time to "do." I also know that healing and growth will come out of it, as it does through the toughest of trials. I look forward to the inner and outer healing process, even though it's going to hurt like crazy.
As soon as I can, I'll be posting. It could be shotty. It could be audio. It could be video. I don't know. But I'll be showing up. I hope you'll go to the different pages of this website to find out what else is coming up.
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Mere, Your Healthy Voice