Such an old saying, but so very true. I was pondering how much more we live that saying these days with cameras on our phones where pictures get sent immediately, Instagram which is all about the pics, and Facebook where scrolling through the feed can bring tears, laughs, or eye-rolling on any given day.
As I write this, it is Mother’s Day. The photos on the feeds are sweet and meaningful and complete stories in and of themselves.
Also as I write, I celebrate 60 days of plant-based eating. My 30 day report can be read here. My 60 day report is not full of amazing numbers. But I will share this picture taken today.
Well, here it is, April 9th. One month from my launch into plant-based eating as an experiment to see if it would help the kidney disease that has been getting ugly in my body. My nephrologist is prepared to launch a hard-core medication campaign — something I would desperately love to avoid. I have done these meds before. It was not pretty.
Is that a question you have ever asked? Perhaps this one: How can I be more?
It seems we are plagued with the desire to do better, be better, look better, live better. Is that a product of our culture? It is a good product or a by-product? I am pondering that question deeply of late.
Here is my humble conclusion — we are made to improve. We are encouraged in Scripture to “fulfill” “race” “fulfill” and many more inspiring words. It is built into our DNA to try to be better. Continue reading
But what if you have too many “Important Stuffs”?
I am working on eating a plant-based diet. It takes focus. Maybe it shouldn’t take so much focus, but it is taking my focus!
And I am back in the children’s ministry game! Yay! I will be launching a new website shortly showcasing my best-selling product line — The Party Plans! So much excitement has surrounded these products, so much excitement surrounding getting them revamped and re-released.
AND I am attempting to get myself back to writing daily. Continue reading
Everyone is different. We all know that. HOWEVER, we feel uncomfortable when someone does something “different” than us. Doesn’t really make sense, though. If we are all, in fact, different; then we will do things differently.
And it is not just our personalities that are different. Our bodies are different, our minds are different, our purpose is different.
What is right for one person, may not be right for someone else.
And what someone has to walk through may not be something you have to walk through. And vice versa. Continue reading
Well, I guess that isn’t true, so things do just “happen.” Like old age. It just happens, right. Of course you do have to exercise some semblance of sanity to make that happen. You know, like looking both ways before crossing the street, you know, stuff like that.
But other things … they don’t just happen. It takes us.
Our house doesn’t clean itself. Ever. Right? Our clothes do not magically wash themselves. Our car doesn’t refill itself with fuel. Our books do not get written by themselves. Our goals do not just surprisingly get met.
It takes us. Continue reading
Looking back on a trip around the calendar is an excellent use of time. And my 2016 was a crazy one. How was yours?
- It is the first year we did not add on a grandchild for the past 5 years! Crazy! (But we are adding one in 2017, so all is well.)
- We moved from Illinois to Nevada! What? Really? yup!
- I turned to a plant based diet! I did what exactly? It still seems strange. (Not as strange as the fact that we live in Las Vegas.) I wrote a little blurb about it here. Vegan, Really?
- My writing took a serious back seat to the other things happening in my world. (Not my favorite thing on the list.)
It is vital to look at where you were and where you are. What are you happy with? What are you frustrated by? Continue reading
Seriously, I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am. I made it the entire length of the 60 Day Challenge I set for myself.
ALL THE WAY TO THE END!!!
Sometimes you just gotta stop for one second and be proud of yourself. Sometimes you gotta just pat yourself on the back and say YAY ME!
That’s where I am. However, I am absolutely not stopping here. I have set a Challenge for myself for the next 30 Days. AND I am joining with a friend for a series of 10 Day Challenges where we are pushing ourselves in one or two areas and holding each other accountable.
There is nothing like the feeling of success. Not. One. Thing.
Are you challenging yourself in an area right now? Please comment on this blog (below). Share it with the world. Make it public. It seems a little more real when you do.
I can’t wait to encourage you back.
Day 61 of the 60 Day Challenge!!!
I’m not even half way through my 60 day challenge … but serious progress has been made.
How have I been doing on the whole “60 first day” thing? (You can read about that here.) Not fabulous. Not terrible.
When it is all said and done, that really isn’t bad, is it? Not bad, not great?
Somewhere in the middle is something to celebrate.
Somewhere in the middle means you are sticking with it. You aren’t so over-inspired that you might fizzle out, you aren’t so under-motivated that you don’t get up and work on it each day. Somewhere in the middle is safe from falling off the edge in either direction. It means you are focusing on forward, not anywhere else.
I have managed to re-inspire my motivation when it waned. I have stayed steady in my goals.
I am eating an 80-90% plant-based diet (kind of difficult to switch to that) and I am getting movement and sunshine every day. I also began juicing twice a day.
The result so far?
- 7 pounds lost
- 12 points down in my glucose level
- BP completely normal
- Dramatic improvement in my kidney
Yes, it is work. Every single day. Work. Hustle. Try. Repeat.
But totally worth it.
Whatever your goal, your pursuit, your dream, you goals — stay the course. Every little thing you do counts. Every tiny step gets you closer. Stay the course.
I am anxious to see what day 60 will bring. I know anxious is rather a negative word. But that is what I am.
Whether it is a new challenge, hustle, dream, goal, or job; that first day is awesome. So much motivation. So much hope. So much commitment. Nothing but positive as far as your eye can see.
But the first day bliss wears off. Reality kind of sets in. The motivation becomes more gray tones than black and white. And that stinks because you really want to do this! Continue reading