Anything But Empty

When I first looked at today’s Daily Prompt, my mind kinda went blank. Nothing in my life is empty right now. My hubby is at work…doing a job he loves. My oldest works two jobs and is busy planning his wedding and the other three kids are occupying their time separately throughout the house. I’m sitting at my desk and writing. We’ve got some Green Day rocking for background noise and tonight the five of us are serving at church tonight – jazz/poetry night with the middle school kids.

My plate is full. However, there are families all over the world that can’t say the same. I think about them daily – especially the ones I sponsor. My sponsor kids are in communities that are in their final stages of development though, so they are getting closer to self-sustainability and that is a wonderful thing. Oh hey, today is Wednesday and I was talking about talking about World Vision on Wednesdays, wasn’t I? I guess I got to sneak that one in there…lol!

Nonetheless, I am very grateful for the things and people in my life right now. There are a lot of horrible things going on in this world, but I’m glad that being empty isn’t one of those problems for us. I pray it stays that way. 😉 For those that are feeling empty…I’ll be praying for you too! 🙂

I’ve Got Wood : Weekly Photo Challenge

I’ve missed participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge! So happy to be back! 🙂

This week’s challenge is all about curves and I absolutely love the curves  found on, around, within, and because of… trees. The heart-shaped fire wood, the sloping snow-covered limbs curving in the same direction as the road, and the contrast of dead wood intruding on yet another gorgeous Florida sunset – all things that could end up in my camera.

Seattle – My Favorite City So Far

The very first time I traveled by plane was on a trip to Seattle. I didn’t really see much of the city. I flew in at night and flew out on a red-eye, but the weekend was so wonderful I knew I’d be back (even if I did spend all three days at the hotel). Sure enough, I’ve been there a total of five times now and I love it more each time I go.

I’ve only gone there for one reason – World Vision. Three times were for our Child Ambassador Conferences, once for Volunteer Leadership meetings, and once for some training to become a CA coach. Each and every time, I got to meet some amazing people and learn more about the work that World Vision does to help children around the world. I’d have to sit here all day if I wanted to tell you about all of the wonderful things I’ve experienced and people I’ve encountered in Seattle.

Instead, I’m just going to add a few of my favorite pictures. Enjoy!


Are My Eyes Deceiving Me?

That was kinda strange. I clicked on the Daily Prompt page and there were zero responses for today’s prompt: Embarrassing. I tried refreshing the page but nothing popped up. The post got 117 Likes but no one wanted to post about it? Weird…

Well…I’ll post something. I’m quite embarrassed by my sore legs right now. I went for a walk with my daughter this morning and my legs are sore. Just from a walk. Just 2.2 miles and my legs are aching. I’m embarrassed by this because I use to walk all the time and a mere 2.2 miles should not have this effect on my body. However, it’s exactly what happens when you’re capable but lazy.

As part of my one simple change journey (more on that soon), I started exercising again today. I’ve tried this before but it was mostly during times when I felt like I had to make a lot of changes at the same time. All of those attempts failed. That’s kinda embarrassing too.

UPDATE: Apparently no one, including myself, is “posting” due to a glitch on the page…lol! 🙂

Daily Prompt: Purpose

Well isn’t that ironic? Today’s prompt is about purpose.

I did something so stupid last night. Actually this stress-induced stupidity has been a week-long thing. However, I took it to a new level last night. Basically, I’ve slacked off a lot on healthy eating this week. I’ve taken my Juice Plus, no problem, but skipping breakfast and lunch has happened more than once this week. That’s exactly what I did yesterday…then picked up some fast food on the way home from work.

Yes…you could say my body was/is not very pleased with that decision. Here I am, home from work, trying to keep down a slice of bread. It was not a pleasant evening either.

What was/am I thinking? This is the complete opposite of what I’m trying to do and defeats the purpose of why I’m leaving my full-time job to focus on my God-given purpose. I need to feel better, healthier, and more in control of myself. What do I do? I let the stress take over, skip out on the natural energy I need, drink way too much soda, eat some gnarly food – and call it “surviving through the week.”

It’s like I know there’s a better me just dying to get out, but I want to wait until I have everything lined up and ready before I really dig in. What is that? I know I’m not the only one that does this. Studies have shown (don’t ask me which ones because I don’t remember) that a lot of people get so distracted by getting things in the right order to get something done that they actually never get to whatever that thing is and finish it. For example – someone who feels the need to finish laundry, clean the living room, and make out a grocery list before they can concentrate on writing a term paper. (I’ve been known to be guilty of this too!)

Now, there’s a bit of positive in the above example – at least the laundry’s done, the living room is clean, and you’re ready to go shopping. As for me today, the consequences of my distractions are not so pleasant.