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Rise Up Beautiful has been born from the desire to share my story and help others to rise up from the ashes into their beauty! 

I'm so glad you are here.



Ripple Effect

Lori Gajarsky

Hello, Beautiful!

This was originally written in August of 2017 shortly after a visit to Virginia.........

I packed my paddleboard knowing I would want to spend mornings out on the lake in prayer and taking in the energy of nature.

Being around water fills me, brings me peace and on this particular day, there wasn't a soul on the lake.  All I could hear were the birds singing songs to one another. Can you picture it? The still air, calm water, and just the birds singing. Simple peace!

After about 45 minutes of paddling, I saw a boat far across the lake, in time the ripples made their way to me. I paused and took in the vastness of the ripples across the lake, there was nothing stopping them or interrupting them and they kept coming, small and then larger, rocking the paddle board. 

It had me thinking of how we ripple across the paths of those we touch, family, friends, co-workers, connection, business connection, our children, partners and on and on. We ripple out and others ripple towards us. You never know what someone is going through and your ripple matters, the ripples you receive may be exactly what you needed at that moment. 

In the midst of my hell, I had to receive the kind ripples of others, I am a giver and to receive was so difficult.  Are you struggling with a tough situation in your life? Are you turning in?  If so, is it to just grasp the magnitude of the situation or is it to hide? 

When the pain is too deep, too confusing, so exhausting where do you turn?  Do you need to reach out for help?  Do you even know where to turn? Do you just need a hug or someone to talk to?  I encourage you to reach out to others for love and support and maybe a piece of hope to help you take a small step in recovery and back to joy. 

Keep your eyes and ears open and keep moving those feet forward. Take the step, I promise, you'll find what you need.

Rise Up into your beauty my sweet friend.



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Get Up, Dress Up & Show Up

Lori Gajarsky

Hello, Beautiful!

Some days it takes courage and every ounce of energy to get up, dress up and show up. Dig deep into the memories of when you were on top of life.  This will be the only time you'll hear me encourage to go back but sometimes we have to go back to where we were before the world came crashing down on us to lift us up to remember how courageous we were and still are.  That beautiful, amazing women is in there, she's ready to rise up into her calling, her purpose.  

Take a little step forward today, put a bright lipstick on, wear a sassy dress and twirl.

If I can share anything, my circumstances were the catylst to level up. Crazy right, who wants to go through a living hell to level up? If I didn't, I wouldn't be where I am today. It took lots of courage, self reflection work, getting on my knees, tears and prayers. Whatever your circumstance are set your sites on leveling up, taking your life to the next place, a place of peace or joy. It's a process, it takes time to heal, stretch and grow. Allow the process to unflod in it's time.

Be open to growth and reflection, ask, what am I to learn from all of this? How can I grow from this circumstance?

Just ask the question and release it, the answers will come and you my friend WILL rise up from the ashes.


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Share Your Story

Lori Gajarsky

Hello, Beautiful!

When you keep hearing the same message over and over, you have to stop and listen, pull up your big girl panties and take a step of faith and see what the future holds.

The message "tell your story" as been showing up for over a year now, from the pastor in the Catholic Church, in the IKEA catalog, in a book I am reading, from a friend.  I could go on, point is, it's been three years of healing and I know I have more to go, and my hearts desire is to help others.

This is beyond scary for me and brings me to such a place of vulnerability, it's pushing me so far out of my comfort zone, but when you keep getting the message, I have to listen because someone needs to hear my story!  

Why would God be asking me to share my story in a blog?? I am not a writer. Let me say that again I. AM. NOT. A. WRITER. Isn't it so like God to ask us to do something that will give HIM all of the glory. I've recently read, "God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called" I'm going to take the steps of faith and share what is put on my heart. I'll write and let HIM do the heavy lifting.  

Why am I not a writer, why do I cringe, feel tight and almost a little defensive in speaking or thinking about writing? It's simple, I don't get grammar, it doesn't stick in my brain and I'll do my best to make it as pretty as possible for those whom (is it who or whom? haha, see?!)  Maybe it's the flash back to receiving my first college paper back with so much red ink on it, I felt dizzy from my lack of undersatnd and getting all the way through school with bad grammar.  Oh and yes, that time in the airport I overheard this statement sitting next to someone "If the grammar is bad, I just don't read it"  Ok, you're not my reader and if you are willing to suffer through it, graciously take what you want and leave the rest.

And there my beautiful friends, is a piece of my vulnerability, I am showing up at the risk of someone not liking my grammar, sentence structure, thought structure, etc, silly right? nope, something I have always struggled with and hopefully it's not all that bad. 

Ultimately, I hope to inspire those going through a difficult time to know there is hope in the future. In my story,  my wish and prayer is you'll find the courage to keep moving forward, to look your best when you feel your worst, to show up in any small way, dig deep to find that lost spark so it may help you RISE UP from the ashes into your beauty. 

I'm not sure how my story will unfold, all I know is when there is a story on my heart to share, I will.

RISE UP into your beauty my sweet friend.

P.S. The original date of the post is August 6, today is December 12, it's taking this long to take a deep breath to post this........



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