Tuesday, January 30, 2018

{my #olw, finally} #sol18

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I've been patient. Probably too patient. It's just about February and I haven't officially connected with my one little word to help guide me through this new year  ... that is now a month old.

I've tossed about words just as many of you have as well. Words that peak my interest. Words that light a little fire. Words that bring me joy. Words that speak to my soul.

In the past, my one little words have been safe words. Nothing daring and bold. Nothing that caused me big actions. But this year I debated. Maybe I should pick a word that will really challenge me. Change me. Chase me to something new.

But now that I've waited this long, I don't think I should wait for a bold word to grab me. I think I would continue to resist it ... and then the year would be over!

A few weeks ago, the word BELIEVE stuck with me. I want to grow more in my faith and deeply BELIEVE God is the author of my story. I want to BELIEVE this is the year of getting my body back and be healthier. I want to BELIEVE in myself and the work I am capable of doing at school. I want to BELIEVE I can make a difference in my life and others. I want to BELIEVE this world is a good place. I want to BELIEVE in the beauty of others. I want to BELIEVE in myself.

After scattering these thoughts, I closed my notebook, not really believing this was the word for me.  Moments later, the girls and I hopped in the car and this is what I saw:

Yeah, I know. It's a clear sign, right?!? I just didn't believe it yet. The days have passed by and I pondered more words. Nothing seemed quite right. But that word showed up again and again in little ways.

Today, I received my copy of Peter H. Reynold's new book: The Word Collector. (Yes! Add this to your list to buy now!) I opened the cover to be surrounded by words and possibilities. And right there again was my word ... (taunting me with the bold and daring word of another.)

So, there it is. The world speaking to me to BELIEVE.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

{it's really going to happen} #sol18

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I gasped when I opened the email. Out loud. In a meeting. A smile formed on my face.

"No way."

There was an invitation to attend a workshop with one of the most amazing teacher-writing-mommas out there. She just shared her new book with the world and I was a little tiny part of her journey.

I quickly closed the email in disbelief.

You see, she is the one who got me started writing slices of life on this little blog almost eight years ago.

She's also kind of big deal. And there she was in my email saying she's coming to a town near me.

Then I opened the email again to read beyond her name and smiling face. I checked my calendar and emailed a couple colleagues.

"Aaaaaaaaagggggghhhhhh! I gasped when I opened this! Can we go?????"

Thinking about how I'm going to make this work ... there has to be a way. I emailed her out of sheer shock and excitement.

Do you know I literally gasped when I opened this email an hour ago?!? I'm going to do everything in my power to be there!! Fingers crossed our paths will cross in real life!!!

This weekend, I signed up. There was no way I was going to miss this opportunity. We have yet to meet in real life.

And I cannot wait to hear the power of her stories. With my own ears. In real life. You could say, I'm a bit elated at this opportunity.

If you are also near my little corner of the world, please join us! It's going to be an amazing day!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

writing, a new year, and an addition #sol18

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I've become comfortable with this pattern of writing the last couple years. My slice of life writing slows and eventually stops as the school year is in full swing and the holidays arrive. Then January rolls around and I feel that I'm missing out. I'm not recording my stories and I'm missing your stories.

But I have enjoyed this time away.

For the last two weeks, it's been all about family. Family time. Making memories. Busy living. And not living busy. Just being in the moment. More chances to say yes. Time to relax, nap, and just sit and be. Time to think, read, reflect.

I've been thinking about my one little word. I don't have a word just yet and I'm okay with that. I'll be patient and wait for it to come to me. I'm really in no rush as I enjoy these two weeks at home before the busyness of school begins again.

Time with my girls ... and the newest addition to our family. A new puppy. She arrived Christmas Eve. She has stolen our hearts. Even though we are living like we have a new baby on the move.  Baby gates are up. Interrupted sleep. Middle of the night potty. Increase in laundry. But lots of puppy kisses and snuggles.

"You know, Mom. You are talking to her like a baby."

"You and Dad are paying way more attention to Harley than to us."

"I'm starting to think you love her more."

Yes, a puppy takes more energy and patience. Harley has been great for our family. Yes, she gets quite a bit of attention, but she has taught us to be in the moment, slow down, relax. She has been very therapeutic for us. (Most of us ...)

So, for now, I wish you a happy, healthy new year! I'm excited, as always, to jump back into my writing as the new year begins ... I'm sure I'll have plenty of puppy stories to share! (Or words of neglect from my girls ...)

Meet Harley! She is a black lab mix that we rescued and adopted at 13 weeks old.