Month: November 2011

Promises To Myself – 2011 Wrap-Up

It’s that time of year again.  Each year right after Thanksgiving I set aside some time for self-reflection and goal setting until the end December.  I look at the things I’ve accomplished and what I can finish up before the end of the year.  It’s a rewarding time to look back and see how far we’ve come as a family, and in my personal growth, but also to reflect back on the challenges and obstacles that were thrown in our path, how we faced them, mistakes and triumphs along the way, and of course, the lessons learned.  This year marks a personal turning point in my life as well, so it’s more than just a time of reflection, it’s a time of renewal.  I decided as I was cooking the favored dishes for Thanksgiving that this will be the last Thanksgiving that I will be THAT traditional.  I have, for the last year, been eating much healthier, watching my diet and exercising more.  The traditional dishes, while delicious, are not the healthiest I could make.  …

A Bit on Understanding the Law of Attraction

Have you ever stopped to think that God never intended for us to be satisfied? Think about it, if we ever got to the point of complete satisfaction, would we be happy? What more would there be to strive for, learn from, work on if we were completely satisfied?  Would you really even know what that looks like?  Most of us are still working on finding our specific purpose in this life. We are internally programmed that once one desire has been achieved or fulfilled, we immediately find something else better or more interesting to reach for.  This programming ensures that we keep moving, keep growing, keep living life the way we were intended too.  What we focus on and put our energy into is what we attract into our lives.  If you focus on the “lack of” things in your life like: not having a relationship, not having enough money, possessions, a good car, a job you like, whatever it might be, to continually focus your mind and energy on the negative aspect and endless wishing from a perspective …

The Holidays are Here

Thanksgiving is over.   This year the kids, my mom and I, went to spend Thanksgiving with my brother, his wife and her family.  They did an excellent job cooking and pulling everything together and we got to see her side of the family which is always fun.  They are just good people to be around.  We did the usual,  telling funny stories and sharing memories.  My brother played recordings of my kids talking when they were babies.  Laughter and food was shared and enjoyed by all. I also cooked a Thanksgiving meal for us so that we could share our own time at home and have leftovers to stretch out the week.  Making everyone’s favorites is always fun and makes for happy smiles for days. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, grateful for family, for the passing of another year, for the harvest that was planted, reaped and enjoyed.  It is an American tradition passed down through generations.  Yet another tradition has reared its ugly head, the head of greed.  Driving to my brother’s house I was …

10 Things I’m Thankful For

The year of 2011 has been a year filled with great change.  In January I was given a promotion at work and moved to an Underwriting position at the company I work for.  In February we prepared to move into the first rent house the kids and I have ever shared on our own.  It was a big step for us as a family.  At the end of the school year my youngest daughter went to youth camp with her school to Austin which was a first for her.  At the end of June my dad had surgery on a hernia and came through with flying colors.  In July, my oldest daughter took and passed her driving test and became an official designated driver.   In September, ten days after his birthday, my dad passed away suddenly.  A week later my uncle (dad’s brother) also passed away.   In October I was promoted again to work in the finance department at the company where I work.  Last week, I lost a good friend and amazing person I knew from …

This Journey is Not Easy

Love is not just seeing a person as they are and accepting them,  Love is seeing the potential of what they can be.  How many times have we seen celebrities in the news? The reporters frantically reporting their success and splashing their faces and lives across front pages and television screens over and over. Their names become household words, the kids start wanting to dress like them, suddenly there are perfumes, posters, haircuts, diets and clothing named after them. Then…they show us they are human and screw up. Down they fall from the pedestal that we put them on. There is no forgiveness, only mockery and finger pointing. How dare they be a bad role model!! How dare they make bad choices that lead to bad press!  How dare they not live up to the image that has been imposed on them!  Never confuse talent and what someone does for who they are. This can be, and often is, two completely different things. Now stop and think of the people in your everyday life.  I …

Rest Now, Stand Later

According to legend and the wisdom of farmers, cows will lie down or refuse to go out to pasture, before a storm. When cows are lying down in a field it’ll remain fine, once they stand up, rain is on its way.  There are so many lessons in nature, but often we are just too busy to notice. The lesson with the cows is one that is repeated with many other animal species. The message is that we should rest when there is opportunity to rest because storms will come. If you don’t take the time to rest and recharge when it’s available then the storms will knock you down.  Life is full of storms, we all have our share. There’s not a person in any station in life that is immune. If you haven’t just come out of a storm, you may be about to go into one. If your life is good and calm for the moment, then take this time to rest and spend with family and friends. Celebrate the good times in …

Watch Your Step

Sometimes we have to be brought to our knees to be reminded to slow down. Every now and then I get in too much of a hurry.  I run along my way, rushing here and there trying to get things done.  Then, out of the blue I will step off a curb wrong, or stomp my toe and do a weird dance trying not to fall.  Now and then, I will fall. It occurred to me that this is a reminder.  A reminder that we aren’t meant to just rush through life at top speed, grabbing things, running through errands and trying to meet deadlines, that’s not what was intended. What if I hadn’t been rushing the day I stepped off the curb wrong?  I might have watched my step, looking at my surroundings, feeling the soft breeze,  watching the snow fall, smelling the aroma of coffee outside the coffee shop.  I had smiled at someone on the way in and opened the door, but I might have actually noticed what they looked like, wondered who …