“Risks are simply opportunities for freedom, and without them, we have no hope of escaping.” ~M
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With the New Year approaching, I started thinking about the list of things I learned in 2015, and thought I should do another list for this year as well. So without further ado… here’s what I came up with.
1.) How important it is to set aside time to read.
2.) To just be myself and not worry what others might think about me.
3.) Not to hold anything back when it comes to love.
4.) That random acts of kindness are good for the soul.
5.) To never give up on someone.
6.) That my girls really are as crazy as I am.
7.) That I enjoy macaroni and cheese entirely too much.
8.) To be more understanding.
9.) That going to the gym isn’t entirely overrated.
10.) That I enjoy having time alone.
11.) What it feels like to be told that you may have cancer.
12.) How hard it is to recover from loneliness.
13.) Not to push people beyond what they are comfortable with.
14.) That I have a heart for people who need to be cared for.
15.) That I like to have plenty of time to plan ahead.
16.) How having a brightly painted room, can completely altar one’s perspective.
17.) How much I love homemade chai tea.
18.) How girly I really am.
19.) That my house can be messy and I don’t really care.
20.) How a single note both good or bad can affect my entire day.
21.) How quiet my house really is with only two daughters living here instead of four.
22.) That I can’t eat tomatoes or anything spicy anymore without consequences.
23.) That really good job opportunities are extremely rare nowadays.
24.) How in just a few short months, my daughters can be married and gone.
25.) The importance of a true and trusted friend.
How about you? What have you learned over this past year or over the course of your lifetime?
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Well, today was a much better day. I still don’t have a working cell phone, but I rather enjoyed unplugging for once and I think I accomplished a lot more because of it. I’m still writing for Channillo, and so I added another chapter to my series today. I’m up to 6 subscribers now! Woo hoo! Lol…. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but honestly… those 6 subscribers mean the world to me right now. There’s just something about knowing that somebody, (anybody at all) is reading my very first book! It tickles me to no end! Yes, I’m smiling from ear to ear and doing the happy dance because of it.
Anyway, another thing that has me blissfully happy today, is the fact that I have been asked to start selling my poetry at one of our local shops downtown. Today I was finally able to order most of the supplies that I will need. I was able to find a ton of frames and mats on sale. Now I just need to figure out how to personalize and decorate each one, to really make them stand out. I’m just so excited to finally have the opportunity to move forward with selling some of my work. I am no longer letting these opportunity’s pass me by. It’s do or die time, and I need to be smart for once and take these God given opportunities that are finally crossing my path and just run with them.
Things on the home front have been improving. Hubby and I have really been working through some tough issues and I believe that we are finally making immense progress. My future seems to be clearer than it has been in a long time, and we have even been talking about writing a book together. Hubby’s a huge history buff and I’m not very good with remembering historical details as much as he is, so I think by combining my love for writing and his love of history, we may end up coming up with something pretty amazing. He’s been jotting down some ideas, and I think after the first of the year, we will begin to have some time to really sit down and plan what we want to write about.
I was gone all last week, as my oldest daughter recently got married in California. The ceremony was beautiful and each of them wrote their own vows to one another. I feel truly blessed, knowing that my daughter was able to find such an amazing husband. She is in good hands and I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that she will be well cared for. They are both currently full-time missionary’s and seem excited to stay in the mission field.
Now that I’m back in Wisconsin, I’m really missing the warm weather that we had out there. Of course I don’t miss the constant traffic that we had to deal with and the fast pace of life that seems to be the norm out there. After growing up in California, I vowed never to move back. (And really how can you, when each house is a million dollars plus on average.) I am still very much content in my choice to stay in the mid-west, where daily life is more relaxed, less expensive, and where I can actually breathe the air without coughing up a lung.
Today has been a wonderful day, I slept in late, ran errands, went to our church small group this evening, and then I came home and proceeded with the normal day to day stuff that I needed to catch up on. I feel content and happy right now and since it’s getting late here, I should sign off. So if you’re reading this, I really do hope that you have a wonderful God filled week, full of joy and happiness. Much love, to all my faithful readers. You guys are the best! ~M xoxo