Hi. My name is Harlie, and I have discovered how to live life abundantly.
The picture in the header of my Home page is what I see when I visualize the word “abundance”. It was taken on our honeymoon to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. I can’t think of anything more physically abundant than the ocean. It is vast. It is scary. It is magnificent, and beautiful, and downright awesome. I have explored above it and below it, and it never ceases to amaze me.
When I think of the word “abundance” in a cognitive sense, I think of it as more of an attitude. In my opinion, there is really no way of measuring abundance because it means different things to different people. The phrase “attitude of gratitude” comes to my mind when I think of what living my life abundantly looks like. I can look back on my life and recall specific times that I have felt particularly blessed. Many of those times have not been because of any sort of pivotal moment or life-changing event, but rather my attitude. When I choose to have an attitude of gratitude, I live my life in abundance.
My story isn’t exciting. I have never faced a great adversity. I was born and raised in the armpit of Oklahoma. I grew up going to church, and I married my High School Sweetheart. I had birthday parties and sleepovers. Santa, The Easter Bunny, and The Tooth Fairy visited my house and always left gifts. I excelled in dancing and warmed the bench for all of the other sports. I had an amazing support system of friends and family who loved me. I never had to worry about if I would be able to eat that day, or if I was going to be able to get a new pair of shoes for the upcoming school year. My life was, and is still, pretty darn good. You might even say I have been blessed.
However, until recently, I had only seen glimpses of what an abundant life looked like. You see, it was my attitude that squelched the opportunity for abundance in my life. I limited myself, and I limited my God.
There is something else you should know about me, I am incredibly controlling when it comes to my life. I plan meticulously, and I am a compulsive list-maker. At this very moment the “notes” section in my phone has a list of groceries we need, a list of what I want to do this summer, a book list, a list of the classes I will take in the upcoming semesters (including days, times, and instructors), a list of my 2017 goals, a list of what bills we need to pay and how much they are, a daily to-do list, a list of places I want to travel, a list of DIY projects I want to complete, a list of vegetables I want to plant, a list of things we need to purchase for our new puppy, a list of recipes I want to try, and a list of people I want to talk to about my business….. To say I’m a Type A personality is an understatement.
All of these lists are proof that I am in control of my life… except I’m not. Not really. Through discovering my life of abundance, I have also discovered that my life is not my own, and that I am meant for so much more. God calls us to live abundantly in Him (2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”). I have found that there is a whole lot of truth in the saying, “when you serve others, you serve yourself”. I have recently entered into a business that focuses on serving others, and it has revolutionized my life. I have been introduced to a whole new realm of possibility that becomes available when you open up your heart to serving other people. You may be reading this and thinking “she’s crazy” or “yeah good for her, but I’ve never felt that way”. But I’m telling you, it’s incredible and it’s real.
When you focus on the peoples’ lives you can touch, rather than your own personal gain, amazing things happen. I pray every day that God brings people into my life who need someone like me. I know that God gave me the unique skill sets, talents, experiences, emotions, and knowledge to reach another one of His precious children at a specific moment in their lives. I have been working on listening to His voice in my life (or those little nudges to talk to people), and I have been blown away by the people He has opened my eyes to. I absolutely love getting to breath life and encouragement into people, and I never would have done that had I not learned to relinquish control of my own life, and to trust in His divine intervention. Now, my dreams are huge and scary and sometimes I can’t even make sense of them, but I find peace, and more importantly, abundance in them.
That leads me to the other word that resides in the name of my blog, “vision”. Vision is also something I have come to have. No, I was not born blind. I actually have 20/20 vision. But when it comes to having a vision for my life, I never really understood what that meant until recently. In school, kids are told to write down their goals because writing them down makes them more likely to happen. Yeah, yeah, yeah. To me, that meant write down things like “I want to graduate High School”, “I want to go to college”, “I want to own a house”, “I want to have 6 kids” (yes, I said 6 lol). Those are all fine goals to have in life, but they lack vision. Vision is what makes your goals happen, not writing them on a piece of notebook paper in homeroom. You need to be able to visualize yourself meeting those goals in order to actually obtain them.
Last week a couple friends and myself got together to make vision boards. We watched a YouTube video done by the “Mother of Vision Boards”, Terri Savelle.
In this video, Terri talks about creating a vision for your life, and going out into the world to accomplish that vision. Her ideas are simple, but so powerful.
So, the reason for naming my blog “Vision of Abundance” is because I want to be intentional with my life. Yes, I want to live abundantly, but I also want to do it on purpose. I trust that if I delight myself in the Lord, He will give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4). If my vision aligns with His plan for my life, nothing can stop me from living a life of abundance.
This all is pretty new to me, so I hope we can learn together along the way. My prayer is that God will use this blog as just another way to touch peoples’ lives, and let them know they are not alone. If I can encourage just one person through this, it will be worth it. Plus, blogging makes me feel cool and trendy.
If I haven’t completely bored you to death by now, thanks for reading, and I hope you have a blessed and totally abundant day 🙂