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    “Be Transformed…” an update

    When I first wrote about my focus for 2018, I wasn’t ready for it. But that is why God provided the opportunity for me to “Be Transformed…” As a creature of habit, personal change is pretty difficult for me, so I love how God tailored the opportunity to grow in this way for me this year. My Focus for 2018 As we approach the halfway point of this year, I want to share with all of you an update. How is 2018 going for me? What have I learned so far? What am I looking forward to? How am I still struggling and what steps am I taking to work…

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    I wasn’t ready for 2018

    When the clock struck midnight on a new day and a new year I thought I was ready. 2017 had been a hard year for me, for us. In fact, I knew many people who were glad it was over. But the thing about time, is that it doesn’t stop. There’s no chance to recover. There’s no chance to pause and take a breath. And when Jan 1, 2018 hit, I wanted to be ready, but I wasn’t. I had picked a theme phrase and Bible passage and I was looking forward. I was waiting for a trip to NYC and the opportunity to attend a conference to start my year. While…

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    My Focus for 2018

    I’ve joined in the practice in selecting a word at the beginning of each new year. Most of the time, I have forgotten the word (as we forget or fail at resolutions), but I feel like it’s still an important exercise to end one year and begin another. A few days ago a friend posted a helpful resource, which helped me begin to think ahead for a word for 2018. I thought about this past year and how challenging it has been. Many words came to mind: listen, strength, attitude, etc…As I thought about all the different aspects of life in which I wanted to feel differently or more positively…

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    2017 Year in Review: Reaching the Depth of My Soul

    In this final post about 2017, I refer to several previous posts that do a better job of describing this aspect of our year. The first 2/3’s of the year were a blur in many ways. My spouse spiraled down into a depressive state and I did everything I could to maintain what needed to be taken care of while also doing my best to emotionally support him. He did an amazing job of being supportive of me in my own struggles as well. We really worked as a team, even when circumstances were tough. I am so thankful each of us have had counselors that could be our sounding…

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    2017 Year in Review: A Huge Learning Curve

    I am very thankful for high school US history and government classes for giving me a basic understanding of our democratic system here in our country. But this last year has been a huge learning curve for me in regards to what happens every day in each of our three branches of government and how it impacts so many lives. I will admit that since I became a voting member of society, I had chosen to be ignorant. I didn’t like watching the news. The brokenness of our political system was too much to bear. It was easier to remain ignorant. …Until I realized how human lives are affected. No longer…

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    2017 Year in Review: New Adventures

    2017 brought some new adventures, with travel to some new places, visits with family and friends and meeting new people! We had family visit from Michigan and got to experience a few of our favorite places (and some new ones) through the eyes of our 4 year old nieces! Jack and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary with a short trip to Rehoboth Beach. We had heard rave reviews about the beaches in Delaware and we loved it! 8 days after surgery (Dr. orders were a week on the couch), I got on a plane and headed to Salt Lake City for a Jamberry conference! I have been a consultant…

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    2017 Year in Review: Physical Endurance

    I am planning to send a few Christmas cards this year, but they won’t include a review of 2017 from the Phoenix family. So instead, I thought I would write a few blog posts (and include pictures) to review the year. I came across a note I wrote to myself for individual priorities for this year and thought that I would reflect on some of those across a few posts. I have been blessed with great health in my mere 30ish years of life, but the last couple had been a bit of a struggle, with no real answers on what exactly what was going on. It was rather frustrating…

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    Love.

    I started a “new year, new focus” blog post a couple of days ago, but  it wasn’t resonating with me. Something wasn’t right. We all go through this process, whether it be the beginning of a new year, at our birthdays, or at some other time when we want to make a change.   Over the last year, I’ve realized that I’ve lost some self-motivation. As I shared in my previous post, it was a tough year. And as the countdown to 2017 occurred, I wasn’t as hopeful for the new year, even though I wanted to move past 2016.   I have made a list of priorities for myself (thanks to…

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    Reflection of 2016

    In the last several years, I have chosen a word or theme to focus on in a new year. As I began reflecting back on the flurry of 2016, I could not recall what I started the year with. I went back and read this post and realized I has selected a Bible passage. But in recent months (more likely the 2nd half of the year), I had forgotten all about it. 2016 is not really a year I want to reflect on. I remember that it started off so well, with much excitement and anticipation. A huge blizzard at the end of January encouraged adventure. I even started the…

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    Change Requires Grace & Thanks

    We are less than a week into 2016 and the following have already happened: I ate sugary food late in the evening giving me a stomach ache. I stayed up past the time I wanted to go to bed. I slept through my alarm and didn’t give myself enough time to exercise. I displayed frustration in a professional setting, feeling embarrassed afterwards. Why did I think that as the clock struck midnight on Jan 1, 2016, that things would just change? I was certainly ready for things to be different, but to expect that I would be someone else, someone better isn’t realistic. To expect that the environment that had been…