Double tap if you agree! The best gifts aren’t found under the tree... they are felt with the heart. ♥️ . What is the greatest gift in your life? What are you grateful for this holiday?
When I found out that I couldn’t fly for a few weeks after brain surgery—I cried. I have never spent Christmas away from my family before and after such a rollercoaster of a year... it broke my heart to know that this year we would be apart! . I mentioned it to my mom the day before I went in for surgery... and a week later, I noticed our bar cart was completely decorated. We didn’t bring decorations out with us when we moved from Annapolis to San Francisco so this was a total shock! . It turns out that my sweet momma, after hearing how sad we were about missing the holidays, ordered a mini tree and set it up as a surprise. Now every time I see it bright and shining at night—I think of my Mom and Annapolis doesn’t feel so far away! . It’s these little gestures that fill my heart with so much hope. Gratitude on gratitude, friends. God has been so good to us these past three weeks. 🙌🏻 #thehayesadventures
Take time to be still. Give yourself space to reflect, to pray, to dig deep. Tune out the noise, the whispers telling you that you are not enough. . It can be easy to lose yourself in the hustle. The daily grind has a way of taking over, but you can’t let it. . Don’t rush through your life always seeking, striving, and stressing for more. Set aside the belief that to be busy means to be successful. Reject the lie that happiness hides behind your next paycheck or your next hundred followers. Put on your blinders when distractions make you feel inferior and focus your gaze on what truly matters. . If you remember one thing, remember this... ✨ We can’t expect to find fulfillment in fickle, fleeting, worldly things, when our hearts were created for so much more.
Two weeks since my release from the hospital and here’s the truth: Healing is hard. It’s slow and at times painful. So many of you know this truth all too well. . Healing brings with it a rollercoaster of emotions. It makes you rely on others. It strips you of your independence. It challenges you to grow as a human being—teaching you to embrace your own brokenness and give yourself grace amidst the struggle. . Healing also reveals your strength. It pushes you beyond what is comfortable and shows you just how courageous you can be. It showcases selflessness, empathy, and compassion in others. It reminds you of what truly matters in your life and it changes you forever. . Thank you for allowing me to share my journey honestly and vulnerably with you. There is still a long road ahead... but I won’t have to walk it alone. I’m so very grateful for that.
A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. Double tap if you‘re with me! ✨ A sweet nurse in the hospital shared this quote with me and I may have to adopt it as my new mantra... I’ve come to believe that an attitude of gratitude is everything, friends!
Happy Thanksgiving from our little family to yours! #thehayesadventures Photo by: @comeplum
We may be thousands of miles away from our families and cooped up in our tiny apartment this Thanksgiving... However, it won't stop us from counting our blessings in a big way! What are you thankful for, friends? . I'm thankful for: — My health, healing + getting stronger every day — An amazing husband who has taken care of me every second since my surgery — A community of creatives that I carry in my heart, always... the movers, shakers, and waves makers who are making this industry a better place — Holiday dinners delivered that only require reheating... because you know I didn’t cook that! 😉 . What about you? What are you thankful for this year? ✨Shout it out in the comments below!
One week ago, I was heading in for brain surgery. . I didn't know what to expect on the other side of the anesthesia, but I knew that I couldn’t get through it on my own... I was going to need a lot of help. . The first seven days were a blur and my sweet momma and husband took care of me every second of the day... sleeping next to my hospital bed, waking up every few hours to check on me, and helping me in the most fundamental ways we often take for granted. . HoneyBookers + Rising Tiders organized a meal train so that we wouldn’t need to worry about where our next meal would be coming from (and every night I still get emotional when I hear who provided dinner). My mom read your encouraging comments and prayers to me... and when we struggled with complications from surgery, she would remind me that hundreds of people were praying around the world. She reminded me to have faith that everything would get better. . Beginning today, my friends are kicking off an entire month of Instagram Story takeovers and guest blog posts... they are a living example of #communityovercompetition and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to adequately thank them for keeping these channels vibrant + alive while I recover. . Be sure to show them your love + support! This community deserves the best and I’m excited to surprise you with amazing content in the coming weeks! Get excited to meet some amazing new people and see some familiar faces you already love! #risingtidesociety | Photo by: @praaaise of @comeplum
When I found out that I had a brain tumor, I prayed that I would never need surgery... and then I did. . When I learned that this surgery could have complications, I prayed that I wouldn’t have any... and then I did. . The truth is that it would be easy to look at the negatives, the bumps in the road, and feel like faith doesn’t have a place here... but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. . God has been so good to me throughout this entire journey. Even when the outcome wasn’t precisely what we prayed for, God showed up in hundreds of other ways. In home-cooked meals from friends, in encouraging cards that made me smile, in the steady hands of my surgeons, in comforting my family when hours passed without an update—He was there. God was good. I’m grateful for this experience because it has already changed me for the better. . When we walk through uncertain times we cannot control what is happening to us... but we can control how we react to it. We can choose love, hope, gratitude, and grace. We can choose to have faith. We can look for silver linings. We can embrace hardship with positivity and prayer. . My head may be aching, my road to recovery may be paved with uncertainty... but my heart is so full. This life has never felt more promising than it does in this moment. God is good, friends. He truly is. Thank you for always helping me to see that.