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    Going to the movies on a “school” night

    I wanted to give you an update on my exploration of activities that I planned to enjoy in 2016. There are some perks to being an adult. You can eat ice cream for dinner, stay up as late as you want and… Go to the movies on a “school” night. As an adult you also have to deal with heartburn from eating that ice cream, waking up on time to go to work and all sorts of other responsibilities that I would rather not dwell on. I put it on my calendar to see a movie during the work week. I found a night where I had no evening meetings and…

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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…

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    Theme for 2016

    I’ve asked and begun to answer three questions as I look forward to more in 2016. The last several years I have chosen a word and verse to live by in the new year. My word for 2015 was “Hope” and I am not sure how much I remembered that this past year. It didn’t really resonate with the year that I had. It is a word that is part of the faith I have in Jesus, so it will always hold significance. The verse I paired with it shows that much. A friend put a post on Facebook where she asked everyone to use one word to describe their past…

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    What Would I Like to Explore?

    Question #3: What would I like to explore? Theater. I loved watching the musicals our local high school would put on (from the time I was in elementary school to when I was attending and saw my own friends perform). I have maybe only gone to a handful of plays/musicals in adulthood and would like to go to more. I have heard about great theaters in both Baltimore and DC, so there is no shortage of options. A friend even offered to go with me, so I am out of excuses. Museums/Historical sites. We live in one of the oldest parts of the country, with many places nearby that are rich…

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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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    Embrace

    I don’t usually jump on the trend bandwagon, but I really like the idea of choosing a word to focus on in the new year. 2012 was a year of obvious transition. Marriage, move across the country, new job. Many changes happened.  The change happened and I went with the flow, but I didn’t really have time to process it. 2013 was an in-between year for me because I was processing much of the change from the previous year. It doesn’t mean it was average because it was certainly a year of great fun and adventure. But, overall, it was a year where I thought a lot about where I…

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    New goals in a new year

    I haven’t done this on my blog, but I have thought of some goals for myself in the new year and I want to put them down in writing and keep myself accountable. We’ve all made resolutions and broke them, so if that happens, it’s not the end of the world, but isn’t it always good to strive for something? I could do this anytime of the year, but I like the idea of dedicating a specific few days to setting up the next year of life. I looked over a post I had written about life goals and you can check out an update here. Only really a couple…