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Living in the moment

Living in the moment is the only place to be. This blog is revealing some personal things today so that you can think about how in your life you could slow down a little too. Enjoy.

The last month and the next month have a LOT of un-usual responsibilities for me and Chloe. These are things that you might liken to a Christmas season. We had a nice pace going in Jan-March, but now it seems hurried. Does life sneak up on you like that sometimes?

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Just do it

It has been a while. Thoughts are piling up. Fear sets in as I wonder what expectations people have. Then I laugh at myself and my ego realizing that probably no one will have even noticed that the blog has been stale and all but dried UP since September of last year. Eeeek!

I do a thought blog to you all very often. I have such good intentions of writing and getting back into this practice that I really love. Blogging has been a hobby of mine for almost a decade now. Wow! So here goes a new one.

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Checking In

It may have seemed like I've checked out of the blogosphere, but I have been "checked in" to lots of other activities and two of them involve the current season of Lent.

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Are you a Rudolph?

I am truly grateful this Christmas to know who I am and what my life on earth is all about. Do you know your mission yet? Sure, there is a basic mission for all of us - TO LOVE. Each of us has been given a special talent, a Spirtual Gift or light to be able to express and spread love in our own special way. Rudolph was ashamed by his talent. He was ridiculed for being different. He did not recognize his light until it was needed. Actually, this happens to a lot of us.

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I just heard this word yesterday.  ThanksLIVING.  Then that proverbial lightbulb appeared over my head.  "That's the title for my Thanksgiving blog!" I thought.  So, here it goes.

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Sneak a Peek

This October, we're set to launch the next journal in our series, one for Christians.  We're extremely excited about this journal because it answers the requests of the men and teens who accompany their Moms, wives, and lady friends to our vendor shows.

It is our hope that our series of journals will inspire you to write your own life story.  Fill the pages with your blessings and you'll be able to look back at all the good in your life.  Our prayer is that more than anything, the Word of God will be the starting point for your grateful outpourings.

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Practice Gratitude Daily

I was just telling someone how I too get frustrated when things don't go my way. The difference is that now I don't get SO angry or SO loud or SO rude to people. My reactions are less intense, less frantic and more calculated. My reactions are more a thought out response. I remember a long time ago that in some counseling I learned this and thought it sounded too similar to be a life changer. I was wrong then.

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A Grain of Sand

My daughter and I were talking about a bunch of things the other day.  I love talking to her because her willingness to speak openly and her wisdom never cease to astound and surprise me.  Most astounding is her wisdom at age 11 1/2.

We got to talking about how famous people are in the spotlight.  Our conversation when something like this:

"Not all famous people are in the spotlight," I said.

"Well it must be hard for the other ones to have cameras in their faces all the time."

"Yes, it must be."

"It makes me think about being small."

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Get rid of your labelmaker

As a part of Grateful Chics Team Building, we watched Brene Brown on DVR'd Oprah this week. She mention that NO ONE she ever interviewed in over a decade of research was genuinely happy without the active cultivation of Gratitude. Awesome. However, she gave me some other Aha moments. One of them is about the difference between Shame and Guilt and how labeling can change the way we feel about these.

Shame = I am bad.     Guilt = I did something bad.

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