Your Presence IS the Gift

Your Presence IS the Gift

The past two weeks have been challenging, not so much for me personally, but for my loved ones. Two who received devastating diagnosis news about a parent, and several who have been in the throes of the fear and anxiety that just being alive can bring. I was in the middle of a blogging challenge, and feeling deep disappointment within myself for simply not being able to create the extra time to BLOG, while being present for my loved ones, investing time into the women’s organization that I lead, and accomplishing the daily responsibilities of my full time career! In the midst of my wallowing in self-pity for “just not being enough” to get it all done, I felt like I was jolted awake by this thought,

While it’s nice, maybe even “noble” to have a desire to inspire people I don’t know through my writing, it is a part of my  DIVINE PURPOSE to care about, encourage, uplift, pray for, listen to, and BE PRESENT for those who are right in front of my face!

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“Hot and Bothered” #30Layers30Days -#TBT , #BlogLikeCrazy

“Hot and Bothered” #30Layers30Days -#TBT , #BlogLikeCrazy

I am,  HOT, frustrated, and set a blazed,  for broken women who are alone, silenced and put to shame. 

I am BOTHERED, annoyed, yes PISSED,  that we live in a culture that requires women to hold up tattered banners of  UN-BOTHERED-NESS!  Read more

“A Cracked Door” #30Layers30Days #BloglikeCrazy

“A Cracked Door” #30Layers30Days #BloglikeCrazy

We value doors of opportunity that swing wide open to us because they confirm our greatness. Open doors  give us courage, they build our confidence, and they affirm that we are valuable to others. An open door is an indication that we have been seen, that we matter, and that someone appreciates something that we possess.

If an open door affirms our value, then a cracked door just might make us question it.  We may become Read more

“The Right Person” – #30Layers30Days + #BlogLikeCrazy

“The Right Person” – #30Layers30Days + #BlogLikeCrazy

 

I can’t say that I was waiting for you, but I am thankful that you found me.   I can’t say that I “always knew” because when I met you, I was fully content with being with me. 

I can’t say it was “love at first sight” because though you were immediately handsome to my eyes, I was not looking for love. Read more

“Over Too Soon” #30Layers30Days + #BlogLikeCrazy

“Over Too Soon” #30Layers30Days + #BlogLikeCrazy

Had you caught me several years ago,  I would have had  no problem writing about some experience that I thought was “Over too Soon.”  I likely would have written about the unexpected death of my mother, how the loss of her tangible presence had devastated me, and how I was certain that at just 49 years old, and fairly healthy, she was gone “Too Soon.”  Or maybe I would have kept it light and discussed some pleasant vacation, event, or moment that I desperately did not want to come to an end. Those options would have worked perfectly then, but certainly not now.

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When You Promised….. #30Layers30Days + #BlogLikeCrazy

When You Promised….. #30Layers30Days + #BlogLikeCrazy

Happy November 1st!!!

I am so excited about the month of November! Last year, I participated in GG’s  #30Layers30Days writing challenge on my social media platforms! It was an amazing experience!

I was so thrilled when I saw the prompts for this year in my email box! I am thankful for this space to share the experience with you all this year!

I am also a member of an amazing writing community called  “See JANE Write,” so I am joining in on the #BlogLikeCrazy Challenge also, well actually more like combining the challenges:)!  Find out more about the “See Jane Write” Community,  and the #BlogLikeCrazy Challenge  HERE !!

I hope you will join in!  I will put the prompts below for you!! Be sure to use the hashtags -#BlogLikeCrazy  and #30Layers30Days

Here’s to Today’s Prompt:

When You Promised….

Promises, promises are meant to be kept,  so why are so many broken?  It’s funny how committed I am to promises that I make to other people, but I have not always demonstrated that same loyalty to the promises that I have made to myself. Read more

Hope for the 4th Quarter

Hope for the 4th Quarter

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Welcome to the 4th Quarter of 2017! I don’t know about you, but I have spent a good portion of this year being shocked by its pace. At the beginning of each month, I have found myself stating,Is it [insert month] already?!” Only to discover the same definitive answer each time,  “Yes it is“!   I can’t count the number of conversations I have had with loved ones, friends, coworkers, and others in passing,  who have not only confirmed by sentiments about the pace of this year, but who have also shared in my anxiety laced fear that,  THERE’S JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME!!!!!.

But, What if I told you that  there IS enough time?  Will you accept that? What if I told you that the culprit of your anxiety is something you and I have full control over?  Will you, for the sake of this discussion, entertain the notion that the deficit has not been in seconds, minutes, hours, and days, but instead, that the true deficit, has been in your FOCUS?  Does that encourage or discourage you? Read more