Growing up, I was seen by others as the shy, QUIET kid. I was introspective. I was a deep thinker, but I was not quiet. Maybe with strangers who didn’t know me. But with my family, I was carefree, loud, even rambunctious at times!!
For too much of my life, I let others define me. It took years of healing and separating myself from the crowd in order for me to realize that it’s okay to speak up when I see things differently. It’s okay to speak my truth. It’s okay to be different.
Last week, I made a bold decision to speak the truth at an even louder level. And ever since then, I have felt MORE FREE to be even less quiet and speak more of my truth! I am who God says I am, not how others perceive me.
And I am BOLD! I am STRONG! I AM COURAGEOUS!!
I choose to be seen and heard! I am safe to be seen and heard. I honor the part of me that remained QUIET in order to remain SAFE, but staying quiet no longer keeps me safe. I CHOOSE FREEDOM AND PEACE by BOLDLY SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE!!
I will not go gently or silently into the night. Shame lives in the silence, in the dark. I choose to let light shine out of darkness. I choose to rage against the dying light.
Will you JOIN me?
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
To my reader, where has being quiet held you back? Where can you give yourself permission to speak up, to boldly speak the truth in love, to “rage against the dying of the light?”
If you’re interested in becoming a more assertive advocate for yourself, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would LOVE to coach you!
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” ~ Dylan Thomas
Here I am the day after a breakup…hair not washed, no makeup, and my eyes are puffy and swollen from crying yesterday. Honestly, exhausted and feeling worn down.
But….I am smiling!
I put on my workout clothes, take the dogs for a run, and listen to some worship music. As my feet hit the pavement, my body releases the emotional pain stored in my body. I let go and let God.
Breakups can be difficult because they can overwhelm us with a lot of pain in a short amount of time. However, breakups can be a good thing because they are an opportunity to heal the pain of the past as we comfort ourselves in the present.
In reaching out to talk to a friend yesterday, I gave myself the gift of an “empathetic witness” to not only the pain of the present, but also the pain of the past. And in doing so, I gave my inner child space and time to continue healing.
There is freedom in letting ourselves feel our feelings when they come so that we can release the pain and move forward.
There is freedom in setting boundaries with others when our deepest values don’t align.
There is freedom in choosing to protect our hearts, in choosing to be nothing other than our authentic selves.
Yesterday and today, I choose to rest and recover. I give myself permission to slow down, learn and grow.
I ask my inner child…
What do you need?
How can I be here for you?
How can I meet the needs you were trying to have met by the other person?
How can I meet the needs that weren’t met in your childhood?
What can I do for you right here, right now?
I tell my inner child…
I am sorry you were hurt in childhood.
I am here for you now.
I choose to protect your heart.
I choose you.
To my reader, I ask you this, where can you show yourself compassion and kindness? Where are you not choosing yourself? Where can you give yourself permission to change that?
In your hardest moments, I hope that you can give yourself permission to slow down and rest, to let yourself feel, to let yourself heal.
You are loved. You are enough. You are worth it!!
If you’d like to be coached on how to feel your feelings or connect with your inner child, please reach out to me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
How are you MOVING YOUR BODY as the weather cools down?! For me, I think that bike rides are amazing!! 🚴
I regret that my bike has mostly been sitting in my garage for the last few years, especially since my divorce a few years ago. 💔
This fall, I decided it was TIME to get my bike fixed up. I kept hearing the thought in my head, “You should take your bike to the local shop and have them fix it up so you can get back out there.” 🏥
I ignored the thought for a few months until finally around last week, I decided that it was time!! ⏰
So about a week ago, I took my bike to the local bike shop for a MAJOR tune-up. They did an AMAZING job fixing it and restoring it to it’s original glory..:
🚲 New chain 🚲 New tires and tubes 🚲 New tape 🚲 New Shoe Clips 🚲 Good ‘Ol Wash and Shine ✨
This fall, I’m so excited to get back out on the trails riding my bike!! I am so grateful that God rescued me out of trauma and destruction, and recovered and restored my life, making me a new creation.
The old is gone. The new has come!! 🙌🏼✨
Before trauma memories and chronic health problems imploded my life about 7 years ago, I used to ride my bike ALL THE TIME!! 🚴 ❤️
I LOVED biking with friends around the lake, and had a dream to participate in a 100 mile bike ride, specifically the Texas Hotter than Hell 100!! 🥵
I did quite a few rides, and my endurance increased up to 60 miles before everything changed and my life fell apart so that God could put it back together on the only stable foundation I’ve ever known….Christ alone!
Y’all, Jesus really is enough!! I didn’t use to believe this. I thought I needed so many other things…the perfect husband, house, kids, job, and clothes. You know the story!! BUT GOD WRECKED MY LIFE in THE MOST MESSY AND BEAUTIFUL WAY!! 🙌🏼
He pursued me with a RECKLESS FOREVER LOVE that I could not deny not run away. I am saved by GRACE ALONE! CHRIST ALONE!! He is my sure foundation, my anchor. My fortress, my rock! ❤️
In my heart, He lives and loves me. Every part of me!! Even and especially the messy, broken parts. He makes all things new! He specializes in restoring broken hearts!! 💔
The love that I now freely give comes from Him alone. He is my focal point, my saving grace, my Redeeemer and my God! ❤️🩹
I remember 5-7 years ago when I could barely walk down the street without feeling faint because of undiagnosed #hashimotosthyroiditis and #ehlersdanlossyndrome. One of the symptoms was that I suffered from severe dysautonomia and thermoregulation dysfunction. 🥵
For all you who don’t speak medical jargon, this means that my body did not properly regulate my temperature, heart rate, or blood pressure very well. So much so, that I could not tolerate exercising outside in the hot weather. ☀️
BUT… I’ve been doing trauma recovery work and taking SMART baby steps to improve my physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational wellbeing over the last 7 years.
During this time, GOD began to heal my heart, mind, body, spirit, and relationships…from the inside out!! Change began with me CHOOSING to take the first step!! 🏃♀️
It’s been 7 years, and that dream to ride in a 100 mile bike ride is alive again!! 🚲
Yesterday was day 1….10 miles!!! One time around the lake!! HECK YEAH am I going to celebrate this HUGE WIN!!! 🚴 🙌🏼 🥳 🎉🎊
5 years ago….I could barely walk/jog around the block without feeling dizzy and faint. I’ve WORKED HARD! 😓
And GOD has been by my side EVERY STEP of the way! Throughout it all, I have learned this to be true…God never fails! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
AND yesterday…I biked aound the lake in the middle of a 90’ sunny day during Texas September summer!!! 🌞 🥳
I felt SAFE doing so because I learned how to listen to and honor my body. I now know what electrolytes I need to drink and bring with me to support the unique needs of my body. 😊
I now know how to better take care of myself by utilizing a mix of conventional and holistic health measures. 🩺🌿
If you want or need a friend to help you kickstart your life into healthier holistic living and have the desire to live your life FULL OUT, then I would absolutely LOVE to help you figure out how to TAKE YOUR LIFE BACK, whatever that looks like for you!! I personalize all my coaching to the unique needs of my individual clients.💜
As a NURSE COACH, I love that I have the HONOR of holding a safe space for other broken humans like myself, especially as we WAKE UP and decide that it’s time to do SOMETHING DIFFERENT!! 👀 💪
And if you SIMPLY want a friend to bike around the lake with, hit me up!! I’d love to talk about life and marvel at the beautiful fall season with a friend, new or old. 🍁🧡 😊
Happy Fall Y’all!! And cheers to healthy living!!
Warmly, Ruth Renee RN
I’d love to hear how I can help you kickstart your health recovery. I’d be thrilled to help you take your life back!! ✨
Please comment below or I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell me what you’d like to be coached on and why!
This is where the paint brush and the paint colors led me on Tuesday night.
Two days ago, I spoke up! I shared my story and my truth in a public, permanent way.
No matter the outcome, I did my part.
No matter the outcome, I know that my courageous act will have many positive ripple effects in the years to come, perhaps even unto 1000 generations.
I stand tall. I praise God, and I sing a NEW SONG of FREEDOM! 🎵
Will you join me in celebrating this win?! 🥳 Will you join me in speaking up?! #metoo❤️
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.”” John 8:31-32 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.8.31-32.NIV
So what if they don’t care what you think?! Let your voice be heard anyway, and remain unattached to the outcome. Nothing may happen now, but you never know the ripple effect you may have. What is the cost of not saying anything?
There is power in letting your thoughts and feelings be heard…no matter how they are received!
Wherever you are, whatever you are struggling with….what if you stand up for yourself, and let your voice be heard, no matter the outcome?!
Be an advocate! Be a leader! Be a voice of reason!! Use your God-given powerful voice and speak your truth!!
If you feel as if you don’t have a voice or a choice, I want to remind you that you do!! I encourage you to use your voice and speak up. Your breath is not wasted, no matter the outcome.
FREEDOM is the promise you claim when you choose to speak the truth in love. I believe in you. I am here to hold space for you if you need someone to listen and encourage you.
I am here to help you find your authentic voice and the courage to speak your truth.
To all you who are struggling to speak up, I see you. I am here for you. I believe in you. I am living proof that change is possible.
Remember, you are loved! You are worth it! You are enough — period!!!
Real power comes when you choose to live in the truth of who you are, when you choose to be nothing other than your authentic self.
You are a beautiful soul! Please don’t ever give up on yourself!!
If you are afraid to speak up at work, at home, at school, or wherever you are suffering….I am here for you. You are not alone.
I can be reached by email at email@example.com
During deep sleep and active meditative rest, our bodies and minds slow down.
Our cells, tissues, and organs repair themselves so that we can keep functioning at our best possible health.
Energy is replenished and our immune systems are strengthened during restorative rest.
During the day, you can give your body a chance to recharge and refuel through active meditation and deep breathwork. Taking prolonged deeper breaths slows down the brain and allows the body to enter into the healing restorative parasympathetic state.
Guided and non-guided meditations are my favorite ways to actively rest during the day. Some of my favorite times to meditate are upon wakening, before going to sleep, and in the middle of the day when I need a mental reset or a physical energy boost.
I promise you that meditation is so much better than caffeine!! Would you be willing to take that challenge? Meditation in place of caffeine!?!
If you’re ready to make some changes in your life and are looking for someone to guide you along the way….then I would be honored to help you, to coach you, to be a witness to your healing and growth!
I can help you determine how much rest you need, and together we can create peaceful rhythms and discover unique ways to give your body the rest and balance it needs. We will explore and discover the best times and methods for you.
I’ve been practicing the art of listening to my body for many years now because it is what I had to do in order to be able to heal from trauma and burnout, in order to manage genetic and chronic conditions, in order to find restoration, healing, and peace.
If you or someone you know is interested in transforming your life for the better, I would be honored to walk alongside and be a bridge to greater healing and peace. It is possible! I am living proof.
Life was not meant to be lived in the fast lane 24/7. It’s okay to give yourself permission to rest. It really is okay! I am here to tell you that your worth is not determined by your productivity.
To all you struggling to slow down out of fear, out of being stuck in autopilot, or out of belief that there is too much to do and you cannot slow down, I see you! You are enough. You are loved. You are worth it, period.
If you’d like to chat and learn more about nurse coaching, please direct message or email me. I would love to help you discover greater balance and peace as you learn to better listen to and honor your body.