Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Your Butterfly Season Approaches.....

The last couple of years, I’ve been in a season of too much. Too much on my plate.

First of all , let me say that I know many of you will read what I’m about to post and you will say, I’ll trade you places. 
I get that. I understand. 

I know there are so many going through so much more than what I’ve experienced.  For that reason, I’ve kind of stayed away from talking about my circumstances.....’cause I know my drama isn’t the worst thing in the world....but on the other hand, it’s been something that has turned my world upside down, temporarily. 
I do my best to keep it in perspective though. 
I’m well aware that there are many people going through situations that make mine look like a piece of cake. 

My drama consists of 2 back to back situations in my life.

My Mom and I have a home together. In May of 2010 , it flooded with half of the Nashville area. We had no flood insurance. I was just getting my feet on the ground with Entirely Apropos....and my life stopped....everything that I was planning , put on hold.

In May of 2011, we were still in process of  putting the pieces back together from the flood and my Dad became ill. Now,  I found myself  putting the remaining issues that needed to be fixed on hold and travel to Wisconsin  to help my Dad. 
Dad unexpectedly passed while I was there. 
I was so grateful that I was able to be with him on his final day here on earth. What a gift that was for me.
I came home to a whole new responsibility...closing up our Dad’s estate. 
For any of you that know what this is like, you know what this is like. 

When I named my business , in early 2010, something in me struck a cord when Mom and I came across the word “apropos”. It means  an opportune time.

Now, looking back at the last couple of years I find it ironic that I would have chosen that word , and that it struck such a cord with me , prior to knowing what was ahead. 

I have to believe that when that cord was struck in me to use the name “ apropos”, it was there for such a time as this. To encourage me. Every time I look at my business name, I’m reminded that it is an opportune time.  I could easily look at my circumstances and see that this word hasn’t meant an opportune time ......yet. But it’s not over. I may have been diverted...but I still have hope that I can get back on track and see what is in store for me. 

It hasn’t been one of the  favorite seasons in my life. I’ve had to face a lot of fears and anxiety. I haven’t handled some things with the grace that I would have liked to, but on the other hand I’ve been surprised at how I’ve been able to handle some of the other surprises along the way.  I’ve grown spiritually because of it. 

I’m reminded of the butterfly that is in the cocoon....the struggle it goes through to be changed  into a butterfly. 
Obviously, this isn't  my first drama in life, nor will it be the last,  as life is full of opportunities to change us and mold us into the treasure that God has created us to be.  

Butterflies only live for a season....I will embrace my upcoming season of becoming this  butterfly. I hope it will be a simpler time and allow me to focus more on my business and be able to be a help to back as I have received so much from so many friends and family members.

 I hope this inspires anyone that is going through a difficult time to hang on , your butterfly season approaches.

Thanks my friends! 
I appreciate you stopping by to read my latest post.
Happy Treasure Hunting!  


jody malone said...

Beautifully said Ms Juliann! This year is your year to be released from the cocoon!

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Yes and Amen. Thank you for being such an awesome friend, Jodylynn. xoxoxoxo

Jo Farmer said...

Lovely post... Hoping 2012 is the year for you and your business to shine
With all good wishes

Jo x

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Awwwww, Thank you Jo! You are always an uplifting inspiration to me. I appreciate your company over here and on facebook. Means a lot to me.

BARBARA said...

love you bunches miss julie:) you inspire me dailey you are my butterfly hope this this year and always bring to you the very best this world has to offer keep being you and all will be right in this world xxxooo <3

Anonymous said...

I have known you for just a split second but as two butterflies fly past each other both recognize the effort it has taken to just become one and now, we are in flight. The struggle has been worth it. Stay well. Stay...not there but go, go far and see everything. Take it in. Let it go. I'll see you around as you and I flutter by in the great big sky.
Me, Mary from the branchonthebeadtree

Liz said...

If it weren't for caterpillars, there would be no butterflies.

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thank you my lovely sparkly dear friend! I feel the same about you. Love you, bunches. xoxoxoxo

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

How beautiful, Mary!
Thank you my friend. I look forward to fluttering by you in the great big sky. xoxoxox

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Amen Liz. Thank you. <3

P.j. said...

Wow, Julie, thanks for giving us a little more insight into your recent struggles. I remember that you commented on one of my posts about cleaning mold, but I had no idea you had also lost your dad so recently. I suspect that you were already a strong woman long before those challenges, & have also become even stronger than you ever thought possible. Even though I appreciate your trying to be strong & not whine or focus on negative things, please know that you have many friends near & far who will be here to help however we can--even if it's just listening & sending our love! ~ (Hugs) ~ Pam

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Ohhhhh that is so sweet Pam. Thank you so much.
I'm ready for butterfly season.
I'm grateful for so many things...but I will admit, I'm tired.
You guys encourage me every day on facebook. I think it has been a life line for me...I really do. You all have helped me through some dark days, brought me joy and made me laugh more than you'll ever know.
So grateful to have you in my life.
I thank you, Pam!