7 Tips to Refocusing towards your dreams + Free Inspirational Quote Cards (linkup)

September 20, 2016

*Stock image is used by permission from Mara Burkes Creative. Feel free to Pin for a good read.

Today’s post is different for most Tuesdays but was birthed from several weeks of feeling in a rut on and off. In those weeks I felt disappointed, lost and like my head was swirling in a thousand directions without focus. I had lost focus on my dream and began to ask and wonder what it was.  It wasn’t until last weekend that God was clearly speaking to me and He did so in the coolest way.

I went to a women’s “Thrive Conference” through my church and while we learned about wellness in body, spirit and soul I knew God was working in my spirit and soul particularly to nourish and feed me His truth. Back up before this date and conference I was in my rut.  Just a bit disappointed and unease with my current life. What were my dreams again? What did I really hope to accomplish in life beside parenting, blogging and this new lip business?

At this conference I asked God “What is my dream? Or rather God what is your dream for me?” The word came to me in the bathroom during a conference break (of all times right) and the word “writing” came to mind. A light bulb went on and clarity and peace resided with me to hear that word. As an early adolescent to adult I wrote three rough draft books and loved it. Life took over though and I finished my graduate program, got a full time teaching job and finally met my husband. My writing dreams were forgotten.

As the conference waned on some doubt crept in about writing. God showed me more.

At the conference, and three days after the conference the story of the Samaritan woman and Jesus at the well kept being mentioned. (Reference John 4: 5-42) by four different people. God was clearly trying to get my attention. If you have a Bible and open to read the story you know it’s about a Samaritan woman who had five husbands and was living with a man that wasn’t her husband. Jesus not only called this out from her but He offered her living or “eternal” water versus physical water at the well. In her disbelief and trying to cover her current sin Jesus finally told her that He was the Messiah that had come. She became excited and went to tell the town about Him and how He knew her current situation and could offer “eternal” life.

Through this chapter of scripture, referenced by four people in my life in one week at different days God was clearly speaking to my spirit on the matter of needing Him to satisfy me. Just like the woman at the well. She needed to know that Jesus was God on Earth to give everlasting life. He knew her life, soul and spirit. In the end I would imagine he fed her dream(s).

This encouraged me to take matters to better care for myself and walk with and trust Him. I slowly began to implement some new ways of thinking or rather refocusing on my relationship with God towards how to work towards my dreams.

I want to share with you below some of the things that have helped me lately get out of my rut and work to refocusing my dreams.

Below are 7 strategies that have helped me or continue to aid in this process:

1). Pray! Pray! Pray! the enemy wants to come and kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10-29). While I might get excited that I had a good time at the conference and experienced God work to help me refocus on Him, doubt still comes back in. In these moments I have to force myself to stop and pray for as however long it takes til my thoughts are back on the hope of Christ and all that He offers.

2). Have an accountability partner or two. I asked my husband to hold me accountable every time I doubted, compared my life or dreams to others. This has helped so far as once again the enemy has crept in a handful of times to make me feel like a failure or to make me doubt my abilities. God has used my husband to speak truth once more.

3). Do something that can inspire your dreams more. For me this includes reading more to gather inspiration. I think somewhere in me is the notion that to be a writer and an effective one you must not only do your research, love what you do but that you must read the writings of others and learn. For me this might mean reading some novels or even take some creative writing classes as well (hopefully next year while I work for my teacher re-certification).

4). Take a break. For me I have had to take a step back from social media a lot lately. The comparing and jealousy and negativity in my life is only heightened by what I see or want. The enemy comes in often and tells me I will loose followers or readers doing this but that is why I have started implementing and experimenting with scheduling services so that I can get my content out in the internet realm ahead of time. Along the lines of taking a break. Take a day of fasting once a week and focus on refreshing and resting. Don’t work, worry or take on projects. Just rest.

5). Read God’s word or motivational quotes to inspire or prompt you to better change your life, attitude and heart. Get free quotes you can print off on card stock and save, put on your desk or wall here .


*Stock image is used by permission from Mara Burkes Creative. Feel free to Pin for a good read.

6). Write down your dream and goals to getting there, pray over this list. Once again for writing this requires me to write or type my goals out. The next step is to pray over these goals. In my past I have experienced first hand that when you write out your goals and pray over them they almost all come to past in God’s timing. This is why I like to write prayer requests, things in my planner or goals on paper. (A testimony: 5 years ago my husband and I were looking for a house with a very low budget and we wrote out verbatim everything we wanted in a house: price, school system, neighbors, town, location, style of house, backyard and after months of searching and praying over that list we got the exact house we wrote about and prayed for. Our list of 30 wants/needs was met). Goals can be achieved! So can dreams!

**Before this post was even scheduled I prayed over it that it might touch someone out there and encourage them. May that someone know that they and their dreams are worth it. Fight for that dream and allow God to see you through that dream to completion. Know also that only He can satisfy your dreams and give “eternal” water (life).

7). Don’t be afraid to step out. Ask people with similar dreams and do research towards your goals and dream. Get their advice and learn from their accomplishments or mistakes.

I hope you found the above strategies helpful, maybe even challenging.  Just know that I care for us to see our dreams fulfilled and also know that God can pull us through. As a thank you for reading this post you can get your own inspirational quote cards by signing up here. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions below.

What is/are your dream(s)?

Tell me what are some of your tips towards accomplishing your dreams?

Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up.

Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:



Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your Co-host Ana of Northwest Blonde: 


You can follow Ana by the following ways: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.

Now on to the Featured 5  from last week:



Leanne’s black and blush outfit combination is very appropriate for the transitioning from summer to fall and I love how polished this look is. See post here. 

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This past week has been filled with moments that I wouldn’t change for the world with my own children. When I read Sheree’s letter to her daughter I got teary eyed and remembered once again to cherish the moments we have with our little ones and appreciate them at every stage.


Jodie, Nancy & Charlotte share their spin on the fashion trend western wear/footwear and I rather like what they came up with. See post here.


I couldn’t help but post this lovely outfit from Pam. Something about this outfit screams retro meets today.


I loved Megan’s bell sleeved and cropped pants look. Two perfect trends to harp on for sure. See post here.

Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!

 1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host: Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

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  • jodie filogomo September 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

    First …thanks for the shout out—-what a fabulous surprise to see us showcased Rachel!!
    I love your thoughts on this subject! I think we get in the way of ourselves many a times, and we just need to realize that we’re not really in control and sit back!!

  • Ada September 20, 2016 at 12:39 am

    First, I loved reading this post. So thoughtful and beautiful. I couldn’t agree more with 3 and 4. Secondly, I love Anna’s style. He Boudreaux leather skirt is gorgeous. Thanks for the linkup, my friend.

  • Sheree September 20, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Aw Rachel, thank you for featuring my letter to K, it was one of my favorite post thus far. I love your thoughts and candor, and I’m sure from my previous rants on my own blog that you are def not alone. Social media is def an enemy and friend, it is so difficult to not compare yourself with other’s success and growth, but remember, your audience is here for your content and they love your sincerity so while the upper echelon bloggers are enjoying the fame and success, we don’t see how long they have been plugging away to get there. Keep doing what you love and enjoy.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  • Christie September 20, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Awesome post, Rachel! It’s so inspiring and I can really relate because I’ve been feeling the same way lately. Life can be so unkind and that makes it hard to stay on track sometimes. I follow my intuition and try to stay on the path that I believe is my purpose. A few months ago I was frustrated and I prayed for guidance. I got my answer the very next day in a horoscope that was so on point that it couldn’t be ignored. Things like that are amazing!

    Don’t forget that the work you do on your blog and connecting with others online is impactful! You never know how your words can affect others. You’ve certainly posted a number of posts that have inspired or encouraged me! Keep at it!

    The Closet by Christie

  • Nancy September 20, 2016 at 2:27 am

    A story to think about! And some great bloggers!

  • Laurie September 20, 2016 at 3:15 am

    A lot of my favourite bloggers listed here! And a well-deserved mention. Thank you for hosting x

  • Jill September 20, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I totally understand how you feel and #4 & #7 always seem to help me. It’s hard not to compare yourself when social media keeps everything front and center. You have to remember that you are unique and special and keep plugging away at what you love to do!

    Doused In Pink

  • Kathrine Eldridge September 20, 2016 at 6:54 am

    This post was so inspirational! It couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I have been in a rut lately and my prayer time has been suffering. I think journaling again will help. I love how that scripture of the woman at the well kept coming back to you. God is so good and always shows us exactly what we need like the post here for me. Thanks so much for sharing your faith and I will keep all these tips in mind my friend.


  • irene September 20, 2016 at 6:56 am

    love your tips! so usefull and happy to read this content!

  • Marta September 20, 2016 at 7:15 am

    These are great tips, thanks for putting this together!! Prayer is so important!

  • Dawn Lucy September 20, 2016 at 7:43 am

    A good reminder … I have affirmation cards, now where the heck did I put them? Time to put them better use, right?

    Dawn Lucy

  • Ashley September 20, 2016 at 8:14 am

    An accountability partner is so helpful! They can keep you on track, for sure. 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles September 20, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Great inspo!!!!

    I am launching another exciting collaboration with this fashion-forward brand STAYING SUMMER this week at the blog – come on over & see why I am excited about it!

    Happy Tuesday!


  • Julie September 20, 2016 at 8:40 am

    What a great post! Truly inspirational! I feel like you have covered all of the aspects of what it takes to achieve your dreams!



  • Laura September 20, 2016 at 8:41 am

    OHHHH Rachel I LOVED this!!! Thank you so much for sharing – it was perfect and exactly what I needed today:)


  • Amy Arnold September 20, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Definitely great tips for staying inspired and, to be honest, satisfied in life in general.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Leanne Blackmon September 20, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Thank you for featuring me this week!


  • Laura September 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

    These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing! I needed this!

  • amy September 20, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I think your comment “What is God’s dream for me?” so often we want things that aren’t God’s will for us. We always need to ask what He wants us to do this day, this week, this year.

  • rosie September 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I needed this today! Thank you

    Life is just Rosie

  • Pamela September 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Thank you so much for the love!! I was very confused when I saw my image up this morning, had to drink down some more coffee to understand.

    I love the idea of writing my dreams and praying over them. I’ll need to do that today. Such an inspirational post.

  • Stephanie September 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Great tips!!!! love the outfit too!!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom September 20, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I couldn’t have read this at a better time, Rachel! Thanks for always sharing your deep thoughts and also always giving advice on how to get out of a funk, blog-rut or just anything that is challenging. You’re my hero!! 🙂


  • Mary Murnane September 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Loved reading this!


  • Kelsey Bang September 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    thank you for sharing these awesome tips! how neat to go to a womens conference!


  • Lisa Morin September 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Such a great post! Thank you for sharing XO. Stop by and linkup @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2016/09/linkupwithlisa-67-plaid-scarf-mixing.html

  • Ginger Wroot September 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    It’s been a loooong time since I stopped by, but so glad I did! So loving you in that red-checked top, by the way! Thanks for hosting, my dear! –Ginger

  • Ruth September 20, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing your heart! I hope you find satisfaction and yourself in writing!


  • Emma Peach September 21, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I think we all get stuck in a rut at some time and then have to take a step back and refocus. Life is so busy that it’s easy to get distracted from the important stuff.

    Emma xxx

  • Annessa September 21, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Great tips! Taking a break always helps me get refocused.

    Don’t forget to swing by and join the Fashion Frenzy Linkup today! We’ll be picking our favorite outfits to feature next week!


  • Jess September 21, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for the tips! I think it is important to rest the mind too and take a break.
    thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

  • Rachael Thomas September 21, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips! I’m definitely a little more motivated after reading this!

  • Tianna September 22, 2016 at 11:17 am

    so many wonderful tips! thank you for those! love all the outfits in this post!!

    stop by and chat with me ♥ http://storybookapothecary.com

  • Unhas September 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Amazing tips Rachel, thanks for sharing 😉
    – Bianca Unhas

  • Rania September 22, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration Rachel. I’m just right in that same rut you were in and it seems to get worse. I will put your tips into action. Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/09/18/diy-floral-crown/

  • Sarah @ Bows & Clothes September 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    This is such a great post! Thank you so much for sharing this inspiration!!

    Thank you so much for linking up at Grace + Lace!