Hope Deferred < Hope Revealed

I am so excited to share with you all what I've been up to this past week! Since I have returned home from Nashville I have a completely new outlook on life and my purpose (sounds a little bit dramatic I know). The Lord has awakened something so fresh and real in me for the first time...ever. I finally feel like I am right where I'm supposed to be, doing EXACTLY what I'm supposed to be doing. 

It's incredibly important as a mother, and as a father, sister, brother, whatever...to truly live life doing what YOU love to do. That is something the Father has so gently been speaking over me this week. It's so easy to get caught up in life and all the things you "should/need/HAVE" to accomplish, when in all reality if you're not doing what YOU were created to do then you're never going to love what you're doing in your life. Simple as that. 

My life as a mother has been incredibly fulfilling don't get me wrong but in all honesty I stopped doing the things that I truly loved doing for the sake of my family. Not only did I do that, but I began to believe this notion in my head that in order to be an "all-in mother" (whatever that is), I had to give up the things that I was most passionate about to focus solely on my kids and my husband. 

I met up with a great friend of mine this week and began sharing with her my heart and the revelations I've been having and what she said to me is something I will NEVER forget. She said, "Tessa, it's ok if you don't want to just be a mom. If your heart desires an outlet of some sort that is perfectly fine. Your kids are going to love you no matter what, and you will be a better mother for it." 

For some reason that spoke to the very depths of my soul and unearthed an ungodly belief that I had no idea was even there before. You see...there is so much more to motherhood than just "being a mom." Your kids want to grow up with a mom that is happy, fun, full of life, and passion. But when you stop being YOU...you unwillingly stunt the very existence of that person and that is exactly what happened to me. I stopped being ME and started being the mother that I thought was expected of me. In return I was unhappy with myself, and everyone else around me; I lashed out and caused hurt in places it never should have been. 

But the Lord redeems and restores and I am so incredibly overjoyed at the endless possibilities that lay at my feet...possibilities that have been there for some time now, just waiting to be chosen. 

 

So by now you might be wondering what it is that I'm up to...

 

Well after many late nights this past week and a tremendous amount of help from friends and family (especially my husband) I am incredibly pumped to reveal my latest business venture: 

Just-US Creations

Just-US Creations

Just-US Creations came out of a very vulnerable place in my heart. In a time where I held little, to no vision for my life, came a blast of visionary fulness and life. During this journey the Lord blessed us with our sweet Justus but He has also given me a new vision...a vision in which we are all doing exactly what the Lord created us to do; a world where we are being "Just-Us." 

For so long I have loved creating and recreating "must haves" for the home. Bringing life and fullness to a space and giving it character again is something that I have always had a passion for but never took seriously. I am beyond thrilled to introduce this fun yet functional work that I have tucked away...if you are wanting to spice up a space in your home or just create a statement, you are going to want to tune into what Just-US Creations has in store for you. 

 Next week I will show you all exactly what I've been working on and what this new venture actually looks like. So excited to share my passions with you all!! Much more to come!! xoxo