On this beautiful and midweek Wednesday, it's a good time to think of ways we can be a positive change and encouragement to the people we interact with.
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
If we apply Albert Einstein's thought process then we have the ability to change the world, or at least the tiny area we live in, right? This quote encourages me and I hope it encourages you. Rather than complaining or talking down the change happening in our world, we need to adjust our attitude, our thinking if you will. In order to be a catalyst for something different or better, we need to think different and with a better attitude.
My challenge to you for today, do something positive for someone else. It can be as simple as a smile, hug, or words of encouragement. Take time today to encourage another person and see how good you feel. Let me know what you decided to do and how it changed your thinking for the day.
We are the catalyst for tomorrow!
It's a good day to "seize the day", right!? Thanks to my career choice, I was blessed with a long weekend. I made a giant list of things to do and accomplished most of them while also catching up on sleep. This is a positive all on its own, sleep is usually the thing I sacrifice to get the to-do-list done. I've decided to truly enjoy life I need sleep, not too much, but enough to be a human without dark circles under her eyes.
This past weekend was Memorial Day. In the past this has been a busy weekend with many things on the list to do and even more places to go, each requiring a different dish to pass. With our daughter on campus for the summer and my husband at work, I opted to enjoy the time catching up on my personal to-do-list. I regained control of our house. Not only did I run the vacuum but I moved around furniture, purged some clutter to the thrift store and even more to the dumpster. It feels good, these were good moments.
On today's podcast, Livin' with Lisa: Keeping it Real, I encouraged my listeners to "seize the day" and leave a legacy for those they care about the most. My hope is that you, my readers, will feel encouraged and inspired to do the same thing. Each day is a gift and we need to choose our moments. There are many things we could be doing but when you prioritize what you'll do, consider which ones will make you the best version of yourself.
I'm thankful to have many moments this past weekend to choose from and couldn't narrow it down to just one moment to share: our daughter coming home from college to join me at the parade, transplanting our elephant ears so I can gift them to some special people, catching up on sleep, cleaning the house, walking the dog, walking through the cemetery to see how many people served our country in our small town, and my list could go on.
Will you take a moment and share the moments that stand out to you today? You have the ability to choose the moments that matter, these moments add up to the legacy we leave our loved ones.
What moment from this past weekend stands out to you the most?
"When things go wrong, as they sometimes will;
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low and the debts are high;
And you want to smile but you have to sigh.
When all is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems far.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things go wrong that you must not quit."
~ John Greenleaf Whittier ~
The good news, Weebly, my web provider, is always doing updates. The bad news, I hadn't used the app on my device since I updated, hence I was struggling to find what I needed to post my blog. I've added it to my list to study the new layout and app features. My apologies to those who were looking for this poem on Wednesday.
Thanks for following the blog and listening on AnchorFM, "Living with Lisa...Keeping it Real".
No Matter what life tosses in your direction...don't quit!
We don't have anything special planned and I don't make a fuss out of Mother's Day, actually we don't do too much for most of the holidays. Since Heidi's kidnapping, we don't wait for one day in the year to show our appreciation but we do enjoy the additional spoil of the holidays. Mother's Day I always ask for time to do nothing, a day when someone else does the cooking, dishes, and chores. To me, Mother's Day should be a day of rest. I wonder if it being on a Sunday is a fluke since Sundays are traditionally a day of rest?
This year I have the blessing to share the Mother's Day message at church. Our pastor will be out of town at his eldest daughter's college graduation. We will miss him and my friend Cindy and I hope to encourage everyone Sunday, especially the ladies in attendance. Pastor entrusted the Mother's Day service and congregation to us, we've spent time praying and planning, and laughing while together. Good times and a heart for Jesus, Sunday should be a beautiful day of worship.
If you are in the area and looking for a place to spend Mother's Day, visit the Lycoming United Methodist Church located on the corner of Miner Road and County Route 29 in Lycoming, New York. If you aren't in the area or can't make it there is an option for you, tune in live on Facebook at 9:00 a.m., service starts at 9:15. You can worship in your jammies while enjoying coffee on the deck from another state or town.
Here is the link to our Facebook page so you can join us for our Mother's Day Service Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
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Our family is so thankful for APO's help with the garden. Not only did they help us, they sacrificed time studying for their finals this week. They were a fun, hard working, and caring group. After they worked pulling weeds, planting flowers, laying mulch, and raking they came to the house for dinner. We enjoyed our afternoon and evening so much. I didn't think it could be better yet it did.
Later that evening or the next morning our daughter called to say that one of the young ladies who volunteered asked if the fraternity "could" help care for the garden every year. I was speechless, if they "could. As I processed this thought I smiled thinking of how Heidi and Mom were smiling...these are a group of young people dedicated to helping others and making a difference. Thank you APO!
A Special Thanks to our community for designing & building the Heidi Remembrance Garden...Her name and hope remains!
- *I was up before 5 a.m. this morning
- *Inspiration has returned! Let me clarify, I feel inspired everyday BUT God has opened my heart and the creative floodgates within me. I'm thankful and blessed.
- *On the flip side, God's always been there sending inspiration. The best news ever is that I'm listening, hearing, and welcoming His inspiration, hope, and encouragement.
- *I'm working on my next book
- *More regular blogs are coming your way
- Drum roll please...
- I've STARTED A PODCAST!!
First I need to thank Joe for sharing "We Live on a Planet" Podcast with me. This is a fun podcast with the weather, history, and thoughts. It's great!
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After listening to a few (two hours worth) of "We Live on a Planet" with Patrick, his dedication inspired me. He didn't say, "Hey Lisa, you should do a podcast" but Patrick's energy, honesty, and words combined with the Holy Spirit worked through me. Within twenty-four hours I downloaded the app and started reading and learning on how to make it real.
Today I shared my first podcast and I'm looking forward to tomorrow!
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A couple pics from our trip to Albany this past week for another appeal hearing for my sister's convicted kidnapper. When given lemons, make lemonade. I hadn't been to the Appealate Court Building in Albany before, it is such an impressive building and rich in history.
After a day of driving, sitting in the court room, and touring Albany...we took advantage of the lunch trucks. We even made a new friend who joined us for lunch, he likes french fries. He wanted ours so bad he nearly walked up my pant leg to help himself.
I savored one of the best pulled pork sandwiches and "piggy fries" I've ever eaten. Yum yum. There was a variety of trucks to choose from but the "Charcoal Pit" won our vote for the day. If we go again, I'd order those piggy fries again and skip the sandwich. I'm thankful we walked a lot, I had to walk the calories off.
After the appeals hearing we walked around Albany to see some of the architecture and beauty up close. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, on April 26, 2018, it was inspiring.
Up from the New York State Museum we took time to visit the New York State Missing Persons Remembrance, on the corner of Madison Avenue and Swan Street. We said a little prayer for Heidi and all our missing.
I absorbed the view and experience and thought about my Mom and Heidi throughout the day. I missed them. I was thankful to be with my aunt yet it's the days like this that I find myself missing those who have passed before me.
Heidi will NEVER be forgotten.
We will NEVER give up.
Family is FOREVER.
God is STRONGER & BIGGER than the enemy.
WE WILL ALWAYS HOLD OUT
HOPE FOR HEIDI.
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