Daily Prompt: Horizon

Have you ever stood on a beach and gazed longingly off into the horizon? I have numerous times. This past Thanksgiving, my fiance, son, and I spend the weekend at the beach in Panama City. I took many walks during that weekend looking off into the horizon over the gulf. Why? It’s the perfect setting to think about life and reflect upon things. To me, it’s relaxing. Horizons are funny though. They are always changing. If you want to know how my horizons are changing check out my post titled: Expanding Horizons.

Change is good. It indicates growth which is something everyone needs. My growth this year is in what I plan on doing which is also laid out in that post titled Expanding Horizons. For those of you who have children, children are the perfect example of the growth I expect see in the horizons of life. Children check by the day getting bigger especially when the child is super young. It seems like yesterday my one year old was just a newborn at 6lbs while now he’s one year old and 20 lbs.

I could go back to the same beach and stare at the horizon and it wouldn’t be the same one I stared at last Thanksgiving. There might be a new boat on that horizon next time, or it might not have the colors it had before. But that gives me hope. It gives me hope that something new is always on its way to us. New experiences. New life. New love. New adventures.

Let us forever be looking off into the horizon for that something new!

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Expanding Horizons

One of my goals for this year is to get some of my fiction writing published. I’m currently working on an anthology piece that will be published early this year (more info to come on this in the future).  This anthology is a huge step for me because it is pushing me out of my comfort zone. Not only am I writing in a whole different genre, but also I am putting it out there to be read.

Please see this link and like and follow the facebook page for the anthology: Claiming a Scaredy Cat Anthology

Another part of expanding horizons for me is that towards the end of the year, I plan to publish book one of my Pathways Series! Stay tuned to find out more about that! This series is near and dear to my heart. It’s something I’ve been playing with it for years now never fully putting pen to paper to write it. Finally, it is time for me to actually write it.

I’m also planning on going back to school for a master’s degree sometime in the near future, but I haven’t started looking into that as of now. So for now, I write, and I beta read for other writers. This year has already started out great and I only see it getting better with everything I am undertaking.

I think having a plan for the year is good especially when it consists of new adventures and goals to be reached. This is the first year I’ve truly set a plan in place. I’m enjoying the feeling of knowing what I need to do to reach that goal or that objective. It gives me a sense of purpose with each thing I do in my day.

So what’s your plan for the year?

 

A Year of Love

This year is my year of love. The year I work on loving like Christ. A year where I show love constantly in any form I’m led to. It’s the year I love the people I have a difficult time even liking. It’s the year I love myself more.

What does this look like?

It looks like praying for the people I have a hard time not hating and giving forgiveness where I feel it isn’t deserved. It’s helping people even when I’m tired or sick. It’s lending a listening ear when need and learning how to not be so irritable so easily. It’s saying please and thank you to the strangers who serve me. It’s paying for friends’ meals when they are with me.

It means searching for the perfect bible verse for a friend who is going through a tough time. It means taking the time I have and finding small ways to enjoy it with my family and myself. It means buying the things I know will make  my finace happy. Or letting his friends come over even when I really don’t feel like having company.

So why a year of love?

I believe this is my year of love because I just had a year of complete selfishness where I pulled away from God. I did whatever I wanted when I wanted. Actually, let’s be honest, it was WAY longer than just a year. It’s about letting go of what I want and focusing on others. It’s past time for me to think about other people for a change.

When and how was it deemed a year of love?

It was deemed at the end of 2017. I felt God putting love on my heart. Little reminders of how I haven’t been loving others. Conviction if you will. I felt the need to love everyone and do for others. Then I took an online quiz to discover my word for 2018 and guess which word I received? That’s right: Love.

What year will it be for you? What is your word for this year?

 

Just a Little Housework

This past week I looked around the house and realized that it is a disaster zone. Absolutely disgusting cram-packed with stuff we don’t use or need. Clutter. Under the clutter lay more mess. So what did I do? Well, on Thursday, I started digging through the mess starting with the pile of dishes in the kitchen sink and counter. I HATE dishes. I think doing dishes is the nastiest thing around.

This is a good metaphor for life. Sometimes, we let things clutter our minds–worries, fears, stress, feelings….. And we forget that life is short. We tend to get so bogged down with these worries, fears, stress, and feelings that we miss the amazing moments in front of us. We fail to treasure little moments with our children and families and friends. We tend to let all that clutter distract us from seeing the beauty in the moment at hand and in the world around us.

On Thursday, when I started my actual housework, I recognized the need to work on my mental housework. So I purposefully stopped doing housework for a bit to read my 1 year old little boy a story. And we both loved it! I took the time to treasure the short lived moments of him being an infant/toddler.

I implore us all to remember to stop. Pause. Breathe. Enjoy. As I tell my clients, even in the most negative, grimy situations, one can always spin it into and find a positive even if it is a slim positive. We can always find something to be thankful for. Something to admire. Something to look forward to. Make this year a year of optimism and enjoyment in the small things.

So what housework literally and figuratively do you need to work on? Let me know in the comments!

Christmas Time

I started my Christmas post five days ago, but I never completed it. I got wrapped up in everday life, gift buying, wrapping, work, family, friends…. Everything. I let everything else get in the way and I never wrote my Christmas post. Or my 12 days of Christmas as I had wanted. Sometimes, our ideas get far ahead of our ability.

Today, I woke up (it being my last day off before I head back to work tomorrow) and did my group bible study with my friend Laura. After we finished the group section, I did the first day of individual study. Then I read the Christmas story to my son. I’ve read it every day for the last three days with him. Now, I sit in starbucks writing this post with a venti hot peppermint mocha by my side.

So far, that’s all I achieved. As if that isn’t a lot to achieve by 11:23am. Why is it that we always seem to think we need to do more than we already are? Today’s individual bible study was all about rest. Resting in God’s truth and in His Word. I want to talk about rest today here especially during a time we rarely take the time to rest.

The holiday season seems to be the time of year we push ourselves the most. Whether it be cooking Christmas dinner and rushing around to clean the house or buying gifts and wrapping gifts, we always seem to be doing something. Then when the holidays are over, we are all exhausted and wondering why. There is importance in resting even during our busiest seasons. If we exhaust ourselves, we won’t have anything left to give to our families. We tend to get sick easier right after the holidays.

I propose that we all take time to learn how to rest even at our busiest throughout this next year. I would rather see everyone rest and have fun and still be ready to go after the holidays than sick and miserable. One way I’m going to do to start resting is letting myself enjoy the moment. When I find a moment pretty or calm, I’m going to stay in that moment as opposed to thinking about the next ten things I need to do that day. I’m going to take the time to sit down and enjoy my cup of coffee as opposed to running around the house getting ready. At night, I’m going to sit and read to my son and focus only on that as opposed to what I’m going to do once he goes to sleep.

This year, I’m going to learn how to rest.

And I challenge you to take the journey of learning how to rest with me.

 

Future Plans

Lately, I have found myself struggling to decide whether to read or write. Honestly, one of the reasons I stepped back from doing this blog daily (and therefore, failed to start my 12 days of Christmas thing) is because I have so many books on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I love to write. But I love to read as well. I found myself writing more and more and failing to do any reading which I was not ok with. Now, I have released the responsibility of publishing an article every day to allow it to be my typical Monday evening at 7 pm publishings. And I feel a whole lot better.

So what now?? 

Now, I plan on writing a long article for Christmas including everything that was going to be in the 12 days of Christmas thing. Now, I plan on reading to my hearts content. I’m starting with the book This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m already to chapter 2 and loving it! I might even do a book review on the book eventually. Also, I’m going to be working on my book that I’ve been writing slowly but surely. I have a lot of grand plans for the future, but I’ve decided to take it one step at a time.

For now, I want to focus on having a balance between my writing and my reading along with balancing the rest of my life. I want to be able to do my job to the best of my abilities, spend time with family and friends, read the books on my shelf and on my reading list, keep up with the blog, and work on my book without getting overwhelmed. I want to be a mother that my son will be happy to have and can’t wait to hear that baby laugh of his as I throw him up into the air.

On Sunday, Anthony, Liam, and I were graced with a visit from Liam’s great grandparents (Anthony’s grandparents). They came bearing gifts for all of us but of course, most of all, Liam. It was such a joy to see them interact with Liam and see Liam cuddling up to his great grandmother as she read a book to him. Having them with us to share a meal and some family time was the best gift we could ever have. I want more of that.

I want more of seeing Liam with the people he loves and reading books to him. One of the gifts they gave him was a children’s book of the Christmas Story! I can’t wait to sit with him on Christmas Eve and read it to him.

For the rest of this year, I plan to put up one more post which will be the Christmas post. Then, we will start up again in January of 2018. I have plans for the blog and what I want to write about and put up here, but I’ll allow that to stay a mystery as anything could happen!

Off I go to read and write and spend time with friends and family!

Snow

For those who don’t know, I absolutely hate snow. And ice. Out of the two, I hate ice the most of course. Therefore, on Friday, when it started snowing, you can imagine my dismay. Then when it started sticking, that icky, bad feeling hit me. I should have listened to it. Then on the way home (early thanks to the warden telling all nonessential staff to leave) I sild off the road and got stuck. STUCK. I called roadside assistance (after a tearful call to my mother and a friend), then some Samaritan helped pull me out, cancelled the roadside assistance but still got charged for the service than never happened… Today, I got to call the billing department of the roadside assistance to get my money back. Finally, over an hour later, I got home to a sleeping baby and sleeping fiancé.

As if that all wasn’t enough, the next thing I did was spill my full glass of wine of my FAVORITE wine. Finally, I decided to just take a nap. Nothing fixes things like sleep. The next thing to go wrong was waking up the next morning to no power. It was just a beautiful mess of things. So we took the baby to my mom’s to celebrate his first birthday. Afterwards, my fiancé and I headed home to arrive to a house with power…YAY!

This weekend was no where near the relaxing weekend I was hoping for. It was filled with one bad thing after another, and I found my attitude falling to the negative side. Funny, how I teach my clients to look for the positive in everything, yet when it comes to my own life, I fail to take my own advice. Instead, I looked for the negative in everything. Instead of seeing the no power and no heat as a way to get extra cuddles from my fiancé who actually had a weekend off of work, I saw it as the worst thing ever with no solution to my shivering. Instead of laughing at my predicament on the side of the road, I decided to see myself stuck there forever. Instead of looking at the snow as a time to play in something I don’t see often down south, I decided to see the stuff falling from the sky as something miserable.

For a girl who loves Christmas, this last weekend I failed to have the Christmas spirit. I didn’t even bother to bundle up my one year old to experience his first snow (mainly because he’s still getting over a cold, but still..). The Christmas spirit is all about giving and love. I failed to have that this weekend. So much so I allowed my bad mood keep me from doing my bible study which I have been excited to do since the day I bought it! I allowed something steal my joy all because I chose to be in a miserable mood.

My Christmas series is coming up on the 14th. From now until then, you’ll find me getting into the Christmas spirit, working on my writing, and reading books.

What are your thoughts about snow?