Letting Go of Whats Easy….

 

 

We decide to plan a beautiful hike. We take out the map and pinpoint where we are and mark the destination to where we truly desire to travel. It’s been a lifelong dream to travel there. So, we draw a line connecting the two points and it looks pretty simple. Like a straight shot. It appears to be a beautiful scenic walk. We are excited. We pack our bags and prepare for our journey. Yet, just a few short miles into our trip, we begin to learn we overlooked some details on the map. The challenges we would face. The mountains to be climbed, rivers to be crossed and valleys to be treaded through. So what do we do? Do we quit, turn around and find something easier to do? Or do muster the strength, press through and tackle our goal? Read More →

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If You Love Someone Tell Them…

I planned another Christmas with her, another birthday another Holiday. I saw her there, in my mind. Deciding what I would get her for Christmas this year. You know she always wanted me to get her a pair of navy blue leather gloves with a scarf to match. And this was gonna be the year I did. My Aunt. She was one of the best dressed women I knew. Even with her cancer diagnosis, despite the negative news from doctors, I still made plans. I was gonna make sure I sat next to her at my daughter’s upcoming graduation. So I could pass her the tissue as she wiped her tears of joy as my daughter walked across stage (she acted tough but joyous occasions always made her cry). I planned on sitting beside her in church just one more time, so I could smell her perfume and eat all her peppermints, like I did when I was a little girl. Oh the plans I had. Upon her short unexpected death, as I was walking throughout her home, I could see that she still had plans, by seeing the many things she left behind. Plans to travel, plans to give and plans to live. And although there were more plans. I never got to see them through with her…. Read More →

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How Your Nagging Negatively Impacts Your Relationships

 

 

Nagging came natural to me. Nagging about money, kids, chores and just about anything. I had to give my opinion and I had to have something to say. The house needed cleaning, the car needed fixing, the roof needed repairing, clothes needed to be folded and well I thought that nagging made things happen. I didn’t understand the negative impact of nagging until my husband and I went to marriage counseling. The words my husband used to explain the way he felt when I nagged, is what led to a much needed change. Read More →

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What Does Abundance Mean to You?

 

Get up and start morning routine. Breakfast. Then get kids ready. Start dinner in crock pot. Go to work. Come home. Time with hubby. Eat dinner. Check kids homework. Pick out school clothes. Get kids ready for bed. Pray. Read. Nightly routine. Then go to bed. Next morning…get up and start morning routine. Then get kids ready. Start dinner in crock pot. Go to work. Come home…Then hit the repeat button for the rest of the week. Does this sound like your week? Your life? The same routine over and over? Nothing new? Having a family and career is so rewarding. It brings fulfillment a sense of purpose and belonging. So much joy accompanies having those responsibilities. Yet at the same, being so engulfed in those responsibilities can hinder us from truly experiencing life and all there is to see and do. Read More →

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Are You Judging Correctly?

 

 

An older woman walks into a small town bank and asks to speak with the bank manager. “I would like to purchase a brand new Cadillac”, she states. The bank manager, Tom took one look at her and wondered how she would pay for such a car. You see, this woman was dirty. Her nails filled with grit, jeans ripped and filthy. Hair stringy and she didn’t smell too pleasant either. The bank manager, then let her know the process she would have to go through to get approval for a loan. “I won’t need a loan, just call Tracey at your other branch location on 15th Ave. She knows how I can get the money”, the older woman stated politely. Tom thought the woman was delusional to think she could afford an $80k car looking the way she did. However, he wanted to seem polite so he asked the woman to wait a moment while he made the call. Once he spoke with Tracey the bank manager at the other location she informed him that this older woman had over 5 million dollars in trusts and investments and that she had millions at other banks as well. “Give her whatever she needs”, Tracey stated. Tom the bank manager, was a bit lost and confused wondering why a woman of that caliber, with that type of money would walk in the bank looking the way she did. He began to understand after he learned the whole story. Read More →

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How Would It Be…?

 

 

What if there was no Easter? No, I don’t mean the holiday filled with baskets, eggs and beautiful dresses. I mean what if there was no resurrection? What if Christ decided not to die on the cross for you and me? What if He had decided it would be too much to bare, that he didn’t want to sacrifice His life for ours? What if there was never a Resurrection? Read More →

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What Does Perfect Really Look Like?

 

“Oh my goodness!… What is that?! Goodness gracious!” If you heard my screams, you would have thought that a purple orangatang fell in my lap. Raining purple orangutans? Not likely… Well then, what could possibly make a woman scream like that while sitting in the car with her 1st grader in the school parking lot?. I’ll tell you…my misconception of perfection. Read More →

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Helpful Tips to Overcome Depression

 

 

Studies have shown that all adults have experienced some form of depression. Whether it be mild, moderate or severe, its said that everyone has been under blues. No matter how mild or severe, depression doesn’t feel good and the condition  leaves you feeling hopeless, alone and sad. Having experienced Post Postpartum Depression years ago, I can relate to individuals who are struggling with the blues today. My message is that there is hope for overcoming. Read More →

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Setting Boundaries, One of The Greatest Things You Could Do For Yourself.

When I was younger, I thought the rules my parents set forth were unfair, selfish and uncalled for. I thought they just wanted to control me and be strict. I would think to myself..Why did I have to have a curfew? Why couldn’t I have boyfriends until a certain age? Why couldn’t I be friends with who I wanted? Why is it not okay for me to argue and fight with my siblings? It wasn’t until I got older and built a relationship with God that I began to understand the answer to those why’s. The answer was love. And although, I am not in my parents home now, it is still necessary to follow rules…God’s rules. Read More →

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How Comparing Yourself to Others Can Lead to Toxic Emotions

 

 

I was an At Home Mom for 8 years. I truly loved being able to be there for my children and husband at all times. I enjoyed that my boss was handsome, funny and charming and that I didn’t have to clock in and out of work. My schedule was extremely flexible and I had the freedom to be creative and spontaneous. However, there were moments when I’d notice other women who had a family and a career, the thoughts of comparing my career to theirs would role in. I would feel less than. I thought that my career as a homemaker wasn’t enough. It wasn’t until the comment of a kind Dr. encouraged me to get rid of comparison. Read More →

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