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Category Archives: Inspiration
It’s late January and I’m just now getting around to my New Year post!
In 2016, my goal was to Be Bolder! Throughout the year, when faced with the opportunity to speak up for myself or others, I reminded myself that “This is my year of being bolder!” The experiences were good for me and my personal growth. I found that, lo and behold, speaking up was welcomed by those around me!
As 2017 is upon me, I’m reminded not to take a single day – or a single moment – for granted. Each and every day, I want to Live Life, and live in a way that is peaceful and gentle and compassionate and positive. Here, I present My Manifesto.
She’s here! She’s really here!!
The time has come for me to announce the birth of a new baby!
Yes, she’s a baby book and, like all new moms, I’m over the moon in love with her. While she’s not my first baby book, and she’s in fact not actually mine, she is just as special and as precious to me as all of my baby books.
Blessings, these divine gifts from above, can become interwoven into each and every day … if we allow them. By recognizing and being grateful for the blessings which we’ve been given, we open our hearts and minds to see the abundance of blessings waiting just for us.
While it’s easy to consider so-called positives in our lives “blessings,” we can equally consider trials and adversities to be blessings. James 1:2-4, one of my very favorites, speaks to this: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“If we try to pour from an empty pitcher, everyone ends up thirsty!”
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Love, Patience, and Faith can soften hardened hearts; heal tender wounds; restore broken spirits. These beautiful attributes not only nourish our souls, they turn the impossible into the possible; the undiscoverable into the discoverable; the unbelievable into the believable. Oh, how our spirits need the presence of Love, Patience, and Faith.
When I came across this behind-the-scenes video of Natalie Merchant sharing the meaning of her song “Wonder,” I sat silently, tears flooding my eyes, goose bumps covering my arms. Over the past few weeks, I have revisited this video and this song many times, contemplating the restorative power of Love, Patience, and Faith in my life.
“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
When I am centered, grounded, and am at peace, each day becomes an adventure. I take what life gives me and I’m able to roll with it. With my calm mind, I’m able to think through tasks better; I don’t take others’ actions personally; I easily see the blessings in each moment. To be at peace is a beautiful feeling. Some days, I feel peaceful. On other days, when my heart feels troubled, simply Imagining Peace allows me to feel better.
I love being in motion, being active, being a Make-It-Happen kind of girl.
With mommying and wifing and writing and RunningMomsRocking, my mind overflows with to-do lists and plans. A large portion of my days is spent making sure that things run smoothly. I plan the work then I work the plan. And, more often than not, my efforts pay off: things get done, and they get done pretty darn well!
I also schedule in time to feed my mind, body, and spirit by exercising, spending time with family and friends, and going to church. While all of these activities promote positive well-being, I still find myself at near full-throttle because of my intense nature.
On this Thanksgiving Eve, as I write and reflect on the meaning of this national holiday, a sense of calm washes over me. Thanksgiving has always been enjoyable. A few days off of school or work. A delicious feast to warm my belly. And the annual Texas A&M vs. UT football game (which will, sadly, be played for the 118th and final time this Thanksgiving.)
Yet, this Thanksgiving, it’s not about the vacation time, or yummy food, or a tradition-filled sports event. This Thanksgiving, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for all of the many blessings in my life. I am grateful for family and friends; health and healing.
Getting us to where we are now, The Past has had its place in our lives. While some moments we cherish and others we would prefer to forget, it’s important to feel gratitude for all of our experiences, events, and lessons. Yet, when we continue to replay and relive moments from The Past, we deprive ourselves of experiencing the fullness of This Moment. When we realize that we deserve the best that life has to offer, we can then sever the ropes which bind us to The Past. No longer tethered to regret, embarrassment, and longing for what was, we breathe with ease.