Just Be Rachel & Link up

April 19, 2016

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I have been at war with myself the past few weeks. Everyday that small voice continued to prod me to do what I didn’t think I had in me to do because it meant change and I am not one for that. But sometimes when God calls you to do it it can be hard to do it, it’s easier said than done right? Again I have been at war with myself, with God, with this blog.

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Several weeks ago I left a prayer request on a “Blogging Mastermind” facebook group I am a part of that I wanted prayer to allow God to take over what I did with my blog versus what I wanted for the blog. Ever since I made that statement I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

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I was in a place with my blog where I felt discontent, that I was only blogging to get success (overnight). I blogged about what the readers wanted, or what I felt I needed. In the end I felt empty. Then I got a phone call from my Pastor’s wife Susan. She thanked me for my post on her husband, but she wanted to call and check on me as far as blogging and she recalled the prayer request I left on that Facebook group and she was calling me to see where I was at with that prayer request. She encouraged me and challenged me to think on “Rachel are you happy with fashion blogging, does it bring you joy and fulfillment?” My thoughts were, wow is she really asking me this? and I told her I was happy. Susan began encouraging me to perhaps tie in faith with my fashion posts or perhaps give it up all together. Now this was my call because I think deep down God was using Susan to remind me of why I blog. It’s not to get glory, not to get an income or free clothes or show off my buys it is about HIM and HIS glory.

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I began to think on her call and how much it challenged me. It challenged me in a sense that I didn’t know what God wanted me to use the blog for. Inside a war was raging to continue to let this blog be worldly and what I thought would help promote “ME” but it should be about “HIM” and the fashion and other blogging perks are just a bonus cherry on top.

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In church this past Sunday I was challenged again and affirmed by another Pastor to leave what is comfortable and branch out from the pit of what I know. WOW! I began to ask God what it was he wanted from me. “Just BE Rachel” was all I could hear. I cried in service because I had forgotten what RACHEL was. Yes, I know I am me, but I lost my identity in this blog, in this world and it’s worldy things that I forgot who I essentially was in Him, who I really am in real life apart from this blog.

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I began to ask God what it meant to be Rachel and here were some things HE reminded me of. Rachel is a child of God. Rachel is a wife to Chantry her first boyfriend and kiss. Rachel is a mom to four adorable kids. Rachel is a daughter, a sister and friend. Rachel has had pain, hurt and joys. Rachel overcame a miscarriage. Rachel learned to love and forgive men (through a painful past) and met her husband. Rachel made a difference in some of the students she taught in the past. Rachel enjoys blogging and has met so many encouraging women through it. Rachel is making changes health wise, eating wise. Rachel is beautiful.

God calls me to BE. Just BE Rachel.

This blog is still going to remain filled with fashion and other inspirations but it will also include faith and more of it as God calls me to write what He lays on my heart. I thank you for being with me through my journey of blogging and for understanding my weaknesses. But for now I am just going to be me (with fashion posts on the side).

What are some things that are pressing on your life to change or renew? Is it blogging? Your marriage? Relationships? Passions? Tell me in the comments below. Or e-mail me at rachel(dot)garay@me(dot)com if you have any prayer needs as you think of you. I love you friend!

God Bless and I hope you will link up below. My full outfit posts from this photo shoot will be on the blog soon, so stay tuned. I will be co-hosting with Lizzie on Friday so come on by then to check out our outfits and link up.

Rachel xo

Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up

Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:

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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.

Now on to the Featured 5 from last week:

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Need some styling prints tips? Then this article from Debonita is for you. Doesn’t this paisley print dress look gorgeous?!? swoon!

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I have been a big fan of warm lemon water in the mornings lately and it all started from Irene’s post of inspiration here.

8 chicwish lace dollay dress, kate spade ostrich tote, cest mode chic silk scarf, lc lauren conrad heels

I love finding new ways to style a scarf, so Liz was right on point with 5 tipsΒ to style a scarf (perfect for spring).

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I think it is neat to style around a model or actress. See a copy here.

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Rachel shares how she is styling from her former high school self. Which inspired me to think back to the style I went from in my early days to now and what I am still drawn too. For me I think it is denim. Find out what Rachels go to pieces are 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


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  • Della Preston April 19, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I needed this too! I often struggle with what God wants me to do verses what I want to do, but he always knows what it best for us. Thank you for inspiring me through this post!

    Della
    http://www.delladevoted.com

  • Sheree April 19, 2016 at 12:21 am

    A very powerful post Rachel! It is sad that to achieve success in blogging, we must give up a part of ourselves to be accepted into a bigger conformity. You know well how I feel about it in my post already. But I think if you look at the really successful bloggers, they all have their individual style and not trying to be another blogger that is already successful in their field (that’s dime a dozen). We just need to plug along and wait to be recognized for who we are and what we are good at, however long that may take.

    p.s. You have a beautiful family that supports you and your blog and that is plenty to be thankful and happy about. πŸ™‚

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Happiness at Mid Life April 19, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I am glad you found you yourself and prayers were answered to see where this blog takes you!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles April 19, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Your family is so adorable – Have a wonderful week!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

  • Irene Papadopoulou April 19, 2016 at 3:11 am

    so inspiring post! thank you Rach! love the pictures! you are all so pretty! so happy for the feature
    Irene
    http://www.thedailylace.com

  • Rachel April 19, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Cute photos!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

  • Tiina L April 19, 2016 at 3:49 am

    There’s always a person behind the fashion pictures, but we only see what the blogger wants us to see of herself. I think all bloggers make a conscious decision regarding the aspects of their lives they want to share, but that doesn’t make them any less ‘real’. It is easy to get caught up in this ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ of (especially style) blogging, but in the end we all have to be ourselves. And that’s what your readers respond to. There are enough identikit fashion blogs, with the same clothes and poses: let’s introduce some variety and let our personalities come through (to the extent that we are comfortable).

  • Michelle April 19, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Such a vulnerable post and there is no doubt that God will continue to lead you where He sees fit in your blog, in your health and in all your days. Keep looking up Rachel!

  • Chanda April 19, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I have the utmost respect for you and your decision to get back to the root of Rachael! Unfortunately, I wasn’t around at the beginning of your blogging, but I have had the pleasure of reading your blog for the past couple months and I love it! I am sure we will all still enjoy your words, if not more! You also have a beautiful family! I’m glad you found peace in your decision and you are continuing on with your blog!

    xx, Chanda
    Would love for you to link up with me!
    Let’s Make Today Fabulous Link Up feat. my daughter Caryss

    • Chanda April 19, 2016 at 6:25 am

      sorry for spelling your name wrong πŸ™ Rachel

  • pam (Grey is the New Black) April 19, 2016 at 6:25 am

    What a great post! Just be Rachel – that is exactly what you need to do and be. This is your blog, your voice, your mission.

  • Andrea @ Living on Cloud Nine April 19, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Adore this, Adore you!! Lifting you up continually in prayer. Gorgeous family with the most gorgeous mama inside and out!!

  • Dawn Lucy April 19, 2016 at 6:39 am

    The blogs I love the most are the ones that feel the most authentic, where someone is just being themselves. I hope that comes across in my blog too! I’m always attracted to your honesty and openness. And BTW, wow, what a beautiful family!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom April 19, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Powerful post, Rachel! I think it is good to think deep about these things, especially when blogging is such a huge time commitment and a big part of our day. I am glad you are figuring out what you really want to share here and it sounds like you have a really special relationship with your pastors wife, how nice that she even called you to ask how you’re doing! Your family is beautiful, you have a lot to be proud of!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  • Jill April 19, 2016 at 6:41 am

    This is such an inspirational post!It’s hard to be pulled in two different directions and I’m glad your prayers were answered!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  • Kathrine Eldridge April 19, 2016 at 6:56 am

    This blog post hit me right in the heart! Sometimes I feel the same way you do. I am trying to impress others instead glorifying God. I have found that when I go with his guidance and share my passion his way, it just flows. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder that He is the most important and that we need to be what he created us to be. You are such a wonderful person inside and out Rachel!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  • The Gifted Gabber April 19, 2016 at 6:59 am

    What great and honest thoughts, Rachel. Just be Rachel.
    Love it.

  • Celia M. - High Heeled Life April 19, 2016 at 7:20 am

    A very powerful post .. I appreciated the rawness of your words. I’m certain many of us (I know I have) have meant with these questions and struggles when it comes to not blogging but the various areas of ourife. You have left us with some thinking to do. You all look so great in the photos! Happy Tuesday ..

  • Elle Spann April 19, 2016 at 7:43 am

    your family is beautiful!! love all of the outfits:)
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

  • Ashley April 19, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I understand so well what you mean by your blogging frustration. I see so many Chicago bloggers churning out post after post DESIGNED to be pinned on Pinterest. One ‘How To’ post after the other. The worst of it is after you inevitably click on these posts they rarely, if ever, contain actual valuable information. It feels like such a reach just to get pinterest traffic and not to produce real value for readers.

    I struggle with this myself. I see these women use these tactics and FLOURISH and I wonder if I’m missing the boat or being foolish not producing posts of a similar nature.

    I am sending you love that you find the right balance between the profession and your personal vision. And as always your girls are ADORABLE in those dresses!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

  • Kacie April 19, 2016 at 8:21 am

    What a powerful post, Rachel! So glad you have found a vision of what your blog should be – hope that brings you happiness in this journey as we follow along! As always, thank you for hosting the link up!

    xoxo, Kacie
    RegallySoled.com

  • amy April 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Sometimes blog start as one thing and evolve into something totally different. That was the case with me. When I started blogging many years ago, my blog was strictly a paper crafting blog to help get my Stampin’ Up! business off the ground. But then I quit being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I just started getting interested in so many other things, that I had to change my blog to a Lifestyle blog to showcase all my interests. I was happy I originally chose a title that wasn’t one dimensional (i.e. Amy’s Fashions…or something like that), because my original title fitted my new blog topics quite well.

  • rachel April 19, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Firstly being yourself is a wonderful thought for today, blogging is a really hard competitive game and i have often fallen to comparing myself negatively against others. You are a lovely lady, you should remember that. Be your lovely self and everything else just feels right.
    Secondly, you look beautiful here, this blush pink is super pretty on you, and your family are absolutely adorable, you lucky lady!
    And thirdly thanks SO much for featuring me (and my pup, ha!) what a lovely thing to see today! Thank you so much
    Wishing you a happy productive and self loving week
    Rxxx

  • Kishina Heaggans April 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Oh, Rachel!! You have no idea how bad my spirit needed to hear this. I too have been struggling in what direction to go with my blog. Even to the point of not posting as regularly. I felt I was just putting out fluff and not feeling very satisfied with the content I’m offering. I don’t have a pretty template, fancy plug-ins or even affiliate links and such. I’ve just been feeling meh with all of it, to the point of even stopping it altogether. And maybe, just maybe, I should fast and pray and ask God the same things that you have. I’m sure He has an answer waiting. Keep blogging, hun! If for no one else but those who faithfully read your thoughts and look forward to what you have to say, such as me. Thanks for sharing what’s on your heart and hosting the link up as well! Be blessed πŸ™‚

  • Leah April 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Similar thoughts have been on my mind lately, and you articulated them beautifully. I’ve truly been sitting with hands wide open looking at God asking, “what now”, for the past couple of weeks. Thanks for the vulnerability!!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

  • Nicki April 19, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Rachel,
    I just wanted to stop by and offer a word of encouragement. You are on the right path and trying to follow God’s dream for your life. I think it is awesome, and you have never looked more beautiful.

  • Amy Arnold April 19, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Wise words. Thanks for sharing your heart. Rachel is amazing! We all need the reminder to be who God called and see our-self in that light.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Katie @ Cup of Tea April 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Ah, speaking to my soul, Rachel! This has been my conversation with God for about 6 months now… so I get this. TOTALLY get this! It sounds like you’ve gotten some amazing, timely counsel. Isn’t it awesome who God sends your way with messages from Him? Praying for you!!

  • Becky @ bybmg April 19, 2016 at 10:33 am

    What a beautiful post. Keep seeking Him in all you do!

  • Adri April 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Your family is so cute!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

  • Rachel April 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    You are amazing! I love this post!!

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

  • Laura April 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Wonderful post! Good for you for sharing your thoughts and message!

  • Elise April 19, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    What a beautiful post Rachel! I love your honesty and encouragement. Love your blog, and your beautiful family.

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparklesandslippers.blogspot.com

  • Megan April 19, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    You are all so adorable! I Love this!
    ~~Megan~~

  • Shea April 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    What a beautiful, honest post, and I think it’s one we can all relate to. I definitely struggle to find my purpose, with my blog and with my life, and sometimes I forget the things that really, truly matter. Thanks for this reminder.
    Also, your kiddos ARE adorable! πŸ™‚

  • Jennie April 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    That’s great to hear you are following where God is leading you and the blog. I will look forward to reading all you have to share. Super cute photos of your lovely family!

  • Emily Green April 19, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love this post. It truly brought tears to my eyes. I so look forward to hearing more about your faith. I think, in some ways, blogging has even helped me- it’s given me an outlet to express my struggles, and thoughts, and emotions toward God outside of my journal. I love how honest and willing you are to accept where he directs you and question yourself!! It is truly inspiring!!

    Also, you look absolutely stunning in that dress and scarf!!

  • Liz hugen April 20, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Aww thanks so much for the feature! I’m glad you liked my post 😊 You have such a beautiful family and this is such an amazing post! It brought tears to my eyes because I, too, have found myself in that position in the past. I’ve learned that you REALLY have to focus on a relationship with God because it can so easily be pushed aside by other things. I think your blog should be an extension of YOU. What makes your heart happy? If no one were to read your blog, what would you write about? What do you want to share with others? You have a beautiful heart and it shows through your writing. Glad to have you as a friend πŸ™‚

  • Brooke April 20, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I’ve been praying about a lot of the same recently Rachel. It’s reassuring when you find the answer you’re seeking πŸ™‚ Glad you’re going to just be you! I always enjoying reading what you have to write, it always genuine. Love the scarf too πŸ˜‰

    Brooke
    pumps & push-ups

  • Whitney 'Nic' james April 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    You’re truly a blessing, Rachel. The way you inspire others and are so transparent here on the blog, I truly admire that. Thankful that we’ve connect through blogging, which is one of the main reasons I LOVE blogging.

    Bless you, and your beautiful family! πŸ™‚

    ~Whitney
    http://www.whitneynicjames.com

  • Michelle April 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    These photos are so cute! I love ALL of your springy outfits!

    http://michellespaige.com

  • Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort April 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Good stuff, Rachel!! You will be SO blessed in your obedience…more than you can imagine!! Thank you for sharing your heart. <3

  • Shannon April 20, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Such an amazing post! It can be difficult with so many different blogs you read and pulling you in all different ways on how to be successful but I completely agree with you in the end you just need to be you and success will com naturally! πŸ™‚

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Gellie April 21, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Hi Rachel! It’s my first time visiting your blog and I am so blessed with this post. I went inactive in the blogging community (though still writing and posting) because I felt like I was only blogging for the money and the perks I get… I forgot the real reason why I started my blog… And that is to share my life and inspire other young women like me. When I started actively blogging again, I’m happy that although the offers have lessened a bit, the influence and the people who my blog touches are very blessed and inspired about the things I write and share. This feels so much better.

    Continue being yourself and being an inspiration as well through your posts. πŸ™‚

  • Taislany Gomes April 21, 2016 at 11:24 am

    They are so cute!!

    Take Care Doll! Kisses,
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  • Dylana April 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    These photos are so so lovely!

    xo

    http://www.dylanasuarez.com

  • Erica April 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    These pics of you and your girls are just darling (I just love that scarf hehe)! I was sorry to hear you had been in turmoil regarding your blog lately but I’m so glad to see you have figured out what you need to do to make yourself happy. πŸ™‚

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

  • MΓ³nica Sors April 22, 2016 at 5:16 am

    So cute, lovely pictures πŸ˜‰

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  • Alix Niyonkinzo April 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Amazing pictures and great read πŸ™‚

    x Alix N @ http://www.acommonobsession.com

  • Nicole MΓΆlders (@HighLatitudeSty) April 24, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.