A Little Easter Rebirth

prayerThis year, Lent ended up being a quiet time of reflection and meditation. I think I just needed some time to regroup and reflect on all the change in our lives the last few years. It has been an interesting few years!
This started with a general concept of promoting stewardship of the environment but over the last few years has evolved into a vision of suburban homesteading that moved us away from modern consumerism. Continue reading

Master Gardeners Program

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Three weeks ago, I started my Master Gardeners class. So far, I’ve learned about the history of the program, soils, and pruning. I have another nine classes to go and 40 hours of service to complete before getting certified as a Master Gardener.
I had a friend a few years ago who took the course in another county and loved it. When we moved to our farm, I really wanted to start growing out own food, so I took a few free classes with the Rutherford County Master Gardeners at the local library. Continue reading

Getting Things Done – Part II

In my last post, I introduced you to my vision statement and my planner. I also talked about the importance of having a mentor or an accountability partner. In this post, I’m going to share with you what I do to maintain my energy and my focus.
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Diet, Sleep, and Exercise
At 30, I was on statin meds for high cholesterol. I was in daily pain from rheumatoid arthritis. I was wearing a size 18. I was miserable and tired all day every day. I had trouble getting to sleep at night and trouble waking up in the morning. I suffered from chronic sinus headaches.
At 44, I have no issues with cholesterol and have been off my statin meds for over 5 years. I can’t remember the last time I had an arthritis flare up. I’m in a size 14 and headed to a size 12. Continue reading

Getting Things Done – Part I

checklist-2077025_960_720The question I get the most by friends and family? “How do you get so much done?” I think the answers would surprise most people. I don’t work ridiculous hours. I don’t multi-task like a mad women.
While so many are trying to turn over a new leaf for the new year, I wanted to share with you exactly how I get things done, so inย a three part series, I’m going to share with you all my secrets. Continue reading

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a-milking, 7 swans a-swimming, 6 geese a-laying, 5 gold rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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On the twelfth and final day of Christmas, I’m making a slow start to the day. My husband let me sleep in, and for once the dogs complied! I worked out 4 of 5 days this week and am SORE! It feels good to be rocking my health goals, but I’m definitely in need of some rest and recovery.
Instead of working in the office this morning, I think I’ll enjoy the last day of Christmas with my book and my journal. I hope you’re enjoying your last day of Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a-milking, 7 swans a-swimming, 6 geese a-laying, 5 gold rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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On this eleventh day of Christmas, we’re also celebrating the anniversary of our first date eighteen years ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long! I was 26 and he was 34. Our daughters were 4, 6, 9, and 12. Now we have grandchildren almost that old!!! It’s been a wonderful, bumpy road building a life together.
We made a commitment for 2019 to have at least two official date nights a month. Tonight will be the first. We’re also making a commitment to get debt free, so we’ll be challenging ourselves to make the dates about spending time together and NOT about spending money. Tonight, we’re going to get library cards and check out the downtown area of our new city.

What are you excited about in 2019?
Merry Christmas!

P.S. This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. I’m a dork. I know. ๐Ÿ˜›
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On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a-milking, 7 swans a-swimming, 6 geese a-laying, 5 gold rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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On this tenth day of Christmas, I’m finding myself a little sad that the most people only spend a day rejoicing for the birth of our Savior. Some people spend an extra day or two if they have extended family or a blended family, but generally by now, everyone has put up their holiday cheer and is focused on new year’s resolutions.
What makes me sad is that I want to package the joy I feel and give it to everyone else. We just don’t seem to have enough in the world. Too much complaining. Too much frustration. Too much distraction. Not enough presence in the moment. Not enough love. Not enough joy. I want the world to be filled by the continuous promise of a child born to save us all. I want every day to be filled with a little Christmas magic.

What brings you joy?
Merry Christmas!

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me nine ladies dancing, eight maid a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling bird, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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On this ninth day of Christmas, I’m crazy busy at work. My day job that is. It’s the first business day of the year, so in addition to our normal reporting, I have month end for December and some prepping for year end requests, so while I work my afternoon away I’m enjoying an old favorite: The Beach Boys Christmas Album from 1964.
Tonight, I’m going to curl up on the couch with my husband, my dogs, and finish reading Eat, Pray, Love. I love the holidays! Even when they’re working holidays.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you still celebrating?
Merry Christmas!

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On this eighth day of Christmas, we’re enjoying a quiet family day in gratitude for how much we have. Not everyone gets to spend his/her life surrounded by love. All of us have ups and downs in our lives, but being surrounded by people you love makes it all worth it.
My wish for the new year is to be the kind of person who spreads hope, love, and joy where ever I go.

What are your hopes for the new year?

Merry Christmas!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me four calling bird, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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As I start work on this fourth day of Christmas, I’m listening to my all-time favorite Christmas CD: John Berry’s O Holy Night. It’s contains some of my favorite songs, and I love John Berry’s voice.
My husband and I had conversation last night about how we could better honor the Christmas season. We decided to exchange one small gift each day next year. We set a limit of $10 per gift with handmade gifts being the preference. I’m actually really excited about finding or making him gifts throughout the year.
Today, I’m wondering what things I can bring from Christmas season into Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. I deeply desire a life where the peace and grace of Christmas are carried through the year.

What is your Christmas wish?
Merry Christmas!

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