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Your Worth Cannot Be Taken From You

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Jealousy is one of the easiest temptations to fall into, it can demolish your self-worth quicker than you would believe. It comes out of nowhere and hits you like a ton of bricks. Sometimes it hits you in areas that you thought you were strong in. Jealousy rattles your brain, making you question, making you wonder, making you doubt your worth. Our world is constantly pressuring us with the ways they want to define us. We are defined by our looks, by our fitness levels, by our job, by our philanthropy, by our political views, by the home we live in, and honestly the list could go on for days. Jealousy is the byproduct of this pressure to be defined. We feel this need to live up to the standards set for us and that if we are not reaching our highest potential then we have failed.

Know this: you are more than what this world says you are. Your worth is not determined by this world. Your worth is something that cannot be taken from you. Your worth comes from within, your worth is God-given, your worth is undeniable. You are worthy of goodness, of happiness, of a beautiful and wonderful life.

Every single person on this Earth was created with a purpose. Each day that you are alive, each breath that you take is for a reason. You are here to bring goodness to the world, to help those around you, to make this world a little better than it was before. Take a moment to remember that you are right where you need to be. You are in this state, in this city, in this job for a reason. Be thankful for where you are now, grow in that moment, and do not let your self-worth be defined by this world.  

When pangs of jealousy hit, remember that your worth cannot be taken from you. That jealousy is a symptom of a broken world, it is a byproduct of sin. Jealousy is inevitable, but you can fight it by remembering who you are. You are perfectly and wonderfully made. You were made in the image of a perfect Creator. You were made to do more than you ever dreamed possible.

As you go through your week, keep these things in mind.

You are worthy of love, trust and respect.

You are worthy of a good and happy life.

You are worthy of a job that you love.

You are worthy of a partner who loves and adores you.

You are worthy of the life you’ve always dreamed of.

You are worthy. Repeat that over and over until you believe it.

You were made in the image of a perfect, gracious God. He did not create you by accident. He loves and adores you and is your biggest advocate that you are worthy of so much more than you believe. Take heart that He loves and adores you just the way you are.

xoxo-Kayla

Trailer Life Reflections- 2 Months on The Road

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We are two months into our year of travel! It has been an amazing, crazy, incredibly busy time in our lives. We have driven and flown thousands of miles. Every day we have been challenged, between issues with campers, cars, or just general life headaches.

Traveling always comes with a small level of stress, between the constant changes and unknown that you throw yourself into. One of the most stressful experiences for me is the unknown of the parks that we are traveling to. We don’t have the time or resources to go and check out our RV parks prior to arrival so we have to put a lot of faith on what we see online and reviews of the park. It’s incredibly stressful driving across the country and hoping that the space you have reserved is in a nice, safe area and will work for the month or two that you are there.

Fortunately for us, we have had wonderful experiences so far. The parks have been clean, well maintained and the people have been friendly and accommodating. Our experience on the road has forced us to let go of our need for control and learn to trust that things will work out.

An example of this just happened the other day. On our way down to University of Florida Hospital, our truck broke down! We were only an hour into our trip and had to pull over for 3 hours while we tried to fix the truck. Luckily, we have wonderful friends who helped us figure out the problem and get back on the road after lunch. We have had several moments of cars breaking down, electrical, and roof damage and a whole host of other issues during these last few months.

Through it all, my wonderful husband has taken on each challenge with grace and fixed each problem so that we can move on. This road has been laced with challenges, however each step along the way has been worth it in order to stay together. No matter how frustrated or tired we get, I am thankful for the time we get to spend together. So here are a couple tips that I’ve learned on the road.

1.) Have Patience.

Between the constant travel, new environments, car and trailer issues and busy schedules; its easy to get frustrated and take it out on your spouse. Patience is a necessity along with a whole lot of grace and love. It’s easy for me to get frustrated after dealing with my travel and work schedule, but I have to take a step back and remember how tired and stressed out my husband is. When I do, I have more patience and love as I know he is doing the best he can as well. Patience becomes easier the more we step back and look at things from another point of view.

2.) Perspective is Critical

I find that I can get lost in the day to day of trailer living. The trailer gets messy quickly because its so small, it can get lonely being by myself all day, and I can get frustrated that there’s no one to talk to during the day. For me, I have to have perspective that we are able to experience new areas in the states, we are able to travel together and we are able to accomplish my husbands goals of being a doctor. The more I remember the goal, the easier the day to day gets.

3.) Expect the Unexpected

The amount of problems with the trailer, the car, the truck and just general travel has been crazy. It feels like every time we turn around there is something else we need to fix. These unexpected challenges are draining and can be discouraging as they seem to keep coming one after another. Give yourself grace when these challenges come, don’t focus on what you could have done to prevent it, just take it as they come and have grace with yourself and your spouse.

4.) Have Confidence

It is absolutely critical to have confidence in yourself and your spouse. Confidence that you can tackle situations together and with grace. Confidence when your car breaks down on the side of the road, when the roof leaks all over the floor, or when the electrical suddenly goes out. Traveling in a trailer will always bring some sort of problem, its how you face it that matters. Be confident in yourself that you can handle whatever comes your way.

After two months on the road, we feel like seasoned vets at this! But be on the look out, I have no doubt there is more to come!