work to do

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This is going to be a raw and real moment between you and I.

I am known for speaking my mind, for being passionate, for taking risks, for not holding anything back….and all of these things are good and have their place….but like I have always told myself and others….strengths are also weaknesses….and we need to learn to exercise the strength side more than the weakness side.

This quote literally hit me in the depths of my soul. What if my words were tattooed all over my body? Would I be a thing of beauty to look upon? Or would I want to hide from others…. to cover every inch of my skin with layers of clothing because my words are so putrid and ugly?

I am striving (boy am I striving) to let my words always be seasoned with power, love, and intentionality…..but there are many days where I utterly fail. Thank goodness for grace and the fact that my words are not permanently engraved upon my skin.

I’ve got work to do.



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  1. Karen

    LOVE THIS!!! Thank you so much for this inspirational message. And thank you for your honesty!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you Karen! It is quite humbling to see the areas of life that need so much attention…and I find that being honest about them is the first step to becoming more intentional. xo

  2. Bonnie P

    Words to live by for sure. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Wow. What a thought. I think I would just seem incredibly confusing…a random mixture of compassion and criticism, passion and bewilderment. I know my inner dialogue swings wildly all over the shop. …good food for thought this. Thankyou.

    • Barb Blair

      Andrea….I know right? I feel very much the same as you do, and it literally stopped me in my tracks when I started thinking about it. It is good to think hard about things and challenge ourselves! xo

  4. Beautiful, Barb. I have to admit I always find you and your blog so inspiring. x

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Danielle…xoxo

  5. Casey

    Your quote reminds me of another I try to remind myself of daily…..”taste your words before you spit them out.”

    • Barb Blair

      Casey…..I love that quote too! So good to remember! xo

    • Barb Blair

      Jenny…..much to think upon indeed! xo

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