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What is Saving Your Life Right Now?

I have been quite inspired by this topic discussed by quite a few brilliant women I have been listening to and reading from.  I stole the following quote from The Modern Mrs. Darcy  because she summed it up quite perfectly! "The idea comes from author Barbara Brown Taylor. In her memoir Leaving Church , Taylor tells about a time she was invited to speak, and her host assigned her this topic: “Tell us what is saving your life right now.” Most of us know what’s killing us, and can articulate it, if asked. Some of us are overwhelmed with hurry and worry; some of us face crushing poverty; some feel utterly paralyzed. But few of us stop to note what’s giving us life. Taylor says it’s too good a question to not revisit every once in a while: what are the things—big or small—that are saving us?" So... what is saving my life right now?   1. The Great British Baking Show Have you guys watched this?!  It is honestly everything to me.  There is something so hy
I have been thinking a lot lately about creative expression.   I know many people who have found their mode - they are writers, public speakers, singers, florists, designers, film makers, photographers and painters.  They see the world through those lenses and they make their mark as often as possible.  They breathe beauty and find meaning.  They inspire me. I have tried many creative expressions on as my own.  I have painted and written and done photography and sang and created mixed media pieces, and while some fit better than others, I do continue to return to the same expression consistently as a means of calming.  I think we all need a more beneficial way to "tune out" rather than television.  Numbing our brains feels like a cop-out to me, but I think engaging our brains in a different way seems healthier.  Does that even make sense? However, what I have been thinking about lately, is whether or not we all have a "best creative fit" or a tendency to he
I am learning everything, and I actually mean EVERYTHING takes intentional actions if you want it to be its best.  Nothing happens organically without work.  Nothing.  Marriage, relationship with the Lord, parenting, health, career, friendships, family relationships, education, goals... all of it requires work.  Not all work is hard, but all work requires us to be present.  All of it.  No exceptions.   I constantly feel tired lately.  I also, finally, feel full of life.   Like I am working towards a healthier life overall - spiritually, emotionally, relationally and physically.  I feel present and capable and really freed up to spend time how I would like to.  I sleep hard and am finally able to really be present.  I am sure that many people wonder how, and unfortunately I don't have a 10 step program, but I can say that the biggest thing that has changed is I tried to eliminate distraction wherever I see it.  To be honest, I am not completely dominating this, but I am WORKING
I started a note on my phone of things that make me smile... Here is the list that has developed over the last few months... Our Anthropologie Comforter Animals on Reagan's Booty Chocolate Mint Tea Reagan's Monster Noises A New Water Bottle Fuzzy Slippers Glass Coffee Mugs Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Diffused Morning Sunlight  The Smell of Homemade Bread Our Tiny Apple Tree Rain in Southern California Morning Readings Oversized Sweaters Book Club Books Non Traditional Baby Showers Blueberry Galette Tiny Toes in Grass Afternoon Naps Ice Cold Beer It's the little things that make up our lives.   Moments frozen in time. I'm indescribably grateful for mine.

A Penny for Your Thoughts - On Letting go of TV in My Life

I loved TV.   I loved trashy TV.   I could sit on the couch for days on end and marathon show after show.   I followed reality TV stars on Social Media.   I commented on their lives as if they know me to other people who watched these shows. I lost sleep when I needed to know what is happening in the next episode of a show.   I used TV as therapy when I didn't like what was going on in my own life.   I used TV to calm me down when I was feeling stressed. I looked up who is in relationships in Hollywood and read about their divorces and dark secrets. I got bizarre pleasure out of Hollywood scandal. I identified with characters style and clothing and began to think I need what they are wearing. My life was deeply negatively affected by TV. So I quit TV. I stopped watching it constantly. My anxiety level dropped almost instantly. My sleep deepened immediately. I wasn't constantly distracted by the screen. I took that time back to spend with my pe