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PET PEEVE: Forgive me for feeling completely confused, (& hurt) when I get messages saying how they hate seeing my pictures because of coming off that my life is “perfect,” but admitting to never reading anything I’ve written.

For the past 6 yrs I have consistently wrote about the times I have felt ugly, when I felt I wasn’t good enough, when I’ve felt abandoned by God, unemployed times, when my engagement failed, family turmoil, times of anguish, times of death and loss, times of severe loneliness and persecution and sacred experiences. I have wrote of the times I’ve SCREAMED at God, losing my voice, wondering where He is, why things needed to be so hard or why I was denied things that meant so much to me. I have been very specific of almost ALL of my challenges in my blog. My book is in great detail of just my trials and how HARD life is. My firesides are in great detail of those times I’ve wondered if He truly cares about us and when we feel our prayers are unanswered.

If you are under the impression my life is easy— my book is avail. at Deseret Book & here is the link to all my blog posts .😉

Everyone’s experiences are different but we all feel the same. To think that we haven’t all felt those same feelings of loneliness, or doubt, or defeat or etc.., is SO silly. When we have shame in the feelings we all have, when we are embarrassed and silent in these feelings we all have, everyone loses. I have found great strength and connection and growth sharing all of those times.

Here is a universal FACT: Comparison is a POISON we choose to drink. Perfect does.not.exist. And easy does not exist. But— Optimism does. Hope & faith does. God does.

So, here’s me: yes, usually really am smiling all the time but not reflecting perfection or ease of life. It’s the opposite. But I have learned (the hard way), that we find what we look for—so look for the good. To look for the lessons, the blessings, and opportunity. To look for God and the unexpected ways He helps us. To never forget that we have the MOST powerful being to ever exist, on our side, who never leaves if we but LOOK for Him above our desires. To know that if He’s helped us before He will help us again. Instead of pleading for things to be over or different, become excited to see how it will all unfold knowing that it is hand-picked by God Himself.

You are good enough & God does care. We do not need to be any more of anything to feel of Him, to be loved by Him, and receive the best ever created by Him.

Worrying over things we can’t control is unhealthy for us and our soul. We only get to experience mortality once and I refuse to waste it. Choose to be optimistic— He has given us every reason and promise to be.

Let’s laugh a lot more & stress a lot less & STOP THINKING PERFECT IS A THING.😛

xox AL🍔

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