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"Challenge Yourself" This is what I saw in bold letters when I opened my mail box, and this is following a chain of events causing those bold letters to almost break me. 

I have been very stressed at work lately, no overwhelmed...no trapped, stuck. I feel as though I live in a fog, like I'm sleeping all day, or perhaps "blind" until 5:00 comes and I am set free to pursue my passion. 

I went for a run after work today and it was so freeing. I love the country roads I live on and this time of year with the warm air, cool breeze, crickets and peepers, and bright setting sun. It is so easy to feel alive in those moments and then it occurred to me that I want to stop dying and start living. Is this job killing me, or am I killing myself? I am so blessed that God gave me a passion and a gift for art that keeps me living after 5:00, but aren't I capable of so much more? Is this really what I'm living for every day? And then it jumps at me...Challenge Yourself. 

I will. I don't know how yet, but I will. 

How have you successfully challenged yourself?

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Comment by David F. Tomkins on September 14, 2012 at 11:16am

Rachael & Ann I so much agree with you on this. If we continue to do something we don't like it will take a toll on our health and well being. God will provide our needs. We need to trust he will reveal our calling and provide for us in this way. He is a great and awesome God.

Comment by Ann Musico on September 13, 2012 at 11:23am

Yes it will Rachael and you will be ready and God will made the way clear!

Comment by Rachael VT on September 13, 2012 at 10:22am

Thank you Ann, I'm glad to hear of your success in taking the leap. I know that I am not financially ready for that yet, though I wish I were. I will continue to challenge myself in taking bigger steps forward, and hopefully my time will come. 

Comment by Ann Musico on September 13, 2012 at 9:37am

I am rooting for you, Rachael.  I was in a similar position and without going into boring detail, God showed me clearly that it was not only changing my personality and who I am, but harming my physical health as well.  It was not an easy decision to quit and focus these last several months on growing my businesses but I can honestly say the lack of that paycheck has been more than made up in better health and feeling like myself again!  I'm praying for the Lord to lead and direct your every step.

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