Enjoy The Journey

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Sometimes it’s worth lingering on the journey for a while before getting to the destination.                                   

                                                      ~ Richelle Mead

Exactly Where I’m Meant To Be

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Do you ever stop and wonder how different your life could be? Today we celebrate my husbands 51st birthday. I can’t help but pause and think how different my life would be without him in my world. Our lives can take so many different twists and turns. There are so many different decisions we could have made, different roads we might have taken but right now I am grateful for where I am standing. The ride hasn’t always been perfect or comfortable but I can honestly say I have a wonderful life. As we threw the ingredients into the bowl and finally poured that cake batter into the pan, I was just about to call my son out for the remnants of chocolate on his face when I felt a little drip from my own. Yes, like is good and we are exactly where we’re meant to be. Take time to enjoy the journey, especially if you get lost along the way.

What If?

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What if everything we think is wrong? What if we miss so many opportunities for happiness because we really believe there is a way things are supposed to be, specific stepping stones that must be followed in order to get us to the place we are supposed to be? What if we stopped using our minds so much and followed our instincts and hearts? Can you even imagine how different your life could be, how amazing and unexpectedly beautiful it could be? Our expectations are like a fog that clouds the path we might have taken if only we followed our inner compass and stopped trying to follow the lines on the road. Close your eyes and let your heart guide you forward. Give yourself the freedom to let go of plans and rules and ideas that only exist because our minds allow them to. Stop worrying about what everyone thinks. Stop worrying period. Thoughts are limiting but dreams can take you to places you never knew existed before. Start living before it’s too late.

Sit Back and Relax

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I have a distant memory of a time long ago when I was a young girl. The need and urgency to lay out the day did not exist back then. The hours and minutes would be welcome in their own time, one at a time, with no need to rush them along. These days, now that I am grown, I feel unsettled when the minutes lack any sense of structure. It is hard to comfortably sit back and just let it be. I feel uneasy not preparing for the details of the day. I guess that’s what adulthood does, makes us so responsible that we lose the ability to loosen our grip on the stifling reigns of responsibility even for a small snippet of time. Even as I sat eating my breakfast, I was already consumed by what we would be having for lunch and dinner. I spend so much time planning for every detail that I lose the ability to take a moment to relax. Time to make some big changes. I can’t go on living this way. Nobody should. The best moments of all are the ones we are truly present for, not the ones where we bring the past to the future or waste the one we are in thinking about what is yet to come. So, please join me in my new journey to finding a path that helps me let go of my need to control. Sit with me as a passenger where I willingly choose to take my hands off the wheel and sit back and enjoy the ride. Who knows what we may discover on the way.

Are Other Bloggers REALLY Friends?

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I was thinking today about life and people. I was thinking about things I am grateful for and things I look forward to. I was thinking about things that make me smile, more specifically the people who make me smile. I asked myself, can I really call other bloggers my friends? That’s what I refer to you as when I talk about you, my blogging friends. I have never seen any of you in person. I have seen a gravatar that honestly I don’t even know is really you. I may not know your face but I know your words. I know your compassion, your kindness, your encouragement, your sense of humor and when I’m lucky enough, I know your loyalty. I know your hearts through your words. I know more about some of you than I do people I see every day. So, can bloggers be considered friends? Yes, I do believe they can.

Blogging is the story of our journey. The journey of our lives. We are there, riding along, sharing everyday with anyone who will listen. Sometimes we get a beep, if we’re lucky a friendly wave, and if we are REALLY lucky, someone will hop in our car and keep us company along the way. I am grateful for all of you and I just wanted to say thanks!

My Journey

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I’ve given Lent a great deal of thought this year. Should I give up twinkies, coffee, candy or should I go a little deeper and really cleanse myself from the “things” that have been making me feel flat out dirty, unhappy, ungrateful, and guilty. I like to do a big job right the first time instead of doing the same job over again with the least amount of effort to assure I never get it right. So, how do I go about achieving that one time during the Lenten season? Well, I have a plan. You may not think its a very good one, but it’s the only one Ive got so here it goes. Yes, I have decided to give up sweets and get back on my 1000 calories per day. That is for my body. I will return to the gym and I will not do it for the benefits of only my body, but also for my mind. Which brings me to the point of why I will be returning to yoga. I need a place to dump all of my crap and stop dumping my friends and family with all the junk I have been carrying around. I have been consumed by it and now I have become it. I am still there, somewhere underneath trying to find the light and a way out, Now, that brings me to another important point. I will remove from my life anything that does not serve my higher purpose. This includes food, people, places and activities that drain the life out of who I know I am supposed to be. So, I will be taking back my trinity or trifecta or however it is one views the mind, body, and spirit. I am tired and hungry for change. It will not be easy and I have a long road ahead of me but it is time to lighten my own load so that I can serve others willingly and lovingly with an open heart. I am closed right now. My heart chakra is completely shut down and I assure you the detour has not been a pleasant journey. That is my cross right now, the one I will carry until the good Lord takes it from me. There is a lesson here to be learned. There are times in our lives that we are tested and it is not the test itself that defines us but rather how we are changed when the test is complete. So this is my test, my challenge and my journey. You are welcome to join me although I know lately I have not been good company. Wish me luck because I have a lot of work ahead of me.