Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
MOVE five days a week.
Sit with God five days a week.
Pay attention to five things a day that make me smile... that I am grateful for... write 'em down... SEEK those things, if necessary!
Read the rest of How We Choose to be Happy
Keep this Mission: THRIVE working for one more month
Keep my intention focused on thriving
Saturday, January 23, 2010
What is it? Are you committed to just getting by, to just getting through the day with as little effort as possible? Or are you committed to something greater, something magnificent and exciting and fulfilling?
Whatever you are truly committed to, is exactly what you will achieve. Whatever you are truly committed to determines the kind of life you lead.
Within you is a vision that longs to be brought to life. It's a vision that deserves your full commitment.
Commitment to your most profound vision is not easy, and will ask much of you. Yet, you know it is the best choice.
Make that choice, make that commitment to the best that is within you, again and again, each moment of each day. And, the life you create, your own life, will be nothing short of outstanding.
~ Ralph Marston
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Our good friend, Tony, passed away last night after a long struggle with multiple health problems. He fought valiantly and with good grace. As much as I hate for him to have gone on, I hated more for him to have had to suffer any more.
The first time I met Tony was at Hunan's at an after work de-briefing (a.k.a. having a drink and venting profusely) with his wife, Barbara, and others from the O.R. where Barbara and I had just started to work. Barbara and I were young and idealistic. I was full of piss and vinegar. She was full of grace. We became fast friends, an unmatched team. Our love for the O.R. brought us to a theater of many triumphs and tragedies. We could work wordlessly with intense focus and efficiency. We laughed... a lot. Tony may have come to rue the day we became best buds at times. But, he was always there with his good humor, wit and "discussions". Lord, I loved a good and, particularly, controversial conversation.
Through the thirty plus years, we shared a lot of seasons... lots of fun vacations... lots of bread broken... coffee drank... miles run... choices made... rivers rafted... slopes skied... concerns shared... all with love. Tony taught me to ski (no task for the feint of heart). He loved everything I ever cooked. But, the greatest thing I have to be grateful for was a deed he shares with Barbara...
I had turned my back on God a few years before meeting this couple. Today, I read a quote on a blog (sorry, I wish I could remember which one) that says, "Our lives may be the only Bible some people ever read." Well, I read the Bible, but I had come from a harsh, hell-fire and brimstone background. Tony and Barbara showed me God's love through their unconditional love and acceptance. They lived God's love. And anyone, who knows Tony at all, knows the Grace Lecture. I finally got over the notion that I needed to earn God's love and forgiveness... a prospect I had found impossible... because it would be impossible. How do you thank a person for that? How do you thank God for giving that kind of grace and love... and for sending those people into your life that mapped a road home to Him?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Today, I am happy to report I made it out the door to run (in the freezing cold... NOT a fan of the cold). Made it into and out of The Village, my favorite bakery, to pick up treats for rug hooking... didn't touch a bite!! But, my best thing I have to report is an excited phone call from my daughter this morning! I cannot tell you how much it lifts my heart to hear her excited. It has been a difficult year for her. She is normally my best little thriver! I don't know many things harder, in being a mom, than to see, feel, know, sense that one of your children is struggling. I just don't. Her intent to thrive has lead her to make some hard decisions. I applaud her!! I applaud anyone who takes the time to determine what it takes to allow them to thrive and sets the intention to make that goal a reality!! You go, girl!! I'm cheering you all the way!
Just FYI, from an article in REAL SIMPLE magazine January 2010 issue by Lesley Alderman:
"Nine Secrets of Motivated People
'Tis the season for setting new goals. Want to actually - gasp- accomplish them this year? Here are some real-life strategies that really work.
- When you make a plan, anticipate bumps.
- Channel the Little Engine that Could.
- Don't let your goals run wild ... but, work on them every day.
- Go public with it.
- Lean on a support crew when you are struggling.
- Make yourself a priority.
- Challenge yourself -- and change things up.
- Keep on learning.
- Remember the deeper meaning."
I've been asked why I chose no/low carb. I read this book. What can I say? My metabolism feels different. I'm looking to shake it up. I can manage eight weeks. ;) Then, I'll be adding the carbs back slowly... just not to the point they take over again! I'll let you know how it goes. So far, so good.
Would love to hear from you others who are taking the challenge! Solar, how do you do this low carb stuff more? Tammy, how is your focus on LIVING LIFE to the fullest going? Amanda, I know some things are going to change in your plan. Onward, ho!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The candy dish is empty. Took them all out, zip-locked them, and put them in the freezer!
I'm on Day 2 of almost no carbs. Grrrrrrr.... I'm really, really, really wanting some chocolate and almond Hershey's! Good thing I stuck them all in the freezer first thing yesterday morning!
Evan's daughter, Audra, surprised me one afternoon with an invitation to paint pottery. We had fun. She was much more creative than I was. I do like my little dish though... just wish it were full of my chocolate and almonds! ;)
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Last night when we returned home from a trip to Dallas, there was a package for me on the porch. I was delighted to find the platters I had ordered from LaurieAnna's Vintage Home.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw one of these platters on Rhonda's Blue Creek Home. She had won one in a give-away. I went straight from her post to order one for myself.
I saw there was a small one, too! I just LOVE THEM. Thank you so much Rhonda for leading me to LaurieAnna's!
Friday, January 1, 2010
- Drinking coffee in bed with my hubby.
- Seeing freshly painted toenails (my own)!
- The sunflowers on Amanda's post (and, her post... of course).
- Getting a hug from Zack.
- Skype with Little Man and his folks.