Dear Diary- I am over stimulated

Curve ball, I think I am going to attempt to turn this lifestyle blog into a compilation of my every day thoughts, experiences, and adventures. Some may be lame, boring, and dumb, while others may be hilarious, fun, revelations, and testimonies; rolled into a tight warm Chinese spring roll of the good, the bad, and the ugly. My heart will more then likely be spilt out leaking onto the pages, like a tall glass of water left out on a table my cat just loves to knock over in the middle of the night. True story.

So I am going to kick start this off by letting you know that my overwhelming thoughts and imaginations are currently crowding my peace tonight. As I sud’s my heavy wet hair in the shower I couldn’t help but realize I am over stimulated, and I can’t keep my thoughts together very long without over thinking every single detail of my life right now. It is basically compared to trying to talk to someone who keeps finishing your sentences for you, or cutting you off to have their turn to speak. You feel quiet rushed, and unheard altogether. Right now, I am overstimulated on my thoughts about how to blog and where this blogging is going to take me. I think I must just write and the style will eventually flow. I feel like I have already wasted some space rambling about what direction to take, or why I am so inspired to share my story.

Life is hectic busy, and not just for me, but for us all. On top of the hustle and bustle of life you have to stop and make sure you snap shot each picture perfect moment to advertise it for all your so called “online social media friends” to see, time consuming. The busyness starts to wear your down and it becomes a barrier between what is really the most important thing in life, which in my opinion is connecting with loved ones and growing and nurturing relationships between family and friends.

Sometime I want to freeze time, just so I can scoop my what were once babies, now big kids, into a little ball and just hold them and squeeze them and let them know even though Mom never slows day, you are important to me and I love you very much.

I think, as a wife and mom, sometimes I lack in the department of letting my family know how much I value the happiness they bring into my life, our of being so focused on the next task that needs to be checked off the never ending to do list. I am never alone and I always have someone to take care of, and someone to love me back. It’s really not a cliche either, I really can’t image my life with out them in it.

I live in a world bubble I have created for myself that values and cultivates what the Lord is speaking and showing me on the daily. I feel like he is always revealing truth to me in so many creative ways, and confirms to me that he is always ever present. I feel like he shares nuggets of truth with me to share with others who are in need of some exposure of his love. Unfortunately I don’t think I have it in me as of now in the season of life I am in to write long detailed teachable blog posts.

I am just a girl, loved by the creator, running my race, and absorbing God’s grace daily.

I would like to share in a normal every day type of way how we can see God in everything we do. I want to share so that others don’t look at believers and prejudge them and assume they are just this fake person trying to be the best they can in their own strengths, who talks all the talk, but never connects with others and walks the love walk. Through our actions we speak so much louder then words.

I don’t live in denial and I don’t live on cloud 9 all the time either! Yes, I am extremely abundantly blessed with God’s mercy, grace, and love, but I also fall down, get discouraged, and act like a selfish spoiled hard headed brat, if I can be honest with you. The one thing I believe sets me apart is that I don’t give up, I will fight tooth and nail for what I believe in. So if the enemy wants to come against me, I am going to be on my knees in prayer fighting against his schemes to enslave me in bondage and steal my joy.

I would like to connect with others also though. This blogging adventure is meant to be a tool to engage with others. I don’t want to be alone. If you have a dairy style blog please comment below so I can follow you and read your posts. If you don’t blog, well we can still communicate through the comments. Drop me some lines and I will be sure to respond to you.

–Ash’Leigh Harris

Starbucks and Journals (GIVE AWAY) {CLOSED}

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WINNER IS SHELLSEA RUDEN!!! Congratulations SHELLSEA!! Thanks to all who entered! Follow my blog so you don’t miss the chance to enter in future Give Aways!!

I am so excited to be finally hosting my first BLOG GIVE AWAY!

As I am nearing my 1 year anniversary to the whole Blogging World, I really want to express my gratitude to all my readers who have stopped by, read my blog posts, shared posts on social media, and left comments! This give away is for you!! I have also connected with some very sweet Blogger Mommas out there who have helped me get through this first year.

I have received over 6,333 Web views, and this will be my 95th Post! I look forward to what’s to come for this new year!

I love keeping a journal and I love coffee so I thought why not just give away two of my loves!

I am using the Rafflecopter App to host this Give Away, so please follow the instructions below!

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1 Winner will be randomly selected and announced on my Blog http://www.leighleighspeaks.com on April 20, 2015 by 12:00pm. The winner will receive a winner confirmation email and will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner fails to respond, I will announce a new Winner on my blog and send them a winner confirmation email.

*The chevron print journal will be wrapped in its original packaging as you see the polka dot one is in the photo above. The journals and Starbucks gift card are NEW! The give away bundle is valued at $45.

Hope you Win! Thanks for entering! 🙂

XOXO

Leigh Leigh

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Why keep a Journal?

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I journal A LOT!

I don’t really use my journal for a record of my daily life or the physical events that took place that day. I usually journal more about the journey of my spiritual life. I record my feelings, emotions, events that would change my circumstances, and the reactions to these life changing moments that happen every single day. I record what the Holy Spirit is guiding me through, or teaching me. I have learned that I can really see how God is moving in and through my life as I glance back and read forward.

It is a great way to learn more about myself. After all, I didn’t create me and I love the fact that the bible tells us that God knows us better then we even know our own selves. We shouldn’t be so quick to trust our own hearts and our own feelings. Feelings are fickle and change instantly. When I journal my reactions and feelings it helps me in the future how to better handle a situation more gracefully. You would also be surprised at how much God speaks to us every day through the word, devotionals, social media, friends, songs, etc.. I am sure to record all these little messages as well!

I am warning you this can also bring light to your nasty little monsters that live inside!!! You know, jealousy, bitterness, strife, envy, anger, unforgviness, but that is a good thing because in order to KILL a monster you gotta STARVE it to DEATH! :0) When I journal I can quickly see what is in my heart as I am spewing it out onto the paper. This is a good time to reflect and pray for what ever area I am struggling in. My hope is that by sharing with you some very intimate truths about me and my life that you may be able to see the truths in yours and let the Holy Spirit guide you through the same issues you might be facing.

There is beauty in all of our messes!

xOxO

-Leigh Leigh