What do your thoughts “speak” to you about who you are? Does your inner dialogue create roadblocks for your journey? For years I had this internal voice that seemed to “disqualify” new endeavors. Graduating college, obtaining my Masters’ Degree, great job, great friends did not seem to overpower the feeling of the dark shadow in the corner waiting until I messed it all up. When I was pregnant with my son, due a whole different story for another day, we decided I would leave my job and stay at home with him. It was a great decision. Great decisions do not always follow the feeling of greatness. Emotions are not an indicator of a good plan. That dark shadow can be in the background looking to invalid even the best laid plans. What does your inner voice echo in your ear? I will never be good enough….pretty enough….fit enough…smart enough… Enough. You are ENOUGH! Has your voice prevented you from picking your ONE THING for this 30 journey? Remember it is a journey. Finding the daily changes and adjustments to make a good habit replace the unhealthy one. It is not a goal of perfection. I hope we all […]Read More
30 Days of How to Kick Unhealthy Habits to the Curb. Did you start the year with a word, a resolution, or a plan? Intentions and plans are only as good as our actions. There are so many areas I do well to keep on track. But there are some that I continue to fail. Are there areas in your life that you want to change? That you need a little reboot? January seems so long ago now. Let’s look at the next 30 days. How can we successfully put some new actions in place to get our goals back on track? Pick One thing. I have difficulties with this area. There are times when I feel like I have ten plates spinning and multiple apps and social media support groups to improve “all” my weak habits. There is strength in picking one thing. Usually it is the one thing that impacts the other areas of your life. Is it eating habits, exercise, making friendships, relationships, finances, or work that is needing a serious kick in gear? Pick one thing. Commit to changes for 30 days. I can do anything for one month. When I first went […]Read More
How Friday the 13th can start your journey to a healthier you. When I was about thirteen, my best friend and I thought it would be a great idea to watch The Shining. We loved horror movies. Usually we watched the ones so ridiculous that they were more funny than horrifying. Until we met our match. I do not totally recall the thought or approval process behind watching The Shining. All I know is even today I can vividly remember sitting in the living room of her new house (at night of course) watching this movie. It left a mark. Sometimes I feel like it is a teenage right-of-passage to make unhealthy decisions. Some pass with time and may turn in to a funny lesson-learned tale. What about when that unhealthy decision leaves a mark? When a habit is formed? When your circumstances are changed? Have you ever experienced a moment where an unhealthy decision creates a habit? Friday the 13th brings many to scary movies, watching for the unlucky circumstance, and sometimes general tomfoolery. I am all for fun. Fun today no longer includes horror movies. I like sleep too much. It is in the name of fun […]Read More
This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend some great “girl time” with a long-time friend. She is the kind of friend you can pick up and run with and not skip a beat…even after months of not seeing each other. I love her encouraging texts, thoughtful notes and voicemails in spite of our lives spinning a hundred miles an hour in different directions. She is the polar opposite of me in life, politics, and background. And yet we find encouragement and inspiration in our friendship. I heard her telling another woman this weekend that we are each other’s person. It is true. There is so much different. Yet, it is as if there is no difference. Why? Because there is only love. I heard it said once that we judge others by their actions and ourselves by our own intentions. If we did not intend to be rude then those around us should know our hearts. Know we are just having a bad day. Know that we are not meaning to be rude. However, what if someone else says something, does something, or even worse — does not say something? Then we label them mean or we are […]Read More
For the first two years of my daughter’s life, she was sick. We had no idea why. Have you ever come face-to-face with a challenge with seemingly no answer? We had specialists, prayers and tests. Those were all great. We could not have progressed without our “team” of professionals. However, the real help, the real progress, the real-life I-am-stuck-in-a-pit-with-no-exit help came from the support of my friends. When my daughter was two years old she went in to surgery for her ears and a few other things. It was deemed a “routine” out-patient procedure that would be “easy”. Nothing about my daughter has ever been easy. It is challenge that serves her well – now. On that day I made a critical error. I took my daughter to the hospital by myself. Why do we continue to deny ourselves the community and support of friends, no matter how routine the event in life?After several hours in recovery in the back and another few with me in the family area, we were deemed “ok to release”. The problem was she had not stopped puking. It only slowed to a “manageable pace”. What is that anyway ? I started […]Read More
True Friendship What does true friendship look like? I was driving through another rainy, fall day to Lisa’s house only a short five minutes away, it was like any other day. Although this time I was going to rescue my friend and her husband because they both had the flu at the same time. We can only imagine as moms, when we are sick, the chaos that can ensue in the house. Forget organized, healthy dinners; we are simply glad for our spouse to feed them cereal and put on a TV show. Our grand plans get put on hold until mama is better. My friend and her husband were now experiencing the flu full on at the same time. They have an uncanny knack to get sick on their anniversary and whenever they try to get away for some couple time. It has become a long-standing joke. On this rainy fall day, I drove over to give them couple time – time to be sick together. It is one of those stories at the time you know will be funny some day! As I loaded up the two girls, I heard her call to me. “What if you get […]Read More
Reality intersects our everyday sometimes like a sledgehammer to a metal surface. It can leave us shaky. For the past year and a half, we have been on this moving “journey”. I use that word very loosely. Depending on the day – nightmare might seem more appropriate. It has brought all our belongings to be containerized in some fashion. Boxes on shelves in a warehouse. We have not seen them in about six months. It is sometimes hard to remember what is in that many boxes. I am most certain that when we get them back and unpack – many will go to the thrift store. Why did we ever have them? Have you ever done this? Packed something away? Forgot about it…put it on a shelf to deal with later? Life hands us some of these “boxes” we pack away – hoping to never see or deal with the “stuff” again. That is when reality can hit you like a sledgehammer. This is hard for a recovering fixer. Over the summer my aunt passed away. It was a hard struggle to bear. Death sometimes unpacks boxes we thought would stay hidden forever. This is a story to unfold later. […]Read More
I was barely six, but I knew our family tradition for Christmas. After purchasing a small tree, Dad would bring it home and wrestle with the tree stand until the evergreen stood submissively in the spot that Mother had selected. First the multi-colored lights were arranged, and then the familiar ornaments were hung. After that, it was my turn. The tinsel. Oh, the pain of hanging each piece of tinsel until one branch was completed. It seemed to take hours to hang all that tinsel, and if two pieces were stuck together, there was the unwritten rule that they had to be tediously pulled apart and each one hung separately. I don’t remember signing up for the tinsel-hanger job, but it didn’t occur to me to protest. It was my job – until my sister was born and was old enough to hang tinsel. I convinced her that tinsel hanging was an enviable station. Then came the waiting. Christmas gifts at my house were often home-made. One winter I needed a warm coat, so Mom cut up her coat and made a coat for me for Christmas. Looking back, I wonder what she used for a coat. Another Christmas, she […]Read More
As we leave November and cruise into December, I am ever so thankful for those opportunities that remind me daily to look at the bigger picture. Where we are is not where we used to be! My post last year at this time reminds me in particular how grateful we are to grow in our circumstance. That Was Then Ever realize that once you decide to do something you are given many opportunities to exercise your decision? For example, deciding to work out in a new season of health, only to pull a muscle. You have to find a new and different way to keep to your decision! Right! That is how this week has gone for me….and it is only Monday. Saturday night my friend lost her husband and Sunday night I found myself in the ER with mine – pulmonary embolism! Really?! Are you kidding…no precursor..no warning…no long flight or car-ride. Boom. This does not fit into our schedule. Our plan. These events are independent of each other and certainly not as a result of my decision to start this journey on 30 days of thankfulness. However, these events are creating opportunities to really define how proceed I […]Read More
Is your “stuff” crowding your circumstance? Last year we packed up our belongings and moved them into the garage. We made every effort to showcase our house. It’s what you do when selling. Right? Days turned in to months. Months turned into a year. We have learned to live minimally. There is something to the blessing of less. Less is truly more? However, our stuff still sat there in the garage and our house did not sell. Houses around us sold in a hot second. My best friends house sold for full asking price with holes in her yard and a broken septic! What is happening here? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you know you are doing everything right. Everything you can do in your own might. Then you realize….that is not enough? It can be a lonely season. It can also be a season to reflect. We have accomplished so much when we were released from the mess of our “stuff”. Literally and figuratively! When our time came. We had multiple offers in one weekend and the last was “the one”. Yet there is always a catch. It seemed to just be that season. The […]Read More
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