I was born to pamper—to simply, effortlessly, I would even say, instinctively make you feel good! My Momma says, I've "always been this way"—even as a child, warm, inviting, giving. As much, I love to create, to almost impose beauty, serenity, comfort and joy. I am an artist in every sense of the word—I write, paint, cook, sew; I live good music, good food and good company! I am a "creature of comforts" because, well, if you haven't already, just wait until you taste my scratch-made buttermilk biscuits, warm yeast breads and sweet & savory breakfast pies, made lovingly from my heart from, I believe, the art—in me. A treat not only for which the eyes may feast, but as much, from which the soul may be comforted and nourished—for even my Granola bars make you want to eat—right! Always had been so busy, never before have I had "this time" to indulge my many gifts, never before realizing my new-found and every bit spiritual joy of cooking.
I had accomplished My Dream (what was MadlyLiving Bed & Breakfast). So what else was there—for me? But then so unexpectedly, so heartbreakingly, I'd lost it all a few years back and everything went dark for me; I literally could not breathe my future for I could no longer see "my light!" I retreated in order that somehow I might live through it!
Thankfully, I have always been the optimist. So, I know my life has been put on hold for some greater purpose; I believe God is testing me for my next level of enlightenment. So the challenge to my faith during this time in my life was to just "BE STILL," which was difficult and disappointing, after my always-moving life of MadlyLiving. But what this "naked stillness" did for me was awaken me to a yearning for more purpose in my life, not just to pamper, but more importantly, to somehow, in some way HELP!
Also something I have learned about myself in my stillness is that I AM BED & BREAKFAST in and of myself! For no matter where I have ever lived (long before MadlyLiving B&B)—single rooms, basement apartments—wherever I am, you always feel good in my space, from my grace, for truly, my joy is to comfort you. Still, I couldn't help pondering, "What really is left for me to do beyond MadlyLiving B&B?"
I believe what's been missing in my life is the "GIVING" in tangible, meaningful ways that make a difference! Though giving has always flowed through my heart, ever more graciously, I know that it MUST flow naturally, through everything that I do— through My Business, through My Gifts, through My Purpose. My Life's Grace must be not only one of pampering, but, as importantly, one that literally and "inherently pays it forward; doing unto others," encouraging and helping to uplift in “The Spirit of MadlyLiving" and SAVING DREAMS!
I AM MADLYGIVING!
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