Life got very busy and I’ve been quiet…

Hello friends! It’s been a little quiet here on the blog. My life got busy. I am really working on posting weekly to this blog. I absolutely love writing and sharing how I am ‘Achieving the Impossible Today”. haha get it 🙂 Anyways, let’s get to it!

New Seasons

If you are human, you’ve probably noticed that you go through different seasons during life. There may be times in your life when you are busier, happier, frustrated, or whatever it may be. New seasons can be scary, exciting, and joyous. There are new things you have to get used to and some things you have to say goodbye to (don’t worry, I am not getting rid of this blog anytime soon!!).

My life has been on the slower boat recently and I am stating to receive a little acceleration on this boat. With the extra acceleration, I am wanting to hold on to the sides because it is a new feeling and experience. As the boat picks up speed, there are some bumps along the way that I am trying to overcome as well as some wind in my face.

The season I am coming out of is a slow paced and more relaxed life. It was a very beneficial season that I am happy for. While I was living through it, there were some difficulties. I wanted to constantly be doing something or engaging with my friends. It was a resting time for what God was doing within my life and what He is calling me to.

Callings for this season

The biggest thing that God has been teaching me and continues to teach me is rest. We live in a super fast paced society and this is counterproductive in the views of our society, but I am working on taking a Sabbath every single week. In this time, I would be able to spend time with Him, pray, and give my body a break from all that is going on. I will definitely keep y’all updated on this sabbath day.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

Hebrews 4:9-11 NIV

I am now getting involved with several organizations (Fearless Movement, Fearless Women Ministries, ISMRD, Craniofacial Connection, and SNJ Millennials). Majority of these organizations I am attending events, but I am also volunteering my time in a few as well 🙂

I have started an instagram page for this blog! Woohooo!! I will be posting when I am posting these blogs as well as any updates for Achieve the Impossible Today. To follow the instagram, please click here.

Overall

This new season is an exciting time for me. I can’t wait to see what God does through me within this season. I am working on making a schedule, so I can make sure I post every week for this blog. I will also be making some adjustments to the website, so keep an eye out for some changes. That’s all for now.


Thanks for stopping by and reading this blog! Make sure to follow Achieve the Impossible Today, so you don’t miss a post. I am working on posting more consistently. If you have any prayer requests, feel free to comment them or contact me. As always, He can and He will help you through everything, we just need to seek Him first.

Resting is Key

Constantly doing,
Constantly rushing,
Constantly hurrying…
But why?

Life is more than the hustle and bustle right? I find myself overdoing it and constantly doing something. When I have nothing to do, I feel I am doing something wrong. But why?? I am working on learning about rest and the Sabbath. A quote that has come into my life recently blew my mind. It is so true and wanted to share it with y’all.

People expect us to be busy, overworked. It’s become a status symbol in our society — if we are busy, we’re important, if we’re not busy, we’re almost embarrassed to admit it

Steven Covey, First Things First

Recently, my neurofeedback sessions have been leaving me with more energy than typical. A huge blessing!! I am still tired after the session, but I am capable of doing things. After neurofeedback sessions, I work on not doing too much and overloading my brain. I want my brain to have the ability to relax and learn what we are teaching it through the neurofeedback session. The last thing I wish to do is to bombard my brain. But how do we do that when it seems unnatural to take a rest??

I’ve been learning that everything comes back to this one word…time. It’s so easy to get caught in the cycle of thinking of everything that we “need” to do and how to fit everything into our schedules. Life is supposed to be packed right?!?!

This leads me into thinking and questioning…

What would Jesus do? He lived on this earth and busyness has always been a thing. It’s gotten worse and worse throughout the years. Snail mail has evolved into instant messages through our cellular devices; work no longer stays at work, you can now take it everywhere you go due to laptops; and so much more!

I did a little deep dive into the Bible and found the passage below. We are directed to go to Him to rest. Rest is something that is rarely found in the society in which we live today. We are to give Him everything that we are experiencing, so that He can fill us back up. He will give us the rest that our souls desire. Absolutely beautiful

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

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Planning

Welcome to this blog! If you are new here or have been here for some time, I hope you are having an amazing week! This week’s blog is a tad shorter than typical. This past week, I have been more focused on how to get ready for the next season in my life. God has been sprinkling hints of what I will be doing in the new year and it scares me a tad. I am glad that He is telling me these things, but also working on not getting overwhelmed.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalm 32:8 NIV

Preparing

As of now, I have multiple things that I will be either starting for the first time or restarting. I am starting college back up and pursuing to shadow a small group at my church. Both of these things are exciting, but can be a lot. They have multiple facets tied with them. With that being said, I am working towards creating a schedule that would help me to prepare for this new season as well as limit the overwhelmed feeling that may come about.

When we get busy with various activities, it is extremely easy to stop doing the things that have high priorities in our lives. You may be asking, “How can that be?” Yes they are our priorities, but when other things come into our lives we can forget how important our true priorities are.

Boundaries & Priorities

To fight against this possibility, I am creating a schedule with boundaries and priorities. I am going to be busy and Satan loves when we are busy. It is really easy to take our focus off of God in seasons of business. I will be putting my priorities down below.

  • God
  • People/Friends
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • School
  • Cooking

I am still working on figuring the technical schedule out, but I am being mindful of the above topics. I want to make sure that I am staying on top of my relationship with God, eating properly, and excelling in school. I am very excited for this upcoming season and know it will be here before we know it. Here are some boundaries I will be implementing.

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 2 hours of school
  • Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays: 1 hour of school
  • Thursdays & Sundays: food prep
  • Fridays & Saturdays: friends/fellowship
  • Sunday: church

That is all for today. Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I have going on. If you enjoyed this blog, make sure to give it a like. I post a blog every Monday and Friday. Praying for y’all and I hope to see you around!

Peep my dog Sandy, she is ready for the weekend!

Lucky 13

Tomorrow is a special day for me. It would be what I call my second birthday. You might be thinking it’s the day that I accepted Jesus into my life, but it is not. This day came way before that ever happened! October 16th marks the day that I received my bone marrow transplant. This procedure essentially changed my life forever.

Born Rare

I was born rare. We are all different and that is amazing! We should not be the same because that would be super boring!! During my early years of growing up, I had many difficulties. I was not meeting the developmental markers that kids typically meet. My parents knew something was up and I am so thankful they did not give up. Eventually they got a diagnosis of me having Alpha Mannosidosis at 3.5 years old.

Alpha-mannosidosis is a rare genetic disorder characterized by a deficiency of the enzyme alpha-D-mannosidase…The symptoms and severity of the disorder are highly variable. Symptoms may include distinctive facial features, skeletal abnormalities, hearing loss, intellectual disability, and dysfunction of the immune system. 

Cited from: www.rarediseases.org

Every person who has this rare disease, has a different variation. It is similar to autism as it has a spectrum of its own. Some are worse than what I dealt with while others are better than what I dealt with. This disease progresses and overtime it will affect bones, the brain, and muscles.

Decisions, Decisions…

There are not many treatment options. Today, in certain countries you can either do a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) and/or Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT). In the US at that time and to this day, the only option is BMT. My parents had to make the decision to go forward with a BMT or let the disease run its course for the rest of my life. BMTs are very risky and my parents knew that going into this. If they had gone with not doing anything, there was a possibility of me being in a wheel chair, not communicating, psychosis, etc. My parents knew the risk of going the BMT route, but saw the opportunity it would give me in possibly having a somewhat normal life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

And so with that, I had a BMT a year after my diagnosis at 4.5 years old. I was the 13th person in the world to receive a BMT for Alpha Mannosidosis. My memory has been affected with what I was born with, so I have no memory of the BMT. I have one memory that God gave me while being in the hospital and that was me smiling. Alpha Mannosdosis has severely impacted my memory. I am quite happy to not remember being in the hospital during that time and to have that happy moment from God.

Life Today

It has been (almost) 18 years since that BMT and I am so grateful, thankful, and joyful that my parents chose to go with having me go through it. This was most likely the hardest decision of their lives. It has impacted my life for the greater good and now is allowing me to impact people around the world. Even though, there have been many ups, downs, twists, and turns I have been granted a life that seemed very much impossible.

I do still have some challenges to this day, but that’s due to the Alpha Mannosidosis progression that happened before the transplant. I have also been in several car accidents and they did not help with what I was already experiencing. Even though my life is not the ‘normal’ that everyone faces, I am thankful for the life God has given me and everything that He has put into my path.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, and I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

I am constantly doing different things whether it be with my church, cooking, reading, writing, spending time with friends, or speaking about Alpha Mannosidosis. This would not have been possible if I never received the bone marrow transplant (almost) 18 years ago and I am so excited to keep doing the things that no one in my family thought I would be capable of doing.

Stop & Learn

Story Time

This past week has been. reset. Last Wednesday, I broke my toe next to the pinky toe. I highly recommend not breaking a toe. The second and hopefully last bone I break! Through this experience, I have learned that all ten toes are needed and such a blessing from God. I’ve had to change some things up, so I wouldn’t overdo it with my broken toe. I wanted to ensure healing could happen and did not want to put any extra strain on this toe.

Is It Really an Inconvenience?

This whole situation really got me thinking. Why is it when bad things happen in life we think it’s an inconvenience? Maybe breaking your toe is an inconvenience at first, but maybe this particular instance was supposed to teach me a lesson and to convenience something further within my life? It definitely felt like an inconvenience at first, but I want to encourage you to take a step back and see if you can learn any lessons from life’s inconveniences.

Breaking a toe at 7am is without a doubt an inconvenience when you look at it from the lens of the day just beginning. But a week later, it is feeling better. It still hurts, but I can put weight on it and walk normally. I now see that this span of time has taught me about preparing for the season ahead. I know, I know…it sounds crazy. Let me explain!!

Teachings

Let’s go on a walk down what God has been sharing with me during this past week. If I didn’t lean into Him, I never would have known. On Sunday, we had a family gathering for my grandfather’s birthday! It ended up being a great celebration and a monumental lesson from God.

One of our locations for celebrating was at the park. There were three total locations for the day! Before going to the park, I heard God whisper to me about bringing my camera to the park. And in being an obedient daughter, I brought my camera. It was actually a fantastic activity that did not involve lots of walking for me and my broken toe! I got to capture nature and the family having fun. I have put some of the pictures below.

Fun fact, I haven’t taken pictures since January and that was my second time using a camera since high school (6 years ago). To say the least, I do not know what I am doing. In this moment, God was unfolding something special. Later that night, I looked at the pictures and felt God helped me with this photoshoot. He then went on to tell me, “I am setting you free. Be the authentic, quirky, creative, purpose driven girl I’ve made you to be.”

I am very excited to start taking more pictures and using the gifts God has given me. We all have gifts. We have to be willing to learn and trust God in everything He has planned for our lives.

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Sunday Gratitude

Just some quick thoughts for tonight…

Im taking a break from going through the Tony Robbins event I went to and showing some gratitude on this Sunday night.

I’m extremely grateful for everything that has ever happened in my life. Life has not been easy my friends. Life for me has been filled with twists and turns; I’m sure you can relate as well. We may wonder why things happen in life. We can ask that question all we want and still not get an answer.

I’m still not sure why bad things happen in life. My life has been filled with medical stuff that I can’t even explain to you right now. I know that everything that happens to us serves a purpose. We have to go with the flow.

I’m so thankful for having a different perspective than my peers. We all go through different situations in life and everything shapes us into the people we become. If I didn’t go through my trials, I would be half the person I am today.

I’m so thankful for the people that I’ve been surrounded with. I haven’t always had the people who are in my life at this time period and that is simply okay. I’m thankful for every person I come into contact with. I’m so thankful to be growing the relationships currently.

I’m so thankful for the ability to experience food. This past year I’ve really come to find out that I love food shopping, connecting with food, and creating food. I’m still fairly new to creating food, but that is okay. I’m enjoying this journey!

I’m deeply grateful for the life I’ve been given. Life is simply a gift and isn’t guaranteed. There’s been multiple times within my life that I’ve almost died, but haven’t. I’m so thankful that I can still be on this earth spreading joy, peace, and love.

That is all for tonight, I am grateful for everything and anything that I have been able to do in my life. What are you grateful for? I’d love to know, feel free to comment below 😊

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1,2,3…Another Week

Welcome!

Every Friday, I’ll be reviewing and reflecting on the hardest challenge of the week along with two Bible verses and three thoughts. Enjoy!

One Challenge

  1. Getting back to normal life – Last weekend, I was a part of Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within seminar. This event was amazing. We were constantly in a peak state and in an environment of growth. It was a fantastic experience, but going back to a life without that is a tad challenging. This week, I have been learning how to maintain the energy and good growth vibes.

Two Verses

  1. “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 NIV
  2. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Three Thoughts

  1. Reading no matter what – If you don’t know me, I have vision issues due to a brain injury. I was in a car accident a few years ago and one of my issues are my eyes. They will blur randomly when I read or do anything. I have become desensitized to them blurring. I love reading and am working on reading books everyday. I tried audio, but that was not cutting it for me. I am currently working on reading Atomic Habits by James Clear and Radical by David Platt. Both books are fantastic!
  2. Morning routines – I have not had a morning routine in a long time. I do the same things every morning, but do not have a set schedule for when I get up. I feel I am missing several hours of the day because I typically get up at 8am. This may seem early to some of you, but I would like to start getting up at 6am. I have a goal of being ready for my day by 8am, so I can achieve everything I would like to during my day and get ready for the coming months.
  3. School classes – This thought kind of goes with the above thought. I am working on picking my classes out for next semester. I took this semester off and kind of lacking a schedule. To complete my degree, I have a total of ten classes left. As of right now, it looks like I will be taking four classes that will be Tuesday-Thursday. The schedule is exciting me because of having a somewhat free school schedule. I am planning on doing my homework in the morning time after my morning routine.

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1,2,3…Another Week

Welcome!

Every Friday, I’ll be reviewing and reflecting on the hardest challenge of the week along with two Bible verses and three thoughts. Enjoy!

One Challenge

  1. One of my doctors that I have been seeing for quite some time has left. For me, this is a huge change. He has helped me through the most difficult times in my life during these past four years. There’s a lot of uncertainty from this change as we search for a new doctor who will fit my needs and be able to help.

Two Verses

  1. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
  2. “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7 NLT

Three Thoughts

  1. Change is the only constant – In life we will experience different obstacles & opportunities in each and every season. There is no getting away from change. Nothing will be the same as it is today. Change is the only thing that essentially stays the same. Change is one of those things that is super hard to be okay with, but when we are able to adapt to new situations, we unlock something incredible.
  2. Need for growth – As humans, we have a desire to thrive. We need to make sure that we are growing in all areas of our lives. I refer to these areas as the seven dimensions of life (spiritual, physical, emotional, occupational, intellectual, environmental, and social). If one of these areas are lacking, there’s bound to be some sort of issue that arises. When we are able to grow in all the different areas, we will see a transformation like never before.
  3. Mindset matters – Ever think to yourself about all the issues occurring in your life? It then goes down a spiral of feeling stuck and having no way out. Recently, I have been thinking about the energy that we use thinking about all of our issues. I turned it around and was like, “well…what would happen if we take our thoughts off of everything going wrong and place them into something we are passionate about?” This website is the culprit of that thought. When things are going wrong within my life, I have found I still have the capability of creating and writing.

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