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Friday, October 29, 2010

Blog Friend Feature: A Peaceful Diva

I have been reading this week's Blog Friend Feature since nearly the start of her blog. She impressed me right from the start as someone who had it all together. While she would probably laugh at this description- and honestly admits that this is not the case!- it's the impression that I got.

Meet Katina, from Peaceful Divas: Journeying Through Life's Mundane Tasks with Joy! Her faith inspires me. The way that she can admit to struggles that she has and yet can find ways to look at them in a positive light- she really lives up to her tagline! I know you'll love her, too!

When Shell emailed me and asked me to be the BFF this week, my heart skipped a beat! I was completely honored AND completely terrorized. I immediately emailed her back to say yes and express my fear! In her very own and totally “Shell” way, she politely instructed me to just be myself. Being Shell’s BFF is like having lunch with a famous person that you really look up to; your stomach cuts flips, your heart races and your mind goes blank on what to say.

Imagine that we are all sitting around a circle in those hard, metal, church fellowship hall chairs:

Hello everybody! My name is Katina and I write, journal, and basically work out my problems on a blog called Peaceful Divas. (Then you all say: Hello Katina). I have been blogging since May of this year. Although I am very new to blogging, I have already experienced some of the huge benefits of putting all your business on the internet! I have virtually met some of the coolest women from all over the world who totally get me!

Most days on Peaceful Divas I am working through my emotions or trying to be positive about housework when I would rather have a root canal than clean up. Occasionally, I like to post about being more efficient by listing different ways to (K.I.S.S)-keep it simple sista!

Ok so now, I am lying on the sofa in YOUR psychology office:

In all actuality, Peaceful Divas is my ministry and my way of FINALLY dealing with my true feelings. It has taken me 37 years to be able to identify and articulate how I REALLY feel. As a child growing up, I had loving parents who expected me to always make them proud.

Well meaning cliché’s were used daily in response to my hurts. {“Life’s not fair!” “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” “If you can run fast, someone can always run faster”. “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. “If you can do something about it, do it; otherwise, don’t worry about it.”} Over time, I learned to ignore my feelings and “suck it up”.

In an effort to have me grow up to be an independent and strong woman, my mother lovingly told me that crying was a sign of weakness. When you suck it up and can’t express your sorrow by weeping, you have to find a way of dealing with life! Some people eat, abuse substances, surf the internet, talk on the phone, become workaholics… you fill in the blank.

For me, I get busy! In addition to working full time, being a mommy to two awesome girls, and a wife, I owned and operated a party studio for girls; I have done Amway, Mary Kay, Airbonne, Ardyss, and probably some other things I have forgotten! I am now on a quest to truly experience God’s Grace and through my experience, offer grace to myself and others by not being so rigid, not taking everything so seriously and not blaming myself for the world's troubles.

Since you really know me now, imagine that we are on a girlfriend getaway sitting around a table on a beautiful Tropical Island. The water is blue and our drinks are fruity and have umbrellas in them!!!

I am not one of those women who give off the perception that EVERYTHING IS GREAT. Most days ARE great, and EVERYDAY is a BLESSING, but some days I get started by yelling and then just about everything gets on my nerves. There are days when I pick up the girls from school with a positive attitude and then after five minutes in their presence my eye is twitching and I wonder what just happened. I have cleaned off my kitchen counters countless times only to have school papers, artwork, and mail pile up and MOCK ME!

I cook and clean ONLY because I love my family. Out of love, I am FINALLY living intentionally so that I can model what being “healthy” means. Am I successful all the time? NO ma’am and that is just part of the journey (see my post on the comparison queen).

Just like you, I want the best for my children. I want my girls to grow up to be whole, Godly women who are in touch with who they are and more importantly whose they are. It is my prayer that they grow up able to confidently say how they feel and process their feelings towards life’s hurts in a healthy way.

Finally, I want them to know that perfection is not attainable; but with God all things are possible.

Now let’s go have facials!

Please leave Katina some comment love here and then go follow her blog if you don't already!

Peaceful Divas

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Blogger Katina said...

So honored to be your BFF Shell!

October 29, 2010 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Awesome Choice! I love Katina

October 29, 2010 at 3:07 AM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Already a follower of Katina's but I don't stop by nearly enough. She's got some great reminders here!

October 29, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Anonymous Making It Work Mom said...

Great Post! Just what I needed after a stressful Friday!

October 29, 2010 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Congratulations, Katina!

October 29, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

What a cute/creative post!

October 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Now I want to be your BFF too, Katina!

Nice post, and so nice to 'meet' you! :)

October 29, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Eternal Lizdom said...

I'm a fan of Katina's already!! She's an awesome mama!!

October 29, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Heather M said...

Yay Katina!!! Your so Awesome!

October 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Erinsgobragh said...

Congrats! Going to check your blog out Katrina!

October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Yours Truly said...

Yes let's do go have facials :D (They help with the eye twitching and all ;D)

October 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Helena said...

"...when I would rather have a root canal than clean up" Oh Katina, I am right there with you on this one. Housework is such a struggle for me.

October 29, 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Venassa said...

Great post! I am a new follower because you sound great, and I trust Shell's opinion on great bloggers.
I've never had a facial so let's do it!

October 29, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger The Empress said...

Thanks for bringing new peeps into our world, Shell.

Nice to meet you, Katina...on my way to see your blog. YOu sound very honest and sweet...my kind of blogger.

October 29, 2010 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I already love Katina's blog, and this I love this post. Katina, I think it was pretty darn creative to give all those differnt "settings" in your post! I feel like I just went to a few different places, and I'm all about the facial!

October 30, 2010 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I'll have to check her out, sounds like we have a lot in common.

November 1, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

Late to the party - that's me! But what a great feature!!

Katina, I so get you on the eye twitching thing. Some days those kids are soooo up in my grill I can't stand their, um, *love* :p

November 1, 2010 at 3:37 PM  

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