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In the Midst of the Storm

Last night, I cried. I cried until my face hurt. It was one of those ugly snotty, soul purifying cries. One that was long overdue. As blessed as I am, I still have some work to do to rid my life of people who only have good intentions towards themselves. You know, the people who only talk to you because you represent something great for them. The people who not only acknowledge your talent, but secretly make a plan to use you without your permission...yes, those people. I have more work to do on eliminating people from my circle, who frankly never belonged there to begin with.

But even in the midst of the storm, I dried my tears and reminded myself of my blessings. I have the most amazing friends and family. I don't know why, but there are people in my life who barely know me, yet they show up for me. I have friends who pray for me and love me deep. I have the most amazing husband and family life. My accomplishments often surprise me!

I said all of that to say, we are all a work in progress. We have to forgive ourselves, love ourselves and energize our life to create a space in which we can thrive. That may mean removing people from your life, changing some things about yourself and/or facing a truth you have been avoiding. As hurtful as situations can be, what I never question is my ability and desire to do the work; and my worthiness related to receiving the same love I give to others.

Today, I want to encourage you to stay encouraged through the storms and remind yourself of your blessings. No one can ever be as great as you, but you have the power to surround yourself with people who at least try. You are worthy and you can weather any storm.

With Love,

Val Barnett

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