Goal Obtained

Finally! A goal reached! What you may ask? College. That’s right, college! I am 56 years old (December). I started my career in the Navy. College was a minimal thought as well as a different career path when I was younger. Now, looking at what is ahead of me, now is the right time. My father had a desire to see all of his children obtain something that he could not: college degree. Being a wife, mother and even grandmother is very fulfilling. Being in business for myself as well as helping others is also very fulfilling. So, why college? Because now is the right time. Now is the time I have to accomplish a goal that earlier seemed unobtainable. But I can tell you that it is not and you are not too old!

So whatever it is that you think has been delayed, think again, it just might not be time for you. But there is a time coming….wait for it. You will know when it is right.

(I chose this picture because it depicts how most of us feel when we have accomplished a life long goal.)IMG_6576.JPG

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Garden Lessons

While outside today, my thoughts were rambling about gardening and business practices. So here are a couple of things that came to mind while weeding.

1. When planting a garden, make sure you plant the size you are capable of handling. Gardening takes work. Just like your job. It takes work. Because most of the work out there is performance based, we try to impress when we don’t have either the right tools or enough knowledge to perform. Most of us won’t even acknowledge that we either don’t have ability or it is more than we can handle thereby getting in over our heads. Ask for help if necessary!

2. Work with nature. Rain is a great necessity for plants. It also makes weeding easier. The soil is more workable. Sometimes you just have to work with what you have. However, look for the rain. You know that unexpected something that comes along. It just could be that it is the very thing you need to complete that project.

3. Know those with whom you are working with. Have an understanding of those who are partnering with you. There is a community garden. Several families have committed to help work it. Sometimes life just steps in and those commitments aren’t kept. Know what your part is and what you are willing to do and not do. Don’t feel you have to do it “all”. Ask for help.

4. Bugs! They are every where. The question is what will you use to get rid of them? Organic? Pesticides? There will be things that “bug” you. Know how you will respond/deal to each situation.

5. Right tools. Need I say more? All I have is a hoe and what I need is a tiller! Big difference. When starting anything, make sure you have all the tools you will need. Whether it is education or training – get what you need. Be equipped.

6. Weeds! There are so many kinds! That’s right! You have runners and stand alone. You have tall, short, fat and skinny weeds! They take a lot of work! However, if you tend to them quickly, you won’t have much stress. Whatever weeds show up, ensure that you tend it quickly. Sometimes you can take care of it yourself, sometimes you will need that boss or co-worker to help you take care of them.

Hope this has been helpful. We are not islands to ourselves. We need one another. Let me know what you think. You may just help me “weed” out things that no longer belong in my garden!

Feeling “Accomplished”!

Did you ever have the “accomplished” feeling? You know what I mean – the list is done, you set some goals and you achieved them or you finally got to go where you wanted to go for vacation! Feeling accomplished. The word means “to bring to its goal or conclusion; carry out; perform; finish; to complete; to provide polish to” to name a few definitions for the verb use of the word.

I tried my hand at a few “creative” pieces for this holiday season and I feel “accomplished”! Experts in this field would probably give me the “I think you need help” look, but hey it has been a while. A lot of what I picture in my mind very rarely looks what I imagine it will be like when I actually set to work it out in reality.

For instance, I do not have the gift to paint or draw. Oh how I would love to have that talent! There is so much I would want to paint! The sky, the clouds, the birds, the dog, the butterfly, the river, the rocks … on and on I could go, but you get the meaning! I am not that “crafty” either. Oh, I work at it, but not so much!

There may be a several things that I am not good at mainly because I haven’t used that talent in a while. I have to dust off some things to get me motivated again.

While it may not look pretty, I feel good that at least I am using my time wisely but also finding out what I am able to do with what I have.

In a previous blog, I wrote about what would not be under our tree. My daughter came home and asked if we could patch some horse blankets. I said sure. So I went to my “cloth” bins. As I started looking for the right type of fabric, lo and behold! What did my wondering eyes see…stuff to make simple gifts from! Talk about provision! I had totally forgotten that I had this stuff!

So the next few days while everyone is hustling to get that last minute gift, I am going to feel “accomplished” as I sit at the sewing machine and work a little happiness into my soul with hand made gifts.

Merry Christmas!

What can I say….needed to “rant”

So, I just thought I would “rant”. I just looked up the word and I think this is what I want to do….bear with me.

So the first one I want to “rant” about is vocabulary. My daughter gets the books where you can do many different kinds of crosswords, puzzles, search words, etc. You know the types. Well, I have a confession to make. I need your forgiveness to start. I cheat! Yep, for those of you who know me this may come as a surprise. I have no excuses. I have been analyzing my motive for this defect. I have come to the realization that I do not have a wide range of vocabulary. There are these long words (50 cent words) that if I had learned them, I have not used them so I feel inadequate to understand them. Many of them I have to look up to see what they mean. Several times I have begun to relearn the meanings of words. The reason I am even bringing this up is because good friends of mine have opened a deli in our area. They are a couple of integrity. There were a group of people who sat outside one evening. As I was serving them, I commented on the fact that they had great weather to sit outside! One person commented on the fact that they couldn’t “cuss” inside. I was surprised by the response. I was speechless. As I thought about the person (whom I did not know) and the comment, I made a few observations. 1. This person was dressed business casual (why would he want to use ignorant language?) 2. Asian decent (nothing about this, just observation.) 3. Aren’t there better words in the vocabulary to describe what one feels than cussing?

Next “rant”. Children. I love mine. I would do almost anything for them. However, here lately, I have another confession. I had made them an idol. I know no one else has done that. As I have repented of my sin, the Lord reminded me that I needed to lay all down and follow Him. I have to trust Him with them and their decisions/choices. I have to move forward so that I can do as He has asked. It is very exciting to see what He will do in me. But I also know that as I lay them down, He will lift them up. He will accomplish His plans and purposes in me and them.

Third, technology. It’s great, sort of. Some have a concern about losing the “personal” part of life. A friend of mine has a radio spot called “The Microwave Moment”. That is what we have now. It seems that the younger generation is being trained to not think for themselves or develop fully because of what is available. (Again, I do know that technology is great for what it is.)

Fourth, the weather. Who really believes that complaining will make it either better or worse? This winter season has been long for our area and even longer for the north. Spring hasn’t even been normal. However, as I have tried to pay attention to this (yes, one should pay attention when things happen.) I can see the benefit of the change in weather.

Finally, (thought it was long enough…) Love! God’s love is for everyone. As I have sought forgiveness from the One in whom my heart desires above all else, His love has overwhelmed me. Because of what He did on the cross, He did for you. He loves you! And I love you. He is calling you to Himself. It will be a commitment of faith. If you are looking for a miracle, salvation is the greatest miracle you could have.