I am a glass-half-full kind of girl and truly believe that we should be observant of the blessings we have in our everyday life. This does not mean that we don’t have goals in life but we acknowledge the little things that make life truly worthwhile.
I am grateful today for a husband, health, Skype, phone, home, and coffee. Plenty!
I am not a morning person. Waking up early to do workouts or to do anything early is not something I look forward but do nonetheless because hey we all have to do things we don’t want to do. So this one morning I woke up to find out we had run out of almond milk for coffee, so I went to Safeway – it was 7ish am and the sun was about to pop up and brighten up everything. And as the orange-red in the sky magnified I took a deep breath and thought of how great God is and His creation is. It’s not every day that I wake up early in the morning to see the sun come up. It was mesmerizing and something I embedded in memory Chest as my “favorite moments”.
October has brought yellow leaves and colder winds with varying degrees of snowfall. Fall skipped this year when we woke up to a white thanksgiving morning. Our basement renovation is done 3/4 of the way and it’s a big relief that we will be moving our offices in the basement just shy of a month. As thanksgiving is a time of pausing and counting our blessings; I want to express my gratitude to my better half who not only supports me when I need him but is not hesitant to gently guide me when I stray away from following Christ. I hope you have a fantastic fall and as we get closer to Christmas and end of the year; let’s cherish the good we have in our life and this world. I will leave you here with some pictures I took on our trip to muttart.
Being fully present these days is hard! There are many things seeking our attention. From what to eat, what to wear, and what to do to there is not enough time for XYZ. Nature, however reminds us that BEING ROOTED is the key to THRIVE. If you have seen a lone plant thriving amongst the dead ones, you know what I am talking about.
Throughout my journey of raising and then accidentally killing plants; a lot of them have actually thrived because I paused, observed and then adjusted either (a) their environment or (b) sunlight or (c) water or all.
If we are rooted in Christ and we still listen to the mindless chatter: negative self-talk & not believing in our capabilities then we are actually leaning away from light. However, if we adjust our thoughts, align them with our purpose of serving each other – we would truly thrive!
Monday’s are my absolute favorite! Yes, even when I don’t feel like working or the to-do lists seem endless – it’s the first day of the work week and sets the tone for the rest of the days. There was a time when I used to resent the Mondays until a few years ago when I started seeing Monday for what it truly was – a fresh start 🙂
Hydrangeas are so beautiful and this baby pink is so gorgeous! I leave you here with quotes on beginnings:
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” —Meister Eckhart
We are closer to Christmas this side of the calendar and with temperatures dropped here in Edmonton, we are well into the fall! 🍁
Things have been on a roller coaster since we are getting our basement renovated; main floor is now full House with 4 adults(in laws here until October) and kid (part time) – combine that with our full time jobs from home + husband’s 2 aunts from UK arriving tomorrow for 8 days, I am pretty much on the edge going away on vacation myself. Sigh. But family company is we enjoy and long for when it’s just me and husberry in the winter. So this is THE perfect time to cherish family.
Plan of Action
So for the next 8 days, me, husband & kiddo are moving in to a family friends’ basement. Our offices are being moved to our unfinished basement. There is a lot of change and as much as I like my comfort nook and space, change stretches and helps me to grow.
Hope your last month was great and that you have a productive month ahead!
My sister told me about her neighbor whom she “waved” and said “hi” once in a while. It had been going on for quite long and recently they talked to each other and exchanged numbers. Her neighbour kept saying “call me anytime” or “if you want to go for movie or coffee”. One evening, my sister texted her new acquaintance and asked her if she would like to go for a walk. The response that came back left her puzzled – “I am busy not today”. Then this happened again.
Where Actions do not line up with words.
What is it that stops up from reaching out to people and being vulnerable – being uncomfortable.
We GROW and STRETCH when we step out from our comfort zone.
People make time for who they want to make time for. People text and reply to who they want to talk to.
It’s not about having the time but making the time.