Garay Treasures

March 12, 2015

Happy Thursday! Today’s post is inspired by the name of this blog. For the past few weeks I have just been on “blogger burnout” and getting discouraged left and right. Many of you have just been so comforting in reminding me that”Comparison is a thief” and Jill of even left a comment that stood out above the rest (sorry guys) and that was

“I’m sorry you had a tough week! It’s so hard sometimes not to compare yourself to others in the blogging world and in real life. Take a step back and look at all that you have and what you have accomplished!”

It is better said than done but I just keep taking in her comment and relishing in the truth of it. We will always be comparing ourselves, to bloggers, other moms, women, friends, students when really we just have to be ourselves. This blog was started with a passion for my faith, family and fashion and while it has grown to be more of a fashion blog I wanted to just take some time and focus on what this blog started out being about and go from there: my faith in God and family, hence “Garay Treasures.”
Every Sunday just about after church my kids love to get up on the roof of our van, sort of as a “good job at church” treat. (we let them stay up there for a couple of minutes but they love it).
My beautiful daughter (a twin to Max) and her daddy (my hubby of course)- I hope you don’t mind the messy bathroom.

My son Max (twin to Elizabeth) bunched up in a pillowcase.

Nevaeh’s classic photogenic face
Xander and Max (I just adore their smiles).
IMG_0050My handsome boys (Xander and hubby).

Here is a list of some of my accomplishments since blogging:

-Starting “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” series which then led into a weekly link up for every Tuesday where I also feature my favorite 5 bloggers that linked up the week before, and in which you can still link up to here.

-Starting a “Style Collaboration” with other bloggers here and there where myself and another blogger (or bloggers) style a similar or same item. Hint: there is another style collaboration and giveaway this coming Monday. See others in the links provided: Faux Fur Vest; Christmas Wear; Mustard Cardigan.

-working and collaborating with various brands or bloggers

-Meeting like minded bloggers who just pour into my spirit or that have similar passions.

– followers have been growing in leaps and bounds here and there along with page views.

-My hubby and I saved money to get a Cannon Rebel EOS 500 DSLR camera for better quality photos.

– Saved some money to begin meeting with a graphic designer to make the switch from wordpress hosted to self-hosted blog. (Nervous and excited about this- but the name will remain the same Garay Treasures).

There are many more, but these are the few I am  PROUD of.

I want to thank many of you for following along with me and for being there for me, you guys are the best. I hope this post reveals my treasures and that I can come back to this when I am feeling discouraged as this is what it is all about, these are my treasures.

Rachel xo
Garay Treasures

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Linking up with: Motivational Monday, Tuesday Talk and High Five for Friday.

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  • Bad Taste Toast March 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    This is a beautiful post and the lady who wrote you the comment was so right! Everybody knows that feeling when you compare yourself to others, not only in the blogging world, in general and it makes you all envious and negative and lowers your self-esteem. But yes we all have accomplished awesome things – as bloggers, as mums, as friends, spouses, in our jobs, in our free time etc. Appreciating what you have is much harder than devaluing it. Good on you that you took a step back and looked at the bigger picture 🙂

  • Shauna March 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    You have a beautiful family. The picture of the kiddos on the car made me laugh! We used to do that as kids too.. Loved this post, thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Shannon March 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    You really have accomplished so much! Look at how beautiful your family is!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • cvetybaby March 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Such a beautiful family! You are such a lucky! Stunning pics!

  • Whitney 'Nic' James March 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I just love your family pics. So adorable! Great blog accomplishments; keep it up! You’ve grown so much since I started following you. Way to go!


  • Tea March 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Those certainly are wonderful treasures you have there. You’re doing great with your blog – you’re one of the Christian fashion bloggers I look to for inspiration! Keep up the great work. 🙂

  • Ashley March 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Atta girl! You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished. 🙂 Good vibes your way!


  • Dana March 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Hey dear Rachel,

    I have the greatest respect!! 4 children and blogging!! My daughter is now 24 and we only have one cat and I should have a lot of time but for me it´s sometimes hard to get the next post finished.
    Beautiful pictures, thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    have a good time and
    see you soon in the WABISABI – The Real Beauty Project – 6 (next Monday)
    Dana 🙂

  • Becky @ bybmg March 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    You’ve come quite a long way and your life and blog are definitely filled with treasures. Keep it up!

  • RachelShuchatMakeup March 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I found this post very inspiring, and motivating. I love your outlook and how you are focusing on the positive. You family is so adorable and I love the photo with the pillowcase, I have to get my husband to try that, my son would love it!

  • kerisnyder2014 March 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful post- so thankful to know you dear friend! It is easy to get caught in the comparison trap. Just keep being you- because there is only 1 YOU! Have a lovely afternoon

  • Tina Bradley March 13, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Loving these precious pics of your beautiful family, Rachel! Hugs on your weekend! T.

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all March 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Look at all of those accomplishments! You should be so proud of yourself! And thoe kiddos of yours are adorable! xoxo

  • Amy Ann March 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Isn’t Jill the best? I just love her. So glad you found some encouragement and were able to list some positive things. I know when I’m struggling with all the same things if I can get myself in a place to think of all the good it definitely helps. You have a lot to be proud of. Such a beautiful family!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  • Southern Couture March 13, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    How sweet! This is such a great reminder to all of us to not compare ourselves to others. It doesn’t help anyone. I love that you have been focusing on what you DO have. Thanks for sharing at Motivational Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again Sunday.

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

  • Jeannette March 14, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Hello Rachael! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for the uplifting comment you left me. I first must say you that you have a beautiful family. Your children are super adorable and by just looking at all the pictures I can sense the amount of love that resides in you home. I can relate to you regarding comparing yourself to others as I tend to do the same. We all do it at times. Comparing to others is a habit of the mind and very challenging not to do. With time I have learned not to pay too much attention to the mind and to live life with passion and simply following my heart, When we live this way, what is meant to be for us will eventually show up as there is plenty of everything for everyone. I celebrate with you all your accomplishments and I know you will get very far so keep going and never stop. You have a new fan:-) Have a wonderful weekend. XOXO, Jeannette

  • dousedinpink March 14, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I loved seeing all of these photos of your beautiful family! Thank you for mentioning me. You have accomplished so much with your blog and I look forward to reading more! I’m so glad I met you in blogland!

    Doused In Pink

  • Kathleen Harper March 14, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Jill is totally right – that’s a great mindset to have. And look at all you have accomplished! You have a beautiful family 🙂

  • Denise March 15, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Such a lovely post from such a wonderful lady! I know what you mean and I think all of us in the blogging world can relate. There are so many times where I compare myself to other bloggers and think why can’t I purchase that, own that, have hair like that. But then I try to take a step back and think of everything I have and all the positive feedback that people leave for me and realize that I have more than I did even a week ago! Your blog is fantastic and I am so happy to have found it and have met you! After seeing the photos of your kids and seeing all your posts, I can see and tell just how much love radiates through you and your home! Keep your head up, your fans will always be here to let you know you’re doing a fab job!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Irene Papadopoulou March 15, 2015 at 10:27 am

    very nice and moving and loving post!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom March 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Such an uplifting post! I need to review my blog goals and start working on some again. I feel I stay so busy just keeping up with everyones blogs and writing my own posts that I don’t have much time to do all the important stuff that helps me streamline everything that needs to be done.

  • Tina Bradley March 16, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Dropping by to send a hug. I’ve had an especially challenging few weeks as well. Many stresses in my work life. Hugs to you. I have every reason to believe that the “hard times” will pass (for us all). xx T.

  • Katie @ Cup of Tea Blog March 17, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I love the accomplishments recap!! Woohoo! You’re doing amazing! It’s so hard as moms to not get overwhelmed! We juggle a lot. And we feel pressures like no one else. But you know what’s best! If that means taking a step back from something, to catch up on something else, or be in the moment with family, then that’s just dandy! And it’s important! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, enjoying sweet family time! Thanks for linking up at H54F!!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  • Tiffany Nichols Fannin March 18, 2015 at 3:59 am

    I think you’d did an excellent job!!!! Love the blog and I’m so glad to have you for a friend:) Beautiful inside and out!!!