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

Where I Live – #30Layers30Days + #BlogLikeCrazy

Where I Live – #30Layers30Days + #BlogLikeCrazy

Growing up it bothered me when I’d hear people say, “I stay there,” in reference to their home, opposed to saying, “I LIVE there.” I would often correct my friends,  “Don’t you mean live there?”   Most people use those two, live and stay, synonymously in this context.  Yet, to me there is a significant difference between the two.  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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Comparison = Joylessness + Neglect 

Comparison = Joylessness + Neglect 

 

 

img_4460By now most of us have heard the popular saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and many of us can testify that there is truth to those words. But, Did you know that comparison is a choice? Did you know that we can choose to admire, congratulate, cheer on, and even be inspired by others, WITHOUT comparing? Read more

Tuesday’s Transformative Thought By D Ready, Set, Aim Your Focus

Tuesday’s Transformative Thought By D Ready, Set, Aim Your Focus


Happy Transformation Tuesday! Today, I want to encourage you to take back your FOCUS!

Did you know that your focus is the area of your life that you have the greatest influence ON and control OVER? A common acronym for the word Focus is

F (follow). O (one) . C (course). U (until) . S (successful) ,

yet how many of you can attest that this is easier said than done?  I don’t know about you, but I find myself discouraged when I am following a particular course, and it seems like my desired results are far out of reach.  When this happens I am tempted to give up and start searching for a new “course” to follow that will give me faster results.  The problem with this mindset is,  as soon as I take a detour and start “Recalibrating” my course, I am losing time,  and likely lengthening my path to success! Read more

Progress over Perfection!

Progress over Perfection!

img_4350I recently read a quote that said,  “Writing is  somewhere between torture and fun.” I chuckled to myself because my initial thought was, “Ain’t that the truth!” I have been challenged to the max this year with actually PUBLISHING blog posts! Over the past 77 days, I have been pretty consistent with writing privately.  I have even created complete outlines for blog posts, but the challenge has  been actually getting those ideas from paper to a published blog! What I have realized is, I have been putting unnecessary pressure on myself to be “PERFECT.” Read more