Unfading Beauty and Strength

Finding Beauty and Strength in Your ExtraOrdinary Ordinary Life

I love a good story. I am a sucker for stories of inspiration. I almost always want the underdog to win. Even when watching Planet Earth shows, I want the giraffe to escape and I cringe when an animal is kicked out of the pack.

My favorite stories are often from women who have inspired others and dared to dream bigger then their time. Many days, you will find me perusing the library for children’s books on historical women such as Amelia Earhart, Ruby Bridges, and The Shark Lady. (To name a few).

Pursing dreams looks different for each person, and that is one thing I plan to explore here at Unfading Beauty and Strength. I want to learn about not only historically and currently famous women, but explore the stories of the extraordinary ordinary women that live right next door to you who are not famous (at least to the world).

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I want to know where their dreams started, what obstacles were in their way and and how they overcame them. I want to know some practical tips that worked for them that helped them create the life they love.

Where are their dreams going to take them?

Anybody who has lived longer then a decade may have figured out that dreams, can, will, and should change with the seasons of your life. While some of you may be lucky enough to have and keep the same dream your whole life, there are many others who struggle.

I want to explore the story behind the dreams.

For example, take Jennifer’s story.

She owns one of my favorite local boutiques in Chattanooga, TN. I first found Good Fortune, while visiting the local farmer’s market. I took home some lower priced soaps to check them out and fell in love. Every time I visit the store, I want to know more. I plan to check out one of her Make it and Take it events soon.

Consider my friend, Daisy’s story.

She has a gift for photography. She has taken some beautiful pictures of my family and many other families. She has a way of making anybody feel at ease and comfortable. She knows when to snap those pictures. It’s often not when you think. Between her and her husband, they have built and earned a wonderful reputation in our little town of Chattanooga.

My mission:

To find these stories, delve into the details and share their wonderful dreams in hopes that it may inspire you to dream bigger than you can imagine.

A dream often starts with an idea. I am at the beginning of my dream story and I have been here before. I am finding new ways to work through my frustrations and lack of motivation. Sometimes that means just sipping from a favorite mug with an inspirational quote:

“Higher than a mountain, deeper than the sea, wider than the world- for the size of our dreams tells not how big we are, but how big our God is.”

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Sometimes our dreams require us to just start somewhere. Similar to when your house is a complete disaster zone, you have to pick one place to start.

The hardest part is the first step. For a writer, it may mean to just start writing. For a photographer, it may mean to go out and take pictures. It seems simple, but there always has to be a first time.

It is after all the intentional habits that gets us to our dreams.

A dream without a plan is just a wish.

Katherine Paterson

Behind every dream is a story and a struggle.

The challenge is learning how to work through our struggles on a daily basis.

There will always be obstacles and resistance that will make your dream seem just that, a dream. Just this week as I was preparing this piece, I had to go to the doctor twice when my son’s fever wouldn’t drop, and then a few days later, I had to take my daughter to the doctor as well. It would have been easy to just give in and not work, but I get to choose how I respond to life’s little bumps.

“You get to be the hero of your own story.”

Do It Scared, Ruth Soukup

Do you have a dream or know someone who has a great story? I would love to share the story! Share in the comments or contact me here.

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