A few days ago while listening to conversations around me I was reminded of how life effects us. Yes, EFFECT, because we all have a different cause that motivates us to be the person we are today, and tomorrow. As I look forward I share this post to remind you, and me at a later date, that life is good!
Did you hear that? Life is good! Do you want to know something even bigger and better? God is good and all the time, God is good. Not some of the time, but ALL THE TIME. Despite what is going on in our lives or how we feel about it...God has our back. Feelings are unreliable and temperamental. Yeah, that's about it. While writing this I am wondering how different things will proceed, end up, and happen in my life and the lives of those around me. I have a choice, to dwell on the unknown or trust God to provide.
Have you ever let the unknown steal your joy or take your focus of what is important? I know I'm guilty of it myself. Today is the day we all stop letting other people and situations steal our joy, God has given us so much...let us shine brightly and be joy bugs to all we meet. Eliminate the joy suckers and be a joy maker.
How can you be a joy-sucker repellent today?
As I enjoy my February vacation, although I've experienced a lot of firsts, some things are the same. I'm known for getting a lot done during our February break. The weather is snowy and cold and this motivates me to get all the inside-to-do-lists finished.
Lately I feel like I don't even have time to use the bathroom, much less organize my goals and tracking but my daughter gifted me time.
Half my vacation this year has been spent traveling with our daughter as she interviews for new journeys and beginnings. While she enjoyed this adventure, I used my traveling and hotel time to get organized. I don't know about you but when I have an organized plan, I am more productive.
In the past, I've had similar goals and ways to track my successes and areas to improve but this year, I decided I needed to tidy up. I made a big change, instead of having the different goals in the front of my different spiral bound notebooks, I'm utilizing one journal. My mini-goal is to bring this with me when I'm out and about and have it in sight when home. Let me share the way my brain works, who knows, it might help you get organized.
One of my goals this year is to read my Bible for at least 20 minutes each day. Each day, after I complete my Bible reading, I'll color in one box. One box = 20 minutes of reading.
When I read longer, I'm not going to color in more boxes, the purpose of this page is to renew an old habit that sadly (hanging head in shame) I have gotten away from.
Instead of sitting down with my Bible in hand I listen via audio book while doing the dishes, before going to bed, or while driving. I'm grateful I've been finding ways to get God's Word into my heart and mind YET I want to sit down and spend time with God.
Another page in my journal is for my podcast: One Sister's Journey ~ Keeping it Real.
I enjoy sharing with my listeners a few times each week. For the first year or so I aired my podcasts five times a week but I realized there isn't enough time in the week so I cut back to three times a week.
One thing I realized is I miss doing the podcasts more often. This will keep me on task, well this is the plan anyway. There have been a couple weeks I didn't realize I haven't aired a podcast until it's been more than a week, then I beat myself up for letting my listeners down. My hope is that by having my tracker in the same journal with my other goals, I'll be more diligent and consistent with my podcast. Now that it's in the journal with others, it's very visual.
If you want to check out my podcast, listen on your favorite podcast app or CLICK HERE. Podcasting is an interactive radio show or journal, one thing I can promise you is that One Sister's Journey, Keeps it Real with each episode.
I have friends who are wonderful about making time for writing and never miss a day. There are others, like me, who struggle to justify the importance of our writing and keeping it a priority on the day's agenda.
Do I want to write my next book? Yes.
Do I enjoy writing? Yes.
Do I want to model making time for your passions for my daughter? Yes.
Am I good role model to this model? No.
Can I improve? Yes.
This page in my journal is to keep me on track with my writing. I'd like to say that my next book will release within a year but with my current writing discipline, this isn't a current reality BUT with the help of carrying my goal and tracking with me, the chances are increased greatly. I've always had this at home, hanging above my computer, or not the front of my writing binder but unless I take out the binder or sit at my desk..the goal isn't always there reminding me. My hope is that by "seeing" it more often, if not daily, goals will be achieved!
I talked with my hubby and said as long as I write everyday, even if it isn't a book, I'm a happy girl. The other question is to decide if my blog word count will also count towards my 80,000 word count? Hmm...A discussion still being had.
These next two pages are to help remind me I have other venues and opportunities to share things I'm passionate about, that have health benefits, and offer potential to provide supplemental income for our family.
In addition to a career working as a paraprofessional for the local school district, authoring multiple books, traveling across the country to speak, raising an amazing daughter, and caring for family and friends...I am an independent representative for a couple companies on the forefront of changing lives.
What goals do you have & what are you doing to reach them? Will you share in a comment below?
It has been a wonderful, relaxing, and exciting few days as I travel with my daughter for her assistantship interviews at a couple schools out of state. We live in a beautiful country and I'm thankful for this opportunity. I'm grateful for the invite from my daughter and for the means for both of us to do so.
As we left one University and headed to the next, we drove around in the wee hours so I could see some of the city and college. I found the brick structures, walkways and roads breathtaking. I felt as if I stepped back in time and to a quieter time. Of course we took our drive at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning so it was easy to get swept up in the serenity of the moment.
Once we arrived at the next university, I spent time checking out the area. We went from a serenity to a bigger city, more cars, highways, and busy. In spite of the increase of traffic and roadways, the people I've met are just as friendly and wonderful. The front desk attendant is a student at the university my daughter is interviewing at, and recently visited the other. When my daughter gets here, the clerk offered to answer any questions my daughter has. I love the way God works and makes connections.
Although I couldn't attend church this morning physically, thanks to our church's live stream, I was able to be there for the start of church and will finish it this afternoon. Modern technology has some cool benefits, doesn't it? With that, it's time for me to chill out next to the pool and get some more writing done.
How did you, or are you, spending your Sunday?
For years I have jumped out of bed when the "Snow Day" phone call came through. Once I finished the happy dance, I made way to the kitchen and started cinnamon roll dough so when my daughter woke up, warm cinnamon rolls were coming out of the oven and cooled just enough for the icing. Well, the daughter isn't five anymore and my need and ambition aren't as high either. This morning I read the "Snow Day" text, shut off my alarms, and rolled over and returned to a deep slumber.
Yup, times are a changing. Last year I still jumped out of bed but today, the idea of an extra hour of sleep sounded way better. I did make homemade waffles when I finally got out of bed. I read for a bit but struggled to keep my eyes open. After a couple minutes I thought to myself, Why am I struggling to stay awake? I can take a nap, and that is exactly what I did. Back to bed I went for an hour nap. I woke up to my Dad calling to say he made his delicious Swedish meatballs for dinner. After I got out of bed, hubby and I went to Dad's for supper and back to chill-axin.
I was bummed to use the snow day yet thrilled to catch up on sleep and this unplanned day of rest and relaxation. I hope you enjoyed your Thursday too!
If you had a snow day,
I encourage you to take time and think about what your word and verse will be for 2020 and I hope you'll share with us once you've made your decision. This helps to solidify your choice and provides accountability. I post my on a white board in our living room, we need the reminders throughout the year to keep the momentum moving us forward. We are human and getting comfortable can be habitual, I don't want to get in a rut...I want to keep growing and being the best version of myself I can be.
Do you select a word and verse each year?
If so, are you ready to share yours?
If not, what is holding you back?
Through prayer, reflection, and meditation God was able to show me the next step. If I hadn't been as dedicated and obedient to seek God's direction this past year, I may have missed the next step in the journey. As part of my one-word and Bible verse focus for 2020, there is an opportunity before me. I shared it with my husband, unsure of his response but knowing he would be 100% honest and ask good questions. I printed off the information I planned to share so I may be able to answer most of his questions.
Here's the coolest part, I shared my idea and before I could finish he had a question and a statement:
1) This only makes sense and seems like the direction you've been going
2) BUT, you, we, can't invest this kind of money and have you continue to give away your services. If you follow through with this, then you need to charge the going rate
To say my hubby knows me is an understatement. I assured him that pursuing this would enhance my next book and career. With that, full hubby support. We shared the idea with our daughter and she had the same concern as my husband. Now that I know I have their encouragement and support, it's a matter of looking at the monies. It's a BIG investment yet one that would benefit us mentally, physically, and most importantly spiritually for the rest of our lives, even if I couldn't find someone to pay for the service.
On the flip side, just like with my writing, I want to pursue this to be the best version of myself and share this knowledge with others so they can be the best version of themselves too. If you think of me, us, in the next week, please pray for us. We are praying for clarity and clearness from God before committing this type of money. It's a 200 hour and $2,200 to $2,900 investment depending on how I pay. To register by 12/31/19 saves $700, but we'd need to have $2,200 in three days.
We've been praying and talking about this. We won't make a decision in haste, if this is in God's plan then we'll know - as we plan and pray for clarity, your prayers are appreciated. If you listen to my podcast, or have followed the blog for awhile then you go I like to "Keep it Real". The reality is that education and bettering ourselves has a price tag, or two. In addition to tuition and books, there will be overnight stays for the weekend study. We are excited and look forward to how God answers our prayers.
Thank you for joining us in the journey.
Have you stepped out in faith like this before?
Please share in a comment below.
For you, the Eternal’s Word is your happiness.
It is your focus—from dusk to dawn.
You are like a tree, planted by flowing,
cool streams of water that never run dry.
Your fruit ripens in its time;
your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun.
No matter what you do, you prosper."
We are like this creek. Regardless of the temperature, weather, and situation...with our eyes focused on God, we keep moving.
The question is this, are you moving with the flow of the water pushing through the ice and debris or are you frozen on the edges, left to watch the days go by? I want to encourage you, "...don’t follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes...avoid sin’s highway...and don't let judgment and sarcasm beckon you..." Psalm 1:1b Good things are waiting for you when you let go of the icy edge, remember the first part of this verse, "God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn".
When we let go and go with the flow, God's blessings are "awaiting you at every turn". The only way we can experience and recognize God's blessings is to change our focus from the icy edge and focus on the forward flow of the water, keeping our eyes, hearts, and minds focused on God and all He's called us to be and do.
You have the ability to go with the flow,
when you let Go. When will you let go?
I don't usually do a lot of promoting of my books or other ventures yet as I look to Christmas and keeping it local. I want to share some of the ways you can get goodies for you and those you love this holiday season, and throughout the year.
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