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Grace During Transitions and August Goals Video

I can hardly believe we’re already to the end of the month and yet what an exciting time to think about grace during transitions as we share our August goals video.

At the end of every day, I ask myself two questions:

  1. What went well today?
  2. What could have gone better today?

Likewise, at the end of each month I ask myself, “What did I learn from this month that I can carry into next month?” Most of the time, whenever I’m looking over the answers to the daily questions I notice a pattern that leads to me to quiet reflection for what I learned each month.

Finding a Theme Each Month

Some months I needed to learn how to be more nurturing or patient. Other months I needed to learn how to be more vulnerable and ask for help. Some months I’ve had to deal with debilitating anxiety.

Whereas other months have taught me about enjoying the moment and being fully present while at the same time setting realistic expectations. There is always something to learn from every single month!

This month’s theme has, without a doubt, been grace.

Grace Covers Us Daily

For it’s grace that has gotten us up every morning for months at 1:30am, then 3:00 am, 4:15 am and finally 5:30 am with the sweetest geriatric dogs on the planet.  Yes, you can function for a few weeks on very little sleep. But after a while it starts to take a toll on every facet of your life.

It’s grace that reminds us to keep going when we’re tired. To stop long enough to notice the intoxicating scent of a gardenia. It reminds us to be thankful as we stare up at a sky full of stars.

Grace keeps our frayed nerves and tempers in check when exhaustion is settling in. It allows us to forgive quickly and not allow grudges to take hold for even a minute.

Grace covers the back to school transitions that lead to harried mornings filled with meltdowns, picky eater lunches, and homework strewn all over the kitchen table.

It helps us to get back on track, embrace new routines and to refocus on our goals no matter what our current circumstances are.

Grace gives us as many chances as we need. Even when we know deep down, we could have made a better choice.

It quietly nudges us to give ourselves the permission to take a break.  Embrace more white space. To say “yes” to the things we’re most passionate about and “no” to the people and activities that consistently drain our joy.

Grace During Times of Transition

During times of transition, be it the seasonal transition from Summer to Fall or the transition that accompanies a job, a house, a relationship, a goal, a healthy routine, a failure, a loss or a new chapter in our lives – it’s grace that becomes our constant companion even though we don’t always realize it.

Navigating change and evolution is not always easy but it’s a necessary part of life.  These times of transition can be difficult sometimes.  While other times, they can seem like an amazing adventure.

As you chart your course though these situations whatever they may be, it can be helpful to ask yourself these six easy questions along the way.

Here are three to get you started before the video…

  1. How do you want to show up?
  2. What is this experience teaching me?
  3. Is what I’m doing right now helping me reach my ultimate goal?

The next few months are going to fly by, you guys, they always do.

Despite what felt like a lackluster performance in July, August has blown us away with the goals we have accomplished. After speaking with several friends and accountability partners this week, it seems like August has been a big month for you guys too.

I’m reminded that our success in reaching these goals did not happen overnight.  It’s been happening little by little throughout the year with each decision and choice we’ve made whether we could see any actual progress or not. We kept going regardless of difficulties or hardships or inconvenient circumstances.

Be proud of that accomplishment, you guys, it’s HUGE and worth celebrating to the fullest!

As we enter a fresh new month, I want you to be really intentional with both the goals you set for yourself. And also how you choose to spend your time. Grace during transitions can be a comforting companion but only if we let it.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to welcome it.

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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12 Comments

  1. Another great video and a timely message too Coco. Thanks for doing these videos. They’re some of my favorite posts.

    1. You are so sweet to support these videos, Sarah, I can’t say thank you enough. It makes me melt to think about how much you enjoy them! Sending you hugs, CoCo

  2. Love this video Coco and your message. It’s like your in my head sometimes. Weird, right? Thanks for putting these together for us each month. Any chance you’ll be doing some seasonal videos? Just curious

    1. I’m so glad you like these videos Bonnie and I appreciate you supporting them too! Being in your head? Not weird at all ha ha. I figure we’ve all been in the same boat at some time or another and lifting each other up is the best way to get through it all. Hope your day is fantastic, CoCo

      1. I loved the video. Great questions to ask. After watching the video, I ordered two rugs I had put off for months.

        1. You can’t hear it Lizzy but I am for realz jumping up and down and clapping my hands! That is so exciting. I’m so glad the video helped you push through. Super proud of you too! Hugs and keep up the good work, CoCo

  3. I so needed to hear this, I’ve been in a funk for awhile and just can’t get myself motivated to do anything other than the essential. Thanks for the uplifting words, I needed to hear them at exactly this moment.

    1. You’re making me teary this morning, Alanna, thanks so much for your sweet words. I can definitely relate to being in a funk and feeling unmotivated or uninspired. The only thing I know for sure is that little by little whether we’re able to see it or not things do get better, so hang in there. I’m sending you big hugs and lifting you up, CoCo

  4. Sabrena Reed says:

    I loved this months blog. Girl – I felt like you shared it just for me and things I am going through at this time in my life. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

    1. You are so welcome, Sabrena. It makes my heart happy to know this post resonated with you. It makes such a difference to know we’re all dealing with the same kinds of things in our own way and that we don’t have to fight big things or little things alone. Always, remember you are loved, you are valued, you are treasured. Big hugs, CoCo

  5. Thanks so much, CoCo, for another “from the heart” video and by the way, your hair looks absolutely gorgeous! 🙂 Thoughts and prayers are with you guys – your loss of sleep (I’ve been there) – and your sweet pups. I know how difficult these times can be – mentally and physically – but you keep on encouraging others! 🙂

    1. You are seriously the sweetest, Patty, thank you for your kind words. You have no idea how many times I’ve been at a tipping point when you’ve sent your own words of love and support and encouragement. They truly mean the world to me and keep me going. Sending you and your family lots of hugs for a long relaxing weekend, CoCo

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