Monthly Archives: March 2015

03/24/15

Progress Report: 52 in 52

Many of you may be aware that on New Year’s Day, I posted this little gem. My list of 52 things I want to accomplish in the 52 weeks of this year.

So, here is my check-point, my progress report if you will.

Here we go!

  1. Read Gone with the Wind. 
  2. Finish counting my 1,000 Gifts journal, challenge from Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts study {I’m a little over halfway there!}
  3. Take a pastry class at Cook’s Warehouse. Always wanted to know how to make the perfect pie crust!
  4. Run in Disney Princess 5K. 
  5. Continue to run. (pt 2 of the goal above) Don’t give up! This is more about introducing another activity for life-long fitness.
  6. Visit Fantasyland while at Disney theme parks
  7. Lose weight, feel great, feel confidant. It’s so much more than a number on a scale.
  8. Visit a new state.
  9. Take up knitting… yet again.
  10. Make plans to return to Europe in 2016. Start saving!
  11. Develop good financial plan for myself – have a better grasp of healthy finances & finances that honor God.
  12. Introduce a new food to my diet. Maybe kale or cauliflower. For instance, these last few years, many have been added to the ranks- grits, butternut squash, quinoa, salmon, avocados, etc.
  13. Re-organize my closet.
  14. Donate clothes I am no longer wearing/will not wear.
  15. Get a massage.
  16. Go for a hike on Kennesaw or Stone Mountain.
  17. Go to a yoga class.
  18. Try going vegetarian for a month or so.
  19. Get back on Twitter. Really. 
  20. Complete teeth whitening system.
  21. Rock vintage shade of red lipstick.
  22. Plan a weekend away for my sweet girlfriends.
  23. Learn to bake bread.
  24. Try a new restaurant every month of the year- 12 new restaurants!
  25. Make effort to blog 3-4 times every week for the entire year.
  26. Buy a DSLR camera.
  27. Take up photography- not seriously, just as a hobby.
  28. Unsubscribe to all my junk emails
  29. Get ahead for busy work weeks by prepping food and dinner ideas over the weekend.
  30. Go see a musical at the Fox Theater.
  31. Finish hanging all my artwork in the apartment.
  32. Take a Zumba class.
  33. Give up Coke Zero for a month!
  34. Host a casual dinner party. Or two. Or three.
  35. Collaborate with another blogger this year.
  36. Have daily quiet time
  37. Journal more!
  38. Paint my nails once or twice a month.
  39. Treat myself to regular pedicures in the spring & summertime!
  40. Send 10 notes this year to friends, family, coworkers, girls in small group just because you want to say “hi”, encourage them, offer them advice or solace , or just because.
  41. Pay for a stranger’s order behind me in line. 
  42. Read a biography. Queen Elizabeth? Abe Lincoln? Audrey Hepburn? I haven’t decided. Suggestions please?
  43. Make it a habit to work-out in morning before work rather than in the evening.
  44. Unplug for one solid period of 24 hours— no phone (only in case of emergency of course), no internet, no facebook, no nothing!
  45. Learn how to tie a tie.
  46. Update to new iPhone.
  47. Start a new blog series (any suggestions of what you would like to read?)
  48. Mail a care package.
  49. Plant herbs.
  50. Increase my daily water intake.
  51. Cut down on amount of TV watched. Limit yourself to 2-3 shows to watch per week.
  52. Visit a holistic healer about my allergies.

So, here are a few highlights from accomplishments thus far…

Disney Princess 5k accomplished!

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Y’all, from someone who suffered with chronic back pain and had spinal surgery, I thought I would never, literally never, run in a race. So, this was a dream of mine & I am so glad I did it.

Certainly won’t be my last!

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And Disney is certainly not overrated & Fantasyland was like your favorite Disney Movies come to life!

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Just magical…

Also visited a new city & state this year!

KC

Hello Kansas City, MO!

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And this brisket & smoked turkey combo was absolutely wonderful…

We went to this fine city for a Maroon 5 Concert… yes, yes we did!

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And the whole weekend was exceptional. Great food, great sites, (including this one),

Only 31 rows away from him people. 31 Rows.

I would certainly go back to Kansas City for some additional sightseeing!

Katie and I are pretty good travel buddies- so much in fact that we are already planning our next #roomiesontheroad {yes, we have a hashtag} adventure.

Decisions, decisions.

On another note, in the weight loss department, I am roughly about 10 pounds down from where I started this journey, and have not yet reached my overall weight loss goals, but am feeling great and am encouraged by progress so far. I have been told by several friends and coworkers that I need new pants. If that’s not encouraging, I don’t know what is!?!

I have been more diligent in my nail & cuticle care as of late and my nails are growing stronger and thicker as a result.

Plus, I love the way they love polished! Makes me feel more-together somehow.

And I got my first pedicure of the season last week, and my toesies loved the attention! Went for hot pink, Essie’s Haute in the Heat for good measure.

My grand closet cleaning has commenced with the turn from winter to spring and I plan on donating many of these items in the coming weeks to local charities and/or Good Will.

Project to be continued this weekend… until then, it’s an absolute wreck!

And on the technology front, I got a new iPhone a few weeks ago… upgraded to a new generation iPhone 6 baby!

This is funny to me because in my circle of friends, I am often the one being accused of not being tech-savvy, and I must say, I agree with them! I mean, come on, I am like one of final holdouts who haven’t broken down and joined Instagram yet.

xoxo….

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03/19/15

Having the Courage to Be Still…

Have you heard of {In}Courage?

If not, you should!!

It is a site built for the express purpose of encouraging, challenging, and loving-on the hearts of women just like you, and just like me. (in)courage exists as an online community committed to making safe spaces for women to connect over various topics.I subscribe to their daily newsletters to receive daily “incouragement” and are blessed by the words of wise women daily– wise women who are business women, wives, mothers, bloggers, writers, home cooks, leaders in ministry, etc.

But, this one… this one hit me right on the nose.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Be. Still.

Like me, many of you have heard this voice quoted to you 1,000 times, and in truth, it is a verse I strive to live by. But, in today’s culture of mile-long to do lists, fundraisers, events at the local church, reunions, family obligations, starting your own business, raising children, chasing your dreams… it can be near impossible to be still. And those things, those activities, they are not bad. Quite the opposite, but my question is, in all of that, how do we practice being still? How do we stop the striving, the moving, the shaking, and be still and quiet enough to hear His small whisper in a world screaming at the top of its lungs?

How do we hear the quiet in the midst of the storm?

Each week, on Wednesdays, (in)courage is exploring just that topic- the blessings of being still.

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“We have a choice today.

We can look out and see the unlimited, abundant opportunities God has placed before us. 
To create. To write. To serve. To sing. To be and become.

Or we can stare at the opportunity of another person and get entangled in the enemy’s lie that everything is scarce. 
Scarce opportunities. Scarce supply. Scarce possibilities.

And we start seeing another person’s creations as a threat to our own opportunities.

Several years ago, I remember pouring out all the best words I had through pixelated letters turned pages turned book proposal. I tucked my heart and dreams into a purple Office Max binder (because nothing says “I’m author material!” more than a purple Office Max binder) and hoped for the best.

That summer I was able to place my proposal into the hands of several acquisitions editors. And for each one I handed out, I was later sent a nice but very direct rejection letter. At the same time, other writer friends I had were getting different letters from the publishers.

Amazing letters.

Dreams come true letters.

Letters that turned into book contracts.

In my better moments, I did the right thing and authentically celebrated with them. But then there were other moments. Hard moments.

Moments where I felt my friends’ lives were rushing past me in a flurry of met goals, new opportunities, and affirmations of their callings from God. It seemed the world was literally passing me by. And in those moments I said on the outside, “good for them.”

But on the inside I just kept thinking, “Ouch . . . that means less and less opportunity for me.” The raw essence of honest hurting rarely produces pretty thoughts.

I wrestled and I processed.

And I decided to get still. Refuse to believe that I’d been left out and left behind. And starve my scarcity thinking.

Those times of being still are good and necessary when your thinking needs to be swept all into one pile. Then it’s much easier to identify treasures to be kept from the trash that needs to be tossed.

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Then I could see new and life-giving realities. Her success does not threaten yours or mine. When she does well, we all do well. All tides rise when we see a sister making this world a better place with her gifts.

When I finally started believing this, my stillness turned into readiness. And that was 18 published books ago.

This is what Jesus reminds us: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Luke 10:2)

Oh, sweet sister, there is an abundant need in this world for your contributions to the Kingdom . . . your thoughts and words and artistic expressions . . . your exact brand of beautiful.

Know it. Believe it. Live it.”

By Lysa TerKeurst

 

Your stillness turned into readiness.

xoxoxo………………..

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