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    What do I Enjoy Now?

    Question #1: What do I enjoy now? (Not what do I wish I were doing or want to do, that will come later) Writing on this blog. Getting back into regular writing and posting in October was a rejuvenating act. It was a reminder that I do have a gift of writing and it is a vehicle to express my thoughts and emotions in a fulfilling way. I am going to keep on blogging, but also explore other ways to utilize my gift of writing. Watching Football. This season has been a bit rough and is nearing an end, so I need to be reminded of other activities that I enjoy…

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    It’s Time to Start Again

    It’s been several months, and I’ve recognized it for just as many, I’ve changed. I wanted to be the person that went with the flow and was laid back about change. I am rather uncomfortable with the idea that I am not that person. Change is challenging for me and it is impacting who I am. I’m not having as much fun as I once did. I’ve lost some independence and drive. I’m more cynical in some of my attitudes. There are environmental factors, which contribute to where I am at now, but it’s also on me for letting it get to this point and I am OK with admitting to that. When…

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    What Did I Used to Enjoy?

    Question #2: What did I used to enjoy doing that I do less often or not at all now? I used to love going to the movies. Now, granted, I didn’t pay for them because I worked at the theater, but that shouldn’t keep me away! I have found myself getting excited when I see a trailer and then talking myself out of going because I can’t find a good time or I have no one to go with. Well, as an introvert, I don’t mind doing activities by myself. Next time I get really excited about a movie, I am going to enjoy the recliners in the theater 5 minutes…

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    Grand Slam

    Not sure if there is a name for it but I just experienced my first Stitch Fix Grand Slam! I have been receiving boxes since fall of 2012 and this is the first time I am purchasing all 5 items! Usually I have picked up one or two items that I have really loved. Many of the items I have purchased have become great staples in my wardrobe. But this time, my stylist knocked it out of the park! I thought I would share the pictures!   (Far left) : I requested a maxi skirt and I love the one I got! It’s a pattern I may have never chosen for…

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    How to Slow Down: Lent

    On this Shrove (Fat) Tuesday, many people are  preparing for Lent. That may look like picking up your favorite pastry, a Paczki. Or attending a pancake supper, or enjoying some other delicious food, because that is what you do the day before Ash Wednesday. (Or if you are in New Orleans, you have been partying all week!) I am already seeing various posts online about what to give up. Some people will say “Sayonara” to Facebook for 40 days; some will give up sweets or coffee. And many people will eat fish on Fridays. What happens when we give up our favorite candy or dessert?  Do we eat something else to make…

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    How to Slow Down: Boil Water

    Wait, what? Yes, that’s what I said. One way to slow down is to boil water. Let me explain further. We live in an advanced age where we have ready-made food and drinks at our finger tips in restaurants, drive thrus and in our own kitchens with fancy, quick appliances. I surely do appreciate these things, even though I often take them for granted, but what’s the rush? My husband and I recently bought ourselves a kettle and tea pot because we like to drink tea…especially when it’s cold and dreary outside. We also recently changed how we made our morning coffee. Previously, I did not understand the point of a…

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    How to Slow Down: Be Present

    I’ve traveled a lot these last few weeks and it has given me many opportunities to slow down. That may sound odd, considering traveling involves making scheduled flights and being certain places at certain times. But traveling also allows for opportunities to be present in the midst of movement. For example, what do you do at the airport gate while you are waiting to board? While I bring books to read and even my laptop, I usually end up people watching. I am absolutely fascinated by the fact that there are so many different people with their own lives moving forward, just like my own. I see business people traveling for…

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    Good for my soul

    A focus on Gospel rest this week has been so good for my soul. I know the busyness of life will still come around, but I am thankful for this time, these moments. I learned a whole bunch of new worship songs last week that I have been playing on repeat at work. I wanted to share a few more with you here:    

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    How to Slow Down: Gospel Rest

      Today I begin a series on how to slow down. One of my goals for 2015 is to follow this mantra through various avenues. Living on the East Coast, I have no control of slowing down the pace. However, I can make choices in my own life that help me to avoid busyness and enjoy opportunities to rest. I will share my thoughts in this series, but I also want to hear from you! Do you agree? What other activities do you do along the same lines? I am opening myself to try new things to slow down a lifestyle that has left me tired and unfulfilled. While I…

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    Quality not Quantity

      I have three goals for 2015. These are probably the most realistic and exciting goals I could shoot for.  Not really related to my health or work, but focused on myself and being a more complete, content person.  Quality, not Quantity. While there is nothing wrong with resolutions, like in the image above, as many are things I always strive for, I need to think in broader terms for myself. Slow Down. I think I have finally come to terms with the fact that I can’t slow down the pace in the area we live in. However, I can make changes in my own life that help me to slow…