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Discover how...

Every experience can be used for the good.

Strength comes at our weakest moments.

A 'Reflection can be Clear even if the Mirror is Cracked!'

 

But how? 

Look for the blessing in every experience.

Focus on what really matters in life.

Find courage to make even the most difficult experience count for something!  


Journey to a Clearer Reflection in my Cracked Mirror...

While writing I found value in my challenges and strength in my weaknesses. Reflections inspired by simple things in life changed my way of looking at the world, myself and my potential. 

Perfection had always been the goal. Unfortunately I had set an unrealistic standard. The result was endless frustration.  

Finding courage to step out seemed impossible. I didn't feel ready nor did I feel good enough. Still I had a choice to make. I could allow perfectionistic thinking to stop me or I could accept myself and take a chance. 

Struggles that once held me back slowly lost power. They no longer felt like obstacles. In fact I learned to embrace them. They had actually made me who I was. Every experience had value, nothing would be wasted! 

Yes, I still set high standards for myself. Yet I learned to see more clearly through my cracked mirror. 

A desire to inspire others ultimately breathed life into what will soon be 'Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection.' I wanted to encourage others by sharing my story. What I didn't know is that I was the one that would be encouraged. 

With inspiration as a guide, I slowly built courage to step out. Only I was no longer in control of the next chapter. The book was actually leading me.

Notebook in hand, God composed a story on my heart. I had a pen. He had a pencil with an eraser to erase mistakes made along the way.  

Determined to make it count, I no longer doubted whether I would get there. I just wasn't exactly sure when or how!

As I looked in the mirror I noticed several small cracks. Surprisingly my reflection was clear. At that moment I heard a faint whisper in my ear.

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Be inspired!

Julie Barbera

Please note: Book to be available end of 2017/early 2018!