How many times have you told yourself that you are going to start working out? Or that you are going to cut out the sodas and start eating healthier? I can’t be the only one who does this on a pretty regular basis. Or do you happen to set goals and changes with the start of each new season, but then go back to your old habits?
Restoration is defined in Merriam Webster’s dictionary as “an act of restoring or the condition of being restored: such as a bringing back to a former position or condition; restitution; or a restoring to an unimpaired or improved condition.” I don’t know about you, but in this season of my life, I am looking to be restored.
A little backstory: I have been living in Nashville for the past 4.5 years, and for that entire time I have been touring in the Christian music industry. However, this is inconsistent work…which means an inconsistent paycheck, an inconsistent schedule, and an overall inconsistent life. Sometimes I would be home for five months straight, and other times I was gone for over thirty days in a row. I could never join a small group because I never knew my schedule, and I watch just about every sermon via the video they post online later in the week. This lifestyle was starting to take a mental, emotional, and spiritual toll. My job was turning into a job; I was having more “work” days than “fun” days. And I know work is not all fun and games, but I knew I wasn’t as happy as I once was.
I began toying with the idea of making a big change and walking away from the touring world. Within the course of a week, I had been on interviews with three people at an artist management company and had been sent an offer letter. WHAT?! I see you God! I was able to finish the last two weeks of tour knowing that I had a full time job starting just three days after the tour ended. I will now be home every Sunday and can attend church as well as start volunteering again. I can get up early in the morning for a small group because I will have a job to go to afterwards. I can learn how to cook because I will be home long enough to make use of the groceries I’m buying. I can start using my Classpass because I will have more than 2 days at home every single week. YALL. These may sound like little & simple things to you, but this has all been a foreign concept in my life until now!
Sometimes, you just need a reset. You need to evaluate your life: what is working, what is no longer working, what makes you happy, what YOU need during this chapter and season of life. Don’t stay at your job to make your parents happy. Don’t stay in your hometown because that’s what everyone else did. You have to want to make the change for yourself, nobody can force you into it.
When we want to make positive changes in our lives to bring about restoration, we can be unstoppable! Take control of your life. Take ownership of your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Don’t just go to church so you can have an answer when someones asks where you attend church. Go because you want to better yourself spiritually. Don’t go to a workout class so you can brag about it to your friends. Go because you want to better yourself physically. Don’t cook dinner so you can post about it on social media. Do it because you want to know exactly what you are putting into your body. See what I’m saying?
We all deserve happiness! Sometimes you have to take control and provide your own happiness. Do the dang thing girl! Quit making excuses. It’s time to move on from our past and make better choices for our future. I believe in you!
Kelsey is one of those people who will tell you that Texas is the best state and Nashville is the best city. She loves traveling, exploring, local coffee shops, and reading. Thankfully she has a job that allows her to do all of these things. She is fluent in sarcasm, wants to be Jess from New Girl, and above all wants to build other women up instead of tearing them down. All of her social media handles are @riotkelsey and she blogs over at riotkelsey.wordpress.com