Rise and Shine…

“Rise and shine, sleepy Joe
Now’s the time, don’t you know
To get into a new kind of dream
You’ve been living alone
With no Bell telephone
And you don’t have a shirt that is clean…”

My dad used to sing me this song when he came to wake me up for school in the morning.  It used to annoy me so much!  For some reason, I never owned an alarm clock so my alarm clock was Dad’s crazy songs.

But on a completely different note:

Lately I’ve been thinking….about what it means to be wonderfully and honestly ‘Rachel’.

I’ve been thinking…about the fact that it is easier to let my life be defined by ‘what I do’ as opposed to ‘who I am’.  

And as a result of all this thinking, I have decided that for a season I will try to focus a little more on being than doing.

For a long time, this quote from Marianne Williamson has encouraged and inspired me to really truly SHINE as a person.

I tend to shrink sometimes.  I think it’s sometimes because I’m scared of coming across as pushy, bossy or a know-it-all. I know that in the past, I have come across that way.  However, I am determined not to let the past limit my future.

When I came across Ashley’s blog last night, I was so excited.  She started The Shine Project which I really like the sound of!  As part of a Friday challenge she asked her readers to post a picture of something or someone that SHINES.

So here is my picture.


Every time I look at it, I smile. Partly because I think it’s a sweet photo and we all look very happy and ‘glowy’ (haha I know that’s not a word), but also because we’re just three ordinary girls who live ordinary lives but who also have extraordinary dreams to be all that God has called us to be.  I don’t see these lovely ladies very often as we all live in different cities but I love them to bits!

Sophie and Franchesca, I’m so glad I met you.

You inspire me to SHINE.

xx

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