Three years ago today we had lost our house, been abandoned by everyone that was anyone to us, and were utterly hopeless .. We were living out of an extended stay hotel .. and I will just say it: homeless .. I had no job and had just finished selling my last piece of furniture to pay for one more night before we had to leave with no where to go. It was one day before my 34th birthday. And then... God showed up. Same sex marriage finally became law. Did this provide me with a bed? Food? Money? Acceptance from family? Love from family? No. But what it DID provide me with was #hope .. Hope that today would be better. That tomorrow will be better. #TheUniverse was working on Katie and Anna's behalf without them having to do anything. With it seeming like nothing in the world mattered and could get any worse. #LoveWins
Have you ever thought about doing something? Just to find yourself still thinking about the same things you were thinking (and obsessing) about years prior? As a self-identified expert thinker, I can totally relate. BUT ... sometimes you just have to do it; take action; stop thinking and DO IT!!
I haven't written a blog post in a couple of weeks. I haven't been inspired. So I decided to just start handwriting that out... really out of frustration. But what I didn't know is it would turn into the blog post I had been "unable" to get inspired to write.
I woke up this morning feeling discouraged, frustrated, overwhelmed, and probably a hint of the Monday blues. As I talked out loud to my blogging dictation app about how awful I felt, I actually began to remind myself, what I reminded Anna if she’s ever feeling discouraged. And that is: you can’t go by feelings. You have to walk over that. No matter what you see, no matter what you feel, no matter what you hear… I choose to believe the report of the Lord. Regardless of your beliefs on religion and spirituality, choose to believe the report of your source, your gut, your intuition, your spirit. That is what you can go by and believe. THAT is reality.
Life with no inspiration is not a life worth living. If God anoints you to do something he also equips you to do it. Being anointed is a phrase the charismatic church uses. It means you are gifted, called, prosperous, protected, and empowered. When are called to do something, that's not a random accident. That is your Spirit, or your Source, leading you to fulfill your life's purpose. What would you be doing even if you didn't get paid for it? That - is what you should be doing.
Growing up in the charismatic church I was taught to pray about everything, including praying anxiety away. Anna and I have witnessed paranormal phenomenon, including demonic activity. I was a psychiatric nurse briefly. All of these variables impacted me and Anna.
There are only two fears that we are born with: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. So why are so many people afraid of things? God (Spirit, Higher Consciousness) told us to not be afraid. By saying this, He was also telling us to have faith. Having faith is having love. I chose love.
I am a runner. Not a fast runner. Not the best runner. Don't run with anyone except myself. Don't run races. I just run. For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard people say runners are really just running away from something. Am I running away from something? Absolutely ... inauthenticity.
I am. I am Katie. I am Katie Shirley. I am married. I am married to a woman. I am from the South. I am a runner. I am a writer. I am a nurse. I am the daughter of two pastors. I am. I am. I am. Think about how powerful those words are.... Continue Reading →
Anna was not supposed to be born. Her mother had 3 boys by the time she was 21 and then a hysterectomy at 22 from uterine cancer. Anna was, indeed, a miracle child. Although Anna's mother loved her, she has always resented and envied her. Although her mom tried to minimize and belittle Anna, it didn't work. Anna is of God and shines with the glory of the Lord. Where there is light, darkness cannot dwell. People are drawn to light.
Hillary Clinton and JFK have the same personality. Bill Clinton and Marilyn Monroe also have the same personality. If Hillary Clinton could have tapped into some of her husband Bill’s likability, would she be our president? I have learned to tap into some of Anna‘s likability.
Two days ago, I decided I needed my own, personal blog - separate from the fun, shocking persona of The Shirley Girls. I really thought it was so I could have a place to unload all of my most inner thoughts ... mostly about other people. I thought ... this is my chance! My chance to... Continue Reading →
If you visit our Instagram page, you will see that we laugh... we laugh and laugh and laugh... all the time. All you have to do is feel good now. Whatever you have to do to feel good NOW - do it! That's one of our mottos. We discovered it in 2003 listening to spiritual... Continue Reading →
I would tell my my mom, who's still living, I'm happy.
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